Church of Satan
Blackthorne Productions
The Shadow Gallery
Satanic Serenades
The Devil's Diary
Malefik Musick
Satan's Scroll
The Devil's Web
The Black Pope
Infernal Progeny
Link The Shadowmantium
Order of The Black Dragon
Summon Satan

Draconis Blackthorne's Shadowmantium

Peter H. Gilmore

Threnody For Humanity
{Adversary Recordings}

Threnody: 1. A poem or song of mourning or lamentation. - Webster's Dictionary.

Threnody For Humanity Finally, the long-awaited release from High Priest Gilmore has been unleashed - a Death Scenes collection compiled in this atmospheric compendium misanthropos melancholia with soundscapes and images reaching deep into the dark subconscious. A veritable Jungian journey in sight and sound which is evocative, Magical, and eerily triumphant in its daemonic fanfare.

As explained within the booklet, these orchestrations originally accompany the gruesome plethora of death and gore-laden footage amassed by Producer Nick Bougas {Speak of The Devil} for his morbid creation, the Death Scenes series, which also features Dr. LaVey narrating volumes I & II. The insert also features The 7th Statement, and a loving dedication to High Priestess Nadramia, and is also a Memoriam to Anton Szandor LaVey.

In particular, I enjoyed portions from 'Man's Destiny' and 'Requiem To Morrow' which employs what sounds like the knocking on skulls and the sounds of the chiming of a Grandfather clock, a-la "the ticking of time..." 'Consciousness Raising' bestows the impression of a futuristic battle amongst the forces of Ming the Merciless, with laser blasts and theremin effects.

The splendid artwork of Stephen Kasner lends most appropriate ornamentation in a dream-like, nightmarish opus; the front image, entitled "Away", appears to be a figure in a terrible desolation {the "abomination of desolation", as it were}, and to Me, the back image {entitled "I Love You"}, resembles Vampiric tendrils emergng from the bottomless abyss to draw the lifeforce of some unfortunate herdling.

To fill the chambre with its musings may cause euphoric vertigo and inspire dark visualizations. Each piece taps a dimension, like reposing within the blackened fetters of a psychomantium, gazing deep within the lambent mirror lit only with infernal light. Highly recommended.

5/5 Black Candles.