On October 24th, 1988, 4AD post-punk, ethereal, and world music band Dead Can Dance released their fourth studio album The Serpent’s Egg.
The album’s art features a serpentine river in an aerial photograph where singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brendan Perry explains:
“In a lot of aerial photographs of the Earth, if you look upon it as a giant organism—a macrocosmos—you can see that the nature of the life force, water, travels in a serpentine way”
The album’s two standout tracks are Severance, which was covered live by Bauhaus during their 1998 Resurrection Tour, and The Host of Seraphim, a track that is often used during scenes of anguish in film scores, such as the end of 2007’s The Mist.
- The Host of Seraphim
- Orbis de Ignis
- The Writing on My Father’s Hand
- In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings
- Chant of the Paladin
- Song of Sophia
- Mother Tongue