A. S. Hereb – V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is a concept album inspired to the alchemical spirituality and the metaphorical search for the philosopher’s stone. His message is very simple, as well as his musical structure. Four tracks represent the stages of the process (magnum opus), leading to the creation of the stone and to enlightenment. It’s important to remember that, although the operations are described as successive steps of a detailed procedure, this is not a linear path, but a series of narrowing approximations. A spiral evolution, which returns back on itself renewing each time, to match the beginning with the end, overlapping the opposites in the primordial principle from which each entity derives. To represent this continuous stretching and infinite approximation, the album cover is the symbol of the squared circle, suggesting the existence of the alchemist and his spiritual quest is an improving approximation of perfection.
The tracks in detail : Caput Corvi (Nigredo / Saturn) – the crisis, the change, not always spontaneous abandonment of what we knows and love, the leaving of our comfort zone. Cauda Pavonis – the transition, the breath before jumping. A short but very important step, representing the choice between taking the change further or returning to what we know. Lux Cycni (Albedo / Venus) – in the chaos of change, sudden flashes of understanding emerge. We come in contact with energies above your level of evolution, first in dream / trance and then in conscious ways, but always limited in time and episodic. Ovum Phoenicis (Rubedo / Mars) – persevering in the third stage we slowly learn to listen and master the intuition, to vivify and embody it. This is the achievement of a new spiritual level. And the evolution returns to the beginning and repeats all over again.