DEVIATE DAMAEN - NEL LIMBO D'UN CODICE A BARRE - IN SANCTITATE, BENIGNITATIS NON MISERETUR! - SKIZZI DI RISKIO
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Band: Deviate Damaen
Title: Skizzi Di Rischio 1992-2020 d.C.
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Hellborn Records
Release date: 30 September 2020
1. Essici Semper! (Plettro Remix)
2. Nightlight “Acouphenea Remix”
3. L’elite De Notra Merd
4. Eius Silentium Timeo
5. Unisex Borg (Extended Remix)
6. Shadow Of Night
7. I Just Wanna Be My Toy (Over The Rainbow…)
8. Quell’imperial Tempesta Che Da Noi Trasuda
9. No More
10. Un Mondo Senza Stelle (Kalter Kreis Remake)
12. Buon Maiale!
One year after the release of the album "In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur", and after works started for the next "Soqquadro Tanz", Deviate Damaen, release "Skizzi Di Rischio" with Hellbones Records, a collection containing 12 tracks distributed in 30 years of career and never included in the official discography of the band.
A collection of deviating amenities (singles, unpublished, excerpts, remixes and hosted by G/Ab Svenym Volgar of Xacrestani) 1992-2020 A.D. which includes the very often indigestible artistic militancy that has resulted, through targeted word of mouth, to deny the band reviews, interviews and above all visibility. So much so that the Deviate Damaen count a selected audience and are part of that elite niche that doesn't give a damn about the proselytes, a bit like the directors of films that don't enter the blockbuster sense rankings suffer from it. An Italian culture, typically snobbish of those who has red prospective proselytes with other people's asses and who move away from their historical roots preferring to open up to distant cultures, which is good but not always right.
"Skizzi Di Rischio" is therefore a summary of the history of this long-lived band.
“Essici Semper!”,Plettro Remix, published by Materiali Sonori within the compilation "Ma Non C'è Nessuno Biondo?", dedicated to the theme of mental discomfort. This piece whose lyrics and audio inserts were the result of free comparison between G/Ab and the patients of the Pasquariello Mental Care Centre. A sinth piece with very heavy metal weaves that stand out between a guttural vocalisation and almost theatrical prose, managing to express a suffering of the soul.
“Nightlight” ‘Acouphenea Remix’ is an experimental track, in full harmony with what I define as the being of the band, a continuous experimentation of sounds between environment and synths. Rather hypnotic and at least dark in line with the 80's style, almost a reminder of Bauhaus, just as a mark of Europe's markedly industrial origins.
“L'elite De Notra Merd” is a single released in 2011 and it’s a free arrangement inspired by Norbert Schultze's classic "Lilì Marlene". A shout against the politically correct but also of contradictory actions, of those who spit against a wind that then rides out of need but to make a good impression, continue to spit. After all, it is known that those who spit against the wind suffer karma; In this piece the coherence of the band with its own ideas.
“Eius Silentium Timeo”, the lyrics were composed by G/Ab Volgar of the Xacrestani during his spiritual retreat at the abbey of Sant’ Eutizio, in Valnerina, in 2016 on the occasion of the writing of the album "In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!". An intense and spiritual tribute to his friend Mario Di Donato, patriarch of the Italic Doom metal and painter of sacred art. As I already wrote in the review of this beautiful album, full of pathos: ‘Among holiness, commonplaces, seers, darkness, modern and ancestral themes, the band wraps us in a spiral that leaves no breath’.
“Unisex Borg” is the extended remix of the single “Unisex Borg” published on the compilation dedicated to the science-fiction universe ”No of this earth vol. 2” (Candlemass, Paul Chain…) published by Black Widow, 2000, the song is inspired and based on the novel “First Contact”, from “Star Trek” saga. One of my many fave songs of the band. Also in this track you can find fluctuating synth atmospheres that recall again what I consider the most prolific era in music.
“Shadow Of Night” is the original track from the ’92 tape-album “Crown Of Darkness”, the roots of the dark era are evident and this piece can be identified in that sphere of which the Sisters of Mercy were a part. Brilliant track with deep vocalism, good piece.
As I was saying, the music of the Deviate is mainly theatricality and here is “I Just Wanna Be My Toy (over the rainbow…)”, the upheaval of the homonymous song made famous by Judy Garland “joke-track” (2003) used for a theatrical show titled “Over The Rainbow”,
“Quell’imperial Tempesta Che Da Noi Trasuda” is nothing more than the prologue to the monumental Corazzata Valdemone’s “Romana”, which sees G/Ab as guest. Bizarre and quite particular is the band's non-compliant style that never aligns with a single sound, moving from lightness to intense pieces, taking up operas and often referring back to history.
