Sol Invictus Sol Veritas Lux
By Marcus Pan
Brilliantly packaged in a beautiful
digipak, the re-release of 1988s Sol Veritas Lux from one of
neofolks originators, Sol Invictus, is surely pleasing to the eye. The
music contained herein has been heard before, though remastering has brought
out some of the deeper aspects of the spectrum. Released originally nearly
twenty years ago, this 22 track collection was that which started Sol Invictus
on their path of post-industrial neofolk, attempting to fuse older world
sensibilities and culture into a modern society.
The dated sound of Sol Veritas Lux comes twofold
from the fact that it is folk based, and from the fact that it was made
twenty years ago. Nonetheless fans of Current 93, Death In June or the Medeival
Babes would dig it if they dont already own it. The music is very dark
and brooding, building a nighttime covent atmosphere, which Im sure Sol
Invictus were actually going for. Tendrils of Euro-folk, Gnosticism and sprit
worlds wind about baritone accented vocals throughout.
The glossy paged booklet that comes with Sol Veritas
Lux is nicely made and professionally done. Lyrics, notes and such
including a depressive story about the creation of Sol Invictus from Tony
Wakeford. It encompasses the first two LPs released by the troupe smooshed onto
one 22 track CD.
Songs like Against the Modern World sum up nicely the
sensibilities of post-industrials like Sol Victus. Very roughly done with old
world style, this is followed by the post-punk goth movement of Long Live
Death, as Bauhausian as one of the original mold can hope for. Meanwhile
songs like Untitled and Wolf-Age, Axe-Age Im finding a bit
too artsy with its spoken word and cliché chanting. It could be argued
that cliché wouldnt apply, as its from twenty years ago
but I did receive it in 2006 so thats my take in the present.
Songs like these windy spoken word pieces are distributed
evenly amongst acoustic and only slightly electric goth guitar tracks like
Angels Fall and the instrumental The Joy of the World.
Theres lots of acoustic as well. Percussion is tribal yet slow, almost
African in some aspects to its low-bass beat. Even guttural at times.
Overall Im not as into neofolk as some are. Sol
Invictus provides some classic music for the genre and if its your thing
your collection wouldnt be complete without these forerunners first
two originals as given here on Sol Veritas Lux. By todays
standards I find it a bit clichéd and maybe even a little silly, but
twenty years ago it was a post-industrial force in a world railing against the
onset of the modern devices of our age.
Post: PO Box 440383, Somerville, MA, 02144, USA
Phone: (617) 718-9990
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