Brian Johnstown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe has earned his stripes in combining blues, spiritualism and psychedelia. His popularity took a boost following the controversial documentary Dig (2004) in which his love/rival relationship with Courtney Taylor of Dandy Warhols was brought into the public gaze.
The Dead Skeletons have offered a suitable new vehicle in which Anton Newcombe rides alongside Jón Sæmundur, Henrik Björnsson and Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt from Reykjavik. They take Tibetan Buddhism (Lamaism), mantras, death, spirtualism and forge it into something that borders many fringes, it’s difficult not to get sucked into it. Just watch the video to Dead Mantra to get a flavour:
This album illuminates the fact that magick – as well as music – is far from “dead.” In fact, Dead Magick is a vibrant collection of mystical meanderings through space, time, and all that is. Dead Magick formulates and communicates dynamic concepts, as well as illustrates them via the oldest form of human expression: music.
1. Dead Mantra
2. Om Mani Peme Hung
3. Kingdom of God
4. Psycho Dead
5. Get on the Train
6. Dead Magick I
7. Ask Seek Knock
10. When The Sun Comes Up (for the last time)
12. Dead Magick II
Full Album Stream: Dead Magick
Dead Magick is out on A records on November 11th