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Artist: MARIAE NASCENTI
Title: Morituri te salutant
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Distributor: Nail Records
Rated: *****
Mariae Nascenti is a solo project of Angelo Visone's, here debuting on Final Muzik after a series of self-released cdrs and live performances. I don't know much about him, except that he used to collaborate with Speed Demon, probably the only underground queer(core) fanzine in Italy. Here he's helped by Massimo and Pierce (Black Sun Productions), Marco Schiavo (Larsen), Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Larsen and (r)), XS (Sadomarta) and Paul Beauchamp (Sikhara), all offering spoken vocals. Mariae Nascenti's sound is a mix of harsh old school industrial, death ambient drones and pounding rhythms ("A dead deer"), all very minimal and to the point; the vocals add a disturbing and dreaming atmosphere to the whole, and though at times I feel they are a bit over the top, they surely are one of the most interesting characteristics of the cd. While sound-wise this falls somewhere between '80's ritual industrial and early Cold Meat Industry acts, the carnal, decadent feel unavoidably brings to mind early Coil; and probably my favourite track is "I miei amori (and ode to P. P. P.)", where Pasolini's lyrics are half-whispered over droning sea-waves sounds.



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