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Anthology news, 22jul2023

Here’s some news for you!

New music video from Sicktanick for the track 666. “SickTanicK is back with an homage to his roots and song dedicated to his old school fan base and style with “666”, for fans of The “Doctrines” era of SickTanicK this song is pure Occult Rap!”

Chandor Glöomy has a limited edition Amör ACIIID Fati silkscreen printed tote bag on offer. Email or PM.

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Highbrow Lowlife just released At Stockholm by Psychic TV & White Stains “This classic spoken word album was recorded in Stockholm in 1989, as Genesis and Paula P-Orridge (Psychic TV) were on a mini tour of Scandinavia. White Stains (Carl Abrahamsson & Thomas Tibert) prepared musical backgrounds that were also used by the P-Orridges on this tour.”

Noah23 is releasing Tank Girl tomorrow, on the 23rd. “New album ‘Tank Girl’ releases this weekend on July 23rd (Saturday at midnight). Prepare for a mind-blowing apocalyptic themed journey filled with captivating production & thought provoking lyricism. With beats from Subjxct5, Pasquale, Nattymari, DJ Wardove. feat. Kool Keith, AJ Suede, Blam Lord and Staplemouth”

H A I R S A B Y S S – Night Journeys just released by MK Ultraterrestrial Broadcasting and Xemporium.

Until next time!

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

Magick Music and Ritual 17 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vviii

Don’t forget that the combined call for submissions to This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -5 and Magick, Music and Ritual 18, the anthology issue for 2023, has a submissions deadline in September 2023; so, heads up, that’s coming up quickly. Moreover, if you become an ongoing Subscriber you’ll get 5 whole albums right now, and then another two new releases planned for this year!

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 18 for 2023

Anthology news, 19jun2023

Here’s some new stuff to check out!

Noah 23 posted an official video for Saber Tooth from the upcoming album Tank Girl on Plague Language Records, due July 23rd. Apparently Noah 23 is dropping a new 23 minute album on the 23rd every month through November …

Nil by Nose released Cinque Terre by EarEyes.

Sicktanick has released the new track 666.

That’s what I’ve got this time!

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

Magick Music and Ritual 17 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2022, Sun in Sagittarius, An Vviii

Don’t forget that the combined call for submissions to This Is Not An Hermetic Library Anthology Album -5 and Magick, Music and Ritual 18, the anthology issue for 2023, has a submissions deadline in September 2023; so, heads up, that’s coming up quickly. Moreover, if you become an ongoing Subscriber you’ll get 5 whole albums right now, and then another two new releases planned for this year!

Hermetic Library Call for Submissions to Magick, Music and Ritual 18 for 2023

Omnium Gatherum: May 21th, 2014

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for May 21st, 2014

Punishment in the Afterlife "sees a naked person without performing prayers"
“If someone sees a naked person without performing prayers, they will have committed much sin” [HT Public Domain Review, Boing Boing]


  • Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong” — Lauren Davis, io9

    “A key problem with [Rudolph] Schenkel’s wolf studies is that, while they represented the first close study of wolves, they didn’t involve any study of wolves in the wild.”

    “‘The concept of the alpha wolf as a ‘top dog’ ruling a group of similar-aged compatriots,’ [David] Mech writes in the 1999 paper, ‘is particularly misleading.'”

    “And perhaps someday, our popular culture will more closely resemble our modern behavioral science rather than the results of outdated research.”

  • Angels, Toilets and Graffiti Revealed at Sudanese Monastery” — Past Horizons

    “Cleaning of the plaster also allowed us to discover dozens of previously unknown inscriptions and drawings depicting both saints and images of Jesus. The study of the inscriptions is carried out by Dr. Grzegorz Ochała from the University of Warsaw. His analysis shows that, as in many other places in medieval Nubia, the cult of angels was extremely popular in al-Ghazali. Among the inscriptions on the walls of the North Church, Dr. Ochała identified the names of the four archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.”

  • 50 Years Ago: Testimony of Kerry Wendell Thornley” — Historia Discordia

    “Mr. JENNER.
    All right. I take it from the remark you have made in your reflecting on this matter that you were you devoted yourself to some fairly considerable extent to reading?

