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Aleister Crowley’s influence on The Coven and Morbid Angel

Aleister Crowley’s influence on The Coven and Morbid Angel
Aleister Crowley’s influence on The Coven and Morbid AngelFair use, to illustrate article's context.

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.

THE COVEN

“The Coven is a psychedelic rock band formed in Chicago in the second half of the sixties. Together with…Black Sabbath, they were the pioneers of satanic rock. Their first album is titled Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls…The main theme of the album is the occult, with particular reference to the figures of Satan and other demonic entities. The last track on the album (…‘Satanic Mass’) is not a song, but the recording of a black mass performed by the band members.

The rite is partly in Latin and partly in English. At the end of this piece (thirteen minutes), you will hear the voice of the High Priest (according to some, a true priest of the Church of Satan ) pronounce the famous motto of Aleister Crowley, ‘Do what thou wilt Shall be the whole of the law’, followed by the typical greeting satanic Hail Satan!

In fact, already in 1968 during their live concerts, the Coven used to read parts of the ritual of the Black Mass (also recited by King Diamond [of Merciful Fate]).”

MORBID ANGEL

“Morbid Angel are a death metal band from Tampa, Florida, one of the pioneers of the extreme kind. During an interview David Vincent, bassist and vocalist of the group, ADMITTED to having been fascinated by the figure of Magus. The reporter asked, ‘Have you Always been a great storyteller? What were the influences in your lyrics?’ Vincent answered, ‘I was inspired by things like Edgar Allen Poe and Lovecraft. Crowley too, but to a lesser extent. I love his ‘The Book of Lies,’ but if you dig you can find a lot of stuff, if you do not find his sense of humor, it will lead to madness.

Not for nothing, in their first album Altars of Madness (Combat Records 1989) Morbid Angel released Blasphemy, a song that contains the maximum of Crowley’s ‘Do what thou wilt Shall be the whole of the law.’”

Here are some of those lyrics:

“I am the god of gods / Master of the arts / I desecrate the chaste / Writhe in the flesh

Blasphemy

Chant the blasphemy / Mockery of the messiah / We curse the holy ghost…

God of hypocrisy / We laugh at your bastard child / No god shall come before me

Blaspheme the ghost / Blasphemy of the holy ghost

Do what thou wilt shall / be the whole of the law / Rebel against the church / Drink from the chalice of blasphemy / Rise up against the enslaver”

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