EARTH AND PILLARS – Pillars I / Towards The Pillars

EARTH AND PILLARS – Pillars I / Towards The Pillars

 
Band: Earth And Pillars
Title: Pillars I / Towards The Pillars
Year: 2016
Country: Italy
Label: Avantgarde Music
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Translation: Oneiros
 
TRACKLIST "PILLARS I"

  1. Pillars
  2. Myth
  3. Solemnity
  4. Penn
RUNNING TIME: 68:00
 
TRACKLIST "TOWARDS THE PILLARS"

  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
  5. V
RUNNING TIME: 45:15
 

Let's welcome back the mysterious band Earth And Pillars with its second and long-time announced effort, "Pillars I", published via Avantgarde Music in a very limited edition of two hunderd copies and enriched by an additional second disc.

This "Pillars I" is exactly what we'd expected to be the follower and heir of "Earth I", even for the visuals: coherently with the concept proposed by the band with its debut, the album presents itself in an elegant A5 format strictly connected to one dominant colour, which this time is the grey of the snow-covered mountains instead of the previous green of the woods, and those mountains are the main element of mastermind Z's photos. As like as "Earth I", "Pillars I" is inspired by a collection of poetry, too: it now comes from Rainer Maria Rilke's "Das Stundenbuch" ("The Book Of Hours"), that contains religious poetry works of the first years of the Twentieth Century. The four long-lasting songs' names are related to the polysemous pillars ("column" or "basis") of the title, on one hand expressly referring to the snow-covered mountains as sacred entities whilst, on the other, suggesting spiritual and religious implications related to research and contemplation.

It's quite useless to highlight the fact that the album doesn't move away at all from "Earth I", in fact there are four very long-lasting songs (guys, it's a sixty-eight minutes long album), this time with no intro. What's new is that there are some information about the members: we're now certain that Radok (Lorn and ex-Battle Dagorath), previously mentioned only as co-author of a single song, dealt with the drum-machines. Moreover, it seems that Z must have listened to Battle Dagorath and Vinterriket, because this "Pillars I" — in addition to talking about mountains — gives a lot of space to Ambient, besides its irreverent duration. Although its length and the debatable choice of keeping on using the drum-machine while creating music related to a genre that tries to get closer to nature, nonetheless we're facing a truly beautiful disc. Full stop. There's no debate. This is Cascadian Black Metal played with personality: it's meaningful, profound, both in its agitated and long ambient-hybrid moments. The two souls of the band keep on crossbreeding so perfectly that this more-than-a-hour lasting "Pillars I" runs out in a blink of an eye. It could have been a masterpiece if those flaws named before were not there.

Let's deal with the second disc, now: "Towards The Pillars" is a completely Ambient work, and if "Asteroidi" by Progenie Terrestre Pura popped up in your mind, well, you were right, and here strikes also back the influence of Vinterriket. As the official statements reports, these songs were composed as conceptual base for "Pillars I" but then they got so much their own original form that had to be published separately. Here, booklet's photos are no more saturated with the previous grey, and picture instead marvelous mountainous scenarios both at dawn and other moments of the day.

This time, arrangement was not only prerogative of Z as it was now shared with Radok, whilst the bassist I was not involved. The album's tones are indeed the ones we'd have expected: once again inspiration came from Vinterriket and PTP, but also from Stijn Van Cauter's ambient attitude and there's also a lot of Ultimae Records' influence (expecially in "I" and "III"). Shorter in length than "Pillars I", this "Towards The Pillars" wouldn't probably make it through an autonomous release, because it sounds more like a temporary deviation: homogeneous and personal.

One sure thing is that, having these solid basis, whenever Earth And Pillars will seriously focus on producing an Ambient album, they're going to have more than a few strings to their bow.

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