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TITLE
Possessed by the Rise of Magik
FORMAT
2LP

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RITE 012LP RITE 012LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/17/2012

Deluxe vinyl version of 2011's widely-acclaimed album from the UK's forward-thinking metal alchemists, Ramesses. Mixed and mastered by Justin K Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu/JK Flesh). Featured in Kerrang's top albums of 2011, Possessed By The Rise Of Magik takes the band's progressive tendencies into a whole other realm. The album begins with Ramesses' trademark retro doom rock on the tracks "Invisible Ritual" and "Towers Of Silence." As the album unfolds, the music slips into a slow psychedelic groove, revealing spell-binding psyche-folk melodies, most affecting on the tracks "Duel" and "Safety In Numbness," which, together with the 11+ minute eponymous monster are amongst the stand-out tracks on the album. Enormous churning riffs and soaring mournful guitar harmonies still encase the album, with rasping horror versus dream-state vocals, and ancient ceremonial, yet savage drum beats that could summon demons from the very depths of hell. Not just a title, Possessed By The Rise Of Magik is more a statement in response to the cathartic affects of this album. It sees the band capturing their ritualistic side, incorporating the ideas, images and symbols of influential occult British artist Austin Osman Spare into their own spaced-out grim craft to create a new magikal language (the spelling of the word as "magik" as opposed to the traditional "magic" or Crowley's own "magick" reflects this thought process). Recording in trances and automatic writing are key techniques in the creation of this next step in the Ram family's journey to the end. On 180 gram vinyl, housed in a full-color gatefold sleeve adorned with spot varnish and red foil block lettering.