Friday, April 13, 2007
An audio document of the truly bizarre world of the ultra-conservative, new age North American cult, The Church Universal And Triumphant; and it's leader, Elizabeth Clare Prophet. There's a long sordid history within this group involving guns, bomb shelters, kidnapping accusations, and strange paranoid behavior.
This is a privately made recording of one of the church's services. Apparently, this particular communion was focused on conjuring up enough psychic and spiritual energy to combat the evil of rock music ("the great anti-freedom force of the planet" as they describe it here). Among the targets: Billy Joel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis & The News, Herbie Hancock, Weird Al, REO Speedwagon, Big Country, and uhhh...breakdancing.
Atonal chants channeling a host of saints and spirits (Jesus, Buddha, Kumara, Shiva, Hercules, Pope John XXIII, and more!), insanely complex call-and-response workouts between speaker and crowd, creepy vocalizations that sound like a cross between auctioneering and a yodelling....wow. Fascinating, creepy, bewildering, and highly impressive stuff that should appeal to cult fanatics, those interested in weird droney vocal techniques, and fans of that crazy Ex-Girl Cd that i posted a little while back.
From the LP record Sounds Of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 released on the Faithways International record label.