|Maribor: De Immenso|
Title: De Immenso
Label: Silentes [sme1150]
Format: CD in pro-printed cardboard sleeve
Playing time: 78:03
File under: Ambient / Experimental / Industrial
Release date: December 2011
01. 1548 6:42
02. Spaccio de la bestia trionfante 18:44
03. De gli eroici furori 22.34
04. 1600 30:01
Following the previous “Atrocity Exhibition”, dedicated to the figure of Girolamo Savonarola, the new monumental chapter of the Maribor collective project is finally available. Based on a concept by Stefano Gentile, this new CD is inspired by the works and life of Giordano Bruno. In addition to Stefano Gentile himself, this new work includes contributes by Maurizio Bianchi/M.B., Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo, Nimh/Giuseppe Verticchio, Andrea Marutti and Gianluca Favaron. Almost 80 minutes of driving and all-involving music where bleak and dark atmospheres alternates with consuming assaults of Industrial distorted sonic masses, cinematic and descriptive passages enriched by detailed layers of field recordings, throbbing electronic progressions, melodic inserts, strings parts, guitar arpeggios, soft, slow and hypnotic ambient stasis… Another surprising and unmissable listening experience, for a work that once again gathers together some of the most representative artists both of the historical and of the more recent groundbreaking experimental and industrial Italian scene.
"Maribor is a throbbing-post-nuclear noisy drone super project founded years ago by Stefano Gentile with the contribution of highly acclaimed artists from the Italian underground industrial movement (Maurizio Bianchi/M.B., Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo, Nimh/Giuseppe Verticchio, Andrea Marutti and Gianluca Favaron). De Immenso is their second offering. This time, the conceptual background seems to be openly related to the universal and philosophical hermeticism of Giordano Bruno, to his dangerous work under the pressure of the hegemonic religious dogma. This album offers to the listener a volcanic and sonorous arcane of bleak crashing noises delicately punctuated by eerie drones and proggy orientated embellishments. This musical procession opens with a dense and buzzing meditative piece covered by hypno-ish circular guitar motives and soft clouds of drones. The second track opens with peaceful repetitive guitar chords, some kind of dreamy tones rapidly followed by an avalanche of field recordings, intrusive black drones. The last minutes contains a dialogue between suspenseful-goth-somnanbulic guitars and rolling crashing noises. Track 3 is a creeped out ambient piece in the pure classy vein of the genre. The last tune is a deep-rumbling heart touching piece mainly built around the guitars and effects. This album follows the path written by the previous Maribor effort but admits much more variations / solid interferencies between the ambient / noisy facets. A thundering-hauntingly bleak industrial musical adventure that can seduce fans of early demonic drones from Lustmord, Atrax Morgue, Sigilium S but also relaxing post-rockin airs from Jasper TX, Tim Hecker..."
Philippe Blache, ProgArchives, December 2011
"Maribor is not really a group, I think, but rather a concept. Remember 'Distruct' by P16.D4? In which musicians sent in 'raw materials' to be mixed by P16.D4? We can view Maribor as something similar, but here only Italian musicians in the pool: Maurizio Bianchi, Gianluca Favaron, Stefano Gentile, Andrea Marutti, Pierpaolo Zoppo and Giuseppe Vericchio - the latter also responsible for assemblage and mixing of the pieces. Many, if not all, of these musicians have one or more releases on Silentes. The first release by Maribor was "Atrocity Exhibition" and only available as part of a box set released by Silentes. That CD was dedicated to the figure of Girolamo Savonarola, the new one deals with Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), who was a priest believing in the infinity of the cosmos, ultimately sentenced to die on the stake. A free spirit, and so is the music. A pretty long release of cosmic outing, but not exclusively so. It moves, like a space ship through the infinite cosmos, meeting other space ships, colliding with them, bursting into industrial passages on other planets. I hear a plethora of instruments in the sky - lots of synthesizers of course, electronics, but also field recordings of a hard to define nature, guitars being strummed or played with e-bows, slow rhythms from arpeggios driving by. Maybe its easy to say that this sounds like a mix tape of larger sections woven into each other, with the exception of the last, thirty minute piece '1600' which sounds very coherent 'together', but its also quite a journey that is going on here. Like the Becuzzi release a narration is going on here - the journey to the end of the universe with that final track as the soundtrack for a black hole. Dim your light, sit back, close your eyes and just listen."
Frans de Waard, Vtal Weekly 810, December 2011
"Aprendo il pregevole packaging mi imbatto in una pagina strappata de 'Gli Eroici Furori' di Giordano Bruno e ritorno indietro nel tempo a termini come l'averroismo, il neoplatonismo e il materialismo antico. La pluralità dei mondi che spesso viene evocata nella cultura moderna era già presente nelle sue teorie che lo portarono alla condanna al rogo per mano dell'inquisizione ecclesiastica. Nel tomo in questione il filosofo individuava tre modalità di passioni umane: quella per il sapere, quella per il vissuto concreto e quella per il vissuto speculativo. Quest'ultima è certamente materia di interesse per Stefano Gentile la cui anima “«rapita sopra l'orizzonte de gli affetti naturali, vinta da gli alti pensieri, come morta al corpo, aspira ad alto». Suo in concept di 'De Immenso' che vede la collaborazione attiva di musicisti come Maurizio Bianchi, Andrea Marutti, Giuseppe Verticchio, Gianluca Favaron e Pierpaolo Zoppo. Alcuni di loro li abbiamo imparati a conoscere su queste pagine per la loro attitudine sperimentale e l'approccio “visivo” delle loro opere. Esclusivamente guidato dal “furore eroico”, Maribor ci regala quattro tracce guidate da un “solo” pensiero, un approccio unico e distaccato che travolge l'ascoltatore per ottanta minuti. Un crescendo industrial ambient che conduce fino all'ipnosi pura di '1600'."
Divine, Dagheisha, December 2011