Magister Dixit 3. Triumphatus Sad 4. Veneficium 5. Initiatjo 6. For those who want a snapshot description of the music Music that conjures up up images of rotting decaying flesh, souls not at rest but tormented by things that can only be dreamed of the the most vivid of nightmares. A cover so descriptive of the music Jacula was formed in Milan in by occultist Antonio Bartoccetti.
After finding his creative partner in Doris Norton, a partnership that would last through the next decade, they recorded a landmark album in London in The album had a limited pressing of some albums, and for many years was Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum. In fact Willem Nyland Piano Studies 711 texts list their second album as their debut album. The otherwise excellent 'Return of Italian Pop' book Prince And The Revolution Music From The Motion Picture Purple Rain says the group was founded in This group though predates many groups of Italian Progressive music if not in formation.
The music is fascinatingly dark, moody, atmospheric brand of music that conjures up Sabbath like gloom and doom without crunchingly heavy riffs but through the use of the organ, the church organ in particular. Also absent are silly childish lyrics that some have tried to use to convey horror or darkness.
There are vocals here. Never the focus of the songs. Bartoccetti is often regarded as one of the finest guitarist to come from this period of Italian rock. This is not his album to shine but what strikes me about his playing on this in Very different from what others were doing in that year.
Commonplace a decade later. His guitar is mainly texture on this album though and it leaves plenty of space for keyboardist Charles Tiring. Along Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum Battiato's SoliPsiK See Saw Chambermusik le Gladiator' this is the album I point out to people who want to hear Church Organ in prog.
Another short album by today's standards, but we don't mind do we. I'll take 38 minutes of high-quality music over 80 filled with filler anyday. An album that non-Italian speakers will have no problems dealing with. When a man says he wants to rip your guts out and savor it with a nice Brunello di Montalcino, you really don't need a translation do you. For me 4 stars, an album that I reach for when I am looking to match a particular mood. For the site. A good addition to any prog collection.
Obviously not a varied album and one that may only apply to certain prog fans. But when the time comes for wanting something dark and atmospheric. So began the story. Anthony Bartoccetti doesn't much care about the new commercial "noise" you listen The Village Soul Choir Soul Sesame Street, he's never cared what the record companies thought.
I doubt he gives a damn that some people object to his interests. Along with his trusted partner Doris Norton they have been making sound paintings for the dark world for some four decades now with new material still coming as of this writing. He has never concerned himself with the commercial aspects of musical stardom, instead focusing on crafting esoteric pieces of sound for what he assumes is a limited, but devoted audience of music fans.
Many of Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum original vinyl albums were printed in a few hundred copies and became huge collectors items.
Thankfully Italy's Black Widow Records has rescued several titles Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum CD reissues, assuring that future generations of the open-minded will be able to experience these unique and groundbreaking recordings.
Yes, groundbreaking forand leading the way for some genres of Metal and for artists like John Fahey Fare Forward Voyagers Soldiers Choice Doll decades later.
In fact this material was composed pre-Sabbath and released well before the Sabbath debut, meaning Bartoccetti's doomy riffs were not lifted from Iomni as some writers seem to hint. You could say this music is proto-Sabbath, proto-doom, or call it the birth of "dark-Prog. Often, listening to this atmospheric, open sound is not dark or depressing to me but rather soothing. Contradictions abound between the image and the exterior feel versus the actual emotion good music stirs within one.
When there's depth to the art it's just never as obvious as many think. Labels aside, the first Jacula album was a revelation and would lead to a long storied career that would predict the Metal movement, outlast the classic Italian prog years, and carry into Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum current day a dark and original musical style that others may imitate, but no one does better. The name changed to Antonius Rex in but the main people and the philosophy really didn't-and Rex survives to this day.
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There he composed loads of ideas with a Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum to transform into Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum a series of theological-philosophical and esoteric observations, a result of a teamwork Bartoccetti Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum with the fantastic visions of the medium Franz Parthenzy.
Entering the Milanese underground music circuit, he went about many bands like "Le Orme" and began to compose and write lyrics for the album In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum a latin expression which means "The Poison is always at the end". This seems to be the only proper group which he played with he played bassand Jacula In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum style was closer to late 60's psychy beat than progressive. After a mini tour he dissolves the band, which he later deemed to be trivial, commercial and Jay Days Between The Swells it as: "a mistake of his youth".
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