To say that “Blowing Up The Entire World (Explosions 1997 – 2015)” is impressive is an understatement. It encompasses the entire catalog of the band Nucleus Torn and represents what is the final statement for composer and visionary FS.
FS remixed every release in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound. In the process, all of the older tracks sound as if they were recorded at the same time as the newer ones. As I have said before, I am a huge fan of “sonic facelifts” and this is one of the best I have heard.
For those not familiar with Nucleus Torn, I probably should just tell you to look them up because attempting to describe each facet of what makes them unique and amazing will most likely fall incredibly short of the mark. Suffice to say that nothing is off bounds or out of the question to FS and Nucleus Torn. Experimental and avant-garde are the easiest words to use but really each track is more of a piece of artwork than a song.
I really enjoyed the “mid-period” of “Nihil,” “Knell” and “Andromeda Waiting.” There was a beauty and a darkness to it that I enjoyed. Plus there’s a sense of a band finding its footing by this point. Of course, the last two releases of “Street Lights Fail” and “Neon Light Eternal” are elaborate and at the same time brilliant. They are the final destination for this very talented band and its leader.
It’s rare to be able to listen to a band’s entire catalog in one place and witness the growth and evolution. That’s what “Blowing Up The Entire World” is. As final documents go, there’s probably no better way a band could end than this. Sound wise, you are a part of the music. The music is lush, immense and yet frail when it needs to be. Modern technology has definitely allowed FS to correct any issues there were in the older tracks and thus making “Blowing Up The Entire World” the definitive statement from a band that always made the music they needed to make.
The package itself is a large book, with 3 DVDs of every piece of music from Nucleus Torn. The book contains all the information on each track plus commentary from FS in his own unique and witty approach.
Congratulations to FS on creating an amazing body of work!