“No More” is the bonus track for “Religious As Our Methods” released in 2008, electro Damien for this piece, lighter, if you like, but with a vocal intensity not indifferent even in the refrain.
Let's go back in time, to be precise in 1997, with “Un Mondo Senza Stelle Kalter Kreis remaKe”, contained in “Religious As Our Methods” album, a brand new auto cover, assigned to the inspiration of the "Kalter Kreis" project. Intense the recited part that makes the piece full of atmosphere.
A short story of a schoolboy, indomitable to the harassment of his teacher, told by one of his confirmation mates at the reformatory, “Gelsomino” (original tape-album “Immorality’s Colostrum” Outro, 1993. The musical carpet is bleak and rather deep in a long intro, which accompanies to the narrated piece. Here we meet a story worthy of a horror splatter film, in which the young boy takes revenge on his teacher and guided by the voice of the ghost of the nun to whom he was related. Here we meet a story worthy of a horror splatter film, in which the young boy takes revenge on his teacher and guided by the voice of the ghost of the nun to whom he was related.
The grand finale is assigned to “Buon Maiale! (Purgazione Canonica XX edition)”. With the release of this single in 2020, the band Deviate Damaen return, after the release of "In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!", to electronics and punk, celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Purgazione Canonica" (from the album "Propedeutika Ad Contritionem (Vestram!)" in 1999.
It was released immediately after Christmas 2019 and in parallel with Sanremo denouncing the politically correct thinking that would have claimed to censor cribs, use partisan songs passing them off as national anthems, poor Goffredo Mameli, and ban Strauss' music on the first of the year, as has been traditional since the early 1900s.
Once again, with a collection, the Deviates leave their mark.
DEVIATE DAMAEN - SKIZZI DI RISKIO
25 September 2020
IN SANCTITATE, BENIGNITATIS NON MISERETUR!
12 October 2020
Band: Deviate Damaen
Title: In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!
Genre: Epic, Doom, Black Metal
Label: Masked Dead Records and Vomit Arcanus Productions
Release Date: October 11, 2019
1) L’Angelo Preferito, Il Primo Insorto, Il Più Dannato
3) Sacre Gesta Cavalcano Il Metall / Heilige Taten Reiten Das Metall
4) Santo Frà Diavolo, Spara Per Noi!
5) Aspetterò L’Altrove
6) I Tarocchi Della Vostra Sfiga
7) Font Near The Ossuary
8) Fratelli D’Occidente Salviamo Noi Stessi Dall’Estinzione!
9) Signore E Dio In Te Confido
10) L’Urlo Del Cappuccino
G\Ab Svenym Volgar dei Xacrestani – Vocals
Mysticvs Ex-Nigra Flamma Messor – Vocals / death whistle
Ark – Keyboards, guitars, bass and theremin
Cyber Wolf – Keyboards Lilì Lilien - Vocals
Deviate Damaen come back with a new album, the chapter on catechism, born after three years of visits between cathedrals, hermitages, crypts, Germanic bunkers of World War II, environments of human spirituality.
"In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!" “Chi spaccerà per insulsa bontà l’abiura dell’Eredità..rimarrà lontano dalla Santità quanto il Santo dalla Dannazione!” is a conceptually profound work, rich in sound and deep interest.
The Roman band can be 'uncomfortable' to most people who keep an average view of the world, both earthly and spiritual, there is to say the division between those who love and those who hate Deviate Damaen is very clear, those who fall into the second type, has a very narrow concept of moral, political, social and cultural principles.
Then there are those who do not know at all this Roman band but we do not blame them.
The fact is, that every work that Deviate Damaen elaborate, highlights a very deep conceptuality and try to review an album, becomes a pleasure not that a duty.
An album filled with sarcasm, passes through history, Gnostic themes and then Charlemagne and Lucifer and redemption, perhaps.
Musically "In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!" represents a turning point compared to the traditional thematic hysteria of Deviate Damaen, being strongly characterized in Epic, Doom and Black Metal condensed into ten songs sung in Italian, their mother tongue, dark and polyhedral.
"In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!" that will be release on October 11, 2019 via Masked Dead Records and Vomit Arcanus Productions and distributed throughout Europe.
For this album Deviated Damaen have availed themselves of the collaboration of thirty musicians including Apolokia, Black Shine Fever and ZetaZeroAlfa.
