JACULA Anno Demoni

by Mellow Records MMP118

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1979 - Mellow Records reissue: 1992

Although looked down by some Jacula/Antonius Rex
followers for being something of a compilation of
unreleased pieces, different takes and reinterpretations
of earlier works, taken on it's own merits, 'Anno Demoni'
is a perfectly adequate horror soundtrack-styled work, full
of convincing dark arrangements and drizzly atmosphere.

The 12 minute title track has eerie synths, macabre organ
and plodding acoustic guitar playing over Mellotron,
electric violin and tribal percussion.
The middle section has a very jarring electronic looped
pattern with oppressive cold synths that invade the mood.
Reminds slightly of some of the darker keyboard sections
of Pink Floyd's `Animals' album here.
The finale diverts into an oddly Tangerine Dream-styled
floating electronic piece.

`Missanigra' is full of spooky keyboard effects,
chanted Latin voices, bat noises and creepy synth patterns.

`Jacula The Witch' is a very moving and sad lullaby with
a haunting wordless female vocal along the lines of
some of the 70's Goblin albums.
Gentle yet ghostly chimes float along in the background
before being joined by a very reflective and somber piano
melody soft Mellotron wisps.
The best piece on the album, and a shame that it's so short.

`Ego Sum Qui Sum', frightening harsh white-noise electronic orchestration constantly swirls around creeping violin
dueling with more of that dirty melodic upfront bass from
`Soul Satan' and dancing harpsichord .
It's nice to hear the band step away from all the booming
organ and find other ways to build their malevolent
soundscapes, and it's quite an experimental piece for them.

The album concludes with `Soul Satan's'.
It's not unusual for Italian prog albums to have boisterous
and passionate vocals, but Antonio sounds like a drunk
pirate on this one!
But it's worth hearing for the endless murky soloing dirty
bass mixed so loud playing all throughout the song.


discography

JACULA Tardo Pede In Magian Versus (1972)
mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/jacula-tardo-pede-in-magian-versus ANTONIUS REX Zora (1977)
mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/antonius-rex-zora ANTONIUS REX Ralefun (1979)
mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/antonius-rex-ralefun

credits

released June 6, 1992

Antonio Bartoccetti
vocals, guitars, bass

Albert Goodman (1942-1978)
drums

Charles Tiring
church organ, piano

Doris Norton
vocals, synths

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