HORTUS ANIMAE "Piove Sangue - Live In Banská Bystrica"
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:

01. Furious Winds / Locusts 04:25
02. Chamber of Endless Nightmares 06:31
03. Doomsday 07:57
04. Medley 09:40
I - In Adoration of the Weeping Skies
II - Cruciatus Tacitus
III - Souls of the Cold Wind
05. There's No Sanctuary 06:36
06. Raining Blood (feat. Freddy of Necronomicon) 04:41

 
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Pretty cool and unusual to see an underground band releasing a live album nowadays, but it's even more interesting to see a band releasing not one, but two different live albums the same year, and actually I think this is the first time I see a band from the underground douing such a stunt. Besides this, Italian Hortus Animae released another live album this year, Live at Velvet - April the 14th, 2001, but I haven't checked that yet. This one was recorded in 2016 during one of their concerts in the Slovakian city of Banska Bystrica, a 6 tracks mix clocking 40 minutes of playing time. The production and sound quality is way above what I would have thought when I first saw this in my mailbox, so from this point of view Hortus Animae and the other people involved in this show did a great job. From the compositions point of view, if you don't know this Italian sextet (at the time of the recording), they play a fairly melodic and technical breed of Black Metal with occasional Gothic influences, especially inserted by the keyboard, but there's also plenty of melody and melancholy in the guitar work. The band sounds solid and well-rehearsed, but I guess that shouldn't surprise anyone since they have a 20+ years history underbelt. The compositions sound very end '90's - beginning '00's - oriented, but that's not a bad thing, especially for nostalgic old farts like me, they leave plenty of room for a good headbanging, plenty of memorable, almost sing-along passages, mid paced rhythms crossed by faster ones, a varied vocal section (four members of the band are also doing vocals!). All in all we have a good release here, again, better that I initially thought it would be (I have a prejudice on live recordings, I admit it), if you happen to get accross this digisleeve CD, give it a chance!

8.5/10
Adrian (http://pestwebzine.com)

rock hard a44prile 205518Piove Sangue: Live In Banska Bystrica e l'album dal vivo che celebra i venti anni di carriera degli Hortus Animae, storici pionieri dell'avantgarde estreme metal nostrano. II disco e stato registrato durante I'ultima tappa del Total Metal Over Europe che li vedeva suonare come supporto ai thrasher tedeschi Necronomicon. Un live che ci mostra una band decisamente in forma sin dalla devastante doppietta posta in apertura Furious Winds / Locusts, e che procede con una performance coinvolgente attraverso sei brani che ricoprono un po' tutta la loro storia ventennale, dalla cruda Chamber Of Endless Nightmare alle atmosfere dark gotiche di Doomsday. La registrazione riporta fedelmente l'ambientazione live e il frontman Martyr Lucifer si fa apprezzare sia con il suo growl cavernoso che nelle clean vocals, oltre a far sentire la propria presenza scenica. Dopo un lungo medley in bilico fra death, black e gothic, gli Hortus Animae chiudono la performance offrendo un'annichilente cover di Raining Blood (non poteva altrimenti) con ospitata dello stesso Freddy dei Necronomicon, degno epilogo di una cerimonia oscura che consente di rivivere alcuni episodi cruciali del metal italiano.

Simone Volponi

Hortus Animae are a band from Italy that plays a very progressive, symphonic and avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their live 2018 album "Piove Sangue - Live In Banska Bystrica" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Avant garde sounds start off the album along with all of the music being recorded live and also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs while the faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats as well as the vocals also using a great amount of black metal screams.
Clean vocals and death metal growls are also used at times along with the music also bringing in a great amount of symphonic elements while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the solos and leads being done in a very progressive yet melodic fashion.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while some tracks also show a goth metal influence along with all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the closing track also brings in some quest vocals from the singer of Canada's Necronomicon which is also a cover version of Slayer's "Raining Blood".
Hortus Animae plays a style of black metal that is very avant garde, symphonic and progressive sounding along with some goth touches, the production has a very raw and live sound while the lyrics cover Surrealism, Death and Sadness themes.
In my opinion Hortus Animae are a very great sounding symphonic, avant garde and progressive black metal b and and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chamber Of Endless Nightmares" and "There's no Sanctuary".

8/10
OCCULTBLACKMETAL (http://darkdoomgrinddeath.blogspot.com)

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