Dead Can Dance ‎– Dionysus

[pias] ‎– PIASR440LPX
All Media, Deluxe Edition
Vinyl, LP, Album, Purple
CD, Album


Act I
A.I Sea Borne
A.II Liberator Of Minds
A.III Dance Of The Bacchantes
Act II
B.I The Mountain
B.II The Invocation
B.III The Forest
B.IV Psychopomp
Act I
CD-1.I Sea Borne
CD-1.II Liberator Of Minds
CD-1.III Dance Of The Bacchantes
Act II
CD-2.I The Mountain
CD-2.II The Invocation
CD-2.III The Forest
CD-2.IV Psychopomp

Companies, etc.



Released as deluxe 16-page 12” x 12” hardback picture book with padded cover.
Heavyweight purple 12” vinyl, includes the album on CD.

Hype sticker on shrink:
Deluxe Edition

Sixteen Page 12"
Hardback Book With
Exclusive Artwork

Heavyweight Purple
Transparent Vinyl & CD

On back:
℗ 2018 Dead Can Dance. © 2018 Dead Can Dance.
Under Exclusive License To [PIAS] Recordings
Made In The EU.

Hardback book:
Recorded, Mixed And Produced
At Ker Landelle Studios, Bretagne, France

Mastered At Abby Road Studios, London
By [...]

Cover Photography And Design By Brendan Perry
'Sea Borne' Photography By Sacha Styles On Unsplash
Additional Photography Licensed From Shutterstock

Dedicated To The Memory Of Frank Lovece

On lables, LP & CD, outer ring:
℗ 2018 Dead Can Dance. © 2018 Dead Can Dance. Under Exclusive License To [PIAS] Recordings

Pressing plant and manufacturer are uncredited, derived from the runout stamps.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (On back): 5051083139250
  • Label Code (On back and labels, LP & CD, outer ring): (LC07800)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 1): PIASR440LP-A 176119E1/A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 1): PIASR440LP-B 176119E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 2): PIASR440LP-A 176119E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 2): PIASR440LP-B 176119E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout CD): PIASR440LPX/CD E83105
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LD02
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5J03
  • Rights Society (On labels, LP & CD, outer ring): SABAM/BIEM
  • Other (CD catalog number): PIASR440CDX

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PIASR440CDP Dead Can Dance Dionysus(CDr, Album, Num, Promo, Wat) [pias] PIASR440CDP Europe 2018 Sell This Version
PIASR440 Dead Can Dance Dionysus(2xFile, MP3, Album, 320) [pias] PIASR440 Europe 2018
none Dead Can Dance Dionysus(2xFile, FLAC, Album) [pias] none Europe 2018
none, ALTMX0220 Dead Can Dance Dionysus(CD, Album, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, Altafonte none, ALTMX0220 Mexico 2018 Sell This Version
PIASR440CDX Dead Can Dance Dionysus(CD, Album, Jew) PIAS PIASR440CDX Europe 2018 Sell This Version


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April 27, 2020

top as usual. Nothing to regret and absolutely thrilled with my copy


November 20, 2018

This is a wonderful album to have and the limited edition book with it's superb track-linked photographs is the perfect packaging. This album cover is different to the previous 'arty' covers: quite a surpise / jolt. Brendan Perry's photograph for the cover is well chosen - it makes you think about the music, where it's come from and where it goes (the deep black eyes absorbing all light and not emitting / giving anything). And I like the fact the image is Perry's photograph, his creation and choice for music DCD have created.

Regarding the purple vinyl - yes it is translucent, but only in certain states of mind and when you play the music - I could see straight through it, almost as though the vinyl had disappeared. It's a very clean sound production. I love vinyl when it is produced this well.

The music is different in that it is 'one piece' in two acts. It is not a collection of beguilingly beautiful songs, there is a sense of progression with this piece of music. The final part of the album (Psychopomp) is a wonderful merging of Lisa's and Brendan's voices - Lisa's voice sounds so beautifully pure in this part.

I've always said DCD's music is a gift and I am so glad they are back together again - to perform whatever they want . . .

[NOT GRIPES: I would have liked a bit of text, regarding the meaning of the album / Dionysus / perhaps lyrics / personal significance. Also, I wonder where the theatre photo for The Invocation is taken? Is it a fabrication, photoshopped to create an idyl of a past gone? It's not the theatre of Dionysus in Athens as the background would include city.]


November 16, 2018

...mine is opaque too, not transparent purple as specified on the sticker. Curious?!?


November 14, 2018
If Aion and Serpent are your favorites, you’ll love this. It’s their best in decades.


November 12, 2018
Is the 'purple transparent' vinyl (which the sticker claims) basically opaque IRL, or is this just my copy?


November 7, 2018
Couple of minutes ago I bought the ordinary Vinyl version. Yes, I was thinking of buying the "deluxe" but I do not see the point of buying it because of the photos - which are without any question good ones! But for the 40€ you'd pay more for the "deluxe" I buy a complete art book with dozens of excellent photos, usually with an introduction, accompanying text etc...!


November 4, 2018
edited over 3 years ago

Dionysus is the best Dead Can Dance album since Into The Labyrinth. Mythical, spiritual, magical, timeless... And an extraordinary experience. It is incredible what they did here with World Music !!