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Gift of Tears / Mirror / La Liturgie [Import]

Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 1996)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Apocalyptic Vision (Ger)
  • ASIN: B000005YIT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Come Holy Spirit
2. Tales From Europe
3. The Miller
4. De Profundis
5. The Singing Ringing Tree
6. Beauty After The Fall
7. Dreams (Awakening Of A Child's Mind)
8. Lament (Ashes In The Water)
9. Transfiguration
10. Communion
Disc: 2
1. Shadowlands
2. Inmaculado
3. Joy Of The Cross
4. Hymn To Dionysus
5. Nostalgia
6. Theme De 'L'Homme Qui Ne Croyait Pas En Lui-Meme'
7. Psalm
8. Nativity
9. Man Of Sorrows
10. Theme Reprise
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funeral for XXth century civilization 5 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Actually, these are two albums - "Gift of Tears" (1987) and "Mirror" (1991) by the greatest underrated obscure band from Liverpool - mega-rarity. Within 10 years of existence the band released only 3 albums, the third one is in fact an EP, with 4 tracks only lasting for less than 30 min ("Paradise", released in 1995 on Apocalypric Vision).It is a disgrace that the band is not known better - their music should be taught in schools. Although compared with "Dead Can Dance" and often labeled as "ambient", neo-folk, industrial, etc, etc, the music of the band is in the league of its own, and is very difficult (and unnecessary) to describe - hypnotising melancolic chanting of angelic voice backed by tribal shamanic drumming and baroque melodies... Strong inspiration from Christian ecclesiatic music (Gregorian polyphonic singing reduced to minimalistic female-voice solo), while similar kind of singing was first used ages ago (Agemo's Trip to Mother Earth). Goth before goth (?) - in the same sense as "Close" (Closer) is considered as goth... Sad and sorrow, apocaliptic, a true lament for the vanishing culture and civilization of XXth century Europe...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Anarcho-Christian Collective Kisses The Earth & Sky 6 Mar 2004
By Michael Thomas Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. It's proof of an unjust world that this album has scarcely been available over the past ten years. Except those rare copies offered at prices of an arm and a leg.
Eschewing economics, the beautiful music of RAIJ has bucketloads of passion, mystery, innocence, and is rife with an adventurous spirit of experimentation. You can literally hear the joy in their musical discoveries, from track to track. In it, you'll hear a valid attempt invoking the spirit of Europe: From otherworldly Gregorian-style chants to madrigal acoustic guitars/flutes to echo-chamber percussion and floating electronic soundscapes, even excerpts from Cocteau's movie ORPHEE. That is, a musical journey from medieval times to our electronic era. And it's breathtaking to hear such imaginal leaps through their sound.
It wouldn't be too off the mark to consider their music in the "apocalyptic folk" tradition of, say, Current 93, Death In June, etc. And like this style, it takes acoustic instruments and collides them with electronic manipulations. But this collison is done in a way that is totally singular and without peer.
Only an anarcho-Christian collective like them could have brought all of these elements together: Acoustic-electronic, innocence-wisdom, lucidity-confusion, Christian-pagan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribable 31 Mar 2006
By Mrs. Danielle Marsden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lots o fairly nice stuff on this album, sorta interesting mix of folk/industrial noise with religious overtones. What makes the album for me, though, is the one track "Dies Irae", 8 minutes+ long, and indescribably beautiful and haunting. If you can find the album, buy it. I lost my copy in a fire five years ago and am still looking for a replacement
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten jewel 5 Aug 2008
By Golovanov Alexey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This unique album by an obscure band from Liverpool (actually, these 2 albums - "Gift of Tears" and "Mirror") is like a pearl thrown before the swine, first issued as Sanatorium Project in 1987. It is a disgrace that there are no re-issues available. To describe the music is a very ungrateful and useless task - let's say, "goth before goth"? - in the same sense as "Closer" by Joy Division might be considered goth... Anyway, it is full of sorrow and tragedy, mesmerizing Gregorian chanting of angelic female voice is craftly enchanced by tribal shamanic drumming. The singing has very deep roots - first used by "Group 1850" (Agemo's Trip to Mother Earth). There is a feeling of Christian rock. It is just beautiful, depressive, apocalyptic... I would say it is a lament for vanishing civilization. One of the best albums I've ever bought
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