Anonymous artist(s) Entropy Created Consciousness releases a musical exhibition in two acts: Antica Memoria di Dis.
The composer describes it all this way … “The project chronicles a unique Homeric recital of Dante’s journey into Hell with the guidance of ancient Roman poet Virgil, as explored in Inferno, the first part of the infamous Divine Comedy.” A compelling subject, there is no question about that. When I listened to the music, I was not really trying to follow a story, however. I was instead experiencing the aural creation in a more holistic sense and I formed my impressions of it that way.
The composition is divided into two acts, Acheron and Lethe. In the former, percussion is prominent in “The Sun Is Silent,” standing out even while being surrounded by sinister hissing and whispering. “Minos / Cerberbus” is more chaotic and cacophonous in its beginning, and even so is anchored around the driving drums. A fire is lit in “Malignant, Ashen,” and it cools down on the outro “Below the Tower,” wherein we are enchanted into a nightmare as it closes.
With Lethe, there is a more consistent feeling of savagery and jeopardy. It is tense and unrelenting. “Infamy of Crete” is a lashing by brutal forces during a long walk at night. A sign of hard times ahead, and the signal rang true as “”Phlegethon” continues the battering, raking your mind raw. Without respite, for the most part. “Malebolge” promotes the idea of a discovered artifact in its initial moments, and then quickly turns deeply dark and growling. “Judecca” has heavy doom elements and an overall feeling begins to permeate that you are being slowly buried in damp earth. The sounds of the growling commerce of demons fade as the dirt piles up. And then that is it, as you are played out on a lilting piano moment amidst gently splashing water.
The initial recordings were made in 2017, then additional lines were drawn in 2019 and 2020, with the final touches, mix, and mastering done only a few months ago. The end product is fascinating, and different from most anything else I have heard. It is industrial and experimental metal of a brand all its own. Recommended for listeners with elemental roots in their beings.
Antica Memoria di Dis will be available October 23rd as a download (Bandcamp), with a cassette version coming out from Fólkvangr Records.
Fólkvangr Records, http://www.folkvangrrecords.com/