Among holiness, commonplaces, seers, darkness, modern and ancestral themes, the band wraps us in a spiral that leaves no breath.
I start with order, the first track “L’Angelo Preferito, Il Primo Insorto, Il Più Dannato” opens with the sound of bells and the voice of a child talking about angels and sky, a prologue that winds its way between hypocrisy and equality, until you get to Lucifer between superstitions and philosophers who whisper its entity without ever mentioning it, for puara, for modesty, for ignorance. The true condemnation is not that of Lucifer, the shining angel, distanced from God, but that of those who do not accept his existence. God, who drove out the angel who became a devil and therefore it is God who is an egocentric? Is it God who is the atheist himself? Even recalling Dante, recalling the seven deadly sins in a sort of mass; a combination of monologue, preaching and reflective thoughts on the contradictions between good and therefore God and religion and, evil. There is no evil good without evil and vice versa.
“Tethrus” is an obscure song that interweaves metal music with hints of songs in a religious key, is able to be noted for the 'brutality' in which it is reflected in society that now as then, in times gone by, has never changed, between mediocrity and well-thinking, clichés and darkness.
An extreme metal with gloomy cadences, heavy guitars and hypnotic rhythm, this is the vortex in which Deviate Damaen manage to capture us and transport us into the abyss of their dark thoughts. “Sacre Gesta Cavalcano Il Metall / Heilige Taten Reiten Das Metall”, third piece of the record that literally pierces with its own power, with a prose in Italian and German, a spiritualization in which God himself becomes a political condition, “La Gerusalemme Liberata” by Tasso, the crusades, the Holy Sepulcher, the longing of the Church, Jerusalem, object of desire and place to be conquered at all costs. From the purely musical side, Deviate Damaen immerse themselves in a deep doom metal in which oneiric sounds prevail as well as well marked and tangible.
“Santo Frà Diavolo, Spara Per Noi!” To the cry of libertè egalitè and an all-Italian 'chi t'è muort', notes of the French Revolution, with a lot of beheading, are taken up again.
Extremely metal with theatrical passages this song makes us live a total confusion of musicality and voices, a totally metal Frà Diavolo.
Let's abandon the typically Italian noisiness, with the most elegant "Aspetterò L'Altrove" whose melody is a clean cut with the songs heard so far, a love song? Yes, but gloomy, a desperate and heartbreaking passage.
“I Tarocchi Della Vostra Sfiga” in which the soothsayer reads the tarot revealing a society falsely good, exploitative and rotten but believing in God, a society that carries with it the smell of death.
Black Metal for “Font Near The Ossuary”, that moves well away from the previous piece and that brings out the musical quality and instruments of the band. Excellent track desperately against all logic.
“Fratelli D’Occidente Salviamo Noi Stessi Dall’Estinzione!”, the West as a point of light, the destination of desperate people who escape from unspecified wars, real or fake, a sort of defense of Western perfectionism that recalls the German ideology at the time of the World War not to extinguish what has been until now the West and its vision; not least, Deviate Damaen have visited the German bunkers.
“Signore E Dio In Te Confido” singing in prose from ‘The sacrifice of our father Abraham', from the book of Gènesi when blind trust in God causes absurd things to be committed, until God Himself intervenes to make the hand of the Christian extremist.
“L’Urlo Del Cappuccino” is a singular ending, just like the whole album; do you know the noise of the coffee machine in the bars? Here, multiply the sound so that it is almost deafening.
Is actually the text that is interesting, a little audible delirium that talks of life, morphology, creation and everything that may be perfection and therefore God, the sacredness and at the end of the scream, of the Cappuccino.
"In Sanctitate, Benignitatis Non Miseretur!" is in itself an album that was expected, we already knew it would amaze us precisely because Deviate Damaen always succeed in their intent, to amaze. An album full of hatred, as they write themselves in the presentation of the record.
After listening, the doubt remains: Is God really good? Is Lucifer really evil? Why is the name of the devil still almost a taboo?
Crossing the story, Deviate Demaen revisit the vision of evil in all its forms and that perhaps, Lucifer has always been necessary to justify the evil nature of man who using the name of God has committed and continues to commit evils of various kinds. The supremacy of the race, because Christian, the crusades, always hiding their longing in the name of God.
A delicate key is religion, of which Deviate Damaen manage to describe its wickedness over the centuries
Chapeux to this band that has never had any qualms about expressing their thoughts, especially in a bigoted Italy of right-thinking people who came out of mass on Sunday as a tired flock, are ready to sharpen their blades.
