The Meaning of Desecresy

It is customary to begin a new year with the setting of goals towards accomplishment and growth in view of the experiences had during the previous period. The present writing aims at putting forth some works that may enrich the serious would-be Hessian in their struggle to embrace an ever more complete vision of reality. As Brett Stevens has pointed out, an interest in the occult is part and parcel of the Hessian outlook as he searches for logical patterns everywhere, not allowing himself to be circumscribed by any authority. Of necessity, this interest in the occult goes beyond Judeo-Christian conceptions, even if for historical reasons a poisoned landscape of Judaized misconceptions and moralistic admonitions has to be tread through or around. Mythos, its relevance to human psychology and possibility, must be embraced, and for it to be embraced, its import must be studied through pre-history and the whole of civilizations. While the scoffers will decry what they cannot allow themselves to rationally accept, they will remain in the grips of one or another mythos. Such is the curse of the atheist, the rationalist and those who belong to the democratic crowds. Allow mythos, vision, and hunger for life unite a distant past, the present and a distant future. The way is forward, paved by the billions of skulls of the meek who would inherit this planet, ascending to the heavens, beyond the stars and into far off galaxies.

Desecresy Towards Nebulae release completes their previous The Mortal Horizon by putting together a more organic form of a ritualized fine-pointed death metal with cosmic themes in sound and word that they summoned. The importance of the Finnish project lies in its hermetic and monolithic aspects. This extends to both musical and lyrical style as well as choice of theme. Everything done under the banner of Desecresy in their four final albums comes under a very distinct and singular image and purpose. Musically, we hear slow and short melodies that float the rest, mid-paced death metal riffs purposefully cut into short rhythmic shapes that mirror the melodic sense of flow above them, cosmic cult drums a magnetized bedrock that raises the instruments’ soundwaves rather than a battering ram for our ears, and vocalizations seeking to imitate echoes of inhuman whispers as heard not from ‘other dimensions’ but from the kosmos humans have made a habit to ignore. Each of these are allowed to grow within very fine stylistic lines, the strictness being almost stifling to the possible changes, yet the constriction was worked into a blossoming array of austral lights shown across a cold cosmic landscape. The constant sense of suspension and movement that evokes an unearthly sensation by dint of the slight disjunction among its several coordinating parts is sensed as a traveling where any direction and position is the same, as if being at once at the center and at the edge, eternity and infinity, the here and now united to to all developments at once and all pasts comprehended as requisite and thus alive at this single point. Desecresy achieves this while taking a completely traditional approach. They have built pathways to places, shown us possibilities, where others seem intent on repeating tropes which, while valuable at a point in time and development, are by now redundant and devoid of life.

There are works of literature which will further bring to life what is pointed out in relation to Desecresy’s music and words. The first, Kenneth Grant Cults of the Shadow, is recommended as a way to link our present to the distant past. Whether the objections made to the ideas contained in this volume be academic or historical, most reading this will be doing so out of reactionary ad hominem, the value of mythos again being lost on them. Cease the modernist cynical drivel in your mind and explore. In this work Kenneth Grant proposes the origins of human magickal mythos to lie in cults that took to star-gazing as the starting point of our mysticism. The implications of this are manifold, though the author leaves the speculation at a minimal, stating that humans later moved on to observing the moon and the sun because they were more precise methods of measuring time. This does beg the question of why the stars would be the parting point, if the stars are definitely not easier to observe than is the sun or the moon. Also, the parallel with the Tolkien myth of the incipient elf race gathered around the primordial lake adoring the beauty of the stars above them as their only light source, is curious to say the least. As Grant moves through history and the development of belief and magick along decidedly Magian lines of interpretation, the Hessian reader must exercise patience and discernment.

In the past, I have personally pushed aside certain works of occultism in the view that high-grade philosophy has more to offer us. In time, I have come to understand this was like rejecting the lessons of Slayer South of Heaven, because one could be instead listening to Ligeti’s Requiem (an awesome complement to Desecresy’s cosmic death metal work, by the way). A judging of character and of practical applications led me to read a work of experimentation, an invitation for each to walk in their own terms given their character. One finds in E.A. Koetting Works of Darkness, a minimal and straight to the point instruction manual entirely bent on operation, even if some of its phrasings verge on the sensational, and provides ample room for imagination and improvisation. And even when such sensationalism does pop in, it has a purpose, though not everyone might discern this purpose. Furthermore, there is no wasted space, and each knowledgeable reference to either magickal treatises (kept at a bare minimum) or Vedic lore is brought forth by necessity and in concert with each subsequent applicable concept and method. It is both basic and deep in its scope, comprehending method and information suitable for both one who does not know how to even descend into a trance-like state of mind, and perhaps useful enough in its sharpening of outlook and method to propose applicable refinements to more advanced practitioners. For those interested in the exploration itself, in the bending of perception and bifurcations psychological and otherwise, this is a personally recommended tome.

Finally, to obtain the hammer to crush the ranting shortcomings of Kenneth Grant into essentials and mythic relevance applicable to experimentation, and to augment the razor sharp pragmatism of E.A. Koetting, Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols must absolutely be digested. Nietzsche is the supreme illuminated dancer and judge, as a Loki or a reflection of Krsna, enraging the moralistic, taunting the cynic, and deeply aware of the dark beauty he manifests.

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10 thoughts on “The Meaning of Desecresy”

  1. Fëanor says:

    Great article, thank you DARG. Which albums impressed you the most in 2019?

