The occult rock practitioners in ANCIENT VVISDOM are pleased to unveil the official new visual accompaniment to the track “Light Of Lucifer” from their recently-issued 33 full-length.
The clip, shot in a historically haunted auditorium, is currently playing at BrooklynVegan. Notes Nathan “Opposition” Jochum, “We filmed at one of the most haunted places in Ohio in an auditorium referred to by some as a ‘vortex’ or ‘portal to hell’ at the House Of Wills, which is the current location of The New Church Of Satan in Cleveland. Owner, good friend of mine, and Satanic High Priest Eric Freeman allowed us to take part in this ritual and capture the House’s energy. 49,000 square feet of decaying beauty, this building is still rich with history as it was an African American Masonic mortuary for many years prior to Eric taking ownership. The house needs many repairs after being abandoned and stripped, so I volunteer my time whenever I am available to help restore this once magnificent historic building. Eric has dedicated his life to the restoration. Ghost tours and paranormal investigations available upon request.”
Watch the video, courtesy of BrooklynVegan, at THIS LOCATION.
33 is out now digitally and streaming via Magic Bullet HERE with the CD version out on Argonauta Records.
On the band’s fourth studio offering, the perennial nucleus of brothers Nathan “Opposition” Jochum (vocals, acoustic guitar, kick drum) and Michael Jochum (guitar, backup vocals) is rounded out by new band member Connor Metsker on bass. Thematically, 33 largely continues the prior agenda of empowerment through Satanism, instinct, enlightenment, and ritual. 33 comes under the microscope on this recording and is regarded by the band as a master number. Jochum is quick to point out that it is the age that Christ was crucified, the age of the peak of existence, and the age he happened to be in making this album.
The sonic approach continues in the tradition of prior albums: deliberate, mid-tempo songs with minimal arrangements, unparalleled melody, and dynamic vocal range. ANCIENT VVISDOM could be cited as among the strongest proponents of the philosophy “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” 33 was produced by Nathan “Opposition” Jochum, engineered by Steve Rauckhorst, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and completed with cover art by Linas Garsys and design by Emma White.
“33 moves along with the band’s dark almost Southern rock style towards a neo-folkish sound that is reminiscent of Death In June, Boyd Rice, and King Dude.. The Death In June influence is apparent with the use of percussion instruments, and a very ‘folk’ style to the vocals… Given the high Satanic, Laveyan, and Aleister Crowley-based themes of the album, a straight up metal sound would make it cheap. And make no bones about it, this album is very Satanic. The lack of a hard, heavy metal sound does not preclude that…” — Drunk In A Graveyard
“While the subject matter may be considered dark by some, I don’t hear it. 33 is a Joyous, Love filled record delivered by a passionate group of musicians and is an impressive array of life affirming rock. If you are searching for something different…give ANCIENT VVISDOM a try.” — Outlaws Of The Sun
“Their mix of gently sung vocals, acoustic guitar with heavy backing rhythms, and subtle percussion results in a somber desert vibe similar to Alice In Chains’ acoustic EPs or the 2000s works of Earth. However, the group’s committed exploration of this style does make them a unique voice in the scene. Their Satanic lyrical approach is also rather distinct, as it’s less about hateful blasphemy and more about how Lucifer is just a really swell guy that wants to bring love to the world. It’s like a soundtrack from the bizarro world where gospel is the real Devil’s music and Papa Emeritus is the actual pope.” — Indy Meta Vault
“Like the morning star it praises, ANCIENT VVISDOM is more deceptive than you realize. It heralds that section of the genre that is far darker than even the loudest bands while doing a style you don’t recognize is nearly this cursed. 33 is going to live on for quite some time.” — The Sludgelord