Category: Rome

Rome – The Hyperion Machine

The well of inspiration can only withstand pumping out an album per year for so long. There must surely come a point where there is a stumble and the goal of pushing boundaries is not quite achieved. Jerome Reuter’s music project, Rome, has been able to maintain an annual high quality output for a decade, but here I find, for the first time, with The Hyperion Machine a Rome album that comes off as lackluster. (more…)

Rome – A Passage to Rhodesia

Luxembourg’s Jerome Reuter continues to seamlessly blend history, art, and music into a cohesive whole with Rome and the new album A Passage to Rhodesia. This album examines the Rhodesian Bush War, or the Zimbabwe War of Liberation from 1964 to 1979. Much of this conflict had to do with the elimination of white minority rule that had resulted from European imperialism and colonialism in Africa, with repercussions continuing to plague that continent to this day. It is interesting to see a European musician examine this conflict. A Passage to Rhodesia is an album teeming with sensations of guilt, regret, shame, and conversely, optimism. (more…)

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Rome – A Cross of Fire

The year 2011 was a big year for Luxembourg’s Rome, as Jerome Reuter simultaneously released three albums that year as part of the Die Aesthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit trilogy. This trilogy of albums examines anarchist movements in Europe, during the first half of the twentieth century, looking at their hope, aspirations, and, ultimately, the implausibility of such (more…)

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Rome – Nos Chants Perdus

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Rome’s 2009 album, Flowers From Exile marked a significant shift away from the martial industrial sound that predominated early Rome albums. That shift continued on Nos Chants Perdus as Rome has basically abandoned what had been its core martial industrial sound to a dark-noir neofolk sound. Nos Chants Perdus is set with the French resistance as its backdrop—revolving around the French underground that resisted the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. The music is almost exclusively acoustic guitar accompanied by drums and occasional violin. Jerome Reuter’s deep voice is the main instrument and this album has shown how good of a vocalist he has become. His (more…)

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Rome – Berlin (EP)

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Jerome Reuter’s musical project, Rome, has put out a tremendous amount of work in just over a handful of years. The Berlin EP is what started this campaign of martial industrial neofolk back in 2006. Berlin, and the subsequent few albums, has a very dark, martial industrial sound with plenty of samples from vintage movies and historical events. The opening track, Like Lovers, begins with some dark music off of a 1930s or 40s era record until deep martial drums and Reuter’s semi-whispered vocals break in. The (more…)

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Rome – Flowers From Exile

Jerome Reuter, from the small country of Luxembourg, continued his onslaught on the neofolk genre with Flowers From Exile. A new Rome album has basically become an annual affair. Again, Reuter utilizes a historical backdrop that takes the listener back to the dark days of the 30s and 40s, this time focusing on the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. Although Rome’s albums are immersed in history, history is not at the forefront of the music. Reuter’s deep vocals and well-written intelligent lyrics speak of the (more…)

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