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In Milan in 1968 the composer Antonio Bartoccetti founded the group JACULA, with a view to transform into music a series of theological-philosophical and esoteric observations. Jacula released the albums "In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum", "Tardo Pede in Magiam Versus" and "Pre Viam". The project would end in 1972, then evolve into "Antonius Rex" and more album would follow under that name. Antonius Rex is still active having release a great album in 2006 and another coming in 2009. [See artist "Antonius Rex" on this site for more info]

"IN CAUDA SEMPER STAT VENENUM" [1969]
The beginning of the way towards an inner search. Mysterious worlds, evocative church organ, innovative guitar, involving voices and lyrics, creative piano and synth, rhythms with tympanis.

"TARDO PEDE IN MAGIAM VERSUS" [1972]
From the inner search to the magic worlds. Classic versus progressive contaminations. First ecological document, church organ, harpsichord, bass, mini-moog, violins, flutes, celebrating voices.

"PRE VIAM"
Jacula volume 3 is no longer a rumor. The legend continues... [2011]

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3.36 | 51 ratings
In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum
1969
3.59 | 49 ratings
Tardo pede in magiam versus
1972
3.34 | 19 ratings
Pre Viam
2011

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 In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum  by JACULA album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.36 | 51 ratings

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In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by LinusW
Special Collaborator Italian Prog Specialist

2 stars When the first church organ and piano slither out like pale fingers in the creaking, opening door that separates you from the dark depths behind, you feel you're in for a nice travelogue into the darker reaches of the human psyche and all the mystic hinterlands we've come to associate it with.

Occult rituals, unseen forces and powers beyond control in a melodramatic and Gothic setting, with chilling wind and other mysterious effects through damp, forlorn and ivy-laden ruins and long forgotten, long crumbling churchyards as the natural complement. Truly a mood affair this album, with little to offer in terms of fiery melodic exercises and shining, complex composition. Just about everything is about space, atmosphere, reflection, imagery and focused impact.

The dirge-like church organ feels as overpowering and sombre as the finality and inescapability of death, but rather than pure horror at the thought, there's always a streak of sadness and chilling beauty that comes through. It is rather merciless in its onslaught, sucking all the air out of the compositions in a commanding and unrelenting way. Together with some delicately played and contrasting airier piano ringing out its cleansing and relieving melodies, the mood is occasionally lightened, but always given a dark and fateful grounding. This feeling is only enhanced by the sparse, but loudly booming, echoing and funereal percussion. On Initatio, a beautiful wordless female vocal transcends this mix of sounds into something really spiritual and remarkably tender, without ever truly letting go of the aforementioned all-encompassing gloom. A high-point of the album.

But having said that, this is where the experience turns a bit sour for this reviewer. Because the proto-doom guitars that occasionally rear their ugly heads here and there are a definite let-down. Leaving the debate of when they were actually added and if they could possibly be one of the earliest use of such sounds aside, they still don't work, regardless of possible inventiveness. They ruin the atmosphere in clumsily plodding sounds that are both dry, bloodless and out of place. Where this type of riffs and guitar-work is majestic in the hands of Tony Iommi and in a Black Sabbath-setting, here they just feel extraneous and jarring. Naked and ugly in a way that sharply contrasts to the profoundness of the rest of the album. It's just mismatched to me. Where I'm sure the idea was to emphasize and add weight and power, to me they have the opposite effect, making the album head into gimmicky and crudely effect-seeking territory. Unfortunately the exact same thing can be said about the cringe-worthy and matter-of-fact Latin incantations that ruin the experience of the music from time to time. If you don't want vocals, that's fine, but don't give me soulless, hollow comments instead, in Latin or otherwise. Gimmicky, and desperately hammering in a mood and setting which is already perfectly clear when the music speaks for itself. Some poetic or melodic sensibility could perhaps have saved them, but this unembellished delivery is not doing it. Thankfully, they aren't that many or that long.

