1992 – 2004 (12 years)
"The Spiritual Bats" project was conceived in 1992 by Dario Passamonti (Alchemisti Painters) and Matteo Bracaglia. Being a painter, Dario composed the music out of the need of transmuting Image into Sound. Matteo was the singer and author of the lyrics. The vinyl EP "Spiritual Bats" was recorded in 1993. The project was destined to have a new line up for each recording, but always featured artwork by the Alchemisti Painters (Biennial of Venice, 1986 Art and Alchemy section), as well as their installations and projections during live performances. The performances were multi-medial excursions, or live rituals, rare apparitions, balancing between Image and Sound.
In November 1994, after the shows at the Crypta (Rome) and the Condor (Modena) the Spiritual Bats had the pleasure and the honour of opening for Rozz Williams (Christian Death) and his Daucus Karota, at the Black Out (Rome). Dario's Passage into the Realm of Shadows did not weaken the nucleus of the project: "Confession" was recorded live at the Pan Pot Studio in Rome, in May 1995, immediately after the show at the Velvet.
Alchemisti Music was born and "Sacrament" was released in 1999, after the live show at the CB's Gallery (Alchemy), New York, August 1998, with the projection of the "Funeral Cries" Video. In addition to the Alchemisti Art, "Sacrament" proudly features the Graphics Art by Eric Hammer, (Musician and Painter of the band Mors Syphilitica), today also known as Doc Hammer (Venture Brothers).
In 2004 the original founders of the project decided to part.
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