Released in 1993, Into The Labyrinth is Dead Can Dances sixth album. One of their most successful releases, its title is a reference to the Greek legend of Theseus going into the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. It came when Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard had embarked on more individual personal paths, now writing their songs independent of one another, and on separate continents. Engineered and produced by Brendan at his Quivvy Church studio in Ireland, the album is an audiophile benchmark and also noted for being their first without any guests, instead they played all the instruments.
The 2016 LP version is also a double LP like the original release, but comes with brand new artwork and an altered track sequence.
Formed in Australia in the early 80s by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, Dead Can Dance had veered away from the punk explosion towards a more non-conformist style. But finding the music scene unreceptive they moved to London, landed a record deal with 4AD and embarked on a career with the label that would last seventeen years.
Highly respected artists with a loyal global fanbase, Gerrard and Perry consistently made music full of integrity and passion. Both immensely talented vocalists - Gerrard with her inimitable, mesmeric style and Perrys haunting baritone - they were also gifted, instinctive musicians and their melding of traditional instruments with samplers created a bridge between ancient and modern music.
Double LP reissue
Altered Track Sequence
1. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
2. The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
3. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
4. The Carnival Is Over
7. Towards The Within
1. Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
2. The Spider's Stratagem
4. How Fortunate The Man With None