Reviewed: Sunset In The 12th House – Mozaic

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Mozaic by Romanian band Sunset In The 12th House is an album I’ve been sitting on for quite some time. Not in the manner of an overly protective guardian atop a clutch of eggs deposited in a mound of wet sand, but rather as a contemplative soon-to-be parent, considering what lies beneath in incubation. From the outset of June, I was gravid. In July, the ensuing incubation, and now this August, the singular orbs, each a microcosm of its own, have hatched and are basking in the light.

The band themselves have a fairly descriptive statement on their bandcamp page, of which, I have taken an excerpt. Sometimes it is interesting hearing what the band/label has to say about their own music.

“Mozaic” is the band’s debut album and, as the name suggests, a very diverse, colorful work. It crosses various styles bound together by a natural flow from one musical theme to another. “Mozaic” is not a concept album in the true sense of the word even though it could be interpreted this way. Each song represents a stand-alone entity with a specific thematic. Their common conceptual background is the general idea of impermanence seen as constant change and a focus on inner metamorphosis of the human being on its unique alchemical path.

You may as well consider this release as instrumental, as excluding the last track Rejuvination, there are scant traces of vocals. This is fine with me, as the music itself is sublime. From the first moment, you will be taken somewhere beautiful. I hesitate to say that this music surrounds you with atmosphere, I prefer to imagine it as taking you to another place altogether. There are moments on this album where I’m sitting next to a running river in a tranquil woodland and not in a folky, harp playing sense.

For me, the production here is simply flawless for this type of music. Such immaculacy really helps foster the notion of magnificence. The use of effects is superb, not through their multitude or abundance, but through tact. Many of the tones and sonic landscapes being explored here are similar to those of Scale The Summit but instead of sounding like bunch of individuals playing instruments together, this sounds like music. Now that sentence may seem inane, but if you listen to this album and compare it to basically anything that is stylistically similar, I’m sure you’ll at least somewhat agree.

During the first couple of tracks (Seven Insignia and Arctic Cascades) the guitars showcase a variety of techniques. Sometimes lifting you to the clouds on the wispy repeating swirls of Lydian thermal pockets, other times subduing the listener with distorted chordal marches of grandeur. This continues into the third track Paraphernalia Of Sublimation but with some exotic flavours creeping in. By the fourth track (Desert Eschaton) I’m sitting on a rug in a bustling Moroccan side-street market outside a belly dancing club. Anyone who has picked up on my tastes would know I’m a sucker for the incorporation of Eastern music into contemporary contexts, and this track satisfies that proclivity in spades. What’s that, sorry? Instrumental music is boring? Sorry I couldn’t hear you over Ninhursag giving birth to Shiva with Ghandi on cord-snipping duty (*).

Rather than mention a bunch of other bands (which I had planned to do originally), I’m just going to advise you to give this album a once through. If you like your music to take you somewhere, then this should prove a rewarding journey.

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* – This is completely accurate and I have not simply combined 3 names of spiritual nature for an absurd hyperbole.

Go like Sunset in the 12th House on Facebook and tell ’em the Toilet sent you.

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  • Lacertilinger

    If you enjoyed this band you will probably also get down with Spain’s Toundra, some clown wrote about them here for his first bowl article.

  • Commenting prematurely here: This is really, really cool shit. Thank you for introducing me to this band, Lizard Man. Damn fine writing.

  • Don Henley’s Ego

    This is good shit.

  • Mother Shabubu 4

    Sunset In the House Made of 12 BRICKS. SHOOSH.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Goddamn that background music is fantastic with his torment..

    • Mother Shabubu 4

      Did his parents not give him any time as a kid? Why else would you subject yourself to this? It screams “Look at meeee!!! Please!”, or at least comes off that way to me.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Well, that’s the internet for ya. But yeah I do agree with you in some regards.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro

        He makes enough money from youtube vids to not have to actually work.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Well, there is that too.

        • Mother Shabubu 4

          Still, there’s something about this that reeks of desperation due to a hole inside him that cannot be filled.

          On another note; must be nice to rake in that cash for 20-35 minutes of pain.

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro

            We all have a hole we’re just trying to fill.

          • Dagon

            Some call it the unhappy hole.

          • Mother Shabubu 4

            Some call it the butt hole.

            WAKKA WAKKA!

          • Tyree

            I’m sure the pain lasts all day and then some. There is no antacid strong enough to cure that.

          • Mother Shabubu 4

            I wonder what this guy’s hospital bill is like? Or his thoughts during the agonizing pain?

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro

            He’s taking a break from eating things for a while after doctors advised him to take it easy.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Can you imagine his shits? Well, the stuff he is able to get down.

