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Antonius Rex


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.12 | 21 ratings

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3 stars Antonius Rex is something of an institution in Italian rock, and with Per Viam he issues his third album since his return from a 25 year long pause as a solo artist in 2005.

It is a mixed affair though. Rex doesn't write compositions as such, his efforts are better described as mood explorations. The organ is a prominent instrument, while guitars, synths and keyboards flesh out whatever theme to be explored. Distorted spoken words by Rex are added on occasions, as well as female lead or backing vocals - the latter more often than not with a choir effect. Samples add up to the last element - eerie twisted sounds more often than not.

His efforts are best when large doses of sulphur and dramatics are used. Opening sound collage evolving to mood piece Micro Demons and the hypnotic repetitions of ambient electro-tinged metal effort Angels and Demons are good examples, and the stunning symphonic dramatics as additional features in the title track showcase his abilities at their best. The remaining tunes and sound collages are so-so affairs, but should please his fans. I'll give Rex credit for his ability to make hypnotic grooves and moods though, even his less fortunate creations contain enough of these to warrant a listen now and then - the sign of an experienced music creator.

An uneven effort, with just about enough interesting material to warrant checking out. Especially for those fascinated by dark magic and the occult presumably.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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