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The Hermetic Library Anthology Album - Magick, Music and Ritual 3

by The Hermetic Library

The holes in your hands, And the blood on your brow, They mean nothing, At all. Supreme masochist. All the feet that you kissed, It changed nothing, At all When we come, we drink, we form, we hate, we doubt, we call, We become When we cry, we walk, we serve, we feel, we write, we feed, We become When we end, we turn, we have, we see, we start, we need, We become When we stumble, produce, diminish, compete, abandon, unlock We become In the cold, in the dark, In the pain, in the scars, When alone with what’s ours We become In the cold, in the dark, When it all falls apart Alone with our holes We become And I’ll stab my eyes in the sight of my god. And I’ll flay my skin in the sight of my god. And I’ll burn my hair in the sight of my god. And I’ll break my fingers in the sight of my god.
Abhorrent love retains a festive air in hindsight’s shadowed glow. But once the glare intrudes too far to ever be concealed, a second skin of wisdom can get sealed too tightly, unless penances are made. In essence, memory becomes a trade- off in this exchange of dreams: Cheating death, while keeping their psyches crossed, their twinned breath discharges fragrant spoor into the ground. Rain whips the conjoined lovers; a hell hound growls nearby. The music of the spheres turns dissonant, as the vessel slowly burns: Tracing this mystery back to its sources requires tact, and a knowledge of corpses.


The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. I started the benefit anthology project to help promote newer works in the Western 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.

This Spring 2012 issue from the Hermetic Library Anthology Project is being released in mid-June. There's 10 tracks on this anthology album from a number of new and returning artists. This is a playlist that makes me want to dance, makes me want to laugh, makes me want more. It's got an itch that wants to be scratched, and that's what Spring is all about. This release starts out with a strong rock beat with a glitchy guitar riff then moves to a moody melody with attitude. From there, an impromptu rap collaboration that leads to a strong electronica beat. A distorted electronica beat accelerates into an extended set of different raw glitched audio energy from several artists. The penultimate track is a fantastically awkward, lyrical and poetic piece that pretty much is exactly everything about how Spring feels to me, and then ultimately full circle to a final catchy and glitchy guitar riff that I think strongly and authoritatively announces an abrupt crossing of the sun into the coming Summer.

There's a lot of itchy glitchy sounds to this playlist that seem to me just perfect for the feeling of the warm spring sun. You also know this feeling of everything stretching Winter-sore muscles and just aching to start running or climbing through the sudden sunshine. The cover image for this anthology builds on the sequential narrative, the progression from the previous anthology visuals and is meant to evoke the same Spring-like tension developing, an explosive potential just barely managing to hold itself in.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren't already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

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. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.



released June 15, 2012

Production, Artwork and Design by John Griogair Bell

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