    Yes, sir.

    Mr. JENNER.
    And in what fields?

    Completely omniverous. Anything that I would happen to get a hold of I would read. At that time I was reading, well, at [Lee Harvey] Oswald’s advice I read ‘1984.’ At someone else’s advice I was reading a book called ‘Human-ism,’ by Corliss Lamont, as I remember, and I was reading either ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ or the ‘Idiot’ by Dostoievsky, I forget which, at that time.

    Mr. JENNER.
    But your reading had some reasonable amount of organization or direction?

    None whatsoever; no, sir. It never has.”

  • Thirty Years of ADF Part 1: An Incomplete Memoir of the First Ten Years” — Ian Corrigan, Into the Mound

    “The work of organizing is the ditch-cutting and rock-hauling of our spiritual path. May the gods and spirits bless the laborers.”

  • What words do we have to describe transcendent religion?” — April D DeConick

    “I want to thank all of you who have responded to my request for a word to describe a particular worldview that sees all religions as inadequate human constructions of our experience of a transcendent sacred, rather than divine revelations of God to different local populations (pluralism/universalism/perennialism). I need this word for a new book project (after The Ancient New Age) where I am describing three options that have been emerging in the modern world to deal with religious intolerance. The third is the option without a name, at least yet!”

  • Discovering the Artists of the Eastern Sahara” — Past Horizons

    “Recently discovered rock art on the walls of a cave in the Egyptian Western Desert has been provisionally dated by a Cambridge University archaeologist as between 6,000 and 7,000 years old, created at least 1,000 years before the building of the pyramids. The drawings add weight to the argument that Egyptian culture drew on cultural influences from Africa and not only from the Near East.”

  • Scientists find way to turn light into matter” — RT News

    “Researchers in London have found a way to make matter from light, using high powered lasers. The idea behind the theory was first thought up 80 years ago by two physicists, who were to work later on creating the world’s first atomic bomb.”

    “They have managed to create a machine called a photon-photon collider, which would turn light into matter. However, the type of matter they are looking to create will be invisible to the naked eye.”

  • Curbing Online Abuse Isn’t Impossible. Here’s Where We Start” — Laura Hudson, Wired Underwire

    “Really, freedom of speech is beside the point. Facebook and Twitter want to be the locus of communities, but they seem to blanch at the notion that such communities would want to enforce norms—which, of course, are defined by shared values rather than by the outer limits of the law. Social networks could take a strong and meaningful stand against harassment simply by applying the same sort of standards in their online spaces that we already apply in our public and professional lives. That’s not a radical step; indeed, it’s literally a normal one.”

    “Ultimately, online abuse isn’t a technological problem; it’s a social problem that just happens to be powered by technology. The best solutions are going to be those that not only defuse the Internet’s power to amplify abuse but also encourage crucial shifts in social norms, placing bad behavior beyond the pale.”

  • ‘Madness’ of Nietzsche was cancer not syphilis — Robert Matthews, The Telegraph

    “A study of medical records has found that, far from suffering a sexually-transmitted disease which drove him mad, [Friedrich] Nietzsche almost certainly died of brain cancer.

    The doctor who has carried out the study claims that the universally-accepted story of Nietzsche having caught syphilis from prostitutes was actually concocted after the Second World War by Wilhelm Lange-Eichbaum, an academic who was one of Nietzsche’s most vociferous critics. It was then adopted as fact by intellectuals who were keen to demolish the reputation of Nietzsche, whose idea of a ‘Superman’ was used to underpin Nazism.”

    “Despite the lack of documentary or medical evidence, the allegation has since been repeated without question by generations of academics, said Dr [Leonard] Sax. ‘Extraordinarily, this single passage in Lange-Eichbaum’s obscure book is the chief foundation, cited again and again, that Nietzsche had syphilis.’

    Nietzsche scholars welcomed the new findings and said that they would help in the rehabilitation of the philosopher. ‘Nietzsche was not anti-semitic or a nationalist, and hated the herd mentality,” said Prof Stephen Houlgate, a Nietzsche scholar at Warwick University. ‘If this new research gets rid of another misconception about him, I’m delighted.'”

