are now returning to complete their curious study with this equally emotional sister/release "Sanatorium Altrosa".
Let us carefully open the beautifully designed pages of the strange brochure of this "Sanatorium Altrosa" now, and risk a brief look at the wonderful music we are being offered here:First up we have an instrumental version of "Consider This: The True Meaning Of Love", a rather powerful neo-classical track with heavy, almost Germanic sounding military drums and energetic strings sections, that finds its resolution in the arrival of a funeral procession. This most skillful introduction is followed by "Architecture II", a track somewhat reminiscent of early Dead Can Dance
(but with a lyrical content way beyond what Brendan
ever dared to offer). The old crow of Anna-Varney Cantodea
's versatile voice is floating in rivers of reverberation, accompanied by the omnipresent ensemble of brass, strings, woodwinds and drums, and an all male choir, that (to the end of the song) is hilariously chanting away on the phenomenon of unexpected orgasms brought on by the sexual powers of a certain (yet unnamed) character's dark charisma.
The third track is a remix of "Shave, If You Love Me", followed by an instrumental edit of "La Mort d'Arthur", the former being actually quite different from the album-version, and the latter turns out to be weirdly joyful, even without the innocent choir-boys in it. Track number five is the original version of "Consider this", this time with Anna-Varney
's screaming vocals on top of it, supported by forceful drum-parts, fragile Asian instruments and lots of electronica.With the instrumental piece "The Conqueror Worm II" we reach the centre of "Sanatorium Altrosa", a track that might best be described as a classical, string-based celebration of death and decay in all its glory. Definitely one of the many highlights of this most peculiar release.The warmth and enchanting beauty of the instrumental version of "In Der Palästra" bridges the abyss to the sheer terror of "Collision - You May Lie On Your Back, If You Want To ... Even Close Your Eyes To Sleep". This monster of a title is also a true monster of a track, evoking a rather sudden change of atmosphere. In fact, it is such a contrast to the previous track(s) that it comes as quite a shock to the unexpecting listener. The music is now extremely dark and unsettling, with more than a touch of insanity woven into it, forcing us to witness the wretched spectre of shame and homoerotic necrophila returning from the ancient vaults. This track is certainly "back to the roots" ? and even far beyond!The following instrumental edit of "Les Fleurs du Mal" is therefore a most welcome relief from all this horror, literally feels like a stroll through the high grass of a lovely meadow on a warm summer's evening. The likewise instrumental treat of "Bitter Sweet" is both poetic and wild, a pendulum swinging to and fro beween the sweet softness of a gentle harp and the frantic sound of a high-pitched violin combined with powerful rock-drums.
Completing the magick circle is another version of the marvellously orchestrated "Consider This: The True Meaning Of Love". Here Anna-Varney
is basically screaming her lungs out in this most painful lamentation, a heartfelt plea for medically assisted suicide, the universal human right for euthanesia. The dramatic choirs accompany her cries of agony and frustration, as she fiercely gives the illusion of any romantic Love a damn hard slap in the sometimes all too rosy face! And with the sombre toll of the funeral bell ? all comes to a quiet end.
"The woman, who once founded this institution, was also the very first patient admitted here [...]". Such are the words scribbled on the dusky pink wallpaper, hidden in one of the many dark corners of the ancient seclusion of "Sanatorium Altrosa" ? - but this time even all that pink can no longer conceal the immense sadness that lives and breathes in every part of this lonely place.
The limited deluxe edition of "Sanatorium Altrosa" comes as a 52 pages CD + hardcover book set, filled with exclusive photos, lyrics and brilliant artwork. But hurry it's limited to only 999 copies!