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Cursed by Brian Redfern from Magick, Music and Ritual 18


Yes some of us are literally born under a bad sign or a series of bad houses. It makes you wonder, what is the purpose of life? To be forced into slavery and then starved to death when the corporations are done with you. Are all Americans cursed? Are we all born under a bad sign as we teeter on the brink of potential all out nuclear war? This song is microtuned to accurately reflect the feel of 30 seconds to midnight.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Brian Redfern

Brian Redfern graduated from CalArts in 1998, having studied composition with Nyoman Wenten, Kobla Ladzepko and Wadada Leo Smith. In 2005 Brian switched from guitar to the ancient middle eastern instrument, the oud, studying with virtuoso Yuval Ron.

Previously Brian had been the guitarist for Los Hermanos de Jazz who had opened up for bands such as the Stone Temple Pilots and performed sessions for Death Row Records, back in the wild and crazy early 1990s. Back then he also created a project called “Aleister’s Bastards” inspired by the work 777 by Aleister Crowley. However at the time, he had no idea he lived right down the street from the famous occult author, Lon Milo DuQuette.

Brian’s music runs the gamut from purely acoustic solo oud to electronic music and live electric performance. Brian plays both acoustic and electric oud and uses the ancient system of “Maqam music” from the middle east to compose new material based on ancient patterns.

He is greatly inspired by recent John Zorn projects such as the Crowley String quartet, which explore occult concepts with instrumental music inspired by western classical and avant-garde.

Besides having earned an MFA from CalArts Brian is an initiated Freemason, 3○, 32○, Thelemite and self-initiated Sufi/Ishmaeli. He’s also a 3○ in the OTO and a probationer of the A∴A∴, so occult practice and meditation are massive influences on his music.

Brian previously participated under the performance name Shams93

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Anthology news, 9dec2023

A bundle of early presents for you!

Kim Cascone’s Silent Records just released Citalá, River of Stars by Robin Parmar

PsuedoNovalis has a very limited run of a 80-page book-zine PixArt VIRTUALIA™ on pre-order

PseudoNovalis Pixart Virtualia

Daemonia Nymphe / Spyros Giasafakis released Seikilos Epitaph (feat. Evi Stergiou) “The ‘Seikilos Epitaph’ is the oldest surviving complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world. This is our first ever interpretation of this ancient song using only an ‘ancient’ Greek lyre, kymbala (‘ancient’ cymbals) and vocals (female & male) recorded 23 years ago.” “Released for the first time on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and other digital platforms, enjoy!”

Dvar released a video for inni uumi from Madegirah II

Secret Archives of the Vatican released Winter Chalice

By the by, I noticed that National Cynical Network, who was a content partner on my now sadly defunct RADIO @ HRMTC project, can be found, in addition to other places they already were, streaming on Slack Radio weekly each Sunday from 7pm until 2am the next morning. And, if you enjoyed NCN, you might also enjoy other stuff on that web-based radio station, which is Church of the SubGenius related or adjacent.

And, last but not least, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, Blasting Rod will be making their “one and (so far) only North American live appearance” at Redwood Bar and Grill on Jan 6, 2024, with Vie Jester, and Power Falcon. So, go and say hello to them for me!

Hermetic Library Anthology News 9dec2023 Blasting Rod Escape to LA

That’s what you get this time around. Well, okay, I’ll toss in a big lump ‘o coal, just because.

But, of course, be sure to check out the entire anthology project at Hermetic Library, Itch, Bandcamp, and in all the digital streaming and online shops.

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Heart Girt With A Serpent

Heart Girt With A Serpent by The Gray Field Recordings from Magick, Music and Ritual 18

The Heart Girt With A Serpent

Music by R. Loftiss. Opening lyrics sung in Enochian. Words from the Holy Book of Thelema spoken by Aedria Bright, Soror Sekhet Bast Ra.

Hermetic Library Interview R Loftiss the Gray Field Recordings Knives

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist The Gray Field Recordings

The Gray Field Recordings was formed by R. Loftiss, who creates music with a wide range of instruments … potentially anything that makes a sound. She is world-weary and tired and believes that in the end talking animals will lead us home by the light of the moon.

She has been joined, on albums and live performances, by violist David Salim and violinist Justin Jones. The latest Gray Field Recordings album, “She Sleeps to the Sound of Knives”, features the talents of Alan Trench (Orchis, Twelve Thousand Days, Temple Music) Frank Suchomel (Inalonelyplace, Language of Light), and Mike Seed (The Chasms).

