Tell me honestly, what do you associate the words “Italian music”with? Opera? Well, most likely, dissemble. Disco? That’s more likely. Nevertheless, a significant part of the Italian musicians can in response to frown ask: what about… industrial and noise varying degrees of ferocity? In the end, the very concept of style was formulated there, Luigi Russolo will not lie. And his compatriots still keep the brand – their national school remains one of the most powerful and ferocious in the world.
There is a belief that if you say the words “Italian industrial”, then with a high probability echo will say: “Sigillum S”. These Italian sound sorcerers manage to work from 1985 to the present day, constantly recording new, diverse and provocative material. That just did not inspire them over the years! Interest in Tibetan culture resulted in the most powerful “Bardo Thos-Grol” (1987), played on real instruments made of human bones. One of the most scandalous works of the Marquis de Sade inspired the eponymous album “Philosophy in the boudoir” (1988). And recently, it seems, they have awakened interest in space. Surprise the group also knew how always: on the debut album, for example, you can find the first and, it seems, the last song in all their work – and reminiscent of something in the spirit of Deadcandance. Later on their records appeared and harsh industrial, and neo-ritual, and power electronics. However, fans of something more extreme is better to turn to third-party projects of participants Sigillum S.
A good example would be Iugula-Thor. The founder and only member of this project, Andrea CHIARAVALLI played on some albums, Sigillum S, although not officially included in the composition; the musicians of this group, in turn, participated in the recording of his albums. Music is much more harsh, dense – no wonder it often happens that came out on German label Ant-Zen, the stronghold of the most “potent” forms of industrial and noise. At times it reminds Whitehouse and Sutcliffe Jugend, love to which musician and not papered over, sometimes – something like a tribute Celtic Frost, recorded Ministry. But in any case, his music has a characteristic state of gloomy detachment, which turns these furious sounds into something almost meditative.
Also from third-party projects of musicians should pay attention to “Sshe Retina Stimulants” – the brainchild of one of the founders of Sigillum S. the Project performs brutalized power electronics interspersed with dark ambient. The name of the project, by the way, can be interpreted as “Supersonic high-energy stimulation of the retina.”
Another group, without mentioning which this conversation and start is thus meaningless, – Ain Soph. This project originated in 1984 and originally played neo-ritual industrial, inspired by Julius Evola and Alistair Crowley, and the recordings are said to have been intended for meditation – although the casual listener is unlikely to believe it. One of the albums was even called “Kshatriya”. Later the music of the group has any elements of dark folk and even cabaret, and the lyrics have an interest in… Russia. One of the most famous albums was a concept, was called “October” (and on the cover the inscription was made in Russian) and was dedicated to the fate of a young Russian during the October revolution. At a recent album Ain Soph the theme of Russia continued to drive the songs on “great and mighty”. Moreover, last November the band performed in Russia.
The music of Maurizio Bianchi, one of the pioneers of noise, the author of experimental music in the framework of many projects, was and seems to remain fundamentally different. This figure is so powerful that to give a General description of his work is almost impossible – except that for the unfamiliar listener it is often extremely unpleasant. No wonder the Maestro’s early works were released on the label of William Bennett, the founder of Whitehouse. Curiously, in 1984, Maurizio disappeared from the scene, marrying and becoming a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses – and returned to work on music only 14 years later.
With Bianca collaborated another interesting Italian musician – Marco Corbelli, better known as Atrax Morgue: also a unique phenomenon, rough, abrasive and very depressing noise, imbued with sexual motives. The musician left behind a lot of interesting releases, despite the extremely short life: in 37 years he hanged himself.
However, do not think that in Italian music there is only Celentano and similar dark titans: there is, for example, an excellent ambient-industrial project Lyke Wake, drawing a fascinating and very dense sound space. Its Creator has repeatedly said that he loves and appreciates Italian industrial music, but does not consider himself a part of it, comparing his work with Klaus Schultz.
In short, the Italian scene is an almost inexhaustible and very interesting topic. It is interesting to note that not only Italian Industrialists are interested in Russia, but also Vice versa – perhaps the most complete encyclopedia of this direction was published in Russia: Dmitry Vasiliev’s book “Viva Italia”. And if you are strong in spirit and trained ears, definitely recommend to get acquainted with this beautiful and furious music.