Dianadea
,Santa Djanara, Dark, Ambient, review, rockers and other animals

Band: Dianadea


Title:Santa Djanara
Genre: Dark - Ambient
Release date: 2020

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Santa Djanara
La Porta
Unguento
Janara
Bellezza Orsini
A Leggenda D’a Janara
Rjpa Delle Janare
Uocchio D' U Cifro (Occhio Del Diavolo)

Dianadea is a one man band from the creator of Obscurum Malum, that I have reviewed with "Regina Noctis", if with the second moniker the sound presents a Black Metal radicals, with Dianadea the atmospheres are deeply dark and I, with a background of the original dark wave of the 80's, can't but review and appreciate this work.
"Santa Djanara" a remake of the song "Janara" written 20 years ago by Obscurum Malum, officially the first work for Dianadea even if the cd "Radici" was produced, without any officialisation or promotion.
For those who don't know, the figure of Janara is the witch that originated in the countryside of Benevento, in the Italian region of Campania and soon spread to the area of Naples.
The Janara was a collie who represented and practiced the occult and magic rites, capable of ruining life, and still today remains a figure that arouses respect and fear. The name Janara derives, according to some, from Dianara, the priestess of Diana.
Just from the witch Janara, was born the project of Dianadea, in which you don't demonize her, you discover her, you don't fear her, antz accompanies us in the path between tribal sounds, shaman drum that distinguishes the sound makes it particularly spontaneous. Among distortions, dark, ambient, folk and sinth.
Very dark and sliced the first track "Santa Djanara" that introduces us in the 'cave of the witch, how to scare us and stay alert from the clutches of this figure that a bit 'you fear and a bit' you look for, because we are fascinated by fear. Moreover, this opener tells us the headword with the goddess Diana.
"Saint" instead shows the demonizations of the Christian faith that degraded and blamed the Church for heresies uncomfortable women and probably aroused fear in the clergy. Always better to blame than to explain.
"La Porta" manages to musically mark the unconscious, the legumes between nature and magic, while with "Unguento" we find ourselves in front of the nursery rhyme that explains the common thread, in its reminder that witchcraft has always existed but it is with Christianity that it is linked to evil.
"Janara" is even more particular, because it improvises in a forest and manages to reproduce a tribal sound thanks to the shaman, remember that this song was written twenty years ago and that now in more 'modern' chive has been re-proposed and has seen the light. Brano that expresses the fears on the figure of this doona, witch.
"Bellezza Orsini" is my favourite piece, very gothic, purely dark, perfect for the story of the woman tried for witchcraft in 1528 with the inquisitorial procedure and the tradition of the 'Malleus Maleficarum' and committed suicide with a nail in her throat. Here the vision is that of a raven who wants to free the woman's body. Nice song, very atmospheric and in itself disturbing, if you think that this story really happened.
Detail of "Bellezza Orsini" is the tripartition, the confession, the judgment of Judge Callisto and the epilogue. beautiful violin and distorted bass, I would say a really incisive piece.
"Bellezze constituta, noctis tempore, cum uno chiodo vel clavo se percussit in gula duabus percussionibus cum maxima sanguinis effusione etc., et remansit quasi semi mortua etc.. Item supradicta interrogata dixit tempted a diabolical spiritu se voluit occidere et non putavit plus ultra nisi carere et evadere de hoc mundo" (c. 474v).
 "A Legend D'a Janara", a legend in which it is said that the husband suspects that the wife is a janara because she uses an "ointment" to fly, thus replacing the ointment and the woman, crushes herself to the ground.
The patriarchal figure emerges who judges, condemns with no right of reply.
With "Rjpa Delle Janare" we discover instead the story of the felling of the sacred walnut to Diana. Based on Piperno's book "of the superstitious walnut of Benevento", a book full of misogyny, absurd contradictions (the walnut symbol of evil that was always surrounded by flourishing vegetation) and the felling of a culture.
"Uocchio D' U Cifro (Occhio Del Diavolo)" is based on the tradition of Montecalvo Irpino, imagine a lake of red water because it is rich in iron, imagine a group of women at the river and have a complete picture of witchcraft. A place where these Janare waited for the devil, but a farmer would be fine too, as long as he wore ram's corn.
 Between countercants, ancestral rhythms, a lot of intros moods of dark and gothic sounds, unravels this work that personally fascinated me. Maybe for the subjects, maybe for the musicality itself or simply for the cultural homogenization between history and music.

 

 

Valeria Campagnale