Current 93 ‎– Nature Unveiled

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Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead) 18:59
The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small) 19:50

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LAY4, Lay4 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(LP, Album) L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords, L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords LAY4, Lay4 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
mi-mort 5 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(Cass) Mi Mort mi-mort 5 UK 1986 Sell This Version
MAL 123 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(LP, RE, Ltd) Maldoror MAL 123 UK 1989 Sell This Version
DURTRO/JNANA 94 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(CD, Album, RE) Durtro, Jnana Records DURTRO/JNANA 94 UK 2008 Sell This Version
DURTRO JNANA 94 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd) Durtro, Jnana Records DURTRO JNANA 94 UK, Europe & US 2008 Sell This Version
DURTRO JNANA LP 94 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(LP, Album, RE + 7", RE + RM) Durtro, Jnana Records DURTRO JNANA LP 94 UK 2008 Sell This Version
DURTRO JNANA LP 94 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(LP, Album, RE, Fuc + 7", RE, Fuc + Ltd, RM) Durtro, Jnana Records DURTRO JNANA LP 94 UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Current 93 Nature Unveiled(2xFile, MP3, Album, RM, 320) Not On Label (Current 93 Self-released) none Canada 2014
DURTRO 009CD Current 93 Nature Unveiled(CD, Album, RE) Durtro DURTRO 009CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
LAY4 Current 93 Nature Unveiled(LP, Album, RP) L.A.Y.L.A.H. Antirecords LAY4 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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bullfinchart

bullfinchart

May 30, 2016
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Nature Unveiled, CD, Album, RE, DURTRO/JNANA 94

Current 93 hit the mark from the off with Nature Unveiled, easily the strongest of the group's early industrial-tinged era. The album gets compared to Nurse With Wound, and although Stapleton's presence is obvious in the production choices, the sounds themselves are quite different from the NWW staples. Crowley chanting, religious choirs and Tibet intoning 'Maldoror is dead' is generally a lot more full on than anything Stapleton went about on his own.

Side 1, Ach Golgotha, is the strongest incarnation of the Maldoror theme, with layers of vocal effects, panning and strange unearthly sounds accompanying Tibet on his rant. Perhaps not David's finest hour, lyrically ("a shark shall fuck you, Maldoror" is hardly the most subtle exploration of the subject imaginable), but the overall effect is excellent, superbly creepy and strangely compelling. There's a particular sound, a distorted growl, which appears sporadically throughout the track that really sums up the track for me, sounding both human and totally inhuman at the same time. Great stuff.

Side 2, The Mystical Body of Christ in Chorazaim, is quite a different affair. Although many of the sound sources are the same - in particular, those choirs - the effect is much more in line with Tibet's apocalyptic vision. With his vocals pushed right to the back, the emphasis is on the gradually morphing musical loops that form the bulk of the track. The piece builds with a steady intensity throughout, reaching a climax as a distorted siren screeches repeatedly, possibly signalling the end of the world. The piece is both brutal in its attack and subtle in its details. The finest track in the band's initial run, and a highlight of the entire post-industrial scene.

Denis Blackham's remastering job on the 2008 reissue is sublime, bringing out the layers of detail brilliantly. The album never sounded better. Tibet's choice to return the album to its original format (minus the 1992 bonus tracks) is a wise one, as they distract from the album's coherency. The two live pieces were later released as the Dogs Blood Order CD, and Lashtal and No Hiding From the Blackbird fit into the (rather large) 'interesting curios' department of the C93 discography - none of the tracks are essential.
iblackmovement

iblackmovement

April 14, 2016
referencing Nature Unveiled, LP, Album, LAY4, Lay4
Faure's 'Requiem" is sampled and used in "The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim"
WORLOCK

WORLOCK

April 23, 2013
edited 3 months ago
referencing Nature Unveiled, CD, Album, RE, DURTRO/JNANA 94

This is my beloved Current 93 album,
the music is very dark, creepy and mesmerizing.

This is a review of the two cds versions- 1992 cd and 2008 cd remastered :

Track 1: Ach Golgotha (Maldoror Is Dead): 18:59

Listening to this track creates a feeling that
you are trapped in a dark cave, a cave with horrible creatures. you only hear their voices but you still do not see them...... You know you can't escape.
David Tibet prays prayers of mourning , he cries and yells, the vocals accompanied with mesmerizing layers of sounds, from 10:50 m' there is an attack of sounds which taken from other worlds ,
there are lots of Reverb and Delay effects on the sounds and on David's scary voice ,those effects on the voice and other vocal manipulations create amazing listening experience .

Track 2: Chorazaim (The Great in the Small): 19:51
Here we have
Choir of ghosts from the underworld and Dark minimal electronic, at the end of the track there is very noisy sound of psychotic machine ,a sound which intended to melt your brain.

Listening to the cd at high volume might cause the neighbors to escape from the building.
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There are dramatic differences between the first cd edition (1992) and the second remastered version cd (2008):

on the remastered cd the vocals more clearer, powerful and louder than the vocals on the original cd (and so is the music) , the sounds more sharper and you can hear every detail ,
on the original cd version the vocals more lower in terms of volume except one very thick vocal tone which stand very up front in the mix.

The original cd 1992 has 6 bonus tracks!,
all of them a fantastic addition and they are not appear on the remastered cd!
The music on the bonus tracks creates very dark and bizarre atmosphere .

I have both cd's versions and both provide thrilling and challenging listening experience (every one in a different way.
Nalampus

Nalampus

September 11, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Nature Unveiled, LP, Album, LAY4, Lay4
I don't know if anyone else is interested, but a lot of the art that grabs my attention contains esoteric elements, and I like to investigate them. After first listening to this album, I wanted to know who Maldoror was.

The Wikipedia article called: "Les Chants de Maldoror" gives the following information. (There's more. This is a snippet.)

"Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror) is a poetic novel (or a long prose poem) consisting of six cantos. It was written between 1868 and 1869 by the Comte de Lautréamont, the pseudonym of Isidore Lucien Ducasse. Many of the surrealists (Salvador Dalí, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, etc.) during the early 20th century cited the novel as a major inspiration to their own works.

The work concerns the misanthropic character of Maldoror, a figure of absolute evil who is opposed to God and humanity, and has renounced conventional morality and decency. The iconoclastic imagery and tone is typically violent and macabre, and ostensibly nihilistic. Much of the imagery was borrowed from the popular gothic literature of the period, in particular Lord Byron's Manfred, Charles Robert Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer and Goethe's Faust. Of these figures, the latter two are particularly significant in their description of a negative and Satanic anti-hero who is in hostile opposition to God. The last eight stanzas of the final canto are in a way a small novel dealing with the seduction and murder of a youth."

I'm new to this Web site. This is my first post. If I have broken any rules about what can be discussed, it was unintentional.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

June 26, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Nature Unveiled, LP, Album, LAY4, Lay4

I doubt I will ever listen to a scarier record than "Nature Unveiled". The distant Gregorian chants, echoed like they were inside a cathedral, David Tibet's filtered and effected demonic voice, metal percussions, bells, gongs, noises and an allucinated atmosphere is what waits for you on the first side. On the other side there's a crescendo of spastic prayers, children weepings, more distorted Gregorian chants, drills, and a final total chaos of almost unbearable tension. If you wonder what Current 93 have to do with industrial music, here's the asnwer. This is probably the music Bach would have composed if he was born in the 20th century.
I love Tibet's folk songs and magick poetry, I even respect his turning back to Christianity after having contempted it so much in his early works, but "Nature Unveiled" will forever be my favourite Current 93 album. This LP changed my life, definitely. Nothing that came after every matched it.