If you had no idea who the brains behind De Internali was, chances are you might say that 1997's debut from the band, Symphonia De Infernali was a fairly decent, if somewhat uninspiring ambient effort. However, once you realize that this was a side project of Dissection's John Nodtveidt, it makes it all even more puzzling. Symphonia De Infernali was originally supposed to be a side band for Nodtveidt and his roommate Damien Midvinter, but history shows that the band lasted barely two years and this one single album. Produced by Dan Swano (who also contributes lead vocals on the fine "Sign of the Dark"), Symphonia De Infernali was originally released on Nuclear Blast, but as a fitting trinute to the late Nodtveidt, who committed suicide back in 2006, Metal Mind Productions has now remastered and reissued this oddity in the Swedish black/death metal musician's back catalog.
At barely over 30 minutes in length, there's really not a lot of material here, and most of it consists of strange electronic blips, gothic piano orchestrations, and an amalgam of bizarre vocalizations. Not a guitar riff to be found anywhere, and other than the fine guest vocals from Swano on the tune mentioned above, there's not a stich of normal vocals, melodic, growled, or otherwise, to be heard. Overall Symphonia De Infernali is a very puzzling affair, and while you can commend Nodtveidt for trying something different back in 1997 to offset most of the extreme metal he was creating, this project just lacked focus, and quite frankly, lacked songs that had any lasting effect at all. Metal Mind's reissue comes in their normal digipack complete with lyrics, an essay on the band, and little else.
Proceed with caution.
1. Into The Labyrinths Of Desolation 5:08
2. Ave Satan 4:31
3. Orcus Cursus 4:37
4. Sign Of The Dark 5:40
5. Revival / Paroxysmal Winds / Forever Gone 6:27
6. Atomic Age 4:09
7. Liberation 1:51
8. X 1:41