Exposé Online banner

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus — Mirrors
(Occultation LOGOS7E1052, 1991/2017, LP / CD / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-05-05

Mirrors Cover art

With the commercial and critical success of their 2015 release Beauty Will Save the World, their first new album in nearly 20 years, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (RAIJ) decided to reissue their 1991 album, Mirror. This elusive Liverpool-based collective defies musical categorization. Mirror was their second album , and it is an eclectic and diverse set of ten songs. In addition, the CD edition contains two bonus tracks from their 1992 EP Liturgie pour la Fin du Temps. The original album release was CD only. Now Occultation is also releasing the first ever vinyl edition. There is a definite resemblance to Dead Can Dance on many of the tracks, as well as their signature blend of ethereal beauty and stark brutality. There are various samples and field recordings integrated into the tracks, including dialog from classic European experimental cinema, medieval Spanish poets, and the dying strains of Albanian and East German propaganda broadcasts. There is a quasi-religious spiritual aspect to the music. “Joy of the Cross” is a beautiful acoustic guitar and vocal piece that could be a hymn. Then the song that claims to be hymn, “Hymn to Dionysus,” is a cacophony of crazed drumming that overpowers the vocals and the rest of the band. “Psalm” is an ambient reverbed cavernous song with ethereal female vocals. Then there is the experimental “Nativity” with the repeated spoken phrase, “wrap the child that we too may worship,” that RAIJ cuts apart and rearranges the words into different phrases. Even though this music definitely defies categorization, it all works wonderfully for a superb sonic excursion. With the resurgence of interest in RAIJ, they have embarked on two new projects: a new album and a proposed multi-media release that will eventually appear on the Occultation label. So stayed tuned.


Filed under: Reissues, 2017 releases, 1991 recordings

Related artist(s): The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus

More info
http://revolutionaryarmyoftheinfantjesus.bandcamp.com/album/mirror

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Patrick Gauthier - Bébé Godzilla – I've wished for a CD reissue of this — Patrick Gauthier's all instrumental post-Weidorje album — for many long years. Finally on December 24th I found it in a record store by total...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues