“Pre Viam” is a concept but a bipolar one at the same time, where on a pole there’s the chant of the black queen who tries for at least one time to love and to be loved, on the other pole it’s portrayed the true and horrific story of a possessed girl…Sandra B. The author experienced it at first hand and included it in the last track of the album with the subdirectory of “the black magic of Sandra B.”
In the subject of this concept album Jacula gets back to Earth in the body of Blacklady (Jacula is Back), she gives herself to the Fatal King (Oh Sir, it can’t be), loves and is loved by death (Blacklady kiss), but it isn’t enough for her and so she loves the Great Minister who takes her, deceives her and then abandons her (the track Deviens Folle). Disappointed and in tears she goes to a seclusion convent where fatally meets a group of pedophiles priests (In rain) that with their strange “omosex” way of chanting show they don’want to understand her overwhelming pain. So after the disappointment of the priests Blacklady enters an enchanted forest where she decides to become the Godwitch (Godwitch). So she is led to an occult ritual, a black mass where she is possessed by a demon which enters her (Possession…It’s the devil which speaks in her…Possaction).
Esoterically Pre Viam (an anagram of Vampire as the previous Per Viam) is focused on the sadness, the melancholy and the suicidal tendency of the protagonist portrayed through seven fantastic musical paintings where the unfailing Gibson SG of the author unveils the face of the most authentic progressive rock, where the acoustic guitar phrasing gives a link with the past, where the epic evocative world of the big keyboards is absolutely unique, where the perfectionist drumming ranges from electro-next to rock.
The concept created by Antonio Bartoccetti is is a spine-chilling release, a perseverant concentrate of killing brainstorming and also a genial mixture of conflicting adjectives aimed to the mystical-theological-esoterical-existential reflection of the listener.
A fusion created by a superior mind with metal core touches very loved by the younger generations, with a parabiblical, mystical, darkly magic sound obviously progressive with esoterical musical inventions such as the absolutely new perseverant sound and a black queen who sings in an anomalous way her disharmonic melody. Pre viam promises it won’t miss a beat: catacombal groove, cryptic rhythm guitars, unique chanting of the Lady in Black, aristocratic, noble, dreaming atmospheres and surely great visions…