She has appeared on several compilations including Gold Leaf Branches (Foxglove/Digitalis) and Lead into Gold (Rebis Records).

R. has collaborated with a number of artists including Language of Light, Eyes of Wood, Ctephin, Anvil Salute, frogtoboggan, Spagirus, Techix, Inalonelyplace, Cousin Silas, Mike Seed, and Temple Music. Her other bands are, with Alan Trench, The Howling Larsons and from Athens, Greece, Black Lesbian Fishermen.

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Space Dreamtime

Space Dreamtime by Kevlar Nuckler from Magick, Music and Ritual 18

Space Dreamtime

A synth bathed spacey ambient guitar instrumental with a beat.

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Kevlar Nuckler

Kevlar Nuckler is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer known mostly for his guitar work and vocals in Mars Cantina and Ophwurld and bass and vocals with George Orwell Experience. This is his solo recording project.

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Death Metal Music

Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus reviews Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Natalie J Purcell, part of the Studies in Heavy Metal Music & Culture series.

Purcell Death Metal Music

It is not clear to me why I received this 2003 book as a reviewer copy in 2012, other than that I requested it when it was offered (May 2012). Is it possible that the author’s 2012 book from Routledge (Violence and the Pornographic Imaginary) occasioned some sort of rerelease or even reprint by McFarland? In any case, this book’s quite evident effort to be up-to-date is now nearly a decade stale, and the political conflicts that it seeks to address — centered on the PMRC and Congressional culture scolds of the turn-of-the-millennium — have receded well into the background today. 

Author Purcell was apparently quite young when she wrote this book, which collects and reflects on research that she undertook as a political science student at Seton Hall University. Unfortunately, one effect of her immaturity as a writer appears to have been an overextension of her vocabulary. This book badly needed a proofreader to set Purcell straight when she used devious for deviant, propound for propose, attained for obtained, reactionary for reactive, reputed for reputable, ascribe for subscribe, emasculated for masculinized, evasive for invasive, etc. She also has some dismaying errors of incidental fact, such as characterizing H.P. Lovecraft as a “nineteenth-century author” (40).

Despite some self-criticism regarding her survey methods and the limitations of her study population sample, there’s little methodological reflection here. The methods used are predominantly sociological, but Purcell prudently cautions the reader that the small sample size and ad hoc collection methods limit the generalizations that can be drawn from her own conclusions. Some awareness of latter-day anthropological observation techniques would have been useful to her in this project. What she is most concerned to establish, and for which her method is adequate, is valid doubt of existing generalizations offered by politicians and critics whose own study of the subculture was unquestionably less thorough. 

I appreciated the assortment of pictures in the book, showing musicians and fans. The extensive comparison of death metal with horror cinema in the final chapter was a useful and effective choice. But I would also have been interested in more substantial comparisons with other musical subcultures; Purcell offers only the briefest nods to rap and country music as possible comparanda. She claims believably to have exhausted existing literature on death metal only in the political science field. There were certainly relevant works of music criticism and cultural studies that she overlooked, such as Robert Walser’s Running with the Devil (1993).

Still, I found the read fairly enjoyable. In an epilogue “Personal Reflections on Death Metal,” Purcell opens herself to the charge of being an apologist for the subculture, by confessing her sympathy for it, developed during the course of her study, but germinally having inspired the research in the first place. I find such “reflexivity” in scholarship to be praiseworthy. And, quibbles aside, I tend to agree with her conclusions, from my own anecdotally-formed perspective.

Biting Through

Biting Through by Black Lesbian Fishermen from Magick, Music and Ritual 18

Biting Through
(Fokas, Trench, Loftiss)

Music by Nikos Fokas, Alan Trench, and R. Loftiss. Melody conjured by tarot. Words inspired by the I Ching and Ahmed III’s Sadâbâd Palace gardens.

