The Joup Friday Album: The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre

thedevilsbloodcoverI believe in things that whisper secrets and bring wisdom. Confuse and try to destroy you upon thee. And the fact that this is not something that you should be afraid, but something desirable. You can tell already that I, directly communicating with this source, which leads me. But I might not now describe his or her face.” – Selim Lemouchi

This quote is from an interview founder/chief songwriter Selim “SL” Lemouchi gave to Von Jan Wigger on Spiegel.de in April of 2009, right about the time the band’s first full length The Time of No Time Evermore was released on Van Records in Europe (released by AFM in the states in 2010). It would be approximately two years until The Devil’s Blood released their opus The Thousandfold Epicentre. In that time magnificence set in and you hear it from start to finish in the absolute majesty that is this week’s Joup Friday Album.

The Thousandfold Epicentre is an album that I have been madly in love with since about December 2012, when a friend saw them open for Ghost at LA’s Troubadour and quickly bought the record, passing it on to me and causing a full-on spiral into a dark but beautifully wrought palace of sound. The album is a journey, or perhaps more accurately a trip; first its sonics burrow into your consciousness. Delight at something good and new eats up more and more of your attention. Then you begin to understand the lay of the land, little things like the underlying themes and motifs that recur or the three-part experience that is the arranging of the tracks Fire Burning, Everlasting Saturnalia and The Madness of Serpents.

This is the kind of record I will eventually write about at length in the oft-delayed column Beautiful Brutality that I launched a few months ago. Problem is, while The Devil’s Blood was loosely considered a part of the Scandinavian black metal scene they played, toured and were influenced by, they are most assuredly not, in sound or texture at least, black metal and not “brutal” at all. They are the demon with the beautiful woman’s face, the doorway from innocence to corruption. Their Wikipedia page refers to them as an “Occult Rock” band and I actually like that, because one of the main things that drew me so strongly to the band initially several years ago was their Occult philosophies, which is on full display in the quote I led this article off on. I so wanted more from this band, who were arguably at their prime.

In the end, The Devil’s Blood is no more because SL committed suicide just over a year ago. He was 33 years old. There’s a fantastic interview with him that sheds more light on this here. I’m a firm believer in living the way you want. One of my basic life tenets comes from Jimi Hendrix:

I’m the one that’s gonna have to die, when it’s my time to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”

Beautiful. Do what you have to do. However, it sucks for those left behind.

If you dig this, go out and buy it. Oh, and TAG Sara Farr!!!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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