  • Intro to Thelema — Three Recommended Books” — Brandy Williams, Star and Snake

    “[Aleister Crowley’s] language is Edwardian English, educated, dense, and often offensive — in fact deliberately so. Not only that, he sometimes wrote in code or symbolic language, not unusual in magic, but requiring a key to decode. It takes some time to develop the Crowley Filter translating what he says into understandable and useful information. When his work is not confusing or upsetting, it is knowledgeable, insightful, and deeply inspiring.”

  • In Addition to What Thou Wilt: Our Thelemic Temple’s Revised Rules” — Zak Parsons, Something Awful [HT Quadrivium Supplies]

    “Your journey to understanding may be long and arduous, but that is no reason not to close the chip bag.”

  • The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age” — Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab

    “We must push back against our perfectionist impulses. Though our journalism always needs to be polished, our other efforts can have some rough edges as we look for new ways to reach our readers.”

  • Sturgill Simpson Puts a Metamodern Spin on Country Music” — Stephen M Deusner, CMT News

    “Sturgill Simpson was recently accosted after a show in Wisconsin by a woman who accused him of promoting Gnosticism with his new single, ‘Turtles All the Way Down.’ The song discusses Jesus, Satan, Buddha and ‘reptile aliens made of light’ before revealing that ‘love’s the only thing that ever saved my life.'”

    “It’s not every country singer who gets accused of Gnosticism — or even knows what it means.”

  • Between Alchemy and Pietism” — Mike A Zuber, Correspondences 2.1

    “A minor figure undeservedly forgotten, Wilhelm Christoph Kriegsmann (1633–1679) has received only limited attention from historians of alchemy and church historians. He is known chiefly either for his idiosyncratic Phoenician reconstruction of the Tabula Smaragdina, a foundational text of alchemy attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, or alternatively for writing one of the earliest sustained defenses of Pietist conventicles to appear in print. In an attempt to bridge this unsatisfactory segregation, this paper argues that the notion of ancient wisdom (prisca sapientia) provided a crucial link between these seemingly disparate areas.”

  • 20 Questions With Gary Lachman” — Jason Mankey, Raise the Horns

    11. There were a lot of moments in your Crowley book that had me laughing at some of his antics. I know a lot of Thelemites and fans of Crowley who take everything the man ever wrote, said, or did extremely seriously. How do you think Crowley would feel about that? Was he capable of laughing at himself?

    He could laugh at himself on occasion, but I think he was too involved in what other people thought of him, of his effect on them, to be really un-selfconscious in the way you need to be to have a sense of humor about yourself. He was very rarely out of character. He can be very funny though. Someone asked him what one should call a young, male swan. He answered ‘Why not call him Edgar?’ He had a quick, intelligent wit and I found myself laughing quite a few times while doing the research.”

    15. I sometimes find myself referring to Crowley affectionately as ‘Uncle Al,’ but Crowley was certainly not all sunshines and rainbows. How do you feel about the modern tendency to overlook many of Crowley’s faults?

    That’s one aspect of the book. Yes, let’s clear up all the tabloid rubbish that was published about him in his day, but let’s also not make him out to be some liberating hero. He was a brilliant, highly talented individual who had more than a few flashes of genius, but he was a colossal pain to practically everyone around him. In other words, let’s not be hero-worshippers or ignorant detractors, but serious about understanding who and what he was. There’s no point in approaching him or anyone else in any other way.”

  • An excerpt posted by Gary Lachman from his book Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World can be found at “Crowley on the Bowery


  • The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton’s Papers” — Adam Mann, Wired

    “When Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind no will and an enormous stack of papers. His surviving correspondences, notes, and manuscripts contain an estimated 10 million words, enough to fill up roughly 150 novel-length books. There are pages upon pages of scientific and mathematical brilliance. But there are also pages that reveal another side of Newton, a side his descendants tried to keep hidden from the public.”

    “The story of Newton’s writing and how it has survived to the modern day is the subject of a new book, The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts. Author Sarah Dry traces their mysterious and precarious history and reveals both the lucky twists and purposeful turns that kept the papers safe.”


