Xaphan: Book of Angels Volume 9
Something a bit different for the Secret Chiefs 3. A release not so
tied down to the band's own conceptual maze, but to someone else's.
Zorn's! He wrote such strong and indestructable lines for his Masada
Book II that us taking a few bold harmonic liberties made for a nice
blending of forces. Staying as true as possible to the Angeology
involved implies directly contradicting some of the Names when
neccessary, and we learned a lot from committing ourselves & riding
every peak and valley on the Masada roller-coaster. It's true that SC3
is already fairly accustomed to taking "modal" music to adventurous
places, but these "heads" have their own life --- and them being run
through the gamut of interpretations native to SC3 (as well as through
the masses of detail in orchestration/arrangement you'd find on any
SC3 record) has resulted in a full-fledged, fully-embraced 'event' as
far as we're concerned. This is something that initially was supposed
to be done in two months and of course ended up taking seven months to
record & mix (still peanuts by SC3 standards!), but it's because we
fell in love with the material and really embraced it fully. For you patiently waiting fans, here is the first of many payoffs we
can FINALLY present to you without reservation.
Features four panels of full color
angelically-themed artwork by Anonymous 13, which can be found in a
secret stash underneath the CD tray.