Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

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Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun.jpg
Studio album by Dead Can Dance
Released 27 July 1987
Recorded April–May 1987 at Woodbine Studios, Warwickshire, England
Genre Neoclassical dark wave, dark wave, modern classical, dark ambient
Length 38:43
Label 4AD
Producer Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerrard, John A. Rivers
Dead Can Dance chronology
Spleen and Ideal
(1985)Spleen and Ideal1985
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
The Serpent's Egg
(1988)The Serpent's Egg1988

Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is the third studio album by the band Dead Can Dance. It was released on 27 July 1987 by record label 4AD.


By this time, Dead Can Dance were predominantly a duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, along with Peter Ulrich, after the departure of Scott Rodger and James Pinker in 1987.[citation needed]

On the sound of the album, the group commented, "We realised we had been limiting our musical visions [before], relying around guitar, bass and drums. These instruments weren't adequate to express a lot of the things we were hearing".[1] On the making of the album, 4AD label owner Ivo Watts-Russell commented, "I think the relationship between them and [producer] John Rivers was at its peak with [Within the Realm of a Dying Sun]. It's probably my favourite record of theirs".[1]

Gerrard's vocals featured prominently on the second half of the album, and her singing style often had mellifluous oriental overtones, especially on "Cantara".

The cover's photograph was taken in Paris, at the family grave of François-Vincent Raspail at Père-Lachaise cemetery.[2]


Vocals from "Dawn of the Iconoclast" were sampled by The Future Sound of London for their 1991 single "Papua New Guinea". American pop singer Fergie later also sampled "Dawn of the Iconoclast" for her song "Hungry" featuring Rick Ross, featured on her 2017 album, Double Dutchess. The song interpolated the chant with hip-hop beats and vocals from both artists.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.

side 1
1."Anywhere Out of the World"5:08
2."Windfall" (instrumental)3:30
3."In the Wake of Adversity"4:14
side 2
1."Dawn of the Iconoclast"2:06
3."Summoning of the Muse"4:55
4."Persephone (The Gathering of Flowers)"6:36
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Australia 27 July 1987
United States 8 February 1994


Dead Can Dance
  • Lisa Gerrard – vocals (5,6,7,8), all other instruments, production
  • Brendan Perry – vocals (1,3,4), all other instruments, production, sleeve design
Additional personnel
  • Peter Ulrichtimpani, military snare
  • Ruth Watson – oboe
  • Gus Ferguson – cello
  • Tony Gamage – cello
  • John Singleton – trombone
  • Richard Avison – trombone
  • Andrew Claxton – bass trombone, tuba
  • Mark Gerrard – trumpet
  • Piero Gasparini – viola
  • Alison Harling – violin
  • Emlyn Singleton – violin
  • John A. Rivers – production, engineering
  • Francisco Cabeza – engineering
  • Bernard Oudin – sleeve photography


  1. ^ a b "deadcan-dance.com". dead-can-dance.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  2. ^ The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined by Nancy Kilpatrick
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun – Dead Can Dance : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 

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