  • The Rules of the New Aristocracy” — J Michael Straczynski [HT Boing Boing]

    “We are the New Aristocracy because we were born into it. We got our money the old fashioned, Medieval way: our parents gave it to us. We were born into the wealth that we stole from you and your family over the last fifty years. You were not born into anything other than poverty and struggle. You will never be us. You will never have our advantages. And we like it that way.”

    “And you are the New Peasants.”

  • Announcing: The Diotima Prize!” — Sam Webster, Pantheon Foundation [HT Spiral Nature]

    “The Pantheon Foundation announces The Diotima Prize to help support the educational goals of one Pagan student who is currently in an accredited seminary program.

    The merit-based Prize is named for Diotima of Mantinea, the philosopher and priestess who is the teacher of Socrates in the Symposium of Plato, explaining to him the path of Divine ascent through the contemplation of Eros and Beauty.”

  • Hermetic Intelligence” — zeteticus, Soul Spelunker

    “The primary way the soul is deepened is through imagination.”

  • Eliza Gauger, tumblr

    “Susan Schoon Eberly, an expert on congenital disorders, delineates the origins of fairy lore through a historical-biological lens, matching discernable patterns of appearance and behavior from changeling legends to disabilities now understood by medical science.”

    “‘there are a number of fairy characters…who seem so clearly to represent certain congenital disorders that they are difficult to interpret as purely the products of imagination'”

  • Hermetic Library anthology artist Pandemonaeon, Sharon Knight and Winter, are going on summer tour and have a new “secret society for creative dreamers” called Ring of Enchantment for fans to become patrons in order “to generate tour support for us while bringing inspiration and beauty to you”.


  • Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanicK has produced and appears on the new SKR mixtape release, which includes the single “Teach Me How To Satan”, SKR Made You Do It, being made available at no cost for streaming and download.


  • American Atheists, tweet


  • Buddy Baphomet, tweet


SickTanicK “Exorkismos” OFFICIAL video


Exorkismos” by Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanick from Chapter 3 : Awake : Ministry of Hate [also]

The Creator of Occult Rap has returned with his second video off his latest album Chapter 3 : AWAKE : The Ministry Of Hate. Buy the album at www.theskrstore.com or on iTunes.

Credits :
Song Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by SickTanicK of THESICKBEATS.COM
Video Filmed, Produced & Edited by Red Starr Productions :

Cast : SickTanicK, Kate Cherry
Directed & Edited By : Stanley Shunkamolah
Producer : Chris Alan Roudabush
Makeup & Special Effects : Jiji Hise, Ian Wester
1st Assistant : Nick Fleming
Gaffer – Erik Peterson
Grip – Alex Wilson


I command you unclean spirit, to leave this servant,
with the fervent words i speak i take your faith and i abjure it,
i cast you out in the name of the serpent he who stills the air,
lord of the shadow,listen now and hear my prayer
hear my cry to you oh lord – and give us sanctuary,
by the name of the ancient one whose name in Hebrews adversary
tremble in fear foe of the human race author of pain and so sorrow
seducer of men, betrayer of nations, leader of blind men who follow
begone in the name of the father, in the name of the one who conquers,
giver of life like water, taketh this demon prepare him for slaughter,
graciously grant us the power by the saying these words upon this altar
with the might and intensity, of the word our plans they will not falter
hear me now oh lord, by the power of the sword,
strangle this demon and all who believe him with their umbilical chords
we pray during this our hour, for this demon is a coward,
by the sign of sigil we cast you out to be devoured

i cast you out (i cast you out)
defiler of the spirit

leave this vessel as i pray
i know that you can hear this

in the name of the most exalted
lord of light and silence

may we cast out Jesus Christ
the demon that is so defiant

Lord deliver this your servant from these evil clutches
he serves your righteous hand so save him from this great destruction
spiritual rape ina physical state is the very tools that he will use
listen not to the demon for what he is saying it is not the truth
love is abused by this profane mockery of nature, swine of the earth
filthy disgusting is this so called savior, born in the manger
died on a cross sacrifice to the one true god, lord of the sun
lord of the aeon please expose this fraud, give us strength during
this great battle, let us eat the forbidden apple inside the chapel
we will cast our shadow upon the world by the light of the candle
demon begone, back to your heaven of lies and deceit, in the name of
the prince the air i demand and command that you now leave

i cast you out (i cast you out)
defiler of the spirit

leave this vessel as i pray
i know that you can hear this

in the name of the most exalted
lord of light and silence

may we cast out Jesus Christ
the demon that is so defiant

demon be gone demon be gone demon be gone



Review of Awake

Here’s my review of Chapter 3: Awake (The Ministry of Hate) [also], the new album by Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanicK [also], released by Serial Killin Records.

