Distributor/label: Avantgarde Music
Distributor/label URL: http://www.avantgardemusic.com/
Buy Album [URL]: http://avantgardemusic.bigcartel.com/product/movimento-d-avanguardia-ermetico-torri-del-silenzio-a5-digipack
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MovimentoDAvanguardiaErmetico
Ans – Guitars
Agilulf – Vocals
Lorenz Opfergeist – Drums, Arrangements
1. La Caduta
2. Risonanza Originaria del Tremedo
3. La Cresta Verso Grauhaupt
4. Sorge la Stele e l’enigma
5. Torri del Silenzio
Most people reading this review will have seen the recent Hobbit Trilogy. Now, why do you think I’m mentioning the Hobbit when reviewing a black metal album? No, I sadly am not reviewing a Tolkeing themed black metal band – I am in fact likening this band’s latest album to how I felt the Hobbit Trilogy played out: overdrawn and paced to the extent of extreme boredom.
Italian outfit: Movimento d’Avanguardia Ermetico have unleashed their third studio album: TORRI DEL SILENZIO. Even though unleashed really isn’t the right term for how this album behaves. It starts of promising with some rather quirky spoken word vocals on ‘La Caduta’, which suits the bands themes of abstract thoughts and nature, but by the time you get to track two, ‘Risonanza Originaria del Tremendo’, you realize just how over the top these guys went when trying to make avant-garde metal.
This is a trope I keep seeing in so many avant-garde groups. They try too hard to stand out from the rest and end up making something boring rather than interesting. This second track lasts 10 minutes and made me feel rather miserable – and not in a good way.
And to make matters worse, third track ‘La Cresta Verso Grauhapt’, just takes that drawling overcooked vibe and plays it out to the nth degree. I did want this song to end but it felt like I was being tortured with such over extended lengths.
Although the musicianship on this album is very good and I see this band as being very talented and it’s good to know they can play so tightly for such extended lengths of time, it’s the atmosphere they created that let it down. I didn’t feel as if I were being taken somewhere new, nor given new thoughts and ideas about whatever abstract themes the band had at their disposal.
The last two tracks drone on like very bad Altars of Plagues demos. This is a band whom I think have gone too far and have extended their musicianship to the point of boredom. You don’t need to play extra long songs in order to showcase your talents and this album is an example of that. If you do like progressive black metal with occult and philosophical themes then do check this out. Just don’t expect to see me buying this band’s merchandise anytime soon.