The opener “Passioni diaboliche” (Diabolical passions) is a beautiful track full of a dark energy and enriched by the female vocals provided by the guest Carolina Cecchinato (singer of a folk prog band called Egida Aurea). The lyrics are about the need to get free from the diabolical passions and the ancient obsessions which dance inside us. We set off on a spiritual journey leading to purification... “Following the immense trail of the blind souls / I’m among those who seek the path to the source from which the water flows...”.
The next track “Tutte le anime saranno pesate” (All souls will be weighed) is unquiet and features a mystical atmosphere... “You’ll pay for every sin / In the temple of eternity you will be judged / And for every tear, for every sin a stone will fall from the sky...”. The lyrics were inspired by the Bardo Thodol, a funerary text which is often referred to in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It describes the experiences of the consciousness during the interval between the death and the next rebirth. A black stone will be hung on the neck of the evil people while a white stone will be hung on the neck of the good ones...
“I giorni della memoria terrena” (The days of the earthly memory) features church like choirs and a martial marching beat. The music, credited to Eloy, leads you throughout the shadows of Death, as through the fog between earth and sky...
“La terra trema” (The Earth trembles) is more rock oriented and features electric guitar and organ in the forefront The lyrics were inspired by a famous film directed in 1972 by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski, “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”... “The sky gets dark when I look at it / The Earth trembles under my steps / Aguirre is my name / I bring civilization / The cross and the sword...”. The instrumental coda featuring a fiery violin solo is excellent
“La foresta dei suicidi” (The forest of suicides) is a suggestive instrumental track featuring nocturnal piano passages and restless wordless vocals. The mood is definitively dark and it could be the perfect soundtrack to visit the
forest of Aokigahara, near Mount Fuji in ... Japan
“Omega” is mysterious and spacey. The lyrics are about the last voyage towards the great return, the rebirth after a long and uncertain wandering into the void... “Inside of me lives the whole universe...”.
The last track “Ballo delle Castagne” starts with hypnotic percussion and recitative vocals in German. The words have been taken from “Jesus Christus Erlöser” (Jesus Christ saviour) a controversial work for theatre by Klaus Kinski... A powerful psychedelic finale concludes the album.
Well, on the whole I think this is an excellent work, challenging and never boring, featuring many literary quotes and musical ideas that are definitively worth to check out...
Ballo delle Castange: Kalachakra (2011).Other opinions:
Assaf Vestin: Il Ballo delle Castagne presents here an album with two main ingredients; one heavy psychedelic rock, and the other a psychedelic abstract and eerie exploration. This has grown on me gradually with each listen and only with concentrated and repeated listening, did this album reveal to me its beauty and nuances (or rather I exposed my mind to it)... (read the complete review HERE).
Olav Martin Bjørnsen: Fans of psychedelic art rock should take note of this one, in particular if they enjoy vintage-oriented material covering a broad musical canvas... (read the complete review HERE).
Read the interview with Il Ballo delle Castagne at progarchives. Click HERE