ANGELS OF LIGHT
WE WERE ALIVE!
LIVE ALBUM YOUNG GOD RELEASE:
MAY 25, 2002 REVIEW: JUNE 4, 2002
Angels of Light is the current project of Michael Gira (founder and force
behind the powerful and legendary Swans). This disc is comprised of live
recordings taken from their 2001 US tour and it does not disappoint one
begins with one of the calmer tracks from their 2001 album "How I
Loved You" and then proceeds to become a brutish thug of an album
for the core of the set. I was one of the fortunate ones who saw them
on their recent tour and this live disc may not be the same as being there
but if you turn it up extremely loud, you will be able to get the gist
of what a viscerally enthralling show The Angels of Light put on when
they play out. Delicate interludes in the midst of absolute chaotic cruelty
which would make Glenn Branca blush.
navigates through songs from both Angels albums as well as two tracks
from his acoustic solo album of last year. But by far and away the finest
moment on this disc is the stunning track "All Souls Rising",
a rip-roaring combination of acoustic freneticism and percussive work
which would crack the skull of a deaf man wide open. Gira looked positively
possessed when I saw him do this song and that vibe is somehow seared
onto this disc. Swans fans will be quite smitten with this work as well
due to two Swans tracks being included: "God Damn the Sun" (from
1989's "The Burning World") and the all-time favourite of many
Swans fans "Failure" (from 1991's "White Light >from The
Mouth of Infinity"). The musicianship on this release cannot be praised
enough. This band deserves nothing less than absolute respect and awe,
for what they produce truly is angelic.
album is limited to 750 copies and is available from the Young God records
web site. All proceeds from this disc go towards completing the next Angels
album, a fine cause to get behind indeed.