NADJA :: Bodycage
Equation Records :: E=mc15
  The Music   Originally released in 2005 as a very limited CDR release (Nothingness Records) then again in 2006 as a limited CD by Profound Lore Records "Bodycage" stands out a a definitive benchmark in the currently over-crowded field of drone/doom/ambient/post-metal (or whatever genre you feel most comfortable with). NADJA’S “Bodycage” is a moving and mind-altering experience, where magnificent layered sounds run through massive, near-synphonic, walls sound with a melodic undercurrent through a celestial sound canvas that runs its course through desperation and transcendence. And to further the aesthetic, the concept surrounding “Bodycage” focuses on a rare congenital disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, a disease in which the body produces an extra skeleton that immobilizes the joints of the body.

"Bodycage" represents such a seminal work in the field that Equation felt compelled to give this magnificent opus the full-blown vinyl treatment - and it sounds so much better for it!

The shear majesty of each side-long musical excursion encompasses despair through delight - emotions that are mutiplied by the pleasure of vinyl - where this work really does, and was meant to, belong. This release has the 2 main original "Bodycage" tracks plus new, specially recorded, Bodycage music adding a further 45 mins of music that can only be found on this release.

  Release Information

Artist :: Nadja
Title :: Bodycage
Format :: Double LP :: pressed on the highest quality 180g virgin vinyl (heavy)
Release Date :: March 2007
Edition :: 300 copies (total number pressed)
Pressing :: 100 copies on pure white & corrupted white vinyl (copies #001 to #100)
200 copies on black vinyl (copies #101 to #300)
Tracks :: Side A :: Clinodactyl [21:43]
Side B :: Autosomal (Version Two) [20:38]
Side C :: Autosomal (Version Three) [23:00]
Side D :: Ossification [20:42]
Sleeve :: 350g (heavy stock) full-colour glossy gatefold sleeve
Other Info :: Comes in a poly bag with a numbered insert, 7" by 7" errata and a matching numbered sealing sticker
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Heathen Harvest (review by Lord Lycan :: May 1, 2007) :: Visit their site here

I truly believe that Equation Records is the most beautiful, brilliant, and wonderful label out there today out of any genre. A mere 15 releases into their cause, they are still not only producing some of the highest quality releases to be found in Post-rock, Ambient, and Drone, but also do absolutely everything they can to make these releases special and promote their artists. I wish to the pagan gods that Equation Records released the type of music in which my personal band creates, because they would certainly be my first choice in label. First of all, there's the high quality glossy gatefold that the 2X LP is encased in. Thick, smooth, and beautiful, it beats the pants off traditional cardboard sleeves, and I am proud to say that Equation seems to do this with all of their releases. Then there's the actual press sheet (something I get surprisingly little of from labels). It's not only well-organized and high-quality, but also very informative and doesn't just ramble on about nothing that wouldn't help the reviewer out. Journalists appreciate this little piece of paper more than most people would ever realize. Then there's a special printed piece of paper explaining Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, as well as the hand-numbered unit in which your copy is. Even the catalogue sheet is unique in style and shape. To me though, the thing that put this release over the top was the explanation in the reason behind "spurious characters and typographical errors found in the small essay and lyrics on the inside-right panel of the gatefold sleeve". This explanation is printed on high quality glossy paper, and not only makes you aware of the problem before you find it yourself, but also states the corrections on the back of the paper. Most labels would just not give a shit at this point and let it go and hope no one really notices or cares. But Equation Records is dedicated to a higher quality of release. Only 300 copies exist of this beautiful piece of work because of costs, which bothers me because such a great label should be getting more business then it obviously is getting. I am also pleased to say that I have received one of only seven promotional copies of this album. So I think that I can say with some certainty that the admiration is mutual.
Having a paragraph that massive about just the label and the production quality of the packaging should tell you that the music itself is nearly flawless and incredible, but this is untrue. The music is not nearly flawless. It IS flawless. This is, without a doubt, even while staring directly into the face of competitors and even inventors of the genre like Earth and Sunn O))), the best drone doom release ever to see the light of day as of 3:52 PM EST one April 20, 2007. While this release first saw the light of day in 2005 as a CD-R release, the music finds itself at its best via the vinyl medium. This was the first in what was to be a collage of absolutely brilliant records by Nadja (as their previous albums weren't too overwhelmingly spectacular), but none of their future recordings ever matched the grace or overbearing bleakness that derived from Bodycage. Bodycage is an absolutely crushing release, built around a desperate melancholy that to this day is unmatched by any band that attempts to steal the throne away from Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff. Bodycage is about more than just music, more than just about emotion. This album is a man's soul bled into drops of vinyl. Each of these 300 copies of the LP represents a piece of Aidan's darkness, of the realm in his mind and heart that no one can see but him. With Bodycage, he successfully did what so many other emotional artists could only attempt to do in their long careers as musicians: he literally became the music in which he was seeking to create. And what lays before you now is one of the most fantastic works of art to ever grace this planet. As a journalist, I feel almost unworthy to review this album because I just cannot put into words how GOOD this music really is nor how it has touched my soul in a way that I may never in fact comprehend. Bodycage for me was an experience into myself, into Aidan, and back into reality.
If you are an intelligent human being, and you have ever liked any form of dark slow music, you should immediately go to Equation Records website, and not only buy but demand this release be repressed when all copies are gone. The world deserves to hear this album on vinyl and a mere 300 copies, I assume, would never be enough to satisfy the insatiable hunger that will hopefully hit because of reviews like this one. So far, this is my album of the year 2007. It's only April, but I don't see much topping this one. It's time to support truly fantastic music, its time to support labels who actually give a shit about the product in which they put out to the masses. Buy this album and support the underground as these two actually deserve your hard-earned money, because if you go and download this release, so help me god, you deserve have your skin ripped off and be forced to roll around in salt for all eternity. Do not steal this beautiful piece of art.

