BLRR Seven That Spells :Black On Rising -CD+dvd- (CR,2008)****°
“Black OM rises to claim us all” the booklet says, with the image of a shadowed sun. -This particular night, when I reviewed this album, there was a partial solar eclipse-.
…I remember some important historical events during solar eclipses. Remember how, when Christ was crucified after betrayal, in order to get rid of a possibility for change for the Jewish belief system and for the Roman ruling powers, at the moment that he so called passed away, there was a solar eclipse (besides that the big temple floor broke in two). His crucifixion had to become an example, and also was abused in a typical Roman way for turning this moment into a fundament for a religion later on. This fact did not happen "for saving the sins of the world", but to save two sorts of traditions : the Jewish and the Roman (selfish) constructions. The later, newly formed Roman-Christian religion was invented to change the people’s memory of something different behind the stories. The incomplete picture of Jesus' life and death, combined the useful tool of his strange psychology because he always kept in mind a spiritual father in heaven, because he had no other Fatherly example to focus upon, this story became the easiest to handle tool for a totally different purpose. This could bring the idea of God outside man, and would praise the sacrifice to the cross, as if it is a sacrifice to Society. Their new religion did unite God and Society into one unit, the Church, staying safely outside man's own development. It would also, thanks to another small wrong translation, place also evil, as the shadow of deeds and actions of people and society, and of course also their own actions outside man’s reach, range and perspective. It would also proclaim the benefit of a Unity (reaching towards a variety in philosophy and personalities, for the sake of a blind trust in a mono-opinion governed Society) at all costs, and -in the name of God-, which is ruled by Society. The whole original tradition of discovering wisdom and methods to unify to a complete form creativity and awareness that almost became popularised by some men, like Jesus, with this, was destroyed and wiped out of history, together with all other more clear examples of its kind, and were replaced by certain well cooperating thoughts for that purpose how to form (the rules for) the world's three biggest religions.
Another important eclipse happened when the Spanish conquerors established a forced agreement with the Indians in America to take over their land. Also this was another important moment of betrayal the results which would develop to something different for many years to come. The rights for the civilisation and for the people of that land also never truly recovered...
A solar eclipse, symbolically, takes away for a moment the attention to the natural spirit of development, like the seed for visions needed for the life giving nature of developments. At that moment the 'shadow' of all things ruling underneath could eventually take advantage of that lost moment of belief in this natural development. Be careful of its actions then! Because Light and true Life are really always behind the sun, -a force of life-, while the powers which are decided by the shadows of things, brings death to whatever they decide to destroy, and when established during a solar eclipse, they seem to be able to maintain this for a very long time.
The solar eclipse is also a symbol for the hardest and true sacrificing challenge, to put aside the dearest aspects so that in the abyss of no participation, the essence could eventually still win the game because it really is only out of it’s sight and nothing more. So even for some evil evolutions, maintaining its own life by multiplying its own flesh, far outside their visions on historical evolutions, outside a logical maintaining by restrictions, through stubborn constructions of power, certain essences still grew further elsewhere for a later date of appearance in the darkest need. This shaped Society did not notice Christ’s further travels to Tibet, or the native Indian’s silent development of a minimal essence for our later survival after a moment when the land will be no longer fertile.
Myself, looking at the front cover of The Seven That Spells new album, I have my own moments of disconnection in moments of failed concentration, attracted by these lovely sexy beautifully bosomed girls, distractions that will return my energy to its basics, while my inner, silent watcher still grows in stages of retreat, through an unseen growth process with "Buddhist" powers to make appearances that are able to reveal all connections of things, while the standard being me just seems equally limited and distracted, just like anybody, absorbed into the world's energy, with failure, because like everybody we feel we need to be part of this world, even when it is also a participation with its disconnection. But there are also other energies which have developed into the new shadows of things..
-Maybe with each solar eclipse we could remind ourselves how there is light behind the sun, and how we now and then could face the shadows of this Society, and the need to give a rightful place to light as a creative unifying power working upwards allowing life.-
After having listened to so many lazy psych jams too often, of low energies trying to speed it up with tensions of escapisms from this world's energy, it most often is not able to change that stagnant essence really. I almost forgot the true powers of psychedelia, the breaking through borders with complex rhythms and overload effects in harmonic sounds. And I am again absolutely amazed by Seven That Spells, who are able to restore that true essence for me. It takes the vague haze away, and leads to the true essence of the jam : the skills (and on another level, knowledge, against ignorant laziness) to do something more. It is no miracle to hear how Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei,..) did the mastering. He did not play, but also Bruno Motik’s drumming masters his drums. Great also to hear sax as one of the instruments, to break free. This music gives energy, and does not let any detail escape into smoke, while this is Fire.
The silver disk is actually a two-sided album, with one side a DVD of a live concert. I had the bad luck that when I did put the DVD in my PC that I heard a slipping noise and the DVD was scratched, so that the sound part of the recording now had many moments of distortion. FUCK! I could only notice how the energy of the band is total, and also mental because of its intelligent breaks, and that I liked the way it was filmed from different angles, but because of the damage unfortunately I was not able to go the whole way trough. I just got the right picture.