Bobby Previte: MASS (Rare Noise Records)

A modernist re-imagining of the choral epic Missa Sancti Jacobi by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay, Previte’s MASS prominently features the imposing sound of cathedral pipe organ along with an acclaimed early music vocal group, the 11-voice Rose Ensemble, conducted by Jordan Sramek, and a slamming core group consisting of Previte on drums, Marco Benevento on pipe organ and Rheem organ, Don McGreevy, Stephen O’Malley, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft on electric guitars and Reed Mathis on electric bass.


“A kind of heavy metal Requiem Mass, full of thrashing feedback guitars and grinding power chords, hellacious fuzz bass, thunderous beats and the glorious sound of a Renaissance vocal choir, Mass is unlike anything Previte has done before.”

“The effort combines early music with droning, spaced-out doom, and the end result is surprisingly, wondrously addictive. I listened to it three times in a row without even noticing yesterday, then once I snapped out of my trance, put it on again.” — NOISEY

“But what sets this release apart is the sheer power of the new and old. The guitars and organ loudly o!set the delicacy of the singing in such a fashion that the listener is transported to place of ancient darkness. There is a distinct beauty that cannot be denied amongst all of the distortion and complexity. A highly recommended release and on my list for best of 2016.” — AVANT MUSIC NEWS

“Mass is brilliant. It’s alternately yet simultaneously arresting, beguiling, and menacing; it dynamically illustrates the aesthetic scope of color, timbre, and texture between sacred and secular music. This is Previte’s masterpiece.” — ALL MUSIC GUIDE

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