Nekrocrafte

Hexentanz

The Fossil Dungeon, 2004

REVIEW BY: Vish Iyer

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 01/20/2006

Hexentanz -- literally meaning "the witches' dance" -- is a collaboration of members of The Soil Bleeds Black and Psychonaut 75, both of which have one foot in music and the other in devil-worshipping rituals. The music of Soil Bleeds Black, immersed in Middle Age atmospheres and customs, explores the traditions and customs of medieval Europe. Along similar lines, the industrial-electronic music of Psychonaut 75 blends ritualism with post-apocalyptic chaos. Hence, it is only appropriate to call the collaboration of Hexentanz an outfit of occult music.bim_ad_daily_vault_print_250

The band members of Hexentanz have interests -- in some form or the other -- pertaining to the left-hand tradition: Michael Ford is the author of several memoirs dealing with the practice of the Witches Sabbat, Persian sorcery, Luciferian Witchcraft and magic in general; Michael Riddick has been studying and practicing magic for the past ten years; Dana Dark has been involved in the dark music underground, with her work involving organization of several gothic culture events in Texas; Lux Fero (Davcina) has a background in Luciferian witchcraft, Mexican Witchcraft, and folk magic traditions; and Mark Riddick has been experimenting and recording music with various medieval instruments for the past decade.

According to the band website, Hexentanz conceives its art within the living tradition of "left-hand path practice," and maintains sincerity with its elucidation of the medieval Witches Sabbat.

Composed of actual medieval period instruments, synthetic ritual devices, human bones, and authentic arcane chants of medieval and modern witch cult practice, the musical expression of Hexentanz encompasses the practice of medieval black magic. Nekrocrafte is an album of ghoulish chanting and primeval tribal rhythms, which form a rich soundscape of dark, neo-medieval folk music.

Nekrocrafte is an album of sounds rather than tunes. The musical interpretations of rituals on this album would make a great soundtrack for a gothic horror-flick. This record is recommended only for those who believe in or take part in witchcraft rituals.

[More information on Hexentanz can be found at www.hexentanz.us]

Rating: B

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