As usual, the offerings of Third I Rex are synonymous with deep sounds and always a few degrees away from the center of gravity of the genre from time to time proposed by the bands of the turn. From an always musically fertile Sardinia Charun come back, two years after the previous album Stige; Mundus Cereris is dedicated to the Etruscan religious imagery, a topic that fits well with the post metal staged by the band whose moniker, however, corresponds to that of the deity equivalent to Charon of Greek mythology. Once again, as happened to me a few days ago talking about the work of the Russians Trna, I am pleasantly forced to revise my thinking about the albums entirely instrumental, since Charun (but this is not a surprise at all) are able to communicate with the necessary skill and intensity their vision of a spirituality lost in time and too often forgotten at the expense of the phagocyting epic of ancient Rome. The sound of Mundus Cereris moves mostly slow and sinuous, sometimes marked by a stronger riff but always compressed within a mostly dreamy pace, often pervaded by dark and restless traits. The lack of lyrics is brilliantly overcome by maintaining a stylistic coherence that is properly married to the deity of the turn called into question: so, for example, if Laran (god of war) is a track more animated and rhythmic, the next Nethuns (the god of water) winds precisely liquid exhibiting characteristics mainly of ambient matrix. In general, however, the tracks, which settle on an average duration between seven and eight minutes, show rarefied sounds that gradually ripple before returning to a more placid flow: except in part the beautiful Vanth (female deity messenger of death) that develops naturally in a darker and more rhythmic, going to touch sludge territories. While remaining dedicated to a selected audience, Charun‘s music is thicker than average: the Sardinian band manages to subvert the difficulties inherent in the proposal, involving the listener from the first to the last note and transporting him for over three quarters of an hour in this pantheon fascinating and culpably forgotten.
2018 – Third I Rex