DieMazz is the solo project of Diego Mazzoleni who weaves a solemn yet experimental tapestry. Influences range from Einsturzende to Dead Can Dance and all that lay in between.
Music is that which DieMazz has always held in the highest of regards, through this medium one can exhume and dissect all natural human emotions. Experience, and through this, eternal growth being the elevated status of humanity, well, at least for those who tread the narrow road, the suffocating open throat of the masses being that wide road that seems... oh so new and shiny, yet only freshly painted by those ready to deceive and destroy.
Embracing the gamut, Darkness and Light, Sorrow and Joy, As Above So Below and in this understanding that everything is perfect, everything is as it should be, a perfect experience for us all, no matter what the circumstance. Everything given to each individual as needed for his or her advancement, some painful, others reaching the rays of bliss. It is in this that DieMazz finds his muse, through sound and the distortion thereof, creating symphonies that try so desperately to reconcile all that is before us. Whether it is through the quiet whisper of a Requiem or through the bombastic experimentation of Machinery, DieMazz holds arms outstretched, as a statue, frozen in time, waiting for the next embrace.
In Shatter'd Innocence - Review
This album is an extremely diverse piece of work and shows the experimental and searching nature of a new project and a debut album. The magical elements of this work come together in ways that you wouldn't really expect from such a diverse piece. The album contains only seven tracks, but the full album is still over 75 minutes long. Track lengths range from five minutes to over twenty minutes, yet even the longest track doesn't drag on, but remains interesting and hypnotic throughout.
The title of the album relates well with the material contained therein. Each theme is diverse and digs deep into the subconcious, psyche and emotional facets of each of our individual lives, as unique and disparate as each track on this album. We start off with "Rites of Passage" which presents the listener with ambient soundscapes that build up and give way to tribal rhythms which introduce the listener to the diverse world we're about to enter. "Torn Reflection" seems much more subtle with a slow and very quiet approach, but breaks out into another symphonic and bombastic opus. As we drift along we're brought to a nice dark ambient piece which remains somewhat homogenous throughout the fourteen minute duration of "Brighter Side of Death". This piece quickly became a favorite of mine because of it's overall feeling, something soothing, yet moody and dark. Prepare yourself for a surprise, because what happens next in "Interlude" is an absolute experimentation ranging through ambient to beat pounding power noise. We're finally brought to the pinnacle of the album, "Requiem Aeternum", a dedication to the artist's father, is a haunting dark ambient masterpiece lasting over twenty minutes through drones and soft chants. Despite the dark nature of the music the overall mood remains respectful and enjoyable, especially as background music or for listening to at night, for meditation, etc.
At this point we're brought to the last couple of tracks as the album starts to wind down and wrap up with "Mind Angel" and "Byzantine Veil". Each of these are again lengthy and drift between ambient, experimental and tribal elements. This is a nice way to finalize the album with these two tracks. They're not the climax and they're also not exactly anti-climatic, but maintains the moods steady and strong until the last somber note.
Overall this album is a nice experimental work. I think the diverse nature of each track does seem to wander a bit, leaving the listener feeling a bit lost but in the end the overall style does remain somewhat homogenous and so the tracks relate well in thematic nature. The addition of more vocals, be them male or female, will add more character to the tracks and I think this is why "Requiem Aeternum" stands out so well as a favorite for me. Fans of experimental dark music will enjoy this album, so be sure to go out and check it out.
Label: Faqir's MuZyk