01. Sa Ta
02. Na Ma
Before Lux Deerit Soli my encounters with the Italian sludge machine Malasangre was limited to a very secondary run through of their previous album Inversus. Lux Deerit Soli is a bloated and pulsating muck bubbling with creeping crawling chords. The two songs on the album could easily have been a nigh perfect soundtrack to the longest trek through a toxic marshland ever undertaken by man but somewhere on the way it stumbles in the quagmire and ends up half submerged in its own nature. Allow me to explain..
Lux Deerit Soli is a heavy album and by heavy I mean in that slow brooding and doom-laden way that makes solid use of all the undertones and pulsing drones that are available to mankind. The atmosphere is thick with layers of slow waves of repetitive riffs used and abused and combined with an underlying mist of ambience ranging from the slow howl of a wind to the murmurs of the damned. On top of this is a slow and steady rhythm summoned from the pit and occasional slow and wheezing vocals that fleshes out this conflagration of doom with some blackened elements. The songs stand strong by themselves but both suffer from one major flaw and that is length.. Together Sa Ta and Na Ma is over 1 hour and 12 minutes of a well performed but in the end too monotonous, in parts failed to keep me intrigued for long enough to stay concentrated and that is not a good judgement in itself. However I stayed my hand from letting the axe fall since the songs have redeeming parts that really pulsate of something alive.
The songs should have been shorter, by far, and I can see a lot of reasons for splitting the current two songs into four but then again this might destroy the reasoning behind crafting these monstrosities in the first place. Somehow I feel that this album needs a certain type of listener, an individual as dead and resonating as the visions that this album conjures inside. My mind begin to wander only to drift into that dead space inside my brain where the music stops making sense in a bad way, its not that meditative and its not really white noise but something in between. There is a border there that I cant cross, a wall of death perhaps that my own black soul cant cross, and even though parts of the album lets me through to the other side there is not near enough doors in this castle to let me explore its mysteries.
So is Lux Deerit Soli a good album? Yes, with a huge however.. I would say that it is a good album if you like slow doom-laden metal with enough soul to be mistaken for a scavenging ooze slowly digesting its victim and yet it feels dead inside. There is something lacking here, moderation perhaps if that is the correct word. The songs could have been just as good or even better if only they where shorter, as it is now it serves better as something to play in the background while crafting furniture, there yet anonymous. If you are a fan of doom metal with some blackened aspects to it do check Malasangre out, there is a lot of potential here lost in the bayou of time..