On balance, it's a conflicted album. Where I would have wanted a purer experience, based on the sides I thoroughly enjoy, the band obviously was looking for something else. Good for them, bad for me. Regardless of my personal opinion, it's still a rather unique experience. And there are great moments scattered all over the album if you're willing to dig for them. I just don't see myself doing that all too often.

2 stars.

//LinusW

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Tardo pede in magiam versus
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Ditching the metal-tinged distorted guitar that had featured on their debut and bringing in Doris Norton on vocals, Jacula's second album is once again dominated by sinister organ music and moody vocals. A bit more varied this time, the album is reminiscent of the fusion of Italian prog and horror soundtracks which would be pioneered in subsequent years by bands such as Goblin, so in this respect the unit seem to be ahead of their time, though what could have been a top-class album is reduced to merely being rather good thanks to lacklustre production and Long Black Magic Night; perhaps sticking to Latin vocals would have been helpful?

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In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Warthur
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4 stars One of the recurring controversies surrounding this release was whether it genuinely came out in 1969 or not. I can see a case being made either way; the vocal parts, organ, and drums are all in keeping with the spookier end of the psychedelic or proto-prog scene at the time, whilst the guitar parts consist of metal riffing which I'd be surprised to hear from anyone other than Tony Iommi himself in 1969. I suppose it is possible that the band may have heard some of Sabbath's early performances, but given how rare - sparse, even - the guitar parts are, and considering how occasionally they even seem out of place, I think it's possible that they were added to the recording at a later date - perhaps in the early 1970s, at a point when Sabbath, Budgie and the like could have offered some more precedent for it.

On balance, I'm inclined to believe that at least an early version of the album came out in 1969; it feels to me like it's halfway between a demo tape (though a reasonably competently produced one) and the sort of meandering improvisational jam releases you saw in the psychedelic and Krautrock scenes of the era. In other words, if it's a fake, it's a passable enough fake that I don't particularly care. What I do care about is the musical approach, which involves long almost ambient stretches of church organ backed with occasional bursts of riffing and rare intonations of sinister Latin phrases. Like the first Tangerine Dream album it's perhaps better approached as spooky, psychedelic-leaning proto-prog background music than as a set of fully developed compositions, but the atmosphere of doom and dread evoked here is so different from what most bands producing this sort of jam album was going for, and the musical approach is very different from the approach taken by the doom-and-gloom brigade in the 1960s and 1970s, making it a gratifyingly unique work.

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In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars With an album title that translates from Latin to mean "Poison Is Always At The End", `In Cauda..." conjures up images of abandoned medieval castles, gloomy dungeons, dark forests at night, a tormenting presence lurking nearby. It lures you into a dark dream state, and can completely alter your mood. You find your head nodding along to the plodding and commanding music, completely lost in a trance.

The predominantly instrumental album is almost totally driven by the Charles Tiring's overwhelming church organ, and it's absolutely beautiful. Good to hear the real thing, and not some clinical cold emulation or keyboard imitation you might get these days. Long meandering organ dirges, often accompanied by Jacula main creative force Anthony Bartoccetti's dirty heavy-rock guitar riffs, creating a dominating and oppressive sound. His searing electric guitar solos push you even further down. Black Sabbath and early Pink Floyd might be some slight reference points. However, the music is in no way heavy metal, but it might be seen as being quite ahead of it's time and an influence on that particular genre.

Some may find the album hugely tedious and monotonous, but I find the repetitive nature of much of the music to be one of it's greatest strengths. It draws you in, hammers down on you, and can often create a feeling of being lost, trapped in a nightmare, or deep in personal reflection.

My personal highlight of the album is the somber piano driven instrumental `Initatio', with evocative sighed wordless vocals by Fiamma Dallo Spirito. She has a weary, tormented and sorrowful tone to her voice. The track is equally ambient, subtle and surprisingly low key, it might even be one of my favourite instrumental pieces in my entire prog collection. It brings me to tears.

