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DVD/Video, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

DVD side:
Magic Ritual (26:40)

CD side:
1. Magic Ritual-audio (21:57)
2. untitled (3:52)

Total time 25:49

Line-up / Musicians

Antonio Bartoccetti / guitars
Doris Norton / keyboards
Charles Tiring / bass
Jean Luc Jabouille / drums
Furio Sollazzi (guest musician) / acoustic guitar
Rexanthony (guest musician) / piano

Film Cast:
Antonio Bartoccetti
Doris Norton


Annie Taylor
Natalie McLauglin
Stefy Clark
Jose Lopez Manero
Julie Garfields
Charles Tiring
Zelinda Manson
Olga Tasnad

Releases information

Black Widow Records BWR DVD 083
DVD/CD dual-disc

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For the brave, hard core fans

"Magic Ritual" is an audio and video release that marked the official recording return of the legendary Antonius Rex, after a 14 year self-imposed hiatus where Antonio and Doris concentrated on other projects. No doubt they were busy raising their son RexAnthony, and planning Doris' many solo projects and work with computer companies. "Magic Ritual" is significant for many reasons. Being their first major band effort since 1980s "Praeturnatural," which was a farewell to their many appreciative fans, M.R. was not just a music release. It was also a full 26-minute conceptual video directed by Doris Norton, written by Antonius Rex, and assisted in technical production by RexAnthony-making this a true family affair. It was originally released as a CD/DVD dual-disk and then followed a year later by a special edition LP of the soundtrack (both from the marvelous Black Widow Records, who specialize is Italy's darkest progressive rock-check them out.)

Magic Ritual features highly provocative and extremely dark imagery set to their trademark heavy rock sound-this is not a video to be in any household with small children or overly paranoid Christian fundamentalists, trust me on that. (People often talk about the lyrics of Comus being outrageous, well, similar darkness is afoot here but you see it with your eyes rather than just hearing words!) The short film/conceptual video features several chaptered treatments with different takes on dark ritual, human sacrifice, and sorcery. I'm no expert on the occult so I really have little idea of what this all means and not much interest in the content-it is the music that attracts me to Jacula/Rex, not an interest in the occult. But you will see men being seduced by gorgeous witches only to be strangled by them, you will see strange rituals and horrific nightmares. You will see dark lords baptizing young maidens in evil, handing them 9" curved daggers, and sending them on their merry way as their fate awaits them. As possibly the darkest Rex release to date you should expect plenty of blood and death along with your fearful thrills. These fantasy scenes are on the whole quite well done and only occasionally cheesy. (Certainly of equal or better quality than the Song Remains the Same fantasy sequences which no doubt boasted a budget 100s of times more than this.) Many scenes are believable enough to creep you out or thrill you, whichever you're more apt to feel. Sometimes a bird will leap at you with a loud noise and these few instances of cheese feel contrived, but they are the exception-most of this is diabolical as hell. The most interesting part to me as a music fan was the rare chance to see video clips of Antonio, Doris, and even Charles Tiring shot in the 70s at what appears to be a live show and various other locations. These clips are interspersed with the fantasy footage in very fast edits which is still a treat, though I would have much preferred a separate documentary for the non-fiction footage. The soundtrack music for Magic Ritual is much more energetic and rocking than Praeturnatural was on the whole, combining the tribal-beat ritualistic qualities of the Rex debut with the more modern hard rock. The music charges along pumping volume and drama to underscore the horrific images awaiting you, fueled by Antonio's wailing electric guitar riffing and occasionally tempered by Doris and RexAnthony on keyboards.

Magic Ritual would be quite a shocking place to begin your Jacula/Antonius Rex exploration and I don't recommend you start here. I'd like to give more than 3 stars but following site guidelines that would mean suggesting this is for anyone-and I do believe this title is for a certain audience only. But for those who enjoy dark themes and the mystical Antonius Rex sound this is a recommended and enticing item to crawl under the covers and peek at! What a rarity to see a visual interpretation of such wild Rex horrors.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars I think it was quite pretentious to call this as a "film" as stated in the opening generic of this rather short item (a mere twenty-six minutes). It takes over three minutes to really start and almost two for the closing sequence with the credits...

The music is scary and dark : OK. But the band always have showed a deep angle for obscure matters. I don't share much this occult fantasy (I can live pretty well without it). There are some sexy images out here, but has this anything to do with music?

The mood is super oppressive ("A Night On The Bald Mountain" would be a sweet interlude in comparison). But too much of the same feeling kills the feeling. The band also investigates more metal lines than usual; but their latest album was released some twenty years ago and I guess that they just followed a more "rewarding" trend (money wise speaking).

These so-called "horrifying" scenes are actually quite basic. The bottom line being that they are not scary at all (I would even have the tendency to laugh at them) and frankly: one could listen to the music without the need of looking at these average scenes.

The other problem (which is quite important IMHHO), is that the music presented is not of immense worth, to say the least. So: what's left? Not too much, I'm afraid.

I just consider this work as a third tier cheap video movie with an average soundtrack. Two stars for this "Magic Ritual" are quite generous I believe.

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