Enigma’s 8th album is called The Fall Of A Rebel Angel. Release date is 11th November 2016.
If you pre-order on iTunes, you will receive an instant download of “Sadeness (Part II)” on Oct. 10. There will be, according to Enigmaspace.com, four versions of the album:
The Deluxe Editionis a double CD in a high quality digipack with a 40-page booklet, the complete album and a Bonus CD of the story behind ‘The Fall Of A Rebel Angel’, read in three languages and underlayed with original music. The Standard Edition contains all 12 songs from the new album and an extensive booklet including the story of ‘The Fall Of A Rebel Angel’, as well as a painting of Wolfgang Beltracchi for each song.
This Youtube-video does not contain any real sound clips – but it sets just the right atmosphere.
Here’s a description of the album:
“The Fall Of A Rebel Angel tells the story of no one and everyone. Our “hero” is a human being like you and me. One day nothing seems like it used to be. He feels monitored and not in control of his destiny. He’s scared and does not know of what and why. His life seems to slip away from him. While navigating through an imaginary town he has experiences that change him. He meets a priestess whose God is Marquis de Sade – a continuation of the legendary Sadeness (Part I) from the first Enigma album, MCMXC A.D. While wandering restlessly through this new world he learns that sexuality has nothing to do with luck, that faith no longer lives in cathedrals and death doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. These experiences give him the strength to let his passivity go. He destroys his own reflection in the water of a lake and accepts responsibility for his life.
To tell this story, Michael Cretu’s music summons childlike wishes, dreams, visions and imagery drawn from memory. With quotes from religious texts, literature and pop culture, it leads the listener through a coloured labyrinth of the subconscious in search of identity and security in a world that is cold, dangerous and indifferent to the individual. One can always imagine a distant cry for love within the soundscapes of this album.
The Fall Of A Rebel Angel is the musical parable of a sensitive artist’s view of the human condition. The twelve musical chapters are based on an epic poem of the writer and playwright Michael Kunze included in the album. 13 paintings of Wolfgang Beltracchi, the genius painter who had to hold up a mirror to the world of art before he got the praise he deserves, complement them.
Enigma is a constant in the fast paced world of pop music. The gaps between his releases are long. The spirit and the ambition of The Fall Of A Rebel Angel build a bridge back to the first Enigma album and also lead the way into the future. Michael Cretu’s new masterpiece was worth the long wait.
It was not three years this time, not six. But Eight.”
01 Circle Eight (feat. Nanuk)
02 The Omega Point
04 The Die Is Cast (feat. Mark Josher)
05 Mother (feat. Anggun)
06 Agnus Dei
07 Sadeness (Part II) (feat. Anggun)
08 Lost In Nothingness
09 Oxygen Red (feat. Anggun)
10 Confession Of The Mind
12 Amen (feat. Aquilo)
Also see more on Universal’s page.