  2. Abuela says:

    what the fuck are you talking about man? Like can you just put it in four sentences? Two for the actual music and two for whatever else you’re trying to say. Thanks

  3. Frozenlake says:

    Ligeti’s Requiem is a fantastic piece of music. Also, check out his Etudes for solo piano. They are rhythmically and melodically sublime.

  4. The collapse of analytical philosophy by Chinglish says:

    I think discuss the musicality aspects of metal, will usually be a lack of objectivity. It must be attached to some external culture and ideas. Maybe we could call it “cultural/ideology symbols” music. But any symbol are easy to lose its universal meaning in this century, especially with a more elite and advanced culture. Christianity is universal because it democratizes and mainstreams Judaism.

    I agree with the content of this article, but only 2014/2015 two albums of this band makes me passionate or inspired. See, this is the problem, it is difficult to reach a more specific and detailed consensus in postmodren world. Who is authority? What is the standard? Whether to eliminate all things different from oneself?

    Well, the interesting thing of Desecresy, they are also very symbolic in the musical material. I think that’s one of the most fascinating parts of metal music.

    1. Anonymous Witness says:

      Christianity is universal because it’s true.

      30 % of this article is genuine truth about reigniting the mythic imagination, but the rest is confused humanistic garblygook. If we can shed cynical relativism and return to the position of ancient paganism, we will only find what all pagans knew–that something is gravely wrong with the human condition. That thread of melancholy is everywhere in the myths–there’s this alienation from the gods, this fear of death, this despair about the evil of mankind. Which is exactly the thing that Christianity offers the cure to. Christ is the myth incarnate and alive, not something far away in the land of concepts and philosophy alone.

      Keep looking at the stars.

      1. The collapse of analytical philosophy by Chinglish says:

        I think Christianity is actually a kind of frustration and weakness where we as human to the face of all kinds of evil and darkness in the world, therefore, we creates the spiritual imagination of absolute binary opposition, so that we can get inner peace. Hatred and punishment, all “bad thing” will be handed over to the “ordeal”.

        You’re right, Christianity provides an effective system of values. Such as relativism, white left or other similar postmodern folly ideological trend, it would be a good idea to go back to the traditional system of different cultures.

        But I don’t think a step back is the final solution. If I remember correctly, there’s a name “Golden age theorem”, means people always think the old times are better and try to go back, but actually it’s an idealism by intellectual laziness.

        Postmodernism provides us with a way to face a more complex and multidimensional world, in this case, mysticism is actually a more advanced idea as the author said: “searches for logical patterns everywhere, not allowing himself to be circumscribed by any authority”, so I don’t think the point is myth.

        The ways of reconstruction can still be based on different cultures, underground metal culture has actually completed a reconstruction, there are many unified metaphysical systems in it, but it’s still assimilated by the mainstream, just as Judaism was replaced by Christianity.

        Personally, I like somekind neo-Gorguts shit, but be honestly, it is out of the system of true underground metal culture what this website advocates.

        1. Anonymous Witness says:

          The absolute binary of Christianity is not a look backwards or an escape. It always has been and always will be. You can try to invent a more complex moral system, but the core will always be good/bad. Any logical pattern at all comes down to a binary.

          More importantly, our goal in truth-seeking should not be merely to construct a system for our sake, but to find the truth for its OWN sake. There’s some quote along the lines of ‘It’s more important that heaven exists than whether any of us can go there.” I think that’s the core of our disagreement. You are against Christianity because you see it as backwards; I don’t care if it is backwards/forwards/whatever, because I know Christ is eternal, as all true things are. Yes, he incarnated within our timeline so we could know him, but he is not a mere system of values or mystical way, but a real person-God. Christianity doesn’t look specifically to the past or future, it looks to forever.

            1. Anonymous Witness says:

              Yes and no. I think it’s this confusion that sometimes prompts Christians to say, “It’s not a religion, it’s the truth / a relationship with God.” Well, it is a religion, but the part of it that is a religion is different across different nations and cultures (as you yourself pointed out with the different divisionsif the church) and made by man, but the core of it, that Christ (Yeshua) died for us who were far from God and invites us to repentance through Him, is unchanged, and not made by man.

              I agree that there is an underlying, inexpressible truth in the fabric of the universe. It is God. When Moses, standing before the burning bush, asks His name, He says “I AM.” He IS, and all of who and what He is is inexpressible, yes. I also like this statement: “All religion is manmade and reflects interpretations of this fundamental truth.” That’s sort of what I mean when I say Christ is the myth incarnate. All cultures have these reflections and shadows of the truth, but Christ came as the Truth. And of course we can’t fully understand or express it; that’s why we must come to Him instead of coming up with our own solutions.

              Human philosophy only goes so far. Politics only goes so far. This isn’t about saving the west or western society (though that would be a nice byproduct of mass conversion lol). It’s about the state of all of us creatures; it’s about coming back to our Father and Creator. And yes, religion only goes so far. Without true faith, without a truly changed inner being, all the churches in the world mean nothing. It’s about knowing God.

              Sidenote: I don’t think any Christian thinks this world “is a wasteland which operates by the wrong rules.” It’s just been hurt by the effects of evil. God’s rules are still in effect though.

  5. The collapse of analytical philosophy by Chinglish says:

    Still need to sigh, this is a great article and writer.

    The reconstruction after deconstruction is the task of the wise men of this era. Or to put it more radically, we exist, only when we reconstruction after deconstruction. Most people still living in classicism or modernism, some left-wing intellectuals immersed in naive pluralism(which is nothingness, against everything, so called freedom). They don’t exist in the 21st century yet.

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