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Nadja - Touched (10/10) - Canada - 2007

Genre: Ambient / Drone / Doom Metal
Label: Alien8 Recordings
Playing time: 60:01
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Muttagen
  2. Stays Demons
  3. Incubation/Metamorphisis
  4. Flowers Of Flesh
  5. Untitled
Nadja - Touched

Perhaps it's the idea behind NADJA that is the reason I like it so much. For those new to NADJA, imagine getting a JESU song, making it twice as long, adding heaps of synths and then filtering it through a fuzz pedal. So beautiful, so blissed out, still heavy and overwhelming, but also compassionate, joyful and seriously epic. It's exactly the kind of music I want, which probably explains why I love it so much.

Anyway, this is NADJA's first release, and while it would be interesting to hear the original version of "Touched", I've got the re-worked version, and well, it's an absolute beast of an album. It's definitely Nadja's noisiest, heaviest, most riff orientated work, so this would be a good album to start on.

People who've heard the slightly newer NADJA may be a bit surprised by just how riff driven this is. Don't get me wrong, it's not very different from later releases, but it's still a surprising beast. "Stays Demons" combines the usual NADJA deal- crazy amount of synths, that blissful cacophony, with a pretty big riff, and some real nice vocals. It sounds a huge amount like stuff off JESU's first album, but it's a lot better then that. It's truely a triumphant song, quite major key and uplifting. It's probably NADJA's shining moment, and a definite warning to every other drone band out there- pick your game up, or these guys are going to own you.

The rest of the album is somewhat similar to this song, but a lot more murky and noisy. "Incubation" is a long, draining epic with a big guitar riff. "Flowers Of Flesh" is a bit darker, more epic and really noisy, while "Muttagen" is a bit of a slow(er) building track, setting you up for the other songs. I'm not quite sure how different the re-worked version is from the original version, but these songs seem more stripped down then the usual NADJA tune. There's still heaps of layers, just slightly less synths and more focus on the guitar and vocals.

Hmm, I'm realizing that I've rambled a bit with this review. But I have got NADJA on at a very loud volume, which is making it very hard to think. Let me just finish by saying that this is some seriously glorious, beautiful noise. Imagine the soundtrack for falling into the sun, as your body gets disintegrated and all there is is light and heat. Failing that, imagine a volcano but instead of lava there's awesome Drone. THAT IS HOW GOOD THIS IS.

Anyway, you should stop reading my clumsy attempts at metaphors and buy this album now.

**For the record I have the re-released version, get this one, it's totally different from the first one and a hell of a lot better**

(Online December 27, 2007)

Caspian Yurisich



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