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Verena von Horsten - Alien Angel Super Death

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Alien Angel Super Death sounds like the title to a sci-fi movie. In fact, the music contained within could easily pass for said film's soundtrack. But as spacey as this album tile reads and its music sounds, Verena von Horsten has nevertheless created a highly personal album. Much of the music on this ten-song album was inspired by the artist's response to the death of her brother, who committed suicide.

Based in Zurich, Switzerland, van Horsten mixes synthesizer music with sometimes opera-like vocals and even spoken word sections, to create music that reacts to the pain and suffering loved ones go through whenever somebody near and dear takes his/her life.

While many of these tracks are the loud, in-your-face variety, one of the last ones, "A Healing Moment," quiets everything down significantly. Built upon mournful acoustic piano, it plays out like an elegy. But then again, losing a loved one summons a wide range of emotions, many of which are expressed throughout this many times gripping album. This ain't no sci-fi fantasy; it's reality.

Verena von Horsten - Alien Angel Super Death
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