Excerpts of the review by Alessio Oriani (7/10):
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.
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?
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!
Hortus Animae’s shop is up-to-date with “Secular Music”, “Godless Years” and more exceptional bundles!
On March 24, 2014 contemporarily to the release of “Secular Music” (Flicknife Records), Hortus Animae’s long awaited comeback album after too many years of silence, Satanica Productions will unleash “Godless Years” a compilation of rare and unreleased material from the vaults.
This is the complete tracklist of the 2 CD set, packaged in a deluxe DVD style case and showcasing a frontcover artwork designed especially for this release by Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride:
01. Ungrateful Fate (Entity cover) *
02. Melting Waters (Baratro cover) *
03. Windfall introducing Summoning of the Muse (Dead Can Dance cover, feat. Liv Kristine) **
04. Windfall introducing Summoning of the Muse (Dead Can Dance cover, rough instrumental version) **
05.06. Enter ***
07.08. A Lifetime Obscurity ***
09. Springtime Deaths ***
10. Souls of the Cold Wind ***
11. Welcome the Godless ***
12. Freezing Moon including Terzo Incontro
and Tubular Bells (Mayhem, il Balletto di Bronzo, Mike Oldfield cover medley) ***
13. A Feeble Light of Hope ***
The wait has been long but we’re almost there, wash off the salt on your wounds and find relief with the lyric video of “God and His Disgusting Children” first single from “Secular Music” out on Flicknife Records on March 24.
Important news from the Hortus Animae front: The band has inked a deal with the historic British label Flicknife Records for the worldwide release of their comeback album “Secular Music” that will start hitting the roads on March 24, 2014. The band also now reveals the frontcover of the album and a teaser video can be seen below: