Album Review

Bologna Violenta – “Il Nuovissimo Mondo” – [Placenta Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   3/16/2015   A Library, CD

Hyper-grind is an adrenaline rush that when sustained
to me loses its effect, saturation kicks in after a few
minutes but splicing it in a DJ set grabs ones ears, or
better yet making a release like this killer piece from
Nicola Manzan aka Bologna Violenta. The contrasts he
sets up before launching a flurry of billion bpm blasts
(he even grabs some drum and bass on #3) are more
humorous than frightening, but either way make for a
fascinating listen. I wish I spoke Italian, “la morte”
“sanguine” pop out on #11 but it’s delivered in a
smoking jacket arm chair voice over the gentlest of
pop breeziness that I don’t know what the hell is
going on, after that #12 has some almost funereal
violin descending an imaginary catacomb before
that violin has a nervous breakdown in #13, with
abrupt stops and more vocal samples. #14 almost
offers a happy house techno start under Popol Vuh
keyboards and then drillcore action. So reading
online, evidently the inspiration here are films
like “Mono Cane” and many of the quotes are lifted
from such films. Additionally, it looks like Manzan
is a trained violinist, so that fits. And there’s
a lot going on here musically, even if it is not
at a cartoon-y breakneck grind. This combines the
best of a rollercoaster and a funhouse (#5 bounces
near porn wah-wah lite funk in and out of the
jumping jackhammer precision metal runs). Nice to
let the whole CD track like a drive-in movie into
your own mind, past a run-away heartbeat and into
the place where your confused eyeballs hide!
-Thurston Hunger

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