Elegant... and Dying

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Elegant... and Dying is the second studio album by Australian gothic doom band Virgin Black. The album was released in June, 2003, on The End Records and Massacre Records. Various publications including The Village Voice praised the album.[4]

Elegant... and Dying
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune, 2003
GenreGothic metal, doom metal, avant-garde metal, classical
LabelThe End Records
Massacre Records
ProducerRowan London
Virgin Black chronology
Sombre Romantic
Elegant... and Dying
Requiem – Mezzo Forte
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles6.5/10[2]
Chronicles of Chaos7/10 link
Metal Storm(8.8/10)[3]
Powermetal.delink (in German)

Prior to the release of the album, the vocalist Rowan London trained with a professional opera singer, bolstering the album's operatic elements further.

Track listingEdit

  • All songs written By Rowan London and Samantha Escarbe, except where otherwise noted.
  1. "Adorned in Ashes" – 6:18
  2. "Velvet Tongue" – 8:03/8:25 (Rowan London)
  3. "And the Kiss of God's Mouth (Part I)" – 1:26 (Samantha Escarbe)
  4. "And the Kiss of God's Mouth (Part II)" – 6:19
  5. "Renaissance" – 7:02
  6. "The Everlasting" – 17:13/19:57
  7. "Cult of Crucifixion" – 9:03
  8. "Beloved" – 7:27 (Samantha Escarbe)
  9. "Our Wings Are Burning" – 8:26


Virgin BlackEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Sonia Wilkie (guest) – violin
  • Brad and Stephanie Bessel, Carmen Harm, Terella Rosen – choir and chorus vocals


  • Produced By Rowan London
  • Recorded By Carmen Harm and Aaron Nichols
  • Mixed By Carmen Harm


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Tepedelen, Adem (July 15, 2003). "Virgin Black - Elegant.. and Dying". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Metal Storm review
  4. ^ Seward, Scott. Dirging Down Under. The Village Voice. September 24-30 2003. retrieved on 2008-01-07

External linksEdit