aQuarius recOrds (review of the Profound Lore CD version by Andee) :: Visit their site here

We have a friend who has become so obsessed with the work of Nadja and its mainman Aidan Baker, that he spends way more time than is healthy trolling the internet looking of long lost 7"s and rare out of print CDr's. It's easy to see why though. Baker's sonic explorations are as mesmerizing as they are ominous. A truly unique musical voice in a suddenly way too crowded microniche. Call it doom. Or drone. Or dirge. Or better yet deathdoomdronedirge. It's a sound we can't get enough of, the logical extension of our obsession with the drone. And while we still love to drift off to the soft shimmer of a distant rumble, when you imbue a drone with more power, and more volume, and more wattage it becomes something new, a fearsome sonic beast, whether it's a subtly snarling growl of grit and grime, or a massive undulating wave of black hole fury, a drone possessed of power becomes a glorious thing to behold. And no one has as deft a hand with the drone than Baker, And Nadja is the ultimate drone via rock band. Beyond the ultra minimalism of Sunn 0))), way prettier than the filthy dirges of Moss or Monarch, Nadja are almost like some indie slowcore band but lit from within by some otherworldy source. Every track is suffused with a warm rich glow that is almost blinding, but at the same time warm and inviting. It's heavy, sure, but it's more just plain beautiful. Like staring into the sun until your eyes start playing tricks on you. Imagine listening to a sound so loud, so bright, that the synapses in your brain misfire, and your ear scrambles to make sense of this sound, and in doing so, forges all kinds of unlikely connections, subtle melodic threads, paints a lush sonic portrait. Now imagine a music that was played to already sound like that, before it even got to you. Just imagine what your mind and your ears would do with a sound like that. Some sort of unreachable aural nirvana suddenly within reach. That's the music of Nadja. It's like watching a sunset slowed down so each subtle shimmer stretches out forever, each ray of sunlight is tangled up with another, writhing in sparkling glistening knots, slowly unraveling, stretching, into endless streaks of gorgeous muted color. Imagine Jesu, but dosed to the gills on Prozac, a shiny happy Godfleshian dirge, or a My Bloody Valentine riff looped and repeated forever, underpinned by some Can drum loop at 16 rpm, or a Teenage Filmstars 45 played at 33. This is epic ultradoom metal, but with the metal replaced by soft billowy clouds of fuzzy distortion, the howling fury twisted into dreamlike tranquility, the blasting beats pulled apart and sprinkled here and there like percussive raindrops. This is as soft and pretty as a dirge-y drone can get while still retaining its inherent doomic mass. Utter and absolute loveliness drenched in a thick patina of crushing heaviness. Impossible but perfect.