Although the album has a strong dark occult influence, I don't feel you need to be Satanic weirdo to appreciate it's haunting beauty! I follow a lot of Christian beliefs in my life, and I don't find this album offensive in the least. I truly appreciate being immersed in such an evocative personal and emotional musical experience. The old cliché of beauty found in despair and darkness certainly holds true for this album.

The cover of the album perfectly complements the murky tone of the album. Almost as unnerving as the cover of the first Black Sabbath album, It's quite a haunting and horror filled image, well worth particularly grabbing the vinyl reissue edition to really let it compliment the music.

I feel a little intimidated posting this review, when others such as Finnforest have already provided a definitive and more detailed review. I don't know if my simple comments can really offer much more that hasn't already been said. But I felt compelled to do so anyway, due to how much this album has meant to me over the years, how I'm constantly drawn back to it, and how I love finding new hidden secrets within it with each new listen.

Hypnotic, maddening, suffocating, emotional....the debut album of Jacula.

Really four and a half stars.

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 Pre Viam by JACULA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.34 | 19 ratings

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Pre Viam
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Well, I have to confess that Jacula's music is not the easiest to listen and dig, nor the easiest to review, but I will do my best. As you may know, this is a project created by Antonio Bartoccetti in the latter sixties, which was followed by Antonius Rex, a new moniker though the music would be the same; now, in 2011 the name of Jacula returned in order to release "Pre Viam" through Black Widow Records, surprising us because we thought that project was already dead.

This album follows the same path of its predecessors, sharing the darkest and gothic side of progressive rock. It contains seven compositions that together make a total time of 47 minutes. The first track is "Jacula is Back", whose first minute give us an introduction to its dark, funeral gothic world. Later the organ enters and along with those strange noises, produces some kind of fear, tension. Before the third minute a delicate guitar appears contrasting with the previous sound, here, it sounds softer and even gently but it only lasts for a minute, because later the music explodes, keyboards and drums join and the sound is heavier, sorrowful and rockier. And the song continues with that rockier mood, including guitar riffs and metal-like drums.

"Pre Viam" is the longest composition of the album, reaching almost ten minutes. It starts softly with acoustic guitar, then keyboards put some nuances little by little, sharing an evident sense of uncertainty and nervousness. There is a female voice, which is sensual but scary at the same time; the synth work is wonderful because it produces almost everything, from the atmospheric tranquility to the fragile tension. The charm in Jacula's music lies in the imagination, I mean, each and every of the songs are a perfect motif to create stories, put words, sounds, images in our heads and create a parallel world.

"Blacklady Kiss" is a slow-tempo track in which as you can imagine, will listen to the voice of precisely, the Blcklady, accompanied by soft but cardiac piano notes and synth atmospheres. The second part of the song is completely different, the structure of the first one vanishes and now the rock element is present and evident with the guitar riff. "Deviens Folle" starts again with acoustic guitar, later beautiful, yet sorrowful piano notes accompany it, along with the obligatory keyboard background. Later it changes a little bit, creating once again an ambient of tension. This song is great, at first I thought it was weaker than the previous ones, but I was wrong, one has to give it a chance, listen carefully to it and then will understand what is it about.

"In Rain" shows a soft first minute with a peaceful keyboard sound, later the organ enters along with some church male vocals, it continues like this for some minutes until the song morphs once again into a rockier track, offering that mandatory guitar riff. "Godwithch" has a rain sound as background all the time, while a repetitive but addictive piano is playing and increasing its intensity little by little.

The last track of the album is "Possaction", in which we will find the funeral drums, the scary organ and sorrowful and painful voices as background, adding even more fear, accelerating our heartbeats. A great track if you are willing to have nightmares, so go and listen to it with the lights off, nice headphones and you will surely be moved by its scary sound. What a song to finish this album!

Nice comeback from Jacula, a solid album, though I stay with "In Cauda Semper?". Anyway, Pre Viam deserves 3.5 stars.

Enjoy it!

