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Aleister Crowley’s influence on Mystifier and HIM

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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.

MYSTIFIER

“Mystifier are a Brazilian black metal band born in 1989 and still in business.

The subjects covered in the lyrics of this band’s songs range from the occult and Satanism to anti-Christianity…recorded at least two albums that speak openly about Crowley.

The first is Aleister Crowley, a demo in 1991 and the second is the album Göetia (Osmose Productions, 1993)…The album contains a long piece Entitled Aleister Crowley and Ordo Templi Orientis [the O.T.O.].”

Göetia is the first portion of the 13th century AD magickal grimoire, the “Lesser Keys of Solomon” according to which there are 72 demons that rule the world—which is why 72 is an important number in occultism.

HIM

HIM is actually the acronym H.I.M. which refers to His Infernal Majesty. Their first two albums are titled, “666 Ways to Love” and “Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666”; even though the band’s founder has always denied that his is a band has to do with the occult.

“HIM is a Finnish gothic rock group founded in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo. The themes touched upon by this group are mainly love and death…The band’s logo is the ‘Heartagram,’ a frieze depicting the union of a heart with an inverted pentacle (symbol par excellence of worship evil), symbolizing good and evil, love and hate, life and death. It was created by Valo, and he just said it was like a sort of modern yin and yang…

HIM released the album Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice (Sire Records), a clear allusion to the handbook of magic ritual of Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practice (1929)…

In an interview with Kerrang magazine, Valo said [November 28, 2009 AD], ‘It is a sound diary on the issue (of love). The album deals with the theoretical and practical aspects of relationships, an impossible problem to solve. ‘Screamworks’ is a primitive and cathartic cry, it is a middle finger, it is a ‘go **** yourself’, I do what I want to do.’

It is more or less the Crowleyan philosophy, ‘Do what thou wilt.’ More Directly, ‘I always liked the way he (Aleister Crowley) wrote the word ‘magick,’ because he wanted to distinguish the magic of wizards from real magic. For some strange reason, that title has stayed with me in my head, and I changed ‘Magick’ to ‘Love’ because love is magical, at least in my experience. ‘Love in Theory and Practice’ is so paradoxical.’

From another interview with Valo:

‘What books are you reading right now?’ ‘I'm reading a lot of biographies of Aleister Crowley. I read a couple of books about him and find it a very fascinating character. I'm reading one about him, talking about sex, and another entitled ‘Do What Thou Wilt: a Life of Aleister Crowley’ by Lawrence.’”

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