Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte | New Album, ‘This Savaging Disaster’ | Adriano Vincenti’s Best Doom-Jazz Albums
The new Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte album ‘This Savaging Disaster’ is the thirteenth in the long history of the Roman band and comes in two versions: LP (8 tracks) and tape (with 3 bonus tracks) on Subsound Records.
Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte is a post-industrial and dark jazz band formed in 2001, maintained by Adriano Vincenti who’d named the project after Clive Barker’s novel The Midnight Meat Train.
The title for the latest album is inspired by a James Ellroy quote, in turn borrowed from WH Auden, “this storm, this savaging disaster”. A brutal act of resignation that looms in times of uncertainty, wars, pandemics, private hells. Stylistically it is the umpteenth step forward in the sound research of a band that has long developed a distinctive sound, anchored between noir jazz, dark ambient and electronic, but which at each new release is able to renew itself and show new nuances. “Dark jazz is just an empty genre that you can fill up with your touch and your own inspiration”, mark out the members of Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte. In this record the post-jazz echoes, recalled in the instrumental ‘Dust Is Your Empty Road’ and in the dreamy ‘Blue Dream’, leave room for cold sounds in which the post- industrial background emerges naturally. Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte continue their sound-exploring journey with the newest album.
The album was composed in separate moments between Rome, Atlanta and Brussels together with the trumpeter Izzy Op De Beeck, and then played together in the studios in Rome, where the mixing and mastering was completed with Fabio Fraschini, now a collaborator of the band since ‘Hiver Noir’ onwards.
Adriano Vincenti’s Best Doom-Jazz Albums
Bohren & der Club of Gore – ‘Sunset Mission’
A dark jazz standard. Minimal jazz doom and dark textures for a constant freight. Probably the quintessential doom jazz record.
Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones – ‘Metamanor’
A majestic, intense and dark album. Monument at night.
The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation – ‘Succubus’
Improvisation and eroticism, an essential combination in doom jazz. Listen to the double vinyl edition.
Angelo Badalamenti – ‘Twin Peaks’
I think we should say little or nothing. Cult record.
Povarovo – ‘Povarovo’
Classic album later reissued by Denovali, a Russian band that was a prime mover in the scene.
Heroin and Your Veins – ‘Nausea’
I love everything in this group, the rarefied and sulfurous atmosphere brings wastelands of hate and regret. Milestone.
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – ‘From the Stairwell’
More song-driven than others, here we can hear real structures of doom songs and black jazz with beautiful voices. Essential.
Trigg & Gusset – ‘Adagio for the Blue’
Always a solid band, with their open and partly ambient atmospheres.
Michael Arthur Holloway – ‘Guilt Noir’
This album in the underground has always been a cult, I think it came out only in digital and should be counted among the classics of the genre.
Vainoras and the Altar of the Drill – ‘Vainoras and the Altar of the Drill’
Terry Vianoras is quite simply the best saxophonist in doom jazz, an absolute genius.
Manet – ‘Devours’
Manet has always been one of the most representative groups of underground doom jazz. Epic! This album came out on CD for Dark Jazz Records.
Detour Doom Ensemble – ‘Black Side’
One of my groups. Trumpet and soft atmospheres always with a female voice. Nostalgic emotions.
Senketsu No Night Club - ‘Shikkoku’
A descent into the night with the great Ian Ferguson on sax, plus Leonardi and me for a black jazz standard. Furachi Life, our muse and inspiration, takes care of the artwork. A must-have.
Last call at Nightowls – ‘Ask the Dust’
Dreamy, ample and dark. All in one night.
Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte – ‘Noir Jazz Femdom’
A somber sonic experience I am particularly proud of. From dark jazz to ambient, noise and electronica.
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