Hellride Music (review by Chris Barnes of the Nothingness Records CDR :: June 24, 2005) :: Visit their site here

Keyrist, a symphony in three movements dedicated to what must be an agonizingly painful congenital disorder with the exceptionally dire name of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva – a genetic malfunction which causes muscle and connective tissue to ossify and essentially become a second, internal skeleton. Thus the name of the work, Bodycage.

Nadja is the two man project from Toronto’s Adrian Baker and Leah Buckareff. Their work has crossed my desk before in the form of the impressive 3” split with Brit tar pit terrapins Moss. And like that previous work, Nadja specializes in the subtle to the sublime… barely discernable electronic washes driven hesitantly forward by heroin-nod beats. Soon the wash becomes a tidal wave of undulating distortion eventually dissipating into a primordial drone. Comparisons can be made to Boris and Sunn O))), but Nadja have more going on, less tendency for the monotonous. There are also the harsh, claustrophobic elements of the duo which can draw direct likening to noise warriors HALO as well.

Admittedly, it’s a harsh subject to address musically – the lyrics barely discernable but fully evident in the accompanying booklet are especially damaging for those minds given to vivid imaginations. But, if Nadja’s objective is to both challenge and inform musically, they can claim victory.

Brainwashed (review by Jon Whitney on the Profound Lore CD :: May 15, 2006) :: Visit their site here

Nadja is the heavy guitar-driven project between Aidan Baker and Leah Buckarell. Listening to the overloaded intensity and slow, but forceful grit is like trying to stand firm while being deluged with gigantic buckets of shockingly cold water.

Bodycage is their second release, originally sold as a CD-R which unsurprisingly quickly sold out. This version on Profound Lore presents the original in its entirety plus two bonus (unlisted) pieces. This isn't improvised noise or 20 minutes of drone, these are actual songs which just happen to open, build, and decay over long periods of time. At its prettiest, Nadja's music is creepy enough to be a B-side from an '80s group that was just uneasy enough to get cut from the LP and at its ugliest, the duo's music unfolds like the score for a bloody horror film. Likewise, Bodycage plays out like a story.

The curtain rises at the end of the story, like one of those mysteries that opens with the end and then works backwards to find out how everybody died or something. "Clinodactyl" begins the album with the buzzing system hum of instruments plugged in. While it doesn't seem long until the drums begin and melody makes itself known, it's actually been nearly 10 minutes of fuzz and distortion. Time passes remarkably quickly, which is probably why their songs stretch the lengths they do, and by the time the song is in full swing—around the 12 minute mark—voices echo while Baker and Buckarell play a patient and gorgeous melody off each other. It ends abruptly and some jagged guitar riffs make an almost seamless segue into "Autosomal," which is almost like part two of the epic begun with "Clinodactyl." This song is a lot more violent and meanacing, with what seems more like male vocals as opposed to what could have been female vocals from the first song. The vocals are so distorted, distraught, and buried that it's almost impossible to tell. It builds and decays and there is truly a break before the final part (of the original album).

"Ossification," the other +20 minute piece on the album is a return to the formula from the beginning: open quiet, let it build about 10 minutes, add drums and begin melodic development. This one is more for the dronesters than the tunemasters like myself. While I like it, the absence of a well-defined driving melody simply doesn't take me to the levels during the climax of "Clinodactyl." The music essentially stops and the effects play each other out until they decay into silence.

