Ruud Voesten, the mastermind behind ROEST and Branie., has emerged from the depths of lockdown with a musical opus of epic proportions. His latest album, “Ambrosia,” is a composition inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, offering listeners a visceral journey through the various circles of hell, exploring themes of lust, anger, and betrayal. As the world grappled with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, Voesten seized the opportunity to delve into one of the most iconic literary works of the Dark Ages. Dante’s Inferno serves as a critical examination of society, a deep dive into humanity, and an introspective exploration of the author’s own existence.
With lockdown acting as a catalyst, Voesten channeled his reflections on the seven capital sins into a musical odyssey. Each sin, from lust to betrayal, finds its expression through the evocative instrumentation and composition of “Ambrosia.” Scheduled for release on September 22nd via ZenneZ Records, the album promises an immersive experience into the depths of Dante’s Inferno. The upcoming Dutch tour is set to further bring this sonic journey to life, with dates spanning from September to December. The lineup, featuring talents like Mo van der Does on alto saxophone, Wietse Voermans on tenor saxophone, Koen Schalkwijk on grand piano, Tijs Klaassen on double bass, and Ruud Voesten on drums and composition, promises a synergy that will do justice to the thematic richness of the material.
Recorded and mixed by Micha de Kanter, with mastering by Wessel Oltheten at Fattoria Musica in Germany, “Ambrosia” stands poised to take its place as a landmark work in the contemporary musical landscape. Prepare to embark on an auditory descent into the infernal realms when “Ambrosia” is unleashed on the world.