Can’t beat a name like that eh? But can you live up to it? The answer, in the case of Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, is probably yes: they are appropriately unusual and mysterious, even cult-like. 1987 debut album The Gift Of Tears is being issued for the first time ever on vinyl, in a remastered edition of 1000 copies. Sink into this odd world.
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One day you’re waiting in the doctor’s office for a routine check-up and oh no it turns out your doctor’s really into neo-folk, so they put Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus over the intercom. Does it make you feel better? It doesn’t make you feel any worse; the lights dim, maybe some people start swaying existential sways, and the goth in you starts to appreciate the importance of lounge vibes.
Implementing hints of smooth jazz, goth, Kosmische and early post-punk aesthetics, it’s kind of impossible to know what Revolutionary Army stood for. ‘The Gift of Tears’, though, is an absolute treat of a mystery; its gaze is set on pastoral scenes, on the darkened woodlands of black metal and neo-folk, but complemented by hypnotic melodies and industrial urgency. In other words, there’s total clarity to the atmosphere Revolutionary Army are using, as shown on the gorgeous climax of “Tales From Europe”.
It’s the moments where Revolutionary Army go largely instrumental that I’m drawn to, because their atmosphere is cultivated through absence, in long stretches of melodic meandering; the seemingly endless mood music of “Come Holy Spirit” and the creaking, unwinding percussive noises of “De Profundis“ (which sounds akin to Jenny Hval’s “Holy Land”) serve as gorgeous mood music -- vocal-led tunes like “The Miller”, on the other hand, sound silly and overly grandiose, the twin voices overlayed with flute to sound as overserious as Death In June. At their best, I'd like nothing more than to listen to these folks jam to a tree.
9/10 Damian 19th November 2015
I remember buying this when it came out in 1987; I was 17 and in the first throws of buying anything that might be interesting based on either the cover or the band name; so the The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus was a must have. Chuffed with my new purchase I got home and stuck it on my turntable.
The incredibly haunting vocals singing these not-quite-hymns sent chills down my spine. The power of that deep sense of passion (in a religious sense) of the whole piece - I couldn't quite wrap my head around it. The needle slipped into the locked groove at the end of side A, and I sat wondering what the hell that was all about - was it subversive, was it sincere - nearly 30 years on, I still don't know, but now I don't care. I just think it's an amazing record that still stuns me when I play it.
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