          • Tyree
        • KJM

          Can I please get paid for the food poisoning I had yesterday?

    • Tyree

      THAT WAS AN EPIC PUKE AT THE END!

      Well worth the watch.

    • Don Henley’s Ego

      Jesus, LA Beast must be certifiably insane.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “You see, Saturn’s in the third house, and it’s a bit rocky. But because Virgo is one of the most highly intelligent signs of the zodiac, we’re gonna pull through this with great aplomb.”

    http://static.gamesradar.com/images/totalfilm/j/janine-01.jpg

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    Well-written, my cricket-consuming companion. I especially enjoyed your introduction.

  • You’re really amazing. I know you shared this band to me before, but I did had enough time to this mindset.

    Thanks a lot, Lizard!

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Almost a guarantee for me, then

  • Dagon

    The Lizard is on fire lately. Good job my ninja.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Very awesome, lassy

  • KJM

    Alright, I just had the nerdiest moment ever. I was in a rush to get to work and a passer by in an Om shirt just told me how cool my Blood Ceremony shirt was. I would’ve introduced myself if I’d had the time. Perhaps I will see them again.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Man, i haven’t listened to either of them in a while

      • KJM

        Blood Ceremony yes, Om not so much.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Om just slightly too drone for me

          • KJM

            Me too.

    • Don Henley’s Ego

      I saw a guy in a Dry Kill Logic shirt at my job once. I complemented him on it.

      • KJM

        There’s a good chance this person either posts here or knows about this site.

        • Don Henley’s Ego

          I didn’t catch his name as I had to clock in.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    “There are moments on this album where I’m sitting next to a running river in a tranquil woodland and not in a folky, harp playing sense.”

    https://p.gr-assets.com/540×540/fit/hostedimages/1383500714/6579742.gif

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    This is a good. All the little twisties and turnies make for a fine experience.

    • Lacertilinger

      Thought you’d get down with it Bear, it reminds me a little of some of the stuff you dig.

  • Why in the hell does everyone keep posting puke bullshit? Pls rspnd.

    GL

  • DCLXVI

    I just dropped my headphones onto my lap and crushed my dick because this is so heavy

  • DCLXVI

    rifftastic

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    Ooh, I’m liking “Desert’s Eschaton”.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro

    Some of the more Eastern tracks remind me of Karl Sanders’ Saurian albums.

  • Excellent writeup, you eloquent reptilian fuck. Will check this out posthaste when I get home.

  • DCLXVI

    dank

  • Where did KJM’s comments get to? Did he just delete his disqus?

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Looks that way.

      • Tyree

        I must have pissed him off. All well.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I guess so.

          • DCLXVI

            kissed the void

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The void comes for us all at some point.

    • his last post “no thanks to puke gifs and dead kittys, have fun being 12 y’all”
      KJM, if you see this, count my vote in for your return.

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]

        He’s hopefully gonna come back. He has said that he will take breaks when he gets too angry on the internet. I’ll miss you KJM :[

      • I am at loss for words.

        GL

  • DCLXVI

    4pm post has a LOT to live up to after this one

  • JW(E)G

    This album came up a few days ago in my Bandcamp recommendations when someone wish-listed it.

    I listened to a track that didn’t seem to go anywhere heavy for like 2 minutes and figured the rest of the album would be like that. I intended to revisit it, but not in any hurry. I guess I should have been more patient though. This article certainly convinced me to go at it again.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Awww phuck it JAG crank some Quiet Riot!

      • JW(E)G

        I thought I’d already proved that I’m not JAG and he’s not me.

        I’ll try harder. Later.

        • Is there not but a little JAG within us all?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha!

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          my bad! (im a dumbass , thats been proven too! ) thx

    • Lacertilinger

      It has heavy moments but if you’re going to listen exclusively for those you need patience I guess.

  • Malted Hate

    This is pretty nice. Uplifting even.

  • Stockhausen

    Dang heckit this is good. I’m one track in and I like where I am now.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Now this I dig mightily. How well you know me, Future Lizard.

  • Eric May

    You forgot the song at the end… you know, the one with the death metal growls? I kind of felt that it didn’t belong on the album, even though I’d like to hear more like it in another act. I sat on this record for a long time too, before I decided to review it.

    It must be nice having editors for your website. I have to do 90% of the reviews, as well as all of the posting and editing by myself and mostly from a cellphone as I don’t have a stable internet connection. Nevertheless, it gets done.

    • Lacertilian

      Nah, I mentioned that track in the review.
      I agree it didn’t feel like it belonged on this album though.