continues on from where Allerseelen's previous album "Neuschwabenland"
left off in showcasing their new sounds and styles. Its focus is still
an auster one, though not quite as southerly as Antarctica, with the gaze
now directed towards the Italian city of the title, a visit to which in
spring of 2000 provided the album's inspiration.
Musically, "Venezia" is more diverse than its predecessors,
moving away from the conservative avant-garde style once associated with
Allerseelen, and continuing the richly produced feel of "Neuschwabenland".
On the one hand, there is the opening track, 'Dolce Vita', which
retains something of the Allerseelen of old, with a pounding percussion-led
piece over which the title is chanted; but, there is an element of funk
to its time signature. On the other hand, the following 'Tanzt Die
Orange' is almost trip hop in style, with nods to dub and reggae
that suggest Augustus Pablo, rather than Caesar Augustus. Similarly, in
other tracks, such as 'Cuore Avventuroso', it is jazz that expands
the musical palette, with swing helping to give the album its warmer,
As with "Neuschwabenland", the propulsive tracks which typified
the early Allerseelen sound have not been totally forsaken, and have been
replaced with a variation on the theme, exemplified in 'Venedig',
in which a relentless bass-heavy beat replaces the clattering metal of
old, creating an impressive trance-inducing quality. Immaculately presented,
like all Allerseelen releases, with artwork by Stephan Alt.