Jacula — Anno Demoni
(Mellow MMP 118, 1978/1992, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01
Jacula's debut (to be reviewed in a later issue) was one of the rarest (if not the rarest) of the Italian progressive rock albums, and certainly one of the most sinister – or should I say a novelty? This CD is an overpriced collection of previously unreleased relics by a band certainly well within the occultic camp (or trying hard!). Supposedly, the vocals were channeled during séances and they are weird – chanting and gibbering in Latin and other unknown languages. Surprisingly, the music isn't very menacing, especially with the goofy sound effect of an owl that becomes increasingly annoying over the course of the CD. It sounds like it would be more comfortable in a horror spoof than a horror movie. The result is a collection of unremarkable music, unusual yes, but far away from the coherency of Tardo Pede in Magiam Versus, their debut.
Related artist(s): Antonius Rex / Jacula
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