Sutcliffe Jügend ‎– The Fall Of Nature

Etichetta:
Ground Fault Recordings ‎– GF/HOS-213, Hospital Productions ‎– GF/HOS-213
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CD, Album, Limited Edition
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1 The Fall Of Nature 58:20

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Limited to 1000 copies. Comes with a 4-page booklet.

Composed 2007.
Created and recorded in 2007.
Mixed 2007.
Artwork 2008.

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  • Barcode: 6 83119 80032 9
  • Barcode (Scanned UPC-A): 683119800329
  • Matrix / Runout: GFR/CA 08030434 THE FALL OF NATURE
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LW44

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rwortiz

rwortiz

26 ottobre 2019

Pardon my language, but I should make this opening statement as blunt as possible: Sutcliffe Jugend is a band that every noise fan should fuck with. Throughout their career, Kevin Tomkins and Paul Taylor have proven to be very versatile, starting out as meat-and-potatoes Power Electronics before morphing into something entirely different. Long gone are the days of simply screaming over industrial noise. By the announcement of SE’s retirement, they injected ambient, rock, and even classical influences in their sound.

This CD, however, is unique even by their standards. It is nearly an hour of pure sound. The same could be said for just about any near-hour long album, but here, it’s especially apt. The only album I can think of that is more fitting for such a description would have to be “Hanatarash 5”. Like this album, that also consists of a nearly hour-long electronic jam that deviates considerably from his usual work. That is where the comparisons end, however.

“The Fall Of Nature” is quite hard to categorize. It is noise, drone, dark ambient, industrial, power electronics, and none of them at the same time. It is an auditory journey through both heaven and hell. It is dreamlike and nightmarish. It is an album of contradictions that can be described mostly with contradictions.

The most PE the album gets is 4/5ths in. That’s where Tomkins’ trademark yells (otherwise absent here) start coming into view. I actually find this passage to be the weakest moment here, mainly because it doesn’t feel as cathartic as it should be, considering the buildup to it. Maybe they should’ve mixed the vocals more to the forefront. Luckily, the album does get somewhat chilling in the closing minutes, with dark ambience and distant sounds of footstep and hands grasping at... something.

Overall, despite a somewhat weak (as least to me) climax, “The Fall of Nature” stands as an excellent CD. Those new to the band might be better off with “When Pornography Is No Longer Enough” or “This Is The Truth” as starters. However, those looking for a sonic experience should definitely check this one out.