Antonius Rex - Praeternatural

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Black Widow
Catalog Number: BWRCD 074-02
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

The Italian label Black Widow decided to reissue all the old works from cult band Antonius Rex, and Praeternatural is the final one, originally released in only a few copies in 1980.

This is maybe the best opus from the band, the more complete and complex one, even if sometimes people laugh at the intensity with which it speaks about darkness and horror. The album is mostly instrumental, with organ, keyboards and piano by Dorris Norton, a master in the field, and the excellent soloing work by Antonio Bartoccetti, who gives us some examples of the finest guitar phrases heard. The music is very dark and is the right heir to Goblin, who are the band whose sound nearest band to Antonious Rex. Sometimes there are references to the some most famous horror film soundtracks, like the film score to Halloween.

This has to be considered the most mature release by the band, thanks to some astonishing piano layout and riffs and the distorted guitar work of Bartoccetti that at that times was very innovative.

Maybe the subject is too obscure during the whole length of the album, but it is very fascinating. This masterpiece reproduction owes much to the brave Black Widow, as they are letting everyone rediscover this album.

And probably in the future, Antonius Rex will come back with the new album. After twenty four years!

Halloween (The Land Of Magic) / Flasum Et Violentia (2418) / Praeternatural (Downnormalpraeter) / Montsegur Legend (Esoteric France) / Capturing Universe (Vlad Tepes Sabbah) / Invisible Force (In The Dark - Ite Missa Est) / Vox Populi (Divinitatis Vox)

Antonio Bartoccetti - guitars, vocals
Dorris Norton - keyboards, drums

Neque Semper Arcum Tendit Rex (1974/2002)
Zora (1977/1992)
Zora (II Series) (1978/2001)
Anno Demoni (1979/1992/2001)
Ralefun (1979/1992)
Praeternatural (1980/2003)
S.O.D. (2004)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin IT

Added: April 18th 2004
Reviewer: Davide Guidone
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Language: english


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