Album Review

Ashes of Piemonte – “Winter’s Fire” – [Time Released Sound]

incognito   10/1/2013   A Library, CD






On the Late Massacre in Piedmont- John Milton

Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughtered saints, whose bones
Lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold,
Even them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones;
Forget not: in thy book record their groans
Who were thy sheep and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piedmontese that rolled
Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
The vales redoubled to the hills, and they
To Heaven. Their martyred blood and ashes sow
O’er all th’ Italian fields where still doth sway
The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
A hundredfold, who having learnt thy way
Early may fly the Babylonian woe.


The Ashes of Piemonte is a collaboration album between Wil Bolton(Cheju), and Lee Anthony Norris(Norken). This is an ambient, melancholy collection inspired by the Piedmont Massacre of 1655 and John Milton’s sonnet “On The Late Massacre In Piedmonte.” It is a gloomy, quiet and atmospheric album this is quite cinematic. The sonnet, reprinted above, recounts the massacre of 2,000 and forced conversion to Catholicism of another 2,000 people in the Northern Italian town. Field recordings, live instrumentation, samples and voice over are blended by the duo to achieve a creeping, disturbed yet passive atmosphere.

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