Talented multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Turner has never been afraid to push boundaries with any of his projects. Nothing Is Real in particular has always blurred the lines of genres and styles both within metal and with the use of other outside influences.
His latest offering takes things even further and dives headfirst into the realms of psychedelic, progressive and acid rock. That said, the harsh and experimental elements that NIR has become known for are still maintained and in some instances amplified.
There’s an inescapable sense of authenticity about this album that has not been seen on previous releases. This is a result of the album being played in a fully improvised nature with nothing having been written or planned prior to performance.
The unique chemistry between Nick and his latest collaborative partner Jeremy Lauria is palpable. The two formed an almost immediate connection in the studio and this energy carries across the music where they operate almost as a single inseparable entity.
Despite coming in at just under ninety minutes, at no point on the album do things ever feel repetitive or forced. This is no easy feat for a fully live improvised recording.
If you’re looking for a truly unique offering that will take you on both a musical and spiritual journey, then look no further than Transmissions of the Unearthly.
Says Turner of the process: “These completely improvised sessions recorded live with guest drummer Jeremy Lauria over the course of two days resulted in transmissions of unearthly sounds and visions. These were then cut into tracks and overdubbed with extra guitars and vocals. Inspired by psych prog originators such as Can and King Crimson, this album was meant to transcend any preconceived machinations of the mind and cut to the deepest regions of the soul. Split into two parts symbolising the two competing sides of our psyche: one that yearns for chaos, disorder, and destruction, and one that yearns for order, meaning, and truth, always remembering that Nothing Is Real.”
Welcome to the Nightmare (Pt.2)
At First Chaos Came to Be
Tyrant of the Unreal
Spontaneous Energetic Interference
The Amusement Park (There’s Nothing for You Here)
Gnosis of Suffering (Way of the Coyote)
Final Transformation (Grotesque Metamorphosis)
Stoic Visions Beyond the Self
King of the Wastelands
A Passion Greater Than Life and Death
A Conduit to The Primordial
A State of Undeath (That Which Cannot Perish)
The Great Divine Sadness
The Whispers of Those Who Came Before
Manifestation of Hideous Beauty
Triumph Over All (To Be Continued Forever)