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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cb6e66c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d66a138) out of 5 stars Epic, Legendary, Magnificent Oct. 27 2001
By Daniel Huth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is what I consider to be a bold turning point for Current 93. Previous releases such as "Dog's Blood Rising" and "In Menstrual Night" were far more noise/experimental oriented, and this is the most folk of their earlier recordings.
It starts off with Imperium I-IV which I believe to be some of the most ominous tracks ever recorded, especially if you're abusing the drugs Mr. Tibet was no doubt on when he recorded this. Imperium IV is the oddball here, being almost playful, but it isn't horrible.
The next four songs, which are easily mistaken as one, are POWERFUL, particularly "Or". These songs are (much like all Current 93) very religious in nature.
The last listed track is "Time Stands Still" and then there is a hidden track (on the original pressing only).
Personally, I adore this album and would give up many others for it. Think more structured and masterful "Christ and the Pale Queens". Well worth your time.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d66a18c) out of 5 stars "All meetings end in separations..." May 1 2002
By Matthew Heilman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the very first Current 93 release I heard after "Thunder Perfect Mind," and it remains the most influential and striking. I pretty much have every studio release Mr. Tibet has done, but I keep coming back to this one.
"Imperium" is unfathomably depressive and gorgeous. If I am not mistaken, the album was recorded during a period of illness in David Tibet's life. It is a DARK release, moving from a whisper to a scream (literally) The lyrics are deeply influenced by Biblical passages, especially Ecclesiastes and are much more allied with the emotional meaning of these passages than the damned Byrds' song!
"Imperium I - III" are very minimalist tracks, with droning samples and odd music that has the effect of old Victrola records being played underwater; very distant and haunting, as David whispers and speaks above it all. The begining of the CD borderlines upon creepy and nightmarish, but it is always very somber. The lyrics explore various dichotomies and paradoxes of death.
The latter half of the CD descends into an even more claustrophobic and violently manic mood of anger and despair. First with the dark rhythmic groove of "Locust" - "what is all this love for?" I always loved the lines when David shouts "AND SHATTER THE SHUTTERS!" As dark and introspective as the album is, it offers some amusing and humourous highlights that only twisted fans of Current 93 could probably appreciate.
Anyway, the chills are profound as the music climaxes and David repeatedly shrieks "Take me to my dead Christ! CARRY ME! From shore to shore" He settles down eventually for the absolutely devastating finale. A simple yet effective bass line fills in the background as David continues to poor his heart out. "Even Death is better/than this useless life."
This album is almost painful to hear. Nonetheless, that is what makes it so powerful. It is a long, fluid, continuous exploration of human suffering and the hope for healing. An epic release and definitely one of Current 93's most important albums. Highly recommended...
HASH(0x9d66a5c4) out of 5 stars SERIOUSLY HILARIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL (dark my arfffalffar).....) Nov. 11 2013
By meurig - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this it was around 85 and I could then only listen to the second side...but over the years on and off I have grown to love it more and more....The shear beauty is there to be heard...but also over the years I find this album (as much of tibet's work to be increasingly hilarious....)but not in its over the topness but in its subtlety . If this stuff was too obvious it would simply fail....but it takes you on a journey that just brightens up your after favourite part though is when he bangs on about Christ getting nailed to a tree then getting sold to the Jews by Judas ,getting murdered by the Jews and getting licked all over by Joseph and so on in a nursery rhyme kind of style.....and even while I write this and think about it I crease ....when ever I listen to it I p*** myself ....seriously a realLy great record....hilarious....To quote Tom Behringer in Platoon "every bodies gotta die sometime" BRILLIANT probably the best of Tibet's funny stuff.... depressing? gimme a break....
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d66a984) out of 5 stars Profound and Tragic Feb. 23 2002
By Shammy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A remarkable and deeply personal expression of loss and grief, "Imperium" mixes folk and contemporary music with religious allusion and poetic monologues. Completely unlike any other album I've ever heard, and highly recommended.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d66aa68) out of 5 stars Five stars is not enough Dec 17 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I rank "Imperium" as one of the best musical works of art of our century, and one of it's own kind. Imperium has been with me since it was released, and it has had a major influence in my personality. It's like a friend that you come back to once in a while. A deep, rewarding, emotional friendship. It dialogues with you in a cleansing process, a very pure stream of musically embodied meanings. Don't go there unless you're ready to go all the way!

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