L’Ira del Baccano Stream Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII Reissue in Full

lira del baccano circa 2007

You know how it is. A lot of bands make a show of recording live in the studio in an attempt to capture their natural sound or give their listeners some glimpse of what they sound like on stage. Nothing against it. In making their first full-length, L’Ira del Baccano went one further and just actually made a live album. Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2018 with a reissue/remaster via Subsound Records that’s pressed to CD and gatefold 2LP to make it physically available for the first time. And indeed, it’s the Roma-based instrumentalist outfit, as they were 11 years ago, showing off progressive heavy rock textures in a stage setting. I don’t know what methods were used to capture it, how many mics, etc., but especially without vocals, there isn’t much ‘tell’ to give it away as live on stage as opposed to live in the studio — which isn’t to take away from the energy of the four-piece’s delivery, just to note the overarching clarity of the recording — and if it were a bootleg you were finding in a bin at some record show, it would have a little round sticker on the front cover (which would probably be a huge pain in the ass to peel off) grading the sound as A+. And so it is.

Then comprised of guitarists Alessandro “Drughito” Santori (also engineering) and Roberto “Malerba” (also synth, lead, noise), bassist/synthesist Massimo “Miss” Siravo and Alessandro “Fred” Salvi on drums, L’Ira del Baccano impress quickly on the nine-minute opener “Doomdance,” which unfurls with a patience and instrumental chemistry that undercuts the idea of just how new they were at the time. The subsequent “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” dips into metal-tone riffing and proggy synth work at the same time, creating an interesting dynamic that will continue to be a theme. Their turns are sharp, theirlira del baccano si non sedes is live mmvii stops precise, and their material fluid. They roll through the early going of “875” and into an effects-topped jam in its midsection smoothly, and move into more straightforward riff-led fare on “Don Bastiano” before rounding out the original album with the 18-minute “Tempus Inane Flago Requiem Spatiumque Furori,” which bookends a sprawling cosmic exploration with crunchier riffing and caps Si Non Sedes Is — caps the set, really — with an apex that stands up to both its own breadth and that of the entire outing before it.

Two bonus tracks follow, one of which builds on “Sussuri di Nascita Celeste/Grateful to Jerry” for another live jam, and one of which is a remix of “Doomdance,” and with those, that pushes the reissue to a comprehensive seven tracks/71 minutes. That’s well into the kind of runtime I’d generally consider unmanageable, and indeed, it’s a good chunk of time, but after 11 years and this being the first physical pressing one can hardly hold wanting to make the most of it against the L’Ira del Baccano, whose work proves immersive and full in its spaces and tones and able to conjure a variety of moods and vibes in a sans-pretense vision of heavy that runs between prog metal, heavy rock and psych without giving itself over entirely to any of them. I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping “Doomdance (Apocalypse ’80 Mix)” would be new wave, and it’s not, but a synthy redux all the same makes it easy enough to get over that.

There must have been a moment at which the members of L’Ira del Baccano were talking about recording their debut album and they made the decision to put out Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII instead. Obviously they knew they’d recorded the show, but I have no idea if they knew it would be their album at the time or if that decision was made after. That’s a brave choice for a new band to make, essentially putting the rawest form of their work out as their opening statement. Some bands never do a live record because they’d rather not let their audience experience their live sound outside the context of an actual show. L’Ira del Baccano make the right call at that point and have continued to build stylistically on the parameters these songs put forth. In other words, it’s worth digging into the record, both on its own and in context of what the band have gone on to do with their sound. Fortunate then that it’s streaming in full below.

L’Ira del Baccano‘s Si Non Sedes Is: Live MVII is officially released on Nov. 16 through Subsound Records. You’ll find it on the player here, and Santori offers some comment after about the record and this release in particular.

Please enjoy:

Alessandro “Drughito” Santori on Si Non Sedes Is: Live MMVII:

I am very glad to see finally a proper release for the recording that signed for us a new “birth” as band back in 2007. Si non Sedes iS was recorded during the first two concerts in three years for LOOSIN’ o ‘ FREQUENCIES, a name we had since 1996, and those were also the very first “officially instrumental” gigs for us. We actually decided to change the name of the band to L’IRA DEL BACCANO only after the mix was ready and some friends suggested to open a page on MySpace. We are still very proud of these recordings and we definitely have to say thank you to some people we “met” on the web back in those days, people who showed interest for our vision and musical path; all things that gave us the confidence to proceed on our journey as musicians.

L’IRA DEL BACCANO & SUBSOUND RECORDS presents the FIRST TIME EVER official release in Double Gatefold Vinyl and DIgipak of the band instrumental first album from 2007 ” SI NON SEDES IS…LIVE MMVII(originally and until today only available in digital download)

After the last two critically acclaimed studio albums : “TERRA 42 (2014)” & ” PARADOX HOURGLASS (2017)” The Doomdelic Instrumental Space Rockers L’IRA DEL BACCANO decided that was time for their very first instrumental effort to have a physical release after 11 years. All these 2018 versions had Spectral & Balance correction by Pisi Mastering Studio.

Lineup:
Alessandro “Drughito” Santori – Guitars, Sound Eng., Structures, Themes, Production
Roberto “Malerba” – All FX Guitars. Leads, Noises, Synths
Alessandro “Fred” Salvi – Drums
Massimo “Miss” Siravo – Bass, Synth

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