STYLE...... Neofolk, Dark Folk, Martial Industrial
QUALITY.... 320kbps / Joint-Stereo
A Passage to Rhodesia is ROME’s tenth album, but it’s safe to say it’s one of the most important releases in its long-standing career. The album unites instant dark folk classics such as “A Farewell to Europe” and “One Fire” with ambient collages in the best industrial and experimental traditions – most notably on the exclusive additional album House of Stone. Mastermind Jerome Reuter has accomplished a great swirling devil of a record, an epic and tragic masterpiece of considerable scale, rich in theme and philosophic inquiry.
A Passage to Rhodesia is set against the backdrop of the Bush War (Bush as in jungle, not the American presidents) in the country named after imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The protagonists – a generation of Whites in Black Africa fighting and dying for a lost cause – are caught in a web of blinkered complacency and radical prejudice. Jerome Reuter takes an open-hearted look at the tragedies, insanities and absurdities of war-torn Rhodesia in the dog days of white supremacy in southern Africa. A Passage to Rhodesia is a remarkable, yet deeply disturbing odyssey driven by a strange love for the country and its people, a witness-bearing of the rarest courage.
Tracklist: 1. Electrocuting an Elephant (03:12) 2. The Ballad of the Red Flame Lily (04:38) 3. One Fire (03:42) 4. A Farewell to Europe (03:06) 5. The Fever Tree (03:19) 6. Hate Us and See If We Mind (04:21) 7. The River Eternal (03:35) 8. A Country Denied (04:04) 9. Lullaby for Georgie (04:06) 10. In a Wilderness of Spite (07:58) 11. Bread and Wine (07:06) 12. The Past Is Another Country (02:32)