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Mental Traveller
Love Is Colder than Death
Mental Traveller
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Having made a big splash with their 1991 debut, Teignmouth, Germany's Love Is Colder Than Death returned the following year with Mental Traveller--more of the same, really, but who could quibble? Susann Heinrich floats her...  more »


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All Artists: Love Is Colder than Death
Title: Mental Traveller
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Metropolis Records
Release Date: 5/16/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 782388000222

Having made a big splash with their 1991 debut, Teignmouth, Germany's Love Is Colder Than Death returned the following year with Mental Traveller--more of the same, really, but who could quibble? Susann Heinrich floats her sensuous, ethereal voice over Maik Hartung and Ralf Donis's elegant, cathedral-like symphonics, and it's all you can do not to melt away as the sweeping grandiosity of it all holds you in its spell. Fans of Dead Can Dance will be pleased by Heinrich's Lisa Gerrard-like tones, but there the similarity more or less ends, since all of LICTD's music is electronically generated and Heinrich possesses neither the presence nor the range of a diva like Gerrard. (A truer gauge might place Heinrich a hair closer to Bel Canto's Anneli Drecker, a siren in her own right.) Like Teignmouth, Mental Traveller is a schizophrenic mix of styles, neatly divided between the two halves of the disc. The first seven tracks are strictly Heinrich, backed by heavenly orchestral keyboards and, in some cases, light percussion. The last five songs see Hartung and Donis flex their muscles and perform a series of dark, industrial-flavored cuts with male vocals and more-aggressive electronic percussion. Strangely enough, the two parts of the disc work well together and prevent Mental Traveller from being crushed under the weight of its own beauty. After all, heaven doesn't exist without hell. --Steve Landau

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Brilliant foray into unexplored territory
Kent D. Kelly | Denver, CO USA | 02/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In the wide-open realm of gothic music, there are comparatively few bands who are willing to explore the fascinating rift between the ethereal and the industrial. Which is actually quite surprising, considering the bold and triumphant excursions made by Delerium (Semantic Spaces and forward), Lycia (Burning Circle), and even commercial ventures such as Enigma (MXMXC). These days, it's thankfully becoming more common, but when this album was made, it was an unusual and rare gesture.Although not nearly as bleak as Teignmouth, and not as classically orchestrated as Oxeia, this is perhaps LICTD's finest work. The vocals are more delicate and yet more assured than on the previous offering, the synths are tighter, and overall the presentation is more creative and confident, with its few explorations into truly uncertain ground being intermittent and non-intrusive.The music is a compelling mixture of the medieval (think Dead Can Dance), alluring (think Cocteau Twins), and even dance/industrial (perhaps a bit of And One). Looking back at this in retrospect, it's easy to see where such great new acts as Wench came up with their inspirations.Not a classic, but truly excellent, dark, and mysterious. Check it out!"
A title that speaks for itself
Alfredo José De Brito | São Paulo, Brazil. | 09/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Like "Oxeia" and "Teignmouth", "Mental Traveler" gives exactly what LCTD fans expect. This is an album your lonely nights can't miss. If you like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Love Spirals Downwards this is the right choice."
Sobering and Beautiful
M. Mierzwa | Davis, CA USA | 06/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"LICTD's second full-length album, Mental Traveller, is my favorite of their first three albums, though at their last two Wave-Gotik-Treffen shows (2003 and 2005), I believe the only Mental Traveller song performed was "Veronensis" - a sign of the enduring popularity of this particular song! "Veronensis" is easily my favorite LICTD song, and although the album version can not compare to Susan's live performances, the point of having it on this album instead of catching it on their collection album, Auter, is that it is preceded by "Eclogue the Third". These two songs are a wonderful fit together and when listening to them, I like to imagine that I've been whisked away to an empty cathedral.

The entire first half of the album is simply beautiful to listen to as it is presented. I'd describe this album as a must in any Heavenly Voices or ethereal collection.

As with Teignmouth, Mental Traveller becomes much more aggressive and upbeat towards the second half of the album, with male vocals becoming much more apparent in the songs. After "Veronensis", my favorite tracks include "A Chain" and "Dear" which are lead by Ralf D. (i.e. lead male vocals), "Down and Out" in which both Susan and Ralf both share the lead vocals (i.e. a male / female mix), and "Nostromo" which in Susan's vocals do not overpower the beauty of the rest of the music coming from Sven and Maik.

My least favorite track would be "The Cenobites", however, it isn't that I dislike the track, but rather I find it an odd interruption to the flow of the rest of the album. This track has a much more traditional "gothic rock" sound, and I'd actually not describe this track as being ethereal.