Reversed Nature ‘Into The Limbo’ Album Review


Words El Jefe

Ethereal and meandering, with the drums guiding the way through a sonic soundscape; the chiming bells, and cymbals punctuate the effects laden bass and guitar as they drift over the peaks and troughs, and land heavily on the ears of the listener. Dimitra’s vocals are just another instrument amid the sounds, although she does at times remind me of somewhere between Nico and Siouxsie Sioux, and give us something to hang on to as the music slides in and out of focus. In and out of focus isn’t a criticism either, just an indicator of the vibe of this record, which could also work well as a film score.

Into The Limbo is made up of four ‘songs’, but long trippy jams is a more accurate description. To be honest, it’s not the easiest to describe, but cool and moody nonetheless. Structurally, akin to listening to Bitches Brew, in the way it starts in one place but finishes somewhere completely different. Reversed Nature are definitely in no hurry to make their point either, preferring instead to lead us on a journey and let us make up our own minds at the end.

The first two are ten minutes each, with Mother Mary And The Chicken Snakes stretching to almost 16 minutes. The album winds up with the brief 4.31 minutes Understudio Jamming Session.

Track 2, Out Of The Limbo was my personal fave, with its build to the soaring, repetitious guitar riff, insistent cymbals and throbbing, tribal tom-tom rhythm. Sound-wise, they don’t really deviate in their approach to any of the songs on this, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing; The Ramones and AC/DC, amongst others, forged careers out of the very same attitude.

Overall, I dug this. They’re a unique and enigmatic experience, and if you like droning, zoned-out space rock, this would be a pretty cool addition to your collection.