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Album Review

Long lumped in with the industrial crowd due to label associations more than anything else, the Young Gods ultimately remain unclassifiable; while signing with Interscope meant some American marketing in the wake of Nine Inch Nails' huge breakthrough, the Gods remained their own unique outfit on this, their best album yet. Ranging from the brief, minimal sonic fragments like "Outside" and "Gardez les Esprits" to the acoustic (!) lament "Child in a Tree" to amped-up, overdriven post-techno devastations such as "Strangel" and the moody but charging "Speed of Night," the Gods create a consistently listenable album, demonstrating their considerable ability via variety while always providing songs to hum, sing, or just mentally mosh your head off to. "Kissing the Sun," a reworking of old R&B hooks like "Gasoline Man" but taken to practically apocalyptic levels both musically and lyrically, balances nearly a cappella verses from Treichler with crunching riffs that sound like Metallica played by Robotech battlecraft. The centerpiece, the 17-minute "Moon Revolutions," takes the epic aspirations of "Summer Eyes" one step further, starting with a typical enough Gods punch before settling into an unsettling ambient midsection that slowly fades back into a pummeling, driving conclusion going at full tilt. Sounding like nothing else recorded that year, Only Heaven more than maintains the unassailable reputation of the Gods as a constantly innovative, forward-thinking band.

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Memories.

when this album came out i was in 9th grade. i listened to it non stop, this is the electronic "dark side of the moon" with a sweedish Jim Morrison singing, but thats just my opinion. a distorted avant garde masterpiece. you can lose yoursef in "moon revolutions" if you know how to "listen". if your into KMFDM, NIN, Skinny Puppy, etc. deffinately get this, its different, and thats a good thing.

On my top 10 of all time

This is one of the greatest records ever made. No other bands sound like this musically or production wise. Many of the sounds on this release are musical and yet somewhat atonal at the same time. Its fascinating to listen to. I will listen to this forever.

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I like it
true industrial from '90.. must listen

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Swiss electro-noise terrorists the Young Gods traced their origins back to 1982, when Geneva-based frontman Franz Treichler, increasingly bored with his then-current new wave band, began experimenting with a small sampler. Influenced as well by the visceral power of punk and the grand drama of classical music, he began creating abrasive guitar and drum loops, and with sampler Cesare Pizzi and percussionist Frank Bagnoud, founded the Young Gods in 1985; named in an honor of a Swans composition, the...
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