Book of Horizons is the first release in an elaborate trilogy and meta-composition by Secret Chiefs 3. It's huger than anything the band has ever done: beyond psychedelia, beyond experimentalism, and beyond classification. The Secret Chiefs 3 enhance their usual multiple personalities and divide into seven individual and distinct bands, enabling the overall musical content to be distilled into pure vessels. One band incorporates multi-ethnic instrumentation and seasoned, soulful playing (by Eyvind Kang and Shahzad Ismaily), while the rocking, supra-sensory surf band (with full orchestra) bloodies up the waters. John Merriman (Cephalic Carnage) and Unhuman keep the ultra-death metal grind band well within the pummel zone of utter mayhem. This CD includes hordes of musicians and instrumentation - real, not sampled - including saz, rabab, mridangam, dhol, esraj, sarangi, orchestral percussion, male and female choir, violin, viola, cello and contrabass, harp, bowed saw, santur, ghatam, clavinet, organs, electro-acoustic treatments, guitar, bass, drums, and tons and tons more.
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It is of course silly to imagine that music, especially music this stunningly abstract, could be accurately described by words. Part of its purpose is to defy the tyranny of words and find things outside its scope. So all I can do is try to articulate my enthusiasm for a record I've played a few hundred times since I received it about a month ago.
A few of the songs: The 4 will make you dance like a fool to strange Indian music. Exterminating Angel is metal that's blacker than black. You might think it's sloppy or even improvised but a brief lull in the chaos, filled by monastic chanting, will tell you things are otherwise. On the Wings of the Haoma is spooky, urgent surf-rock that, if you close your eye, aurally recreates the feeling of floating in the pacific. Exodus is Morricone-esque on a more grandiose, poignant scale. Welcome to the Theatron Animatronqiue will fill you with visions of soldiers of some unknown, obsolete society, marching with rifles against...
If the movie "Conan the Barbarian" were 10 times better, which is impossible, this album would be the soundtrack to it. When I listen to this album, whatever the name of it is i forget, but it inspires me to achieve great acts of strength and barbarian-like athletic prowessness. Yesterday I listened to it and I punched my dad right in the belly. He didn't care though, because he was listening to it when i punched him and his abs were real tight as a result. Today at work I played it in the office at a pleasent office-appropriate volume and everybody made exceptional progress on the projects they were working on. This made the boss and our clients very happy. I was enjoying this album on my way to the store not too long ago, and i was speeding because i'm an awesome driver and i had on my super-rad spandex, and a police officer pulled me over. when he approached the car and heard the music, which was blasting out of the speakers, he wrote me about ten tickets and then told me to go...
With Bungle on indefinite/permenant hiatus, I've long missed their super-dense beautiful strange albums. I've always liked the Chiefs, but I was waiting for Patton to fire the next brilliant album into the world. After Tomahawk and the last Fantomas disc turned out to be "pretty good" rather than great, I was rather ready to lower my expectations. But enter the Book of Truth... Trey is obviously proud of this disc, as the press release on the mimicry website shows. And it takes but one listen to hear the immense work that must have gone into it. The production is every bit as dense and layered, lavish and otherworldly as "California", and I rather think Mr. Spruance's songwriting and ability to execute his compositions has evolved considerably in the interim years. Overall, the only new soundworld on this disc is the death metal of the Holy Vhem (not new to Spruance's ouevre, just the Chiefs'), but everything on this disc is just grander in ambition...
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