Sicktanick's Chapter 3: Awake: The Ministry Of Hate


You may be familiar with SickTanicK from his track “Path of Initiation” on the very first anthology album, Magick, Music and Ritual 1, back in Dec 2011. What you may not know is that he is the owner of and producer behind Serial Killin Records, an internationally known record label, and has been a great help to me personally with both advice and help preparing the physical releases of the Hermetic Library Albums from the Anthology Project. I have had a chance to listen to previews of his new album in order to get a taste, but was sent a copy of the entire work, for the Reading Room, to check out.

work that is not only informed by an actual and authentic esoteric practice, but that encourages the same in others

Prior to the release, SickTanicK developed a month long ritual which he sent out to people that had pre-ordered particular combo offers. What SickTanicK created was written as a self-initiatory ritual, and a chance to experience actual ritual work, for those who wanted to participate. This is art that attempts to engage with the audience with a particular ceremonial work for a particular period of time. That’s a taste of the magical oath one might make to undertake a particular personal esoteric practice which is something quite interesting to see part of a commercially released collection of music. It is perhaps easy to become jaded about the state of not only the general Western culture of passive consumption, but also how most entertainments which purport to be esoteric or occult really offer only the forms and trappings instead of something authentic. Here’s an artist who is developing work that is not only informed by an actual and authentic esoteric practice, but that encourages the same in others. I find this invitation to a real world practice both compelling and refreshing. This is an album release that is not just something to passively listen to but is something that suggests that there is a real current of actual esoteric work in which the listener and audience is invited to take part.

calls out the Horrorcore genre, sideshow barkers and those who wanna-appear-to-be

There’s a difference between seemingly prevalent and pervasive stage occultism and what is going on here. I think stage occultism is a form of play that tends to take itself too seriously, when it seems so obviously ridiculous. But it would be a mistake to see the work of SickTanicK in general and this album in specific in the same light. What I see here is someone who is a serious and active practitioner taking a genre and twisting it into something self-consciously over the top in order to both criticize the work of stage occultism but also to have a raucous load of fun exploring music and words inspired by actual occult practice. The highest expression of this here is the track “Occult Rap” which even points out this is “a step beyond theatrics” and calls out the Horrorcore genre, sideshow barkers and those who wanna-appear-to-be. It also recognizes an ongoing process of personal development, which is more self-aware than one would expect from the overall genre.

I also recall a personal anecdote that SickTanicK posted about how he ritualized the intense work of recording the tracks on this album. SickTanicK has posted in the past a bit about how he prepares to record these by anointing himself with Abramelin oil, including his lips; that the burning sharpness of the oil on his lips helps to intensify the work of recording the lyrics. This album is not only the work of an active ritualist, but is the product of an extended personal ritual operation. This album is itself a magickal working by an active and authentic ceremonial magician.

That’s engaging not only with a personal practice of occultism, but also with the community. It’s a kind of hard work, personal integrity and public outreach that should be recognized, encouraged and participated in.

I’m not saying there’s no showmanship here. There’s definitely showmanship. I’m just saying that what may appear to be the same superficial showmanship seen from others is here rather more than that. This is someone playing around seriously, not merely hiding behind or making fun of the superficial and of stereotypes. SickTanicK, while reveling in them, is reclaiming and transmuting them into a kind of sacrament … or at least an appetizer to whet the appetite for those who may have a taste for more and to amuse those who are already in the know.

