Iterum Nata is a psych-occult-folk artist, hailing from Finland. “The Course of Empire” is the artist’s second full-length and evolves around Hermetic philosophy and the relationship between birth and death. It’s such a nice coincidence for me personally as my last review of 2018 was also an occult rock album and it’s a great feeling and honor to start 2019 with another spiritual one… Let’s dig deep.
Out of all the albums I have listened to within this genre, this album might be the most colorful one as the songs combine many cultures, emotions and seasons with a touch of the occult and the spiritual atmosphere. This is not the trendy spiritual music that you encounter quite often. It’s simplistic and maybe doesn’t offer a wild style but that’s the whole thing; this simplicity offers doors to much more for the ones who can comprehend it. The balance of the vocals and the instrumentals make this one even a more smooth piece to listen to as well.
One personal highlight of mine is “Invocation” and I wish the band had incorporated more chants and choirs in this album. This is a fantastic song when the theme of the album is considered; it sent shivers down my spine and also a great song for meditation. In general, each song is a highlight though as each piece offers different themes in my opinion and this might resonate differently with every listener on a spiritual level.
“The Course of Empire” is nothing wild but it will warm your heart in this cold winter season. Especially recommended to those with an interest in the spirituality and occult concepts.
2. All Is Mind
3. The Principle Of Rhythm
4. Solve & Coagula
6. Sacrificial Light
7. The New Aeon