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 Pre Viam by JACULA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.34 | 19 ratings

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Pre Viam
Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Blood and fire

The key to this album is perhaps forgetting about the past. I know that sounds kind of harsh, but if you are anything like me and absolutely adore the first two trailblazing albums of this band, then you will undoubtedly find yourself in quite the pickle just approaching this record with a clean slate. The thing is, those two albums were unlike anything else from around that time. They foresaw the whole doom genre by at least a decade, as well as cemented Jacula's status as something of a mystical vampire-like act that fed off burning absinthe and the blood of unborn babies.

If you can approach Pre Viam on its own terms, just like one preferably should any other album, a wonderful little album opens up in front of you, and even if the Jacula of old with the gargantuan church organs are a thing of the past - you'll almost certainly pick up those inherent dark traits of mastermind Antonio Bartoccetti.

This is essentially melody driven RPI with all the charisma and sweetness the "genre" can muster teamed up with the dark menacing presence of that special little something that Jacula always had. They are Gothic unlike any other band I've come across, and if you are sitting out there thinking about Type O Negative and Bloody Kisses, warm red wine and raw lamb chops, then imagine this type of thing transcribed onto an Italian symphonic setting. The metal side of the aforementioned band is also quite present on Pre Viam, and even if I am not among the biggest fans of slapping metal on old recipes - announcing them to be brand new and everything, I must admit that it works pretty well within the confines of this album. There is just something about the combination of hard hitting guitar riffs and the softness of the Italian sprinklings found throughout this album that coalesce rather beautifully together. That and the impending raptures of organ and synthesizer breaks that on occasion break through the thickets, are very much proof of just how well harmonized these different ingredients are mixed together. Come to think of it, there are indeed some organ sections on here that reflect the old Jacula heritage, and what this does is, basically, to give you a small but highly efficient peep back into the past, and as short-lived as these may appear, they do add a little je n'est c'est quoi to the proceedings here.

For the most part Pre Viam is instrumental, but all of a suddenly you get these high soaring sections of serene female vocalizations that just grip a hold of you and transport you elsewhere. They are cold and beautiful like giant blue icebergs, and whether you choose to look at the art work, or just recognize the whole feel of the thing, -that chilling and clean structure in many ways convey this record's Gothic essence right down to the t.

If you're into vampires, old abandoned castles with motes, sea-snakes and ancient myths surrounding the place - then I urge you to hunt this album down. It is indeed surrounded in what feels like an ancient horrific cobweb, which is as untouchable and seductive as the early morning mist. 3.5 stars.

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 Pre Viam by JACULA album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars It came as somewhat of a surprise to see that Jacula would release a new album in 2011. Mainman Antonio Bartoccetti has been active in music since Jacula ended (though it has to be said somewhat sporadically) with their second album Tardo Pede In Magiam Versus way back in 1972, after which he formed Antonius Rex along with Doris Norton who's startling vocal work was a key element of Jacula's sound. Why Bartoccetti should now choose to resurrect Jacula I couldn't say, particularly in view of the fact that Antonius Rex's last album had a very similar title, Per Viam as opposed to Pre Viam. Perhaps he felt the strong vampire imagery was more suited to the Jacula name. Whatever, it doesn't matter as Pre Viam is a brilliant piece of work.

As you'd expect from Bartoccetti the music is suitably dark and gothic. The feel of the original Jacula is present though with an updated sound. Long gone and missed is the wonderful church organ work of Charles Tiring. His place is taken by Bartoccetti and Norton's son Rex Anthony who is responsible for all keyboard work, Norton also being absent. Piano and orchestrated synth sounds largely, though not entirely take the place of organ work but still manage to retain a dark vibe as well as often being hauntingly beautiful. A couple of pieces include drums and Bartoccetti's electric guitar work, the nearest they get to a standard rock band format. Other than that the music is fairly low key going for an atmospheric approach where acoustic guitar sits alongside Anthony's keyboard work and is often content to lock into a repetitive yet effective pattern. The absence of Norton robs Jacula of their vocalist whose place is taken by spoken word vocal contributed by someone who goes by the name of Blacklady, though these only make an occasional appearance.

Whilst Pre Viam won't be to everybody's taste, fans of Bartoccetti will lap it up and despite missing the church organ I'd probably consider this my favourite Jacula album overall.

