500 only limited vinyl repress on clear frosted vinyl. Sonic Jesus blew away audiences earlier this year with their debut album of unrelenting sonic intensity, Neither Virtue Nor Anger, and the soul shattering live performances that followed. Due to demand, Fuzz Club are re-releasing the album on vinyl.
A four sided epic of industrial darkness, Neither Virtue Nor Anger rippled through the underground selling out records and shows and gaining critical acclaim from Consequence of Sound, The Quietus, Drowned In Sound, Clash Music, and Exclaim! giving the Italian duo near-deity status among fans and contemporaries. Clash Music put it well when they said ‘If you decide to name your band Sonic Jesus then you're going to need to back it up with something special.’ Indeed they did.
Sonic Jesus say the album represents 50 years of music, and critics have noted many influences among the guitar laden electronica and fuzz: industrial noise, post punk, folk, glam rock, heavy metal, calypso and more ‘traditional’ new psych sounds such as psychedelia, blues and shoegaze. But rather than sounding like a schizophrenic pastiche, Neither Virtue Nor Anger has been praised as a rich and masterful creation, made by highly talented musicians who combined their influences then left them to simmer and dissolve together to form a new entity, which is something much more interesting and complex than the sum of its parts.
The Quietus says ‘Its uncompromising dedication to pursuing its own singularly dank metaphor lifts this record above its peers towards the flagellant intensity of Current 93 or Swans...Sonic Jesus have conclusively proved themselves the contemporary masters’.
The album not only showcases the incredible skill and creativity of the artists involved, it also drives a stake in the ground for the future of the psych, which some say is starting to suffer under the fatigue of homage and sameness.
Drowned In Sound said “Neither Virtue Nor Anger goes above and beyond the realms of your average psych record. Sonic Jesus can lay claim to releasing one of the scene's – and this year's – finest collections. If Sonic Jesus are the unbridled new future - modern, raw, experimental and forward looking - then it’s a future we want to be part of”
Shindig Magazine has called them “one of Psych’s best kept secrets”, Drowned In Sound compared them to Brian Jonestown Massacre combined with the sonic intensity of A Place To Bury Strangers.
4. Sweet Suicide
6. Lost Reprise(Francesca)
7. Paranoid Palace
8. Drift 22
9. Monkey On My Back
10. Whore Is Death
11. My Lunacy
16. Kali Yuga