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Gilded Eternity

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1. Vapour
2. Afterglow
3. The Nail Will Burn
4. Blood
5. Breathe into Me
6. From Centre To Wave
7. Be Here Now
8. Shot With A Diamond
9. Nail Will Burn (Burn Out)
10. Arc-Lite (Sonar)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000008HU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Salmons on April 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who have never heard Loop: imagine a massive drill boring into the earth, ever spinning, digging a deeper and deeper hole, ever approaching the core, digging with more intensity until you think it's going to crack the earth wide open. Or perhaps you are a yogi, entranced, the mandala of your mind spinning in a pool of pure sound that is impossible to escape. If Loop were an ice cream, it would be a raspberry sorbet that could melt nails. They pile on so much density, so much pure sound in each track, it seems it would destroy it. The sound is molten and sweet and bitter and razor sharp all once, with just enough cosmic glue to hold it together.

These guys may not have invented drone-rock (look to late sixties obscurities Silver Apples for that honor) but they perfected the form, successfully marrying the hypnotic repetition of drone with pure sonic crunch of the Stooges (Spacemen 3 worked that angle too, but Loop swamps them in my opinion). Early efforts like Heaven's End trafficked in the same sort of noisy pop as contemporaries My Bloody Valentine, but with that repetitive, droning, time-warping structure. Subsequent LP Fade Out is Loop at a new apex, a perfectly cut diamond, prefiguring and outgrunging grunge.

Their swan song A Gilded Eternity betters Fade Out with more sophisticated melody, albeit in the same repetitious vein. "Vapour" opens the album in standard Loop fashion, a buzzing anthem dropping Stooges and Sonics references. "Afterglow" sounds vaguely eastern, a whirling dervish with a stomp box. By what used to be the last song on side one (and still is, at my house), "Blood," the album turns in a tantalizing direction: for lack of a better term, drone/ambient.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blueearth on August 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
An excellent album. A mish-mosh of Sonic Youth, Can,

My Bloody Valentine, psychdelia with a dash of Black Sabbath. Just about every track on this album is excellent, and I think its too bad these guys disbanded. Main was decent, but all of Loops albums have a good driving beat with the mix of guitar textures that Main lacks. This one is where they seem to have gotten the mix just right. Its heavy, yet it floats at the same time(?) After almost 14 years, I still have not grown tired of this album. A good album for driving in the desert late at night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kabalabonga on March 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
My 1990 cassette copy of "A Gilded Eternity" has long since been atomized and levitated away in a fine shower of particulate. It felt like I wore that copy out within a year of its purchase. It was the perfect music for entering headspace through all sorts of avenues, and attentive listening consistently revealed new depths to Loop's final release. This CD is a bonus release, but I'd rather concentrate on the original material, which was trailblazing enough.

Loop's sound shares some surface similarities with Spacemen 3, in that it was heavily-amplified, guitar-driven, effects-laden, and highly repetitive in form. But Loop's sound had a more visceral quality to it; it was massive, monolithic, propulsive, and in its standout tracks carried not only a psychedelic edge, but one that truly embraced and explored the more sinister aspect of that sound.

Nowhere was that more present than on "Blood", the fourth track. A sinuous, heavily processed guitar tuned to a minor key weaves its way through repetitive, tribal percussion and bass-line. The surreal, hallucinogenic quality of the track is amplified even further by Robert Hampson's phased, echo-laden vocals, described at the time by critic Michael Yockel as having been "...phoned in from Jupiter."

Most heavily layered of all of their tracks, "Be Here Now" represents the apotheosis of Loop's sound, and "A Gilded Eternity" the natural conclusion of the direction they chose to take as a band. This is the most conventionally structured song on this release, and yet it still manages to sound as if it's emerging from the deepest recesses of a universe where everything is opiated and the number of fixed, recognizable dimensional points are truly infintesimal at best.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Levitt on May 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Loop, is a band that seems to have vanished from the radar screens of the cool kids. Too bad, because this record is pure pleasure. Very trance inducing music like the track , "Be Here Now". These albums deserve a reissue, as do the Main and Hair and Skin Trading company albums. This band and its offshoots way beyond their time. Worth every penny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Angell on May 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Salmon's review says it better than I can. I ran across the cassette back in 1991. It was sent to the newspaper I worked for for a review that never came. It was WAAAAY over their heads..hell, it is over mine. I love music of all kinds, and although I bought Psychocandy (credited with starting the breif movememt) when it first came out, I never knew there was such a thing as "shoegazer" until this last year when I came to amazon to replace that aging cassette.

I have to say this is music on another planet. I is undefinable and utterly unique; hypnotic and unnerving. I now own more Loop, and this definately their best work.

This record will never age; it timeless, Johnny Cash timeless, Hank Williams timeless.

Too bad folk not actually looking for this stuff can't hear it.
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