Dan Brooklyn decided, some time ago, to dedicate an album to the life of Aleister Crowley. Since he was a child he was in contact with the occult practices of the aforementioned and it is precisely on the seventy-fifth anniversary of his death that this conceptual work with touches of metalcore and industrial sound is released. He helped him write and record the album Caleb Bingham, formerly of Five finger death punch.
Brooklyn comments that after studying at the Metal Factory in the Netherlands and having been Athanasia’s drummer on some tours, the idea is to get people to understand that Crowley was «a pioneer of freedom of expression whose real face was impossible to recognize.» He also leaves the question as to whether the character was a sex addict and a narcissist or a simple libertine who sowed the seeds for the coming of the hippy movement.
Musically, we highlight cuts like «The equinox of the gods», «The mass of the phoenix» or «Chamber of nightmares». Throughout the album there are various transitional bits and the general atmosphere is quite reminiscent of a mix of Slayer, Fear Factory and the latest technical death bands. The album closes with a version of the classic «Mr. Crowley» by Ozzy Osbourne.
The work is very worked and the result meets expectations. It’s up to you to enjoy it.
Dan Brooklyn – Vocals / Drums
Caleb Bingham – Guitars / Bass / Backing Vocals / Keys
Dan Brooklyn – Vocals
Caleb Bingham – Guitar / Backing Vocals
Jelle Hart – Guitar / Backing Vocals
Isca de Wit – Bass
Fabrizio de Marco – Drums
Get album The Great Beast by Dan Brooklyn right here:
01 93 (The Dawn of an Enigma)
02 Boleskine House
03 The Power of Darkness is More Than Just a Superstition
04 The Midnight Flower Unfurled
05 The Equinox of the Gods
06 Droppings From the Host of Heaven
07 The Great Beast
08 The Most Powerful Being in the World
09 Chamber of Nightmares
10 Scattered Through the Galaxy Like Grains of Sand
11 Liber XLIV (The Mass of the Phoenix)
12 The Poet
13 Mr. Crowley