Reviews: 'Emotionally powerful and stirring...' (The Sentimentalist, USA) '... heavy gothic lovers will embrace the rite of Libitina!' (Side-Line Magazine, Belgium) '... a very refreshing album, a masterpiece... Strength, melody, rhythm, personality... this album has everything!' (Ascension, Italy) '... a distinctly dark and intelligent sound.' (RhythmUS Network, USA) '... Weltanschauung is bound to bring Libitina even more global attention.' (In Music We Trust, USA) '... a musical exercise in drama and passion.' (Starvox, USA) Press release: Libitina unveiled their second album, entitled 'Weltanschauung', on June 8th, 2001. It was released on the band's own label. The album was recorded at Priority Studios, Sheffield; this being the same studio used for the band's debut release. The producer, once again, was Stephen Singleton, a founder member of 80's band ABC. In many ways, 'Weltanschauung' carries on where 'A Closer Communion' left off. There is the familiar fusion of guitars and synthesizers, so characteristic of Libitina's music. However, the album is bigger in sound, with a harder, dancier, and darker edge to reflect the extended subject matter of the band's second album. 'Weltanschauung' is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'a particular philosophy or view of life; a conception of the world'. The lyrical themes of 'Weltanschauung' thus reflect a desire to set out our perspective on, and perceptions of, life. Thus, the album runs the full gamut of emotions, running from the world-weary disillusionment of the opening track, 'Dreams No More', to the intense moral struggle of 'Voluptuary'. The intervening tracks range from the anger and scorn of 'Pariah' and 'Betrayal' to the bitter defiance of 'Via Dolorosa'. Positive emotions, too, have their place in Libitina's world, with this side of the band's character being shown in the euphoria of 'Thalatta Thalatta' and the flirtatious metaphysic of 'Something Of A Love Song'. From the industrial beats of tracks such as 'Virgins' and 'Voluptuary' to the gothic punk energy of 'Warpaint' and 'Pariah', the album provides an eclectic mixture of compositions. 'Thalatta Thalatta' and 'Via Dolorosa' are in a more dancey vein, whilst the band's gothic rock heritage is to the fore in 'Dreams No More' and 'Farewell My Love', the two most guitar-orientated tracks of 'Weltanschauung'.
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