Suffering Astrid, an underground project founded by Bruno Janiszewski in 2010, became well known for its unique style that converges and melts everything from blackened dronegaze to ambient and dream pop.
Twelve releases have already captured spiritual and transcendental aspects of existence and this is not nearly close to an end. I would like to take you on a personal peregrination through some of the most important ideological elements of the “Natural” masterpiece released on the 13th of July, 2014.
Understanding of the Absolute defined on the album ‘Netheriser’ back in 2012 is crucial for the proper access to ‘Naturologia’.
This equation is telling us something more: Absolute ~ personal truth ~ infinity ~ God. What does it mean?
Bruno embraced Platonic kind of pre-existence and applied it to the Absolute: “The Absolute is a kind of reality that reaches beyond any known boundaries and which constantly evolves. It is a kind of ultimate force, constant in its transcendent values, yet at the same time ever-expanding in its perfect scope. It is perhaps difficult to maintain prolonged contact with it, yet it is something to strive for. When it comes to whether it is everything or nothing, I would say that it is both. While experiencing the moments of transcendent nature, everything presents itself all at once, creating a unified perception, which simultaneously blissfully turns into nothing, into a perfect state of pure being, not burdened by any unnecessary elements whatsoever.”
How the personal truth is connected with it? “The only truth out there is the one the individual finds for oneself. I don’t believe that there will be ever any key to the meaning of life found, except for that very meaning found by the individual oneself. There is no way any objective truth could ever win over the truth of the individual.”
When asked about God, Janiszewski stated: “For me God, which is perhaps identical with the Abolute, is an infinite force that permeates all the elements of the universe, thus endowing all that is with the universal laws of being. The pantheistic perspective of God seems to be the most legitimate and the one I affiliate myself with.”
‘Netheriser’ shows that the personal truth exists in prenatal time and reveals itself for the first time at the moment of birth and then gradually starts to disappear from our perception and recognition.
‘Naturologia’ acts almost like a guide to the never-ending journey – seeking the truth of the Absolute.
“The term naturologia in my own dictionary means a process which consists of a set of mental actions by which one may attend the immediate and the real as found within Nature. Ideally, these are performed outside any ecstatic and abrupt mental activities. It is strictly a meditative process that helps the individual merge with the constituencies of Nature, which correspond to other planes of the universe (the hermetic axiom ‘As Above, So Below’ is of crucial importance to my ideology). Such a process is to enable the individual to see the things as they really are, as opposed to just mere looking and not seeing. These actions’ aim is to empower the individual with one’s own transcendent self so that one may eventually become transparent and thus see/be all.”
On the structural level, ‘Naturologia’ is composed of two separate and independent, yet connected components: the music and the booklet. This innovative type of syncretism corresponds perfectly with the ideology; recipient should think out of the social context, isolated and in solitude of introspection that externalises itself into nature. Twelve tracks, most of them with the consistent flow of blackgaze guitar walls, are not necessarily to be used as a pattern or a set of rules for finding the Absolute. Their atmospheric sound puts the listeners in meditative, trans-like state and enables them to think in the rhythm of blast beats while imagining beautiful forests like the ones displayed here.
Believe it or not, be prepared on unprepared, love it or hate it, but in the end you will meet Suffering Astrid. It will be the moment when you meet yourself, the spooky hour when everything becomes something and then disintegrates into blissful nothingness.
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*Thanks to Bruno for collaboration.