Rituale Romanum

by Rose Rovine e Amanti

Reviewed by Troy Southgate

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IN 2002 the talented Italian musician, Damiano Mercuri, unveiled Rose Rovine e Amanti’s self-titled collection of beautiful folk songs, which unveiled such atmospheric and laid-back gems as ‘Il Mondo Non Era Così Stanco’, perched uneasily beside the comparatively harsher strains of ‘Marea’. His present release, ‘Rituale Romanum’, which was suitably conceived among the seven great hills of Rome itself, has found its way into the capable hands of the Cold Spring team. The cover betrays a strongly Christian theme, where a defiant St. Michael the Archangel – sword in hand and clad in armour – stands astride a demonic and recently-defeated adversary. The album is dedicated to the German town of Aachen, which, as I know from personal experience, is a beautiful place steeped in history and filled today with dozens of little cafes and antique shops, but perhaps slightly m