NEL LIMBO D'UN CODICE A BARRE
Band: Deviate Damaen
Title: Nel Limbo D'un Codice A Barre
G/Ab Svenym Volgar Honorium Roman Ustorh Vox, Founder&Leader
Ark Concrete Keyboards, Lead Computer, Bitarra, Theremin
Abnormal Lead Guitar
Giamo G. Laerte Giovine Cantore Di Grecoromana Beltade
D. Van Dearomantik Bass
Jj Blackstar (Alias Jonathan Add Garofoli) - Bass, Guitar & Live Drums
Mysticvs Ex Nigra Flamma Messor "Matt&Deviàt" - Altera Vox, Death Whistle
‘Opera is what the Artist has created of his own; lining is what the publishing industry decides or not to be yours. And so, if a work, even if august, is not covered with the right lining, it will remain in the limbo of a narrow existence.’
In the opera brevis "Nel Limbo D'un Codice A Barre" the Italian band Deviate Damaen presents in a single act, the modern civilization that is based on choices made by others, on choices made by a system that, while not belonging to us, tries to dictate the rules.
The system is obviously that of publishing; that according to which a work exists not thanks to the artist who created it, but by concession of merchants who do their best to sell it.
Analyzing the context, we can only agree with the band, in which the artist is subject to the rules and understandings of those who in theory should protect artists under their wing, and that's where they come on scene.
On the other hand Deviate Damaen certainly won't let itself be influenced or even silenced, on the contrary, it's just when these paradoxical situations materialize, that the Roman musicians come to life again in an exhilarating tale against the system that all comes together in a miserable bar code.
Who are Deviate Damaen? For many an outrageous band. For someone else, it's a group of musicians who have no problem denouncing in music the wrongs of the musical world that revolves around musicians and exposing their ideas in a direct way.
Their biography is obligatory.
Already Deviate Ladies from '92 to '98, record their first album entitled Religious as our methods in 1997 with Metalhorse Productions, the first Italian album to be released encoded in Dolby Surround. The first album was quickly passed to the press for the "bizarrìa" to start with a real confession recorded in a Roman church and happened between a real and unsuspecting priest and an actor member of the band, equipped with a radio microphone and reciting a script written by the author, with the relationship between "incest" and "sacrilege".
After the stormy debut, the second Propedeutika Ad Contritionem (Vestram!), will confirm the theatrical nature of the band, philosophically extreme and ideologically uncompromising of the group, in the meantime changing formation, except for their leader G\Ab VOLGAR SVENYM of XACRESTANI, which ends punctually on the pages of specialized magazines and no more for ideological issues and image than for the original music proposed. He appears on the albums of Aborym and Stormlord, bands with which the exchange of ideas and musicians is continuous. Deviate Damaen participate in a well-known compilation dedicated to the science fiction field proposed by the Genoese Black Widow, (to the merit of which will contribute names like Candlemass and Paul Chain) with a single entitled "Unisex Borg".
Independent and self-produced releases follow, and the online publication of the anthology Immorality's Ovra Colostrum (containing the remastered and remixed reissues of the first self-productions on tape from 1992 to 1994), followed by "Dvra Crvx Cenacvli dX", the album RELIGIOUS AS OUR METHODS, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its coming to light, with unpublished and an IX track recorded by the new line-up, entitled "NO MORE" and composed by the new eclectic guitarist of the band A.B. The song comes out in the publication of RELIGIOUS AS OUR METHODS. DEVIATE DAMAEN incoherent their destiny with that of ARK (already with Mystical Fullmoon, Labyrinthus Noctis, Exm93, and Incoherence), multifaceted, multi-instrumentalist, fomented in adolescence for the band of Svenym Volgar, and which the latter does not delay to fall in love in turn, enlisting him in the drafting of the new single in preparation for early 2009, inspired by the masterpiece of Norbert Schulze, "Lilì Marlen"...where the new formation intends to give its best. Subsequently, following the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the band.
Back to "Nel Limbo D'un Codice A Barre”, I have a code, so I exist. I'm not in the database of a computer, so I don't exist. If Mozart were to live in this grim age, among the jackals and sharks that live behind the musicians' backs, he would have a sad code by which to be recognized no matter what music you play, it doesn't matter how important the name of a band is, if you don't have a contradictory number you're nobody, or rather missing in limbo.
Between truth and mockery, between denunciation and ridicularization, Deviate have had the courage to express what many bands think but do not say, to them an applause for sincerity and for the general vision of the musical world that starting from the artist, the true author and creator, sees to cross their work towards an endless chain of distribution.