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Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I have to admit that I find what Antonio Bartoccetti is doing in Jacula and Antonius Rex quite difficult to describe and then translate into reviews. I got this album as a promo CD long time ago and that means I have to review it. I should have reviewed this album many months ago, in fact.

This is Jacula's comeback album and their third album since 1969. A father and son album it is too with the son doing the tangents. On this album Antonio's blues guitars sometimes floats over some house rhythms laid down by Florian Gormann on drums and his son Rexanthony on keyboards and samples. Then we also finds some ambient pianos with female spoken words from Blacklady floating over it. The rest is mostly orchestral ambient soundscapes and some disturbing female screams.

The music here is pretty good. The orchestral soundscapes laid down by Rexanthony is very good. Overall, this is a good album from a genre I do not find particular interesting. But I like this album.

3 stars

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 Tardo pede in magiam versus by JACULA album cover Studio Album, 1972
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Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Tardo Pede In Magiam Versus is one of the more bizarre albums in my collection and certainly the strangest sounding release I've heard from the RPI genre. Jacula is the brainchild of Italian musician and composer Antonio Bartoccetti, releasing two albums before moving onto Antonius Rex.

The album cover sets the tone; a red cowled figure in a graveyard lets you know you're unlikely to be in for a few laughs over the next forty minutes or so. In reality Tardo Pede In Magiam Versus sounds more like a soundtrack to a gothic horror film than a progressive rock album. The music is dominated by a powerful church organ played by Charles Tiring which sounds fantastic. Likely to be a stumbling block for many listeners are the dramatic vocals of the very un-Italian named Doris Norton which I found a bit heavy going myself. Apart from actually singing she also chants and uses spoken word. On Absolution the vocals are handled by what sounds like a medieval choir.

The church organ dominated moments conjure up images of Lon Chaney in classic silent 1920's film The Phantom Of The Opera but there are also more ethereal moments as Norton's spoken word vocal is underpinned by melancholic harpsichord and flute on Long Black Magic Night and gently strummed guitar, piano, flute and mournful soprano wailing (for want of a better word) on the floaty Jacula Valzer. In Old Castle (sic) is perhaps best of all being church organ and nothing else; very haunting.

There's nothing quite like this album in my collection to compare it too, the nearest I can get is a three cd set of Bach organ works played by german conductor/musician Karl Richter but the link is rather tenuous being primarily down to sound of the church organ.

This album certainly wont be to everyone's taste but personally I quite like it. Not one to be brought off the shelf too often but now and again when I'm in the mood for a bit of gothic horror this will fit the bill nicely. 3 ½ stars.

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Jacula Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This second album from "Jacula" capitalizes on their great and debut effort: heavy keyboards, dark themes, even satanic as some might say. Although, the latter aspect was also suggested without much reasons from a band which I quite like ("Black Widow").

There are still some moving organ parts available like "Praesentia Domini". A dark crescendo piece of music which goes from the most sublime church organ play one can imagine. But I honesty have to tell that once the "vocals "enter the scene; the whole is quite falling apart. Same applied to the opening track as well. It reminds me of some collaboration of Klaus Schulze with some vocalists if you see what I mean...

I quite preferred their debut album to tell the truth. This one holds too many dull vocal parts. The band did say it all during their very good "In Cauda Semper?" and I really can't stand these vocalize lines from Doris Norton. Such a piece as "Jacula Valzer" could have been fine as a soundtrack for a horror movie. But you won't get any picture here.

If this album would have been an all instrumental one, no doubt that it might have ended with a better rating. I really don't like the "singing" words of the lady in charge: passionless, talent less. In one word: useless.

I was quite impressed with their debut which was rather adventurous. But this one somewhat kills the spirit IMHHO. A song as " Long Black Magic Night" is a pure and long lament with little interest.

This album is quite a let down and a huge deception. Some good moments felt while listening to "In Old Castle" won't avoid the two stars rating. Stick to their debut one is my only advice.

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