City Canyons Records Releases New Album from Former Dead Can Dance Percussionist

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"Enter the Mysterium" Offers a Diversity of Music and A Fascinating Framework

The CD of the year for those who want a very special sonic treat is now available on the City Canyons Records label. It's the just released (March 1) "Enter the Mysterium" the new album from Peter Ulrich, seamlessly blending an array of musical genres--darkwave, dream-pop, ancient and medieval, new age, world and ethnic-- into a lush tapestry.

And while the music of "Enter the Mysterium" stands by itself in all its haunting beauty, the framework for Peter Ulrich's creation is fascinating stuff.

With the huge interest in books such as "The Da Vinci Code," "The Dante Club" and "The Rule of Four" exposing a thirst for exploring the mysteries and secrets of the past in literature, are we ready for a musical adventure into similar territory?

"Enter the Mysterium" is based on an imaginary trip through the Mysterium, the extraordinary library of the 16th century English scientist, alchemist and mystic Dr John Dee, which in turn leads into an exploration of the mysteries of the spirit and spirit world in Dr. Dee's England and all around the globe. Ulrich imagines a visitor to the Mysterium opening books that carry him away back and forth across the centuries to the worlds of witches, firewalkers, monks, medicine men and sun worshippers.

Prior to "Enter the Mysterium", Peter Ulrich was perhaps best known for his long-time collaboration with Dead Can Dance, the fabulously creative band of the eighties that explored new frontiers of music exploring world, folk, darkwave and a wealth of other forms. Ulrich joined the group in 1983 and appeared on albums like "Garden of Arcane Delights", "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" and "Spiritchaser," and was a touring member of the group until 1990.

"Enter the Mysterium" is similarly diverse to the Dead Can Dance albums but with brilliant pop influences that should cause it, while losing none of its stunning originality, to appeal to a broader audience. Mysterium features words and music by Ulrich, vocals by Ulrich and Ulrich playing both traditional instruments and a selection of exotic instruments from all over the world.

"Enter the Mysterium" is currently available at CD Baby (, at the City Canyons Records online record store ( and soon at independent record stores everywhere.

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