On the path
On the travertine path
By candle light
By tortoise light
With the hills all on fire
With the mountain burning so bright
Through fields of poppies
Straight through the night
I’ll find you little trembling light
I’ll find you little trembling I

If forever is an ever-land
Even if a never, then
I’ll find you
I’ll find you
I’m biting through
Lalalala lalala lalala

On my way
On my lumbering way
By bird song
By glittering caged birds
While the mountains are all on fire
While the world so slowly burns
Through mirrored paths
Through twisting turns
I’ll find you just by these words
I’ll find you with shimmering words

If forever is an ever-land
Even if a never, then
I’ll find you
I’ll find you
I’m biting through
I’ll find you
Lalalala lalala la

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Black Lesbian Fishermen

“Without being overly opulent, their ritualistic, always slightly folky colored psychedelia brings together the most diverse elements, elements that should actually seem heterogeneous and bulky, but always harmonize in a wondrous way.” – African Paper

Black Lesbian Fishermen is an experimental/drone/ambient group based in Athens, Greece. The group members are from the USA, England and Greece and all have backgrounds in different aspects of esoteric practice.

As well as contributing to a number of compilations, they have released two full length albums – Ectopic Apiary in 2015 via cryptanthus and Reverb Worship, and The Metaphysics Of Natron via Underflow in 2019. They are currently working on a third.

Black Lesbian Fishermen are:

Nikos Fokas (GR) – Keyboards, Synths, Modular Synths, Treatments. Also known for Vault Of Blossomed Ropes, his solo work, and collaboration with Arve Henriksen

R Loftiss (US) – Bowed Guitar, Glass Flute, Vox, Synth, Sound. Also know for The Gray Field Recordings, Language Of Light, Howling Larsons, Anvil Salute

Stelios Romaliadis (GR) – Flute. Also known for LÜÜP and Vault Of Blossomed Ropes.

Stratis Sgourelis (GR) – Bass, Treatments. Also known for Vault Of Blossomed Ropes.

Alan Trench (UK) – Guitar, fx, Vox. Also known for Temple Music, Howling Larsons, Twelve Thousand Days, Orchis.

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The Scourge

The Scourge by The Photoelectric Defect on Magick, Music and Ritual 18

The Scourge

Written, Performed, and Engineered by Johnathan Rossitter


I feel the wrath of God upon my skin
He tears the flesh again, again, again.

I am the hand, I am his Instrument
I must endure, this loving discipline

This scourge will purge the torpor and the dross
The pain sustains the circle and the cross

I bear the scars of God upon my skin
The searing lash again, again, again

The trials of flesh eroding the facades
To purify this wight before the gods

The dark and I await your sweet caress
And strike the blows across this stubborn ass

Wretch! Wretch! Wretch! Wretch!
Wretch! Wretch! Wretch! Wretch!
Wretch! Wretch! Wretch! Wretch!
Wretch! Wretch! Wretch! Wretch!

I feel alive (in these moments)
We are One

We are born to Die (in these moments)
We are One

God is Silence
God is Violence

Crack the Whip!
Crack the Whip!
Crack the Whip!
Crack the Whip!

Hermetic Library Anthology Artist The Photoelectric Defect

The Photoelectric Defect is a creative musical project by Phoenix-based musician and producer Johnathan Rossitter.

Not to be pinned down by genre, The Photoelectric Defect explores many musical themes including nordic-folk, metal (black and death), spoken word post-rock, and industrial. Lyrically the music is heavily themed on ideas of spiritual growth, exploration, and illumination; mixed with notes of the occult, Kabbalah, Thelema, and general Western esotericism.

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Arzel by Children of Osiris on Magick, Music and Ritual 18


Hermetic Library Anthology Artist Children of Osiris

My name is Marc, I first encountered esoteric ideas when I was 15 years old in a book called The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish, It was not until I was 17 that I was introduced to the ideas in the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley (especially The Tarot and Animism) . I am now 45 and have related to various esoterica through music, art and personal practice during the intervening time. From Psychic TV and Coil to The shamen and Goa Trance via Throbbing gristle and everything in the Rave scene from the late eighties onwards. It seems impossible to fill this space with all my influences from the world of musick.

My process to create starts with words, I use keywords and expressions around an intention and cut up the ideas until they give birth to something that intuitively feels correct. I then paint the assemblage of language into a montage of symbolic images and colours. After this I charge the image through acoustic percussion and mantra (traditional or otherwise). Once I have obtained communication with my project and entered into a contract with it I move to my PC maintaining the state of trance and interaction in order to assemble a sonic tapestry of samples and sounds that reflect or are guided and informed to be representations of my communion with my work, I then edit and restructure. (Though not always) The sound has to be a reality of the contract/contact those are the terms and conditions.

