Sol Invictus ‎– The Cruellest Month

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Auerbach Tonträger ‎– AB031
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1 Raining In April 2:34
2 To Kill All Kings 4:50
3 The Sailor's Aria 1:38
4 Fool's Ship
Lyrics By – Nahum Tate
4:24
5 Toys 3:20
6 Edward 5:36
7 The Bad Luck Bird 4:14
8 April Rain 5:33
9 Cruel Lincoln 7:59
10 Something's Coming 4:11
11 Stella Maris 3:26
12 The Cruellest Month 5:45
13 The Blackleg Miner 3:23

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Comes in digipak.

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  • Barcode: 884388303126
  • Label Code: LC 10160
  • Matrix / Runout: manufactured by optimal media production AB39360-01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L574
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 9708

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henrybogarde

henrybogarde

July 27, 2017

The worst of Sol Invictus. Sorry but Neofolk is dead.
marks

marks

June 27, 2012
Time away can be a very good thing sometimes and after the release of their last album "The Devil's Steed", it was clear to one and all that Sol Invictus needed a break. While the return to a more classic sound was appreciated by some, it was a bit dull considering the splendid back catalog Tony Wakeford and company have gifted us since 1987. Wakeford's been busy putting out solo albums and also resurrecting his classical ensemble L'Orchestra Noir with a stunning record entitled "If" in 2010. Every few years this band put out a definitive release and 'The Cruellest Month' is one of them. Also of note, even though most will not find it so, is the beautiful release he did with Matt Howden "Wormwood". It's a never ending fountain of varied and brilliantly inspired work which issues forth from this fellow.

His collaborative album with Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton was also recently re-issued in an expansive new version, lord knows what else is lurking in that labyrinth of a vault of his. But back to cases, it's all too easy to get off topic critiquing an individual with such an immense body of work...

This is easily the finest hour Sol Invictus have had since the incredible "In a Garden Green" over a decade back. The overall musicality and creativity of his other projects has only widened the scope of Sol Invictus' abilities. I do find myself enjoying the militancy some of this work possesses, it has been a while since this band have had so much fire in their belly. Wakeford's new creative partner M provides an ample foil to the somewhat nihilistic bent this band's director is given over to. There are many many beautiful moments which are so fragile you almost don't want to speak while listening or they'll crumble before your very eyes. June is very strange month to release something like this, which is extremely dark and wintery in tone. Be that as it may, don't be dissuaded by the mood "The Cruelest Month" conjures, it's a fine fine example of splendid musical craftsmanship. To have such dynamic power with so little in terms of arrangement speaks volumes for how intrinsically potent this band are to anyone who prefer a challenging listen.

Strangely enough, at first I wasn't very excited about new material from this outfit given how much ground Wakeford has covered on his own in the last six years but as soon as the first song on here finishes it becomes clear just how special the chemistry of Sol Invictus is. Of the original wave of World Serpent acts, only this one remains relevant and with any luck this will change at last; this album is part of a massive boxed set which collects all of the band's work from their debut up until now. There are not many copies of it, but for those who do not have any exposure to this band it is something to look into. Even though I own all that this bunch have put out, I am more than tempted to plunk down the money for all the expanded versions, in particular his 1996 solo album "Cupid and Death" which is on my desert island disc list.

"The Cruelest Month" is an impressive tour de force which incorporates almost every facet of musical exploration this group has investigated while showing new sides to the band. It's all so well sequenced, so victoriously confident and if, as has been rumored, it is to be the final Sol Invictus release then it's an amazing opus to go out on. Here's to many many more, Tony. Bravo!