CD Review: Merciful Nuns ‘Infinite Visions’ + ‘Ancient Astronauts’

By on 17 August 2011

MERCIFUL NUNS
‘Ancient Astronauts’ EP
SOLAR LODGE

This four track EP by Merciful Nuns, limited to 2000 copies, has been available since April and firmly sticks to the Nuns formula of dark guitars, deep and accented vocals and being heavy on the drum sound, having its feet very much in the trad goth camp. 

The EP starts off with ‘Ceremonial Passage‘, a sneakily dark and rumbling track that builds with a delightful glam feel to the guitars. The title song ‘Ancient Astronauts‘ is probably the stand out dance floor track here with Artaud Seth giving it his all whilst ‘Solstice‘, the faster track of the three  shows a veiled Joy Division influence that has had an underlying presence throughout. No surprise then that the final track is the very credible cover of Joy Division‘s ‘The Eternal‘. A brave choice given the sacred nature of Joy Division‘s music but one that paid off, not vastly different from the original but adding more than enough to make this the Nuns own.

[4/5]

 

 

MERCIFUL NUNS
‘Infinite Visions’ CD
SOLAR LODGE

This fairly short piece of work that accompanies the DVD ‘Infinite Visions‘ is a three part piece of music consisting of ‘The Sound of Nibiru‘, ‘The 12th Planet‘ and ‘The Annunaki‘. Starting with an eery intro of gentle sound the first part moves with a filmic quality using echoing drum sounds, sparse vocals, sound effects and has a slightly tumble weed Wild West feel to it through the guitar. Building to a huge anthemic guitar driven sound in the middle, and still being evocative of somewhere wild and lonely, it eventually slows back down to a gentle halt with the final eery vocals from Artaud, whilst all along screaming out for an accompanying video. Where one part ends and another begins is unclear but it all creates a beautiful whole.
A polished feel and worthy of the time spent in simply sitting back, listening and absorbing.

[4/5]

MERCIFUL NUNS
‘Infinite Visions’ DVD
SOLAR LODGE

This DVD is a full concert filmed live at SO36, Berlin on April 23 2011 and is the accompanying DVD to the ‘Infinite Visions‘ CD. One for the fans, largely shot from within the audience and interspersed with good close-ups and plenty of on-screen symbols and flash words of the lyrics, it covers a good cross section of the Nuns more recent body of work. The sound and visual quality is good and shows that they’re more than competent live performers. The package of the CD and DVD should sell the band to newcomers to the scene as well as reaffirming the quality of the output to existing fans, the DVD being one that surprisingly,  can be listened to as if it was a CD as live material can oft times be irritating.

[3/5]

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