“…people will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious…”
Written by: Cantina
A possibly controversial (?) statement: music is mostly made of repressed and/or unspeakable emotions. Long lost are the times when I somehow believed black metal musicians’ real life persona coincided with the fictitious one, that wherever they went, gloom and misery accompanied them. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: black metal would be a metaphysical gold mine for Jungian scholars. This genre is the Shadow Self of metal music (of any music type, for that matter). I would go as far as saying that a proper understanding of Carl Gustav Jung’s philosophy will give you the knowledge to understand what is going on in the seemingly “twisted” mind of any musician.
Black metal is of course a prime example of that.
In Medico Peste’s latest effort, the two figures of The Saint (symbolised by a halo, in the artwork) and The Mentally Ill, the insane, whom followed the devious path of Lucifer, both encapsulated into a single character with split personalities that perfectly summarises the core topics of “The Black Bile”. It goes without saying that great art requires both concept and execution, both -in the case of Medico Peste- provided by a pretty diverse range of techniques, emotions and styles. The polish black metal scene is that of existential/nihilist outlook, such as in the case of Mgła, Kriegsmachine and Blaze of Perdition (all of them do show, indeed, Jungian archetypes in some measure). The small Ariadne’s thread that links all of those works together one, if anything: human consciousness is very much capable of creating its own nightmares.
Medico Peste follows a similar approach, that is reflected in the musical composition of this album: the more straightforward and schizophrenic segments are intertwined with calm, bittersweet passages that symbolize a sort of “calm” among the chaos, but they usually don’t last that long, so that more space is given for the mad ramblings of a mentally ill character. Frequent jazz-ish/punk-ish passages are often used a resort to give “The Black Bile” a slightly macabre yet elegant presentation; this functions as a sort of “filter” (that, by the way, MANY bands use) to maintain the core of the music essentially black metal while at the same time experiment with all sorts of unusual instrumentation, revealing just how eclectic Medico Peste could be considered in contrast with many other artists of similar caliber, especially from other countries that have a prevalence of more straightforward black metal bands.
Regardless of your stance on modern black metal, the polish scene seems to have gathered quite a consistent amount of supporters and respect, due to the unusual, perhaps unsettling nature of its lyrical topics. That is why I ultimately think of black metal as a personal diary, to some. It is a way to externalize otherwise inexplicable feelings without the necessity of a traditional music composition, a lyrical structure, or the urge -so to speak- to create an accessible piece of work. Whether or not certain sets of beliefs like nihilism or anti-Christianity can be considered as legitimate or not, I will leave that to the listener. What I do care about, is that Medico Peste kept their promise by creating an introspective journey by exploring the thought patterns of a psychopath, and they did a fine job as far as I am concerned.
Medico Peste - ב :The Black Bile was released March 20th from Season of Mist Underground Activists
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