This album features amazing cover artwork by the Alchemisti Painters and Eric Hammer's (nowadays also known as Doc Hammer) art throughout the booklet and disc. Some of you may know him for a cartoon called Venture Brothers. We know very little about that, as we have hardly had a chance to watch it. But we can tell you he is an amazing musician, (Requiem In White, The Order of The NCS, Sysyphus Autopsy, Mors Syphlitica, Weep), an outstanding painter and poet, and a beautiful human being.
In the booklet, also artwork by Luigi Pacioni (Alchemisti Painters) who unfortunately died prematurely in 1978, at age 26. Many of his paintings and poems strangely seemed to foresee his accidental drowning.
And this is the only recording Iin the world featuring ROSETTA ON DRUMS!
The beautiful Reflection Of You came out as is, following the funeral of Justine Brushwood. We may tell you her story some day.
"The Spiritual Bats" project was conceived in 1992 by Dario Passamonti (Alchemisti Painters) and Matteo Bracaglia. Being a painter, Dario composed the music out of the need of transmuting Image into Sound. Matteo was the singer and author of the lyrics. The vinyl EP "Spiritual Bats" was recorded in 1993. The project was destined to have a new line up for each recording, but always featured artwork by the Alchemisti Painters (Biennial of Venice, 1986 Art and Alchemy section), as well as their installations and projections during live performances. The performances were multi-medial excursions, or live rituals, rare apparitions, balancing between Image and Sound.
In November 1994, after the shows at the Crypta (Rome) and the Condor (Modena) the Spiritual Bats had the pleasure and the honour of opening for Rozz Williams (Christian Death) and his Daucus Karota, at the Black Out (Rome). Dario's Passage into the Realm of Shadows did not weaken the nucleus of the project: "Confession" was recorded live at the Pan Pot Studio in Rome, in May 1995, immediately after the show at the Velvet.
Alchemisti Music was born and "Sacrament" was released in 1999, after the live show at the CB's Gallery (Alchemy), New York, August 1998, with the projection of the "Funeral Cries" Video. In addition to the Alchemisti Art, "Sacrament" proudly features the Graphics Art by Eric Hammer, (Musician and Painter of the band Mors Syphilitica), today also known as Doc Hammer (Venture Brothers).
In 2004 the original founders of the project decided to part. Dario continues setting his visions to music as The Spiritual Bat (singular).
Initially meaning to release instrumental music, when a recording session for acoustic drums was set up, Rosetta, who had
previously been the drummer, on a spur of the moment wrote and recorded the lyrics and vocals for Through The Shadows. The Spiritual Bat is an evolution from "The Spiritual Bats" project which was conceived in 1992... read more on Facebook, Reverbnation, Myspace...more