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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Mercyground
  • ASIN: B000TJ6ZKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gaia
2. I Am Warrior
3. Fell To Regret
4. In Answer
5. Into My Own
6. The Antler King
7. Sedna
8. The Hunt
9. This is Not A Dream
10. Death Is the Ultimate Woman
11. We Are the One
12. Like Animals
13. The Turnaway
14. A Good Thing

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Product Description

Intense electro-tribal darkwave with pagan overtones and profound lyrics by Monica Richards of Faith and the Muse fame. InfraWarrior, composed by Monica Richards alone, is at once hard-hitting and sensual, a revolutionary and seductive culmination evolving from her many years as an Independent artist. InfraWarrior ranges from Neo-Classical and World Music to Avant Garde melodies; at times personal and at times filled with rage at unaddressed social issues, Monica is an artist that is not afraid to speak her mind. Monica Richards, who began singing in her early teens fronting bands during the heyday of the Washington D.C. early 80s' hardcore punk scene, is best known through her years in the Darkwave/Classical duo of Faith and the Muse. Highly respected for her strong voice, deep poetic lyrical sense and the ability to take her listeners to another realm, InfraWarrior is the music that fans of Monica Richards have been waiting years to discover. Monica's InfraWarrior album has a number of special guests, including Matt Howden, Paul Mercer, Lustmord, Fred 'Freak' Smith, Jarboe, kaRIN, and a special spoken word by Monica's father, Lloyd Richards. Produced by William Faith and mixed by Chad Blinman.

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Beauty in her voice, conviction in her words, and blood in her teeth. Monica Richards sheds the escapism that many Faith and The Muse fans expect, and gets down to business. The frequent Afro-Celtic beats suggest that these songs address (tragically) ancient issues. The opening 'Gaia' is, ironically, written and spoken by Monica's father, Lloyd Richards. It's a fitting start, the premise that the earth itself is a Mother entity. The patriarchal crimes Monica Richards denounces will continue beyond her lifetime, but her words will echo into the future as well. Songs such as 'I Am Warrior', like an Amazonian bonfire dance with tribal rhythm, chanted vocals and layered harmonies. 'Into My Own' - Celtic rhythm gives way to hard rock, with some of the best singing on the album; Fred "Freak" Smith brings a clean, hard Tool-ish guitar to the party.'Sedna' - A siren song with a lurching, neo-martial groove; Jarboe has a spoken-word piece in this one.'The Hunt' - An ominous spoken piece with ambient dread courtesy of Lustmord: the calm before the storm, which comes four and a half minutes into the song, 'Death Is The Ultimate Woman' - A hypnotic piece with a Middle Eastern appeal. Layers of speaking and singing entwine like snakes, and 'We Are The One' - The most modern-sounding track. It's a cover, and this version has Depeche Mode appeal. 'Like Animals' - Solemn, gorgeous vocals with no music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. - Scott Sweet --amazon.com

All in all, InfraWarrior installs a new dynamic for Monica without breaking with the evocative musical universe of Faith And The Muse. The latter, in addition, will not see its end through the emergence of Richards as a solo artist. Simply, it adds to the whole of the subtle and hypnotic progression towards more concern for the world. InfraWarrior clearly gains ground on the music of Faith And The Muse, and even reminds me of the roots of William Faith and the Christian Death/Rozz Williams period 1993/1994. Monica was not part of this experience personally, her American hardcore and punk roots come from bands like Hate From Ignorance, Madhouse and Strange Boutique. Leaving these primal beginninings, her voice continues the search for clean dynamics and proves on the globality of this first test solo that the spirit can rise above the hardness of Rock. InfraWarrior is a success, and if this solo album of the Lady proves less explosive than the work of Faith And The Muse, it does have any less relevance. - Emmanuel --obskure.com

Like a true daughter of Lilith, Monica Richards dedicates her first solo work to the Woman from all perspectives: Mother Nature, the oppression of society, the Sensual Female, Mythology, the Slavery of the Ages, and Death. --sonidobscuro.com

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sweet on November 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Monica Richards sheds the escapism that many Faith and The Muse fans expect, and gets down to business. The frequent Afro-Celtic beats suggest that these songs address (tragically) ancient issues.

If you haven't heard Monica Richards or F&TM (and WHY THE HELL HAVEN'T YOU?!?), her vocals range from folk crooning to punk snarling to whispered siren songs. For a full roster of the guest performers, go to Monica Richards' website.

