Witness True Sorcery presents...
How bad can a year end that inevitably closes with a brand new album and a resurrected (sort of) project from Mr. Vakinov's tortured psyche?
Probably still pretty bad. He hasn't released a loaded carriage this year in the terms of music (apart from his new Dungeon Synth project).
Nevertheless, today is the day for a new project and a new album release. Here's the latest one!
The project was previously known as "Avernus", but was later renamed to avoid unnecessary confusion, because there is already a band carrying the same name. The project was in a sense “resurrected” in the fall of 2019.
Witness True Sorcery explores occult, philosophical, historical, mythological, existential and parapsychological oriented themes. Thematically it is also very strongly concerned with exploring social-engineering and conspiratorial topics which has its roots in ancient as well as modern times.
The project is fully dedicated to the unwrapping of the fortean, the paranormal and the super natural. Witness True Sorcery is an ever - evolving engine of creativity in a world where the mass media, the politicians and the global corporations dictate how or whether we should express ourselves. Witness True Sorcery is that lone ship in the middle of the ocean, where the captain strives to pull up the anchor and lift up towards the unknown. Witness True Sorcery tries to push further ahead into new territories and the boundaries of experimentalism into a new direction, but in the same time to deliver something deeply weird and authentic. Witness True Sorcery is trying to express the inexpressible.
Inevitably, it's an interesting concept and an album. it's not a five star Skinny Puppy, Ministry or a Gary Numan clone, but it deserves your attention. Not quite like anything you have recently heard and it's certainly not an album to be played inside any crappy mainstream dance club for the sole enjoyment of the masses (I like to call them "The Meat Golems"), and as a friend of mine pointed out, "It's still high-drive rotation music for me". That pretty much sums it all up.
It's interesting to look at the continuity of words/motifs across the album. Obviously "light" being the main one, and also the double-meaning behind the title of the album. I would say that it was done not because it was trendy, but because it was necessary.
The album has a marvellous experimental industrial-like quality that puts one in elevated mood and launches him or her in that early 90's era when sex, drugs and industrial music were reigning supreme. Somebody with this little experience, to say nothing of talent, in messing about with esoteric symbolism and creative output needs to be credited with nuance. Uncle Al would've agree! "Manifesting Light in the Dark Universe" is a sonic companion to Borislav's writings on his blog (carrying the same name as the project), his YouTube channel and his other artistic work around the internet.
And that's really what you should expect. How many decades does one have to have one's head in all this before we start putting speech marks about who is doing the creating? If you're not iterating off 'syncs' into building your own language, then you're really just playing a game of tawdry whack-a-mole. Crowley said as much to his wife after he summoned the sylphs for her in Egypt.
"Yeah, but what's the fucking point?"
One of the appealing things about such type of music as an operative model is that it allows us to push a metaphor into the spirit world. Whatever the artist's 'spiritual local biosphere' looks like, it would be hard to say it's not vibrant and healthy... a give and take of movement, inspiration and creation across dimensions. This, I would argue, is the "Deep Structure" behind practical sorcery, divination, operative runology and so on: An accumulation of signs that are responded to and responded back to... that is how we got Enochian in the first place.
This makes "Manifesting Light..." less of a 'sync' and more of a portent elixir of high strangeness. It's not a 'bingo'! but it probably says something currently indescribable that it dropped at the end of this year, where reality was most certainly saturated with sufficient doses of high weirdness and magic.
Now, if only someone had a book out that goes into tremendous detail regarding how the stars and spirits are and have always been interrelated, what a tremendous help that would be.
- Borislav Vakinov (Samhain, 2019)
Cover design by Borislav Vakinov
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released October 30, 2019
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