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The Canossa Superhuman Struggle For A Humane Life his album is one of the most unusual ventures of Hungarian record publishing, which starts like an audio book, continues like a thanksgiving mass, and then becomes a great oratory of survival. The piece of music is the work of Ferenc Attila Kulcsár, who previously scored ACTUS productions, which according to the press material a story in book and music about cancer, recovery, life, death. A survival package for those who struggle with a serious illness, feel their lives are hopeless, have lost their faith, or cannot find their place in the world.

Unexpected events

Bad news often hits us in the same way as when we are happily talking to someone in the car, and then suddenly, with great force, out of nowhere, someone comes into us. Similar to this is when we are informed by phone on a hot summer day that a close relative has been diagnosed with a tumor. The sun is shining, the taste of coffee and cake is still in our mouths, and we know that nothing will be the same as it was before coffee, that is, an era is coming to an end. It is even worse: when an elderly man who can barely walk is made to travel for seven hours at night, and when he arrives at the clinic in the morning, there is no chair to sit on, no place to hang his coat.

You see people reading tabloids who are also standing there, many of whom will be dead in half a year. The worst part is that there is no dignity to the last months of life, it is all about making a mockery of hope. While we can’t even fathom the physical and mental pain it causes the patient when the metastasis from the colon through the liver and lungs finally arrives in the brain to eradicate everything that is human. Who is the another page, so it is life is on his side, he will have to enter two worlds at the same time, and these years of continuous border crossings will grind everyone in the patient’s environment.

The temptation of existence

There were songs about illness (And the doctor came, Call the rock and roll doctor etc.), but none of them went down like that deep in the twistlike Canossa Superhuman Struggle For A Humane Life album, about which both oncologists and oncopsychologists said that can be well utilized for mental health purposes. Ferenc Attila Kulcsár’s album cannot be described with the coefficients of pop, while in the antecedents we discover the musical backdrops of the ACTUS formation connected to Kulcsár.

It is true that ACTUS itself is not necessarily approachable from the pop side, but we could still find a connection with such bands as Laibach, Test Dept, Einstürzende Neubauten, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb and the neofolk Current ’93, Death In June , Sol Invictus and Fire and Ice. While industrial music has been known in Hungary since the mid-eighties – since Test Dept and Laibach were already visiting us – and domestic Art Deco and Cro-Magnon Cola gained serious cult status, neofolk was an unknown world until the regime change. .

In the traditional sense

In these years, the intellectual workshop organized around ACTUS drew attention to itself with the fact that their publications and magazines promoting traditionalism were published in excellent printing, in unusual formats, and in them we could already read about Death In June and Sol Invictus. All this was at the time when street vendors in the subways sold Hungarian Oranges and Snowshoes in an hour, and the Democratic Charter began to take shape. When the essays of the conservative thinkers, Roger Scruton or Michael Oakeshott, could mostly only be read in the 2000 magazine.

At that time, parallel to the spread of the neofolk music movement, the first publications with a traditionalist spirit appeared, as well as the writings of Julius Evola and René Guénon. Neofolk records were sold by specialized shops on Vas and Légszesz streets, while ACTUS productions also appeared, then at the turn of the millennium the trend was slowly absorbed and disappeared, their books were included in traditional bookstores, alongside Béla Hamvas’s volumes, its romanticism disappeared, this spirituality was slowly absorbed in the institutionalized moon courts of big politics.


And Ferenc Attila Kulcsár also disappeared. He became ill, went blind for a year, lost 60 percent of his body weight, and only then did his oncology treatments begin. ACTUS (Archaic Cultic Tradition United in a Society), founded in 1987 and shrouded in anonymity for a long time, an art project that goes beyond presenting the many aspects of the world crisis they became much better known on the international scene than in the domestic media, which have a harder time with anonymity, and did not even deal with them. The press could not get very close to a project that a about the formal representation of supra-traditionalism wanted to talk, which according to Kulcsár it is the same age as the golden age of humanity, and perhaps it has not been completely lost even today. The cultic tradition, a core – the solar self-consciousness of the Center. This is not a culture, but a cult, which includes the magic of the moment as well as the wisdom of five thousand years.

And that collective spirit changes when it does Essence Vol. 1 the creators are already named in the selection, and yes, this is the age when Facebook brings the era of self-representation. Ferenc Attila Kulcsár reached his total personality and revealed himself by showing his illness and traumas. The Canossa Superhuman Struggle For a Humane Life his album is a manifesto of the will to live, an evocation of the inherent Beauty, a narrative of the experience of God, the encounter with God.

Filling the void

The Sacro Sanctum Philharmonic Orchestra and the Empathic Pannonius mixed choir participated in the large-scale production, as well as István Fekete (trumpet and trombone), Attila Fukk (bass guitar, electric bass, double bass), and Bence Bécsi (guitar). The production is a collection of high-emotional, atmospheric performances based on classical and contemporary musical influences, like the soundtrack of a performance showing the levels of initiation rituals. The word picture CAN ØSSA on the cover was created by the graphic artist with this particular crossed-out Ø, which is used to represent the empty set in mathematics and physics. The Canossa production helps to fill this void with music and light.

Canossa: Superhuman Struggle For a Humane Life


68 minutes, 10 tracks