Nadja
Thaumogenesis


4.0
excellent

Review

by the2stranger USER (15 Reviews)
June 11th, 2007 | 27 replies | 11,065 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nadja strikes us with the most dense release in their impressive catalogue. One 1 hour lasting song takes you away on a journey beyond comparison. Unique and powerful, take of your shoes and let Nadja massage your spirit.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Everyone has heard stories of near-death experiences.
A long dark tunnel with the brightest white light at the end.
But all this aside, it’s always a choice of following the bright white light and meeting your death or going back to earth and put your spirit back into your body.
But what would happen if we didn’t have these choices and the tunnel would be your ’world’? You would hear the angelic hymns coming from the bright side of the tunnel and the dark whispers of the mortal life on the other side of the tunnel. The sounds from both ends keeps on resonating for an eternity in the tunnel, mixing the angelic, and dark sounds into an all covering wall of sound. The soundtrack of your life. Now, this is Nadja.

To bring it back to some more abstract terms, Nadja creates ambient drone.
The genre is very small and quite unknown. Nadja operates in the same terrain as Jesu, but with a totally unique sound, and has been doing so since 2002 . Where as the sound of Jesu can be rather mechanic and still has hints of the industrial days, Nadja is way more organic.
This release by Nadja released in 2007 is a real mammoth, clocking in at 61 minutes and 49 seconds, you’re in for a long ride. A song, or even a CD of this length may scare away some of you, but really, it fits, and everything is there for a reason. Nadja has created a very hypnotic release and the densest release so far in their catalogue. While earlier Nadja releases (which have just seen a re-mastering btw ), loose some atmosphere because of the production, this release is perfect. Every buzz and fuzz can be heard clearly and layer of layer of ultra sonic rumbling creates a true mammoth. The distorted ultra low sounds created by the guitars and synths are so overwhelming. Maybe a bit too overwhelming for beginners. But don’t let this gem pass you by because it’s too overwhelming. Cause actually the CD starts of very underwhelming. Some nice synth noises, accompanied by lightly strummed acoustic guitar fill the first 5 minutes of the disc, after that you’ll hear it building towards an climax and the o so crunchy guitars come in.
The feeling of this is like slowly being submerged in a nice warm bath, now isn’t that enjoyabl? Because of course, we mustn’t forget that this is still AMBIENT drone and not the dark drone side brought to us by Sunn O))) and companions. After a while you feel like you’re completely heads under water and the waves created by the water are the ’beat’ of the song. But how long can you keep your breath? At about the 20 minute mark you feel like you’re getting kicked out of your trance because the wall of sound is gone and all of the sudden a very minimalistic strumming takes over. But not for too long, cause it slowly build up again and after a while you’ll be surrounded by sound again. The forever repeated riff that starts at 35 minutes is so addictive. After being devoured by this monster riff, you’ll have a short break before slowly building up to the most dens part of the song. The song now feels more like being submerged in mercury then into water. At the end of this explosion you’ll be given the choice: following the white light at one side or the earthly existence at the other side?

You choose, but at least your journey has been spectacular.

Even though Nadja creates ambient music, this isn’t per say easy listening and will take some time before it sinks in. Whether you like this release or not, you can’t deny that Aidan* Baker (Nadja in reverse, but spelled with a J instead of I) and Leah Buckareff have created a dense release filled with great ideas. The music keeps smashing boundaries of what is music and what is ambient and therefore gives a very interesting look into the mind of the mastermind behind the project, Aidan Baker: dark, brooding and complicated.

4/5



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Angmar
June 11th 2007



2689 Comments


Hmm, pretty good review, you may wanna put a space in the middle paragraphs because it looks a bit wallish, but for being your first in 7 months this was superb.

MeowMeow
June 11th 2007



662 Comments


Yeah, you need to break that middle area like the Berlin Wall.
Other than that, excellent review. I will have to find this.

any14doomsday
June 13th 2007



678 Comments


I have one of there albums in my basement somewhere I remember it being pretty good.

This was a good review though, just cut that middle block of text in half.

Slaytan
December 2nd 2007



1186 Comments


That's a long song. May check this out.

Eliminator
February 28th 2008



2067 Comments


more people need to hear this

Neoteric
February 28th 2008



3243 Comments


yeah it's rad

pixiesfanyo
February 28th 2008



1223 Comments


elim, there is no way this is a 5/5.

Eliminator
February 29th 2008



2067 Comments


yeah probably
but i dont feel like being objective and/or reasonable

toolpeth182
June 30th 2008



190 Comments


i don't get it. i hear the intro, then i hear the heavy part after the intro.
and like 20 minutes later i'm literally hearing the exact same heavy riff, with the drums changing slightly every once in a while.

then it slows down.. with the same riff being played just more subtle.. with some new more relaxing sounds (this i liked a lot more than what i've already heard for the past 25 minutes >_

gmoneyguy
June 30th 2008



108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's called drone for a reason.

toolpeth182
July 1st 2008



190 Comments


it cut off my comment, but i was going to say that i really just don't understand how people can stand the dull-ass repetitive riff and call it 'addictive'. like it would have been fine for 5 minutes MAX, but for 20 minutes straight? no - too much, bud.

i did enjoy the middle section, however, so i'd personally rate it a 3/5.

Sponer
July 1st 2008



15 Comments


The whole tunnel comparison was awesome. I actually didn't read past that, but I'm gonna check these guys out. I'm downloading their newest one right now. and I'll see if the local shop has any of their albums tomorrow (though I doubt it).

Essence
April 4th 2009



3559 Comments


not as good as Radiance of Shadows

YouAreMySilence
April 30th 2009



3727 Comments


Amazing album art! Makes me want to listen

ameypv
April 14th 2010



807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

epic stuff this,makes me wanna listen to it again and again and again.awesome review too,except one mistake "Unique and powerful, take of your shoes and let Nadja massage your spirit."

->should be 'Off'.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2011



16126 Comments


Putting this on the turntable should be the perfect way to close out the day. Just makes me wish I had a woofer to complete my sound system. And some weed.

EverythingEvil2113
June 3rd 2011



1278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tried to listen to this last night and got like 6 minutes in before deciding i didn't have the patience for it at the time. I'll get through it eventually though.

psykonaut
June 3rd 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it definitely takes some time to sink in yeah

Rev
June 3rd 2011



9292 Comments


but once it does....

psykonaut
June 3rd 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

then BOOM goes the dynamite
or something like that idk



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