I compose sound under three names Wolven Angel (Inspired by T.A.Z), M.A.R. and Children of Osiris, These personas/conditions/constructs serve different attitudes of purpose in order to guide certain aspects of my projects. Each set of conditions forms a set of temporary expressions recorded.

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Anthology news, 4dec2023

I know that many people got an email or something when it happened, or should have, but I have to mention it again, as I’m contractually obligated to do; or else the library cats will disown me, or … something worse? Yeah, but, yesterday, I released, on the anniversary of the library’s birthday in 1996, this year’s anthology Magick, Music and Ritual 18!

You can now get it as a digital download on Bandcamp or Itch. If you’re a Subscriber on Bandcamp, you already have MMR18 and TINAHLAA-5 added to your collection, and if you aren’t then this is your last chance to get all five TINAHLAA releases and MMR18 for just $12 before I close the option to Subscribe on Bandcamp forever. If you’re a Patron on Patreon, at any support tier, you have a special link to grab the gratis download of MMR18 at any time until the next release, and another link to download TINAHLAA-5 until the end of the calendar year (after which it becomes a Digital perk with the other TINAHLAAs).

PANICMACHINE released Hidden Universe by P Emerson Williams

Worms of Earth’s label Arcane Dirge released Etterath by Subverge, and they’re running a 50% off sale on their compilation from earlier this year Arcanum Vol. I

Wolven Angel released Silent Ashes

Johann Heyss released Akhnaten (Remix)

Phil Legard’s Hawthonn released Coil Covers Coven by Hawthonn and Borehole

Check out dreams. by snow

And, gander at Magical Metamorphosis Third Eye by HIBUSHIBIRE

Also, icymi, “The KLF launch new ‘KLF Kare’ website and share remix. ‘KLF KARE may have the care home for you'” Listen to the track. (Or, hint hint, if you inspect the player code on the page, you can easily find the direct link to the mp3.)

And, that’s it for now! Until next time!

But, of course, be sure to check out the entire anthology project at Hermetic Library, Itch, and in all the digital streaming and online shops.

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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album – Magick, Music and Ritual 18

Magick, Music and Ritual 18, the Hermetic Library Anthology Album issued for 2023, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vix, from the Hermetic Library Anthology project is now released for immediate digital download at the library’s Bandcamp and Itch profiles.

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The full tracklist for the 2023 anthology album consists of 10 tracks by 8 artists:

  1. Children of Osiris – Arzel 03:48
  2. The Photoelectric Defect – The Scourge 03:57
  3. Black Lesbian Fishermen – Biting Through 05:02
  4. Kevlar Nuckler – Space Dreamtime 05:56
  5. The Gray Field Recordings – Heart Girt With A Serpent 06:16
  6. Brian Redfern – Cursed 03:12
  7. The Photoelectric Defect – The Phial 04:18
  8. Children of Osiris – Pazuza 04:35
  9. Logickal – Rust Study 07:48
  10. Nikos Fokas – The Wrath of God 03:45

Magick, Music and Ritual 18, the anthology album release for 2023 from the Anthology Project, is being released for anniversary of the December 3, 1996 birthday of the Hermetic Library, with a playlist of 10 tracks by 8 artists, new and returning voices, for this Hermetic Library Anthology Album.

The cover includes an untitled acrylic on canvas painting by John Griogair Bell, the Librarian, for this current year in the Thelemic Calendar, An V:ix (2023 e.v.), which represents the docosade of Atu V, the Hierophant and the year of Atu IX, The Hermit. Included with the album download at Bandcamp and Itch are a larger size cover and an image of the full canvas of the cover painting.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. Please also spread the word about these anthology albums to people you think may be interested in the work of artists who combine magick, music and ritual.

The best way to add this anthology, as well as previous releases and future Hermetic Library albums, to your personal music collection is becoming a Patron of Hermetic Library. New Patrons receive a gratis download code for a previous anthology release of their choice in addition to all the other patronage rewards they may receive. Consider becoming a Patron today!

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Esoteric Tradition, Hermeticism, Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, and more through Open Access Occultism for over 25 years.

I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Esoteric Tradition to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. The anthology project also further raises awareness about the corpus and culture of magick and ritual. The site itself was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Esoteric Tradition. I encourage you to check out Hermetic Library and everything in the collection there, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you.

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Production and Design by John Griogair Bell

Cover painting by John Griogair Bell

All songs used with permission. All rights reserved.