The opening "Gaia" is, ironically, written and spoken by Monica's *father* (and Renaissance man) Lloyd Richards. It's a fitting start, the premise that the earth itself is a Mother entity. The CD isn't an anti-male screed, but it clearly states the brutality women and animals have suffered for millennia at the hands of men. While sexual slavery is more aptly applied to women, the term *slaughter* is sadly interchangeable between women and animals.

>End wordy dissertation, begin track reviews.

"I Am Warrior" - Tribal rhythm with chanted vocals and layered harmonies. Sounds kind of like an Amazonian bonfire dance.

"Fell To Regret" - Jungle-techno with violins and cellos. Lyrically, a litany of womanhood under political and physical siege.

"In Answer" - Mid-tempo, with pointed lyrics and spoken interludes among the verses.

"Into My Own" - Celtic rhythm gives way to hard rock, with some of the best singing on the album. Fred "Freak" Smith brings a clean, hard Tool-ish guitar to the party.

"The Antler" - The most overtly mythological track. A spoken word piece over an urgent rhythm.

"Sedna" - A siren song with a lurching, neo-martial groove. Jarboe has a spoken-word piece in this one.

"The Hunt" - An ominous spoken piece with ambient dread courtesy of Lustmord.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raven Digitalis on June 11, 2007
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InfraWarrior opens with an outpouring of emotion and spiritual awareness, indicative of the album's mission:

"Mother of life / she is kind, sometimes cruel / always indifferent to sacrifice, except for those who came in their time / fertility rites, the celebration of birth of the new year... Turn from the Goddess of Life and there is only Death / Turn from the Mother of Life and there is only Death."

InfraWarrior is the new solo project by Monica Richards, known for her musings in the darkwave/post-punk/Celtic band Faith and the Muse. This album includes guests ranging from her father Lloyd Richards, kaRIN (from Collide), and William Faith (of Faith and the Muse and Christian Death; the album was also produced by him), to violinists Paul Mercer and Kambriel (who is also a Gothic fashion designer). An awesome mix for an awesome album.

The album speaks of unity, of empowerment, of animal rights, of the earth and our impact. Insofar as genres, the record is overwhelmingly tribal. Again, the best way to describe this album is "Pagan." The deep drum beats secure its Pagan identity, and elements of darkwave, Gothic, ambient, rock, and chant secure it as quite Neopagan. InfraWarrior has few musical limits; it covers a broad spectrum of musical expression and, unlike many who attempt this, blends genres with a successfully brilliant transition from one sound to the next. Additionally, a number of vocal distortions grace the album; I feel this echoes the many faces of the divine, particularly the Great Mother, of which Monica Richards is a conduit. Initiatory status and the like notwithstanding, Monica Richards is a high priestess of our age--a statement I personally would never speak nonchalantly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe-maryland on December 27, 2007
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This is the latest in a long line of excellent and diverse work by Monica Richards. While she is most famous for her work in the "Goth Scene", this goes far beyond that. Spoken word and techno-Afro beat is all part of this and more. Listen to track #3 "Fell to Regret" first. This song rocks!
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By Jaratura G. on August 30, 2007
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InfraWarrior (`power from within') is the first solo project from Monica Richards. One-half of the Goth/Industrial duo Faith and the Muse, Monica Richards is passionate and enchanting. The album opens with "Gaia", a tribute to Mother Earth as a living being and the source of our lives, setting the tone of a magical, political, and an all-together innovative album.

InfraWarrior is blend of Monica Richard's spoken word, rich vocals, and evocative tribal/ritual rhythms and world beats. She seamlessly weaves Pagan concepts of the earth, animals, and female empowerment into unique tribal and cinematic soundscapes. Most notable are I Am Warrior, for which she calls upon Innana, Kali, Diana, and Rhiannon as well the Antlered King, the Hunt, and siren song Sedna.

Monica Richards fearlessly speaks her mind and inspires a world of unity in which the Earth and all living things are revered. InfraWarrior is in fact a musical spell of awareness and elevated consciousness. It is a call to what can be, a reclaiming of the world as a truly magical place. InfraWarrior is about revolution, as stated in the track We Are the One, "We will build a better tomorrow/The youth of today will be the tool/Society's children will fight for survival/Fate is our destiny and we shall rule."

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