Lamantide – Carnis Tempora: Abyssus (Italy, 2015)

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Here I am reviewing Lamantide’s second released work, Carnis Tempora: Abyssus, coming after a hiatus from their 2011 s\t debut and some lineup changes.
Let’s see what the Cremona-based Italian HC band delivered this time.

Caro Salutis Est Cardo opens with a quite stereotypical drum groove in HC, entrenched within some guitar feedback, introducing us to a song I could render into words as post-hardcore with a sprinkle of mathy dissonance.
Despite the underlying conceptual imagery which I found pointing towards the theme of alchemy (“Madre offrimi il tuo corpo per morire, tornerò a te trasfigurato. Piombo in Oro.
Mother, give me your body so I can die. I’ll return to you, transfigured. From lead to Gold”
) I found his work less dark than the debut, which contained some more nihilistic themes. Sadly, I can’t elaborate on the choice of the alchemic imagery being personally ignorant about the subject as well as lacking a direct explanation of the band’s vision behind this record. Here’s more from one of their press statements.

“Life as a succession of “Seasons of Flesh” (Stagioni di Carne), the first of which is childhood.

We begin the trip into our inner vortex that leads us to know the symbols that populate it and influence the formation of our thinking, in order to understand how these assets are shared by every man and represent an invitation to union stronger than outward differences.

Alchemy as a never ending path to knowledge of themselves and the world, as a discipline of complexity opposed to the exasperated specialization that flattens and demeans our everyday life.

From “Abyss” (the Negredo, portrayed by Raven) the alchemist begins his journey in search of the philosopher’s stone, allegory of the complete knowledge, of perception of the indissoluble unity between humanity and nature; this unity is not monolithic but characterized by the infinite multiplicity of relations between the elements that compose it.

The concept of this work was inspired by an interest in the alchemical science and curiosity towards the studies conducted about it by the

Swiss psychoanalyst C.G. Jung, who has placed them at the foundation of his theory.”

Io, caronte continues with a more intense, blast-y and dissonant arrangement while Di Bui e di Terre tames it back a little bit with some more evocative soundscapes, mid-tempos, and almost post-rock influenced dynamics. This one would probably be my standout track.
Stagioni di Carne brings a sort of blackened feel and a brief spoken word section. The track “-“ makes up for a filler with a Jung sampled speech, emerging from a clouded atmosphere with some sort of electronic sub-bass glitches.
The album wraps up with Immortalis Lapis, setting a mood comparable to the first track.

Honestly, this album didn’t click much with me and I still prefer their debut. I feel “Carnis…” as lacking in depth, intensity and raw emotion if compared to the previous record. Maybe is the new drummer weak in energy? I don’t know.

 

Tracklist

1.Caro Salutis Est Cardo

2.Io, Caronte

3.Di Bui E Terre

4.Stagioni Di Carne

5.-

6.Immortalis Lapis

Labels:
– Shove Records (IT)
– Epidemic Records (IT)
– Zegema Beach Records (CAN)
– Dingleberry Records (DE)
– Frammenti di un Cuore Esploso (IT)
– Here and Now Records (IT)
– Icore (IT)
– Blackfire (IT)
– Cave Canem (IT)
Links: Facebook | BandCamp Release Date: October 26, 2015
Reviewed by Rizzo

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