Okay, okay, look, there’s plenty of genre braggadocio here, and I have to admit that rap is not nearly my own genre of choice. In fact, I’ve struggled on occasion to appreciate the rap genre at all. But I’ve come to realize aspects of rap culture that are timeless and cross-cultural. Performative and antagonistic poetry throughout history has often been a kind of battle in another venue, part of the guest-host relationship within the bonds of hospitality. An interesting exploration of the place of the performance of poetry within the culture of hospitality can be found in Calvert Watkins’ How To Kill A Dragon. You may be interested in the diverse examples of bardic battles, which you may have previously experienced or could explore an easily accessible comparative cinema survey through Beowulf, 8 Mile and Paris Is Burning. There is a form of competitive poetry in many cultures through time, from the past to the current day. This is as much to say, you may want to consider rap in general, and this album in specific, even if you have not appreciated the genre in the past. This work may be relevant to you if you are an esotericist and, if like me, you’ve had trouble approaching rap in general, it may just change your mind, even a little bit, about the genre overall. The work of SickTanicK is not only good, but, in this way, perhaps also good for you.

an authenticity of voice and a depth of feeling

This album seems to me to have a diversity of structure, tempo and construction that one might not find on an album by another artist in the overall genre. This is not a monotone monolith of one-hit consumerism, but offers a varied presentation from a mature and confident genre artist. Stylistically, the album ranges quite a bit. For example there’s a kind of electronica dance beat in the track “Antithetical”. There’s digital samples in some. There’s straight up rap. This variety keeps the work from becoming a monotone riot by building in changes of beat, tone and style; within certain obvious limits. As you might expect this work is charged with religious, sexual and violent imagery; but, this is not entirely for its own sake but rather is in service to the whole. This is definitely within the overall genre, however it has an authenticity of voice and a depth of feeling that make it more than mere commercial artistry. This is clearly a work of intentional and very personal art.


Themes in SickTanicK’s Chapter 3 seem to me to be quite heavily inspired and a personal response to both chapter 3 of the Book of the Law, where there are themes of war and conflict with slave religions, and to an experience of the third degree in initiatory system of Ordo Templi Orientis, which Aleister Crowley writes in Magick without Tears is where one “experiences Death” on the Path in Eternity. SickTanicK seems to be expressing a great deal of self-interrogation and exploring that journey here in his music.

The album does reveal a kind of narrative progression with themes that build and thread through from track to track. This narrative cohesion is especially strong in the first half of the album. The lyrics throughout are heavily inspired by apocalyptic imagery, with both inspirations from Revelations and, as one might expect, Liber AL vel Legis and Thelema.

charged with religious, sexual and violent imagery

There is cathedral of the mind created here, but it is the a diorama of a bombed out church, a fiery apocalyptic scene of conflict. Elements of this structure are mentioned across various tracks, such as the steeple, stained glass, and so forth. This imaginary place of ruin is evoked throughout, and we are, in a way, given a tour of the physical and ideological wreckage; and perhaps challenged to decide what to do next. Can you, will you survive on your own ability and merits in this new landscape? This work is charged with religious, sexual and violent imagery; and a there is a constant sense of a challenge being given. There are consistent themes that weave through this work, foreshadowing subsequent and echoing previous tracks, of religion, war, sex, violence and the identity of the Occult Rap genre.

The first track “Prelude to War” is a vocal invocation, a the marker that signals the ritual has begun, we’ve entered the liminal space where the experience will take place. “Sign of Hate” features a voice processed as if in a old time mic, on the bandstand, at a rally where the so-far silent crowd gathers. The beat of a gothic organ creates a distinctly religious sense of place. “Now is the time” confirms that the ritual space has been created, and the lyric speaks of purity necessary to continue. Once the circle is cast, this is a banishing. SickTanick speaks of forsaking the listener, and that the listener must stand on their own, a recurring theme, especially in the beginning, of struggle for liberty and freedom for self. This language of religious autonomy and purity leads to the track “Hericide”, which jumps into what appears the track most strongly inspired by another chapter 3, that of Liber Al vel Legis; calling for the abandonment of the old religions, in particularly violent and charged lyrics, the religions of the slave gods. This is a kind of inversion that speaks strongly to one of the more difficult aspects of Liber Legis, one that most people struggle with, but is an essential aspect of the Thelemic current.