Decibel Magazine (review by Kory Grow on the Profound Lore CD) :: Visit their site here

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Nadja may be too smart for their own good. On this reissue of a limited CD-R, the Canadian duo has created a three-part noise symphony about a rare congenital disease where bone forms in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. Despite the heady subject, Bodycage drips pure emotion. In various spaces, overdriven flute passages sweat out bittersweet confusion while a drum machine hammers out trance-inducing tribal rhythms. And although technically it was originally released before last year’s stellar Truth Becomes Death, which ostensibly retold the Jewish legend about the Golem of Prague, Bodycage surpasses that album in visceral sensation.

The album is so moody, in fact, that it could easily double as claustrophobic soundtrack music to a David Cronenberg film. The synths on “Ossification” warble between crisp static and minor chords the way only collectives like Goblin have previously achieved. Between their music and the Derek Hess-homage album art, they didn’t need to include lyrics that spell out the disease’s effects (“I feel the bones growing inside, cutting off all movement”) to convey the inner fears that accompany the syndrome; it’s sweltering within the music.

Although Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick influence echoed throughout Truth Becomes Death, Bodycage sounds like nothing else. Nadja’s unabashed love of atonal classical music beams (albeit dully) throughout, stressing lack-of-form over function, making something normally scary into something wholly frightening. And while it’s clear they’re fully aware of what they’re doing psychologically, the music really speaks—and feels—for itself.

maelstrom (review by Ignacio Coluccio on the Profound Lore CD) :: Visit their site here

Nadja has a rather strange background. Their appeareances on splits and the older releases were good at best, so they went mostly unnoticed in the doom scene. Unexpectedly, they started releasing one masterpiece after another, the first one being Bodycage, which has recently been re-released.

It'd be safe to say that Bodycage is the first metal album to really sound like what it's about. Bodycage's theme and music go along perfectly. Its theme is about Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, an illness which basically turns muscles and other tissues into bone so they seem like a cage, hence the title. The three tracks found here are based on the same structure: they start with some low and almost undistorted noises from the background with guitar feedback and droning riffs, then they are distorted over time, creating the illusion of a soundcage to the initial sounds. While it might sound simple, in the actual music it sounds majestic and absorbing. Based on this, Bodycage is one of the most serious drone full-lengths ever released.

Stylistically, Nadja is one part Boris At Last Feedbacker, one part Merzbow and Gerogerigegege None Friendly. As a drone/noise band, atmosphere is central, and Nadja is quite good at it. The music's oppressive and strong. The high usage of feedback is fundamental for Nadja's sound, even more than the actual riffs, making for some really particular harmonies. The drum programming is highly effective. The guitars are another excuse just to add both noise and atmosphere, but they sound incredibly good in context. In fact, easily the highest point of the album is the clean guitar part at the start of "Ossification." The keyboards are quite striking as well, mainly used to make the music feel complete. Then, the most important part in Bodycage is the actual distortion and noises used, giving it an extreme and original texture.

As amazing as it is, Bodycage is not for everyone. Its long tracks (two 20-minute songs, one 10-minute song, plus two bonus tracks from other albums) make it hard to listen to unless you have a lot of free time or just love the genre. Also, no normal vocals are present, only background distorted vocals. Still, for the people actually into this kind of stuff, it's worth gold. (9.4/10)

Profound Lore (their description of their CD issue of this release) :: Visit Profound Lore here

Finally unleashed, Canada’s most prominent drone/doom/experimental/ambient act Nadja’s seminal "Bodycage" album. Originally released as a limited CDR output (and pretty much sold out in immediately), Profound Lore is proud to bring even more awareness to this Canadian artistic talent. Presenting an emotionally charged dronescape sear, Nadja’s brand of ecclesiastically intense and moving music creates numbing feelings of desperation through layers of thick sound, creating massive walls of mind-altering sonic manifestations. To heighten the experience of "Bodycage" even further, said release is a concept album surrounding a rare congenital disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, a disease in which the body produces an extra skeleton that immobilizes the joints of the body. For more info on this disease, please visit

Nadja are Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff respectively. "Bodycage" is presented in a cardboard CD jacket with a 4-panel insert, all housed in a transparent CD pocket sleeve. Tracklisting for the Profound Lore "Bodycage" CD as follows:

  1. Clinodactyl (21:43)
  2. Autosomal (10:10)
  3. Ossification (20:42)
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