Music Reviews

Pimentola – Hämärän Seppele (CDr)

Pimentola – Hämärän Seppele (Fin / Self-prod. 2000) – Neo-classical, medieval music.

* Self-prod.MCD 2000
* Finnish neo-classical, medieval music.
* Significance: A good one-man neo-classical debut.

Chaos: 8.5/10

Neo-classical is the kind of music related to classical but not entirely. In the case of Finnish Pimentola it is also related to medieval and some metal (Lempo has its roots in Black Metal). It is a pretentious mixture that requires good musical skills and talent in composing (complex) musical structures.

The music here is produced by the synthetic equivalents of the instruments used in a classical orchestra. We have here a good try on this, Pimentola had succeeded in creating some enjoyable tracks some parts being really awesome and memorable. Some parts lacks somehow a deeper focusing and complexity (an effect of this is the shortness of some of the tracks). Instead of a more intense attitude, “Doloroso and Pesante”, the music leave the impression that there is much to say and that isn’t only “Cantabile” in first place.

The music tempo ranges from Lento to Allegretto.

Rather than complexity Pimentola suggests melodious and simple structures (somehow like Vivaldi\’s style). The most beautiful track for me is 8th; it emanates a great baroque feeling within it.

Instruments used are some classic and distort guitars and drums (for the neo part – here with the meaning of a \’modern\’ revival of classical), and Strings, Brass and different Woodwinds instruments (computer generated) and no vocals at all.

For a classic/medieval music lover, for an interesting approach, mostly cantabile, day-to-day listening, you should check this out. Definitely I am looking further on Pimentola\’s works.

Track listing:
1: Part I 01:23
2: Part II 07:14
3: Part III 05:38
4: Part IV 00:55
5: Part V 03:15
6: Part VI 01:13
7: Part VII 00:58
8: Part VIII 01:25
9: Part IX 01:11

Lempo – all music.


* Pimentola Official Website.
* Pimentola features on Ancient Beliefs releases AB000, AB005
* Violin: The beginnings of the violin can be traced to Italy in the early 1500s. It seems to have evolved from two other stringed instruments, the fiddle and the lira da braccio (a Renassaince instrument). The craft of violin making began during the 17th and 18th centuries in the workshops of such artists as Antonio Stradivari, Guiseppe Guarneri, and Jacob Stainer. The violins that were made at this time had a shorter neck, a shorter fingerboard, and a flatter bridge than the violins of today.

Copyright: C.S. / Ancient Beliefs 2004.


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