The fourth full-length album by Italian Progressive Black Metal band.
Compared to the Symphonic Black Metal of the early years, Hortus Animae have moved towards a melodic Avant-garde Death-Black Metal, which incorporates elements of Dark, Progressive and Electronica.
In Hortus Animae’s music always crossed different styles, and the new album is no exception. Here we have classic Black Metal, Gothic and even Prog! The musicians always gravitated around Progressive Rock, but this tendency is more visible on this new album. That said, the music does not become too eclectic and marginal. All together, it sounds very harmonic, nothing gets out. This is clearly a band that is completely unafraid to follow their instincts, and that factor grants the whole record an authenticity that is too often lacking in albums by bands that want to do everything by the book.
Vocals are equally changeable but everything works fluidly and all the pieces get together admirably. Neo-classical piano runs add ghostly atmosphere and it’s near impossible to guess what sort of lunacy is going to unveil itself next from this melting pot of an album.
The songwriting on show keeps the listener on their toes. Conceptually more interesting and stylistically more intriguing than in the past.
This is Secular Music worthy of praise and with so much going on the eccentric trip is a highly involving one.
This gripping album should pick your interest if you have the open mindedness to keep up with it!
Flicknife Records, 2014 (SHARPCD14064). Made in UK. First press.
1. God and His Disgusting Children 07:18
2. Blood of the Earth / The Truth Against the World 07:43
3. Dystopian Apocalypse 06:29
4. At the End of Doomsday 11:23
5. The Poison of the Naga 08:43
6. Impromptu Op. II / Pain Relieved 03:58
7. Chamber of Endless Nightmares 06:53
8. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover) 06:20
Total playing time: 58:47