A new splendid review on Powerplay Magazine (UK), 8/10 by Daniel R Warnes. Thanks to Paul Fogarty for the photos.
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New adepts joined the Hortus Animae
cult for upcoming live ceremonies:
Left to right:
Hypnos (guitars), MG Desmadre (guitars, see also Crawling Chaos), Martyr Lucifer (vocals), Bless (keyboards), Adamant (bass), Claudio Tirincanti (session drums, see also Blaze Bayley).
IMPORTANT: The new line-up also includes Ecnerual (see also Profezia and
Mourning Mist) on violin and Grom is still Hortus Animae’s official drummer.
Non perdetevi il numero di Settembre di Rock Hard Italia, con un’intervista esclusiva a Martyr Lucifer
nella sezione Inferno Rock. www.rockharditaly.com
Di seguto la versione uncut dell’intervista:
MARTYR LUCIFER, HYPNOS & BLESS (HORTUS ANIMAE)
Come mai nel 2006 avete deciso di sciogliervi?
(Martyr Lucifer) Dunque, in realtà non avevamo proprio deciso di scioglierci. In seguito alla pubblicazione di “The Blow of Furious Winds” nel 2005, ognuno di noi è rimasto preso dalle proprie vicissitudini personali, impegni lavorativi, situazioni familiari, cambiamenti in vista, Grom s’era trasferito nella terra a stelle e strisce, ecc. e quindi la cosa è avvenuta un po’ da sé. Facevamo le prove sempre più raramente fino ad arrivare al 2006 dove era diventato chiaro che non avremmo, almeno per il momento, fatto nuova musica assieme ne suonato dal vivo.
(Hypnos) A causa di una serie di ostacoli. Un po’ legati al music biz un po’ fermo, ma soprattutto alle necessità lavorative ed alcune difficoltà finanziarie. Per 3 anni ho praticamente smesso di suonare. Read more...
Excerpts of the review by Alessio Oriani (7/10):
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.
Conceptually more interesting and stylistically more intriguing than in the past, Hortus Animae
in 2014 may be placed – in Italian ambit – ideally halfway between Necrodeath, Aborym and Maldoror.
Among the best tracks we point out the elaborate At the End of Doomsday and the ferocious Chamber of Endless Nightmares, but also an excellent cover of Aqualung (Jethro Tull).
Secular Music is overall a really strong album.
Hortus Animae succeed where the Italian national team has failed: to conquer Brazil!
Again a positive review, this time from the top Brazilian magazine Roadie Crew (July isse), 8/10 by André Gaius.
With each album, Hortus Animae
strive more to explore the structures and tempos rather than holding to their Black Metal roots. And Secular Music, fourth album and it marks the return after a lapse of nine years, the Italian advance in the same direction. Basically, Secular Music could be classified as an album of “extreme prog metal”. But it is worth noting that the progressive references are very connected to the seminal bands of the genre. So expect psychedelic trips through keyboards emulating old organ / synth and not just endless changes of tempo. More modern influences can also be felt as some alternations between guttural and ripped strident vocals, the aggressive parts remind of Hecate Enthroned. Unlike previous albums, here the group does not invest much in melodies, which makes it difficult to be digested and instigates some auditions to become familiar with the songs. On the other hand, there are some sticky choruses. Hypnos
(guitar), Simone Mularoni (bass) and the great drummer Grom
(who honed his skills taking lessons from the monstrous John Macaluso) add strong technical dose that is balanced by the creativity of Martyr Lucifer
(vocals) and Bless
(Keyboards) in songs like At the End of Doomsday (Gothic meets Extreme Metal), The Poison of The Naga and the excellent version of Aqualung (Jethro Tull), which respects the original but has a very particular guise.
made available for listening on youtube “Melting Waters”, a cover of the death metal band Baratro, included as one of two completely new songs (along with “Ungrateful Fate”, a cover of Entity) in “Godless Years”, a compilation of rare and unreleased material recently released by Satanica Productions. In the same video it is possible to listen to both Hortus Animae’s and original version of the song.
Store Satanica: satanica.org/hortusanimae
Interview for New Noise Magazine with vocalist Martyr Lucifer
| By Eric May
After a long hiatus, the legendary avant-garde, progressive, extreme metal outfit known as Hortus Animae (Garden of the Soul) are back after a long hiatus and better than ever with their fourth release Secular Music. Frontman Martyr Lucifer speaks about their regeneration process, as well as the band’s original formation, and a collection of bonus material that will soon be available. We also discuss some rather complex spiritual matters, ending with his thoughts on doomsday.
You have been together for over 10 years, but there was a long pause between your last album and Secular Music. Why did you resurrect Hortus Animae now? Read more...
Great reviews for both “Secular Music” and “Godless Years” in the may/june issue of top Russian magazine Dark City.
Hortus Animae featured in the April issue of the Terrorizer magazine (UK): “Doomsday” track in the CD sampler and a great 8/10 review by Pete Woods!