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IIII. Asmodëus: The Destroyer, King of the Demons

from Agrippa's 3 Books by Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet

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    The Philosophical and Musical Depth of Occult Heavy Chamber Music.

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DEATH & PEACE
[death-metal ritual expedition & lamentation]

There is an apocryphal Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy not published with Agrippa’s original Three. “There are then, as we have said, four elements, without the perfect knowledge whereof we can effect nothing in magic, now each of them is threefold…” (Agrippa, Book I, Chapter IV). He attributes the following qualities to the number 4: “It is the foundation, the root of all other numbers, it signifies solidity, it makes up all Knowledge, the perpetual fountain of nature. It hath also great power in all mysteries….Hence that superexcellent, and great name of the divine trinity of God is written with four letters.” (Book II, Chapter VII)

Among the order of evil spirits listed in Agrippa’s Book Three, Asmodëus is named as the prince of the Fourth order, the Revengers of Evil. In the apocryphal Book of Tobit, he is named the Destroyer for killing seven husbands of Sarah (3:8). He was apparently birthed from King David and the succubus demon Igrat, and according to Jewish folklore, the title of King of the Demons was given after Asmodëus usurped King Solomon’s throne for 40 years. Incidentally, King Solomon was at one time allegedly in possession of the ancient and elusive Delamelanicon.

Metal has reached a kind of zenith with the efforts of Black or Death Metal bands such as Bethlehem, who offer the usual thick distorted guitar sound, extremes of tempo, severe screaming vocals of dread and despair along with anomalous dynamic contrasts and surprisingly beautiful melodic lines. This movement is the most single-minded in its stylistic approach, and draws heavily from this style of metal composition. Even the very slow, lamenting sections are inspired by this music, which can be very theatrical in its way.

I have often found that music which creates its own world for the listener is often the most effective and stimulating:
“…he who embarks on the creation of worlds is already tainted with corruption and evil.” (Eco, p. 57)

This movement leads directly into the Postlude.

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from Agrippa's 3 Books, released August 6, 2005

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Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet Oakland, California

Edmund Welles has the distinction of being the world’s only original, composing band of four bass clarinetist: they invent and perform heavy chamber music. Drawing virtuosic precision from the classical realm; innovation and texture from jazz; and power, rhythm and overall perspective from rock and metal, the quartet’s sound is characterized by a thickness of tone and absolute rhythmic prowess. ... more

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