Friday, June 3, 2011
Jacula - In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum (1969)
A rather controversial and occult bunch within the canon of old school prog. rock, Jacula (who would later be peddling great dark prog. under the moniker Antonius Rex) supposedly distributed this little beaut debut in limited supply to various esoteric organizations of dubious intention and identity throughout Italy. Thus, the validity of this record actually being made in 1969 is a question that may never be fully answered because nobody seems to know anyone with an original vinyl copy. Darn cults and their secretiveness....
Still, questions of release authenticity aside, this is a damn fine record. Cheesy church organ, creepy mantras and some way-ahead-of-its-time sounding doom-laden guitar work all meld together into some kind of delicious tandem. Thus, depending on your mood, its either the silliest stuff in existence or the most essential album within a record collection when your in a ghoulish state of mind.