So it's no wonder I didn't want to wait too long to review this collaboration between Nadja and 'brutal orchestra' Vampillia. For those who don't know: Nadja is basically a drone duo from Canada. Vampillia is a Japanese band which combines heavy guitars with classical instrumentation and opera vocals with death growls. This way they explore the world of metal, noise, pop and experimental music in a stunning and awe-inspiring way. So what happens when you put both bands together? Well, apparently a constant mood of awe.
There's two songs, or better 'tracks' on this album. Each of them being an enourmous piece of music, perfectly combining the sounds that both bands originally produce. 'Imperfect Worlds' opens with massive guitars, reminding me a bit of Sunn O))). Then, gradually, Nadja's distinct guitar drones fade in, drums come in, piano and strings appear and before you know it, you're surrounded by some of the most brilliant blends of drone, doom, ambient, shoegaze and post-rock you'll ever hear.
'NeuPrimitive' opens a bit hesitant but slowly evolves in an equally amazing track with eerie violins and loads of guitar noise. However, within the noise, and especially in the quiet ambient passage in the middle, there's a lot of melody to be heard, mainly because of the piano and strings of course. This is dark music at its best, produced by two of the most talented acts in the scene today.
So yes, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this album. If you like any, or both, of these bands, you'll buy the best of both worlds here. In fact, if they ever decide do tour with this material, I wouldn't hesitate to trade my Godspeed! You Black Emperor ticket for a Nadja/Vampillia ticket, that's for sure.