Shadow of Vesuvius - "A String of Curses"
On September 26, 2018, melodious mayhem erupted at a small music venue in Rome, Italy. On that infamous date, four tectonic titans of experimental free-jazz created a seismic shift of noise and atonality.
Drummer Stefano Costanzo and upright bassist Roberto Bellatalla rumbled from the bowels of the earth with subsonic undertones and cacophonous percussion.
Tenor saxist Vinnie Paternostro and guitarist Michel Kristof rained down terror from above with scorching-hot screechings and pyroclastic pandemonium.
This musical force of nature scorched innocent bystanders...er...audience members with 72 minutes of sonic incineration. Six relentless firebombings...er...tracks that will paralyze with mortal terror even those listening from home. Yes, audio of the catastrophic event miraculously survived. The audio content can be found at the link below, but listener discretion is advised. This content may not be appropriate for children.
Tragically for Europe, the eruption in Rome was not an isolated event. Naples was struck twice and extensive damage has been reported from Eboli—a town and comune of Campania, southern Italy, in the province of Salerno.
The mayhem was not contained to Italy either with a commune in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris reporting tremendous fallout. Again, audio somehow miraculously survived at all of these events and can be found in the links below. Listener discretion is once again advised.
Note: For a previous review of Michel Kristof’s and Vinnie Paternostro’s work, please click here.