Witching Chronicles: Exploring the NAUTHA’s Metempsychosis

In the vast expanse of the musical cosmos, Nautha, the Italian psychedelic rock voyagers, have embarked on a thrilling odyssey with their latest release, “Metempsychosis.” This album marks the second chapter of their audacious sound exploration, and it’s nothing short of a mind-bending interstellar journey.

Formed in the vibrant city of Rome in 2016, Nautha has continually pushed the boundaries of sonic experimentation. The band’s core trio, consisting of Pierpaolo Cianca (guitar), Antonio Montellanico (vocals, bass, guitar), and Giorgio Pinnen (drums), is a formidable force when it comes to weaving intricate musical tapestries.

“Metempsychosis” is a transcendent leap for Nautha. Departing from their native Italian tongue, the band embraces English to guide us through this cosmic expedition. The album’s title, referencing the concept of “transmigration of the soul,” serves as an apt metaphor for the musical metamorphosis you’ll experience while listening.

The album opens a portal to a realm where musical genres cease to be confined by conventional boundaries. Across seven tracks, Nautha takes you on a breathtaking journey, each song an interpretation of sound that defies the predictability of traditional progressive rock. Instead, they delve into the uncharted waters of experimental jazz-rock and embark on galactic voyages through psychedelic krautrock.

“Metempsychosis” thrives on its unpredictability. The songs are like celestial bodies, each with its own orbit and gravitational pull. “Heracleion” intoxicates with its swirling guitar riffs, pulling you deeper into the cosmic whirlpool. Antonio’s vocals, at times haunting and otherworldly, guide the listener through this sonic labyrinth.

“Cerbero” is a hypnotic groove, an interstellar dance that defies the laws of gravity. The rhythmic prowess of Giorgio keeps the listener suspended in the weightlessness of sound, while Pierpaolo Cianca’s guitar work navigates the celestial currents.

As the album progresses, you’ll find yourself in the midst of aural alchemy, where familiar musical elements transmute into something entirely new. Tracks like “Laguna” and “Kteis” are testament to Nautha’s ability to blend diverse influences seamlessly, creating sonic landscapes that are as enigmatic as they are captivating.

“Metempsychosis” reaches its climax with “Samat,” a sprawling sonic tapestry that takes you on a journey through the cosmos. It’s a track that captures the essence of Nautha’s fearless exploration, where music becomes a vehicle for transcending earthly limitations.

In “Metempsychosis,” Nautha has unleashed a musical odyssey that transcends time and space. It’s an album that challenges the listener’s perception of what rock music can be, inviting them to embark on an exhilarating voyage through the uncharted realms of the psychedelic soundscape. This is a cosmic revelation, a metamorphosis of sound that leaves an indelible mark on the psyche. Nautha has truly ascended to a celestial plane with this masterpiece.

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Released by ARGONAUTA Records on April 28th, 2023
Music source for review – Grand Sounds PR

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