Hey! Listen to Lento!

A fact that's often lost on an American audience is the connection of Italian culture and the occult. From early vampire movies to the esoteric circles of the Tourino literary scene, Italian film, music and literature have been dealing with the absurd, the fantastical and the downright terrifying for well over half a century. The connections to music are plentiful; the Italian punk scene for example has always been fascinated/repulsed with occult imagery. This is fertile ground for post metal as the saturated genre already gravitates towards the obscure and esoteric. Thus, it is no surprise that Lento's latest release, Fourth, marries post metal and occult imagery. It goes further than just the cover art, effective as it is; the music itself gives us off this distinct vibe of otherness, of a dark presence surrounding you.