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Aleister Crowley’s influence on Dimmu Borgir and Mark Almond

Aleister Crowley’s influence on Dimmu Borgir
Aleister Crowley’s influence on Dimmu Borgir
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Having written much about Aleister Crowley and his influence upon pop-occulture, we will, herein, continue considering personage who have looked to the to mega therion / the great beast for inspiration. Find our previous articles on Crowley here—which range from L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology to Damien Echols (of the West Memphis Three-WM3 murders infamy) and much, much more.

The following is translated from Paolo Baroni’s Italian site, “Tutti Pazzi Per Crowley [Something about Crowley],” Centro Sangiorgio, December 27, 2013 AD.


“Dimmu Borgir is a symphonic black metal band originally from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. The lyrics of their songs are related to issues such as misanthropy, mysticism, Satanism and anti-Christianity.

In 2010 , this band released entitling Their ninth album Abrahadabra…Normally, this word - that Identifies a magic formula – Abracadabra, is written with the letter ‘C.’ Dimmu Borgir wanted to use a variant of this evocative word created by Aleister Crowley where the ‘C’ is Replaced with an ‘H.’

In His work on Gematria (numerological study of the words written in the Hebrew language), the English magickian explains that he changed the word for magical Reasons. According to the rules of the Jewish Kabbalah, each letter corresponds to a number. Adding up all the numbers you get in figures that are the Kabbalistic value of the given word. The number of Abrahadabra is the 418 [which reduces thusly, 4+1+8=13].

This change appeared for the first time in 1904 in the invocations to the Egyptian god Horus who preceded the drafting of the Liber AL vel Legis [the Book of the Law which we dissected here] that led to the foundation of the religion of Thelema [Lawrence Sutin, Do What Thou Wilt (St. Martin's Griffin, 2002 AD), p. 85].”

However, this had:

“Already appeared in the diary of the Beast in the month of May, 1901, which Crowley later published in the journal The Equinox [“The Temple of Solomon the King IV,” The Equinox, I, 4, 1910 AD]. In the Liber AL vel Legis it is written, ‘Abrahadabra, the reward of Ra Hoor Khut’ [Liber AL vel Legis, III, 1. Ra Hoor Khut is the active form of Horus] "The ending of the words is the Word Abrahadabra." [Ibid. , III, 75] According to Crowley, the meaning of this Aramaic word is equivalent to ‘I create as I speak.’”


“Peter Marc Sinclair Almond, better known as Marc Almond, is a British singer best known for having been part of the synth-pop/new wave music duo Soft Cell…Almond - who is openly gay - has Collaborated with groups and singers who are openly Crowleyan like Psychic TV, Coil, Current 93 and Othon Mataragas.

In 1999, Almond was initiated into the Church of Satan by his friend Boyd Rice, and in His autobiography, Tainted Life, speaks of the influence on his career of the Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey (1930-1997).

In 2008 Almond had Othon [perform] Tango Song whose lyrics are a poem by Crowley…

The piece was included in the album of Othon’s Digital Angel, on whose cover is an angel with black wings (the same Mataragas) in the pose of Baphomet.”


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