A Passage to Rhodesia is Rome‘s tenth album, but it’s safe to say that it’s one of the project’s most important releases in its long-standing career. The album unites instant dark folk classics such as “A Farewell to Europe” and “One Fire” with ambient collages in the best industrial and experimental traditions–most notably on the exclusive additional album, House of Stone. Mastermind Jerome Reuter has accomplished a great swirling devil of a record, an epic and tragic masterpiece of considerable scale, rich in theme and philosophic inquiry.
A Passage to Rhodesia is set against the backdrop of the Bush War (Bush as in jungle, not the American presidents) in the country named after imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The protagonists–a generation of Whites in Black Africa fighting and dying for a lost cause–are caught in a web of blinkered complacency and radical prejudice. Jerome Reuter takes an open-hearted look at the tragedies, insanities and absurdities of war-torn Rhodesia in the dog days of white supremacy in southern Africa. A Passage to Rhodesia is a remarkable, yet deeply disturbing odyssey driven by a strange love for the country and its people, a witness-bearing of the rarest courage.
An outstanding foray into relative minimalism and the power of martial elements in neofolk, “One Fire” paints a brilliant image of the Rhodesian struggle that dominates the lyrical capacity of the entire album whilst carrying on Rome’s tradition of war themes, Romantic yet bleak atmospheres, anthemic choruses, and exceptional song-writing that brings to mind the iconic work that was found on Flowers from Exile.
Stream “One Fire”:
Available as a Book with 2CDs and DVD:
• Elaborately designed hardback picture book.
• 112 pages, approximately 28 x 28cm.
• High-quality art-print on matte laminated, uncoated, wood-free 150g paper with durable thread stitching.
• Black front and rear endpapers.
• Black ribbon bookmark.
• Book spine has a stylish black quarter-cloth and is also embossed and foil-blocked.
• CD #1: the album A Passage to Rhodesia.
• CD #2: an exclusive album, House of Stone, that is only available as part of this box.
• DVD containing three original video clips along with an extensive and extremely personal interview with Jerome Reuter.