Tracks like “Hericide”, “No God But Man”, “Sic Semper Tryannis”, “Salvation” and many others have themes of the divinity of man and iconoclasm toward the past, other religions. “No God But Man” continues the warlike theme with a marching drum, and a ghastly echoing chorus, with direct quotes from Liber AL vel Legis. “Sic Semper Tyrannis” has a glitchy noise beat and imagines a tough new world for those who have passed the test of the previous track with themes of life and death. Many tracks like “Promised Land” speak of opposition to slave religions. With a slightly industrial beat, this track speaks of Jerusalem and the temple. From the church to the priest, “Edict of Grace” and many early tracks are call to action against religions of the past, with a slightly industrial beat, sliding into a bit of glitch.

For me two of the stand out tracks are “Antithetical” and “Occult Rap” which are thematically linked in creating an identity for the genre Occult Rap. “Antithetical”‘s electronica beat underscores lyrics which seem heavily inspired by Revelations, and a litany, almost a negative confession, of identity; and it is probably this track’s lyrics which grabbed my attention most on my first listen to this album. Then, “Occult Rap”, a key track on this album, speaks directly to the identity formation for the sub-genre Occult Rap. There are hints of this theme in other tracks as well, so this is a strong one through the entire work. But this track is the primary place where the performative and combative poetry of rap seems most clearly represented. SickTanicK is creating the identity of a sub-genre here in parallax.

At first, with the track “I AM” I thought this was going to be a dialogue with an archaic idea of God and busted up laughing at “without your mother around” as an indictment over the loss of divine feminine in Christianity. Of course, one can always explore interpretations and allegory, but this track turns out primarily to be a dialogue of self with past self. Interrogating the self is an incredibly important part of the process of progress in any endeavour, but is a practical and particular aspect of keeping a record of one’s magical work. The call to examine one’s past is to engage in the process of initiation, to become a “new creation”. In this Western culture we tend to do a lot of comparison of our progress, status and state to that of others, essentially enacting and internalizing a competition with others. However, there’s an important place for reflective practice. There’s a comparison of the self with the self through time, and in a modern practice one place that is embodied is in the practice of magical journal, a journal which can be reviewed for patterns and changes over and through time. In part, this track reminds me of that reflective practice of looking back and comparing the self to the self.

The first video for this album is the track “Faust”, a about yearning for understanding, and sacrifice for answers, with a bit of a twist on the typical Faustian narrative. Especially strong as a track, the video is also worth checking out as an example of visuals being associated with the lyrics.

There are quite a few tracks here and some interesting diversity can be found. To point out a few others, “Final Graven Kiss” is a peculiar song of love and devotion, with plenty of sex and hate, but still; “AmeriCUNT” is a libertarian commentary on self-indulgent socioeconomics and politics; and there’s even a cover of “Wish” from Nine Inch Nails as the final track to round out the album.


SickTanicK is the Illuminati’s own Aesop Rock

As I’ve listened to the entire album, I’ve found even the tracks that at first seemed not quite to my taste have something about them that strikes me as compelling. There’s something in each track that catches me, brings me back to an appreciation for the track and the whole. Primarily and consistently this is through a particular lyric that grabs my attention back. Even on my least favourite track there’s some lyric with language that makes me giddy. This album offers something unique and has a variety of production, all of which injects something new into the genre. Which is as much to say this album could very well be SickTanicK’s Bazooka Tooth and that perhaps SickTanicK is the Illuminati’s own Aesop Rock.



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Chapter 3: Awake (The Ministry of Hate) [also] is the new album by Hermetic Library anthology artist SickTanicK [also], released by Serial Killin Records, and has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the artist.

Sicktanick's Chapter 3: Awake: The Ministry Of Hate


“SickTanicK has returned with his third and final installment of the ‘Doctrines’ saga that started in 2005 with his debut album ‘Premanitions’. An absolute onslaught of ‘Occult Rap’, this album delivers the final symbolic ‘Death Blow’ to the masses in an audio format. For six years everything has been building up to this, the time is now for ‘Deciples’ to rise!” [via]



The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.