That old school 90’s black metal sound may be dying out and bands may be more focused on better production, but Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico surely doesn’t believe in that. Their new album just released this September sounds like something that is straight out of the 90’s. In fact, the album was recorded all with analog equipment to really give it that kind of throw back feel that is almost extinct in black metal these days. Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico are a throw back to the old, and an ode to the black metal forefathers and just as dark and potent as you would wish it to be.
Torri Del Silenzio isn’t a slow burner by any means. For the majority of the release, the music is played at a quick pace. However, Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico does slow their tempo down a little bit to create some atmosphere and create a sound that isn’t so soul bludgeoning. Other than just being cold, dark, and bleak, there is a certain poetic quality to Torri Del Silenzio. The entire album runs almost like an eerily depressing poem.
Overall Torri Del Silenzio is an accessible black metal album and an approachable one as well. However, even though it is approachable and accessible, you still need to let it sink in, maybe not after one listen or two, but many more listens than that.
Torri Del Silenzio is a daunting album and it stands tall in the nether realm of black metal. Torri Del Silenzio is a monolith, it is a fortress, and a force to be reckoned with. You can’t look this album in the face and shake and shiver just a little bit, or sink in a corner somewhere and begin to contemplate what true darkness really is.
The album can stand alone in the middle of a desolate field and you would be able to feel its presence. Torri Del Silenzio is a very ominous being, one that shifts and shapes itself into something that paralyzes you with awe and mysticism.
Pouring from your speakers are ice cold riffs, drums that are rhythmic and chaotic, a bass that makes itself well known, and vocals that sound as though the vocalist swallowed a cup of broken glass before recording. His bloody gurgles help tie everything together and really give you that feeling of isolation and bitter coldness.
The musicianship speaks for itself, but along with the musicianship and the way that they play, comes an atmosphere that can’t be penetrated by any outside force. That atmosphere does as Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico says and bends to their will, and upon listening so do you. There is a poetic and enchanting quality about Torri Del Silenzio, and with all of the elements that they use tied together, this album is a great listen.