Temple of Gnosis – De Secretis Naturae Alchymica (2016)

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Article by David Rosales

After an unnecessarily long and artificially down-tuned spoken introduction, Temple of Gnosis’s De Secretis Naturae Alchymica introduces the listener to a “mean” sounding chord backed by some kind of disco beat which comes off as not only cheesy but out of place after the ridiculous introduction. It doesn’t work quite as well for Temple as Gnosis as it did for Gehenna on First Spell, but they do rescue the music by switching to a more sober midpaced approach.

The music here basically consists of a standard rock beat, as well a short, meandering tune that keeps coming back in the chords of the keyboard, the power chords of the guitar or the high notes of the lead guitar. The vocals keep blabbering on top of this simple motif that creates no expectation, intensifies nothing, is not designed for immersion and rather just serves as a mantle for “dark-minded” pretensions. It’s the sort of music teenage witches might listen to if they feel particularly evil. It’s not really convincing, and if it were actually scary or dangerous, they wouldn’t get anywhere near it.

The difference between meaningful occultism and the pop posturing that most people confuse with the former is a subtle one which may be very difficult to discern for profane minds. We may think of music in general as a good reflection of how the concept of occult forces and symbols interact, what it evokes in the eye of the mind, what it gets in touch with and how much content the symbol in front of us actually hides. That is, good occultism works when the seemingly confusing or encoded meanings in the symbols are layered with meaning, a meaning that is concrete and not only apparent, which is the hallmark of its posturing pop counterpart. This can be seen in good music in general, but to set a good example, we turn again to the music in albums such as The Red in the Sky is Ours and Onward to Golgotha where every aspect at several vertical and horizontal levels conspires to produce a collection of possible interpretations whose ultimate consequences mostly consciously imprinted in it. Projects such as Temple of Gnosis who are self-styled occultists in music only talk about being so in their lyrics, their paper-thin music being a living example of what is meant by “empty words”.

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7 thoughts on “Temple of Gnosis – De Secretis Naturae Alchymica (2016)”

  1. vOddy says:

    “After a unnecessarily”


    After an unnecessary

    Let me proof read your articles

  2. Gayvid Brosales says:

    Philosophy is already adequate for explaining reality. occultism is lame make believe with edgy symbolism. just read plato and huxley. astral plane, planetary alignments, tarot cards… all dumb and gay hippie bulshit.

    1. vOddy says:

      I don’t want to judge things that I do not have extensive knowledge of, but all that I have seen supports what you are saying.
      All I have seen which is called ” The Occult ” is childish playing and pretending, not describing any real part of the universe.

    2. Read a word, prejudice bubbled up and missed the whole point.

      1. P.S. metal is to “classical” music what occultism is to (what you narrow-mindedly define as) philosophy. And Just as you wouldn’t lump Slayer with Guns n Roses, you also wouldn’t think of Paracelsus or Agrippa the same way one thinks of Crowley or LaVey.

        1. if you want a common vocabulary describing metaphysical reality (aka religion) then just become a christian. thats what ts eliot did after his stint with theosophy. it at least has a coherent tradition behind it. honestly i think ppl are attracted to the OKKVLT only bcuz its a neat accessory to their personality that elevates them above the common rabble: “FEAR ME FOR I PRACTICE THE DARK ARTS! ONLY I AM PRIVY TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ANCIENT ONES! I SHALL CAST THE CURSE OF AIDS UPON YOU FROM MY MAGICAL 3INCH LOVE ROD!!!!”

          1. You have an uncanny ability for closing you ears and seeing whatever you want.

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