Saturn Return

by Silence & Strength

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After a six-year break, "Silence & Strength" is back with a new album! "Saturn Return" is a poetic reflection on Saturn Gnosis and the Saturnian path. Featuring original lyrics by Stephan Friedman and poems by Aleister Crowley, dark ambient soundscapes and experimental industrial tunes, the seven-track (plus one hidden track) album is a journey into the realm of the Demiurge Saturn, the Guardian of the Threshold, towards the Higher Self.

"Saturn, therefore, is masculine; he is the old god, (the god of fertility) the sun in the south; but equally the Great Sea, the great Mother; and the letter Tau upon the Tree of Life appears as an emanation from the moon of Yesod, the foundation of the Tree and representative of the reproductive process and of the equilibrium between change and stability, or rather their identification.

Note that Shabbathai, the “sphere of Saturn”, is the Sabbath. Historically, the animus against witches pertains to the fear of the Jews; whose rites, supplanted by the Christian forms of Magic, had become mysterious and terrible. Panic suggested that Christian children were stolen, sacrificed, and eaten. The belief persists to this day."

"The Book of Thoth"
Aleister Crowley

"In the Saturn-Gnosis the planet and archetype of Saturnus is the focal point for the manifestation of the Demiurge. This Demiurge is identified with Lucifer— the Bearer of Light—as the higher octave of Saturn. In this capacity it is the "Guardian of the Threshold" to higher initiation and being.

According to secret FS teachings, Saturnus is the Great Judge that manifests justice; he also brings reason and intelligence, and governs all standards of weights, measurements, and number. He is the Lord of the Seven Dwellings (= planetary genii of the outer realm), and governor of the revealed world and lord over life and death, and over the light and darkness. Saturnus is seen as the breaker of cosmic order and unity—thus he instituted death, causing regeneration and change to come into being. One of the ways in which he broke the cosmic order was in the revelation of divine secrets to mankind. For this he was punished. Thus in many ways Saturnus is identical with Prometheus of Greek tradition, and is certainly to be identified as well with the Serpent of Paradise.

This Demiurge Saturnus is identified with the number 666. He is the Beast 666, manifest in the Man (or Men) 666, and in the Living Center of the Sun—Sorath 666."

"Fire And Ice - The Brotherhood Of Saturn"
Stephen E. Flowers


released May 25, 2015

All music by Silence & Strength

All lyrics by Stephan Friedman, except Track 3 - "The Eyes of Pharaoh" by Aleister Crowley, Track 7 - "One Star in Sight" by Aleister Crowley, Copyright © Ordo Templi Orientis

Sample used on Track 3 is a quote from Jean Racine's play "Athalie" (1691), as it appears in "Les Diaboliques" film by Henri-Georges Clouzot (1955)

Stephan Friedman - synthesizers, e-bow, banjo, tin whistle, drum programming, samples, effects, vocals

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Friedman at Valkoinen Pöllö Studios
Design by SF
Released by "Valkoinen Pöllö Studios" - VPS 003
Released on cassette by "Occult Whispers Records"



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Track Name: In The Night
In the night the time sets still
Soaked in blood, it stops to kill
In the night the soul runs dry
Waiting for the time to die

Don't ask how, don't ask why
Each hello is a goodbye
Sighs the witch, cries the crow
We're all heading down below, way down below

In the night the killer waits
Sharpened knives, laid out baits
In the night the reaper creeps
Blackened bones, satin lips

Don't ask how, don't ask when
Time's not going back again
Trust the witch, chase the crow
We're all headed down below, way down below
Track Name: Time
Time erases every thing,
Pain and memories that sting,
Monuments return to sand,
Time brings all things to their end.
Slowly weary Time will pass
With his scythe and hourglass,
Drawing closer, striking true,
One day Time will erase you.

This, unless you change the scheme,
Turn the pointer widdershins,
Climb the world-ash wonder-tree
Like the agile Mercury,
Turn Time's lead obscure and old
Into bright and pure Gold,
Drink the Elixir of Life,
Arouse the splendour coiled inside,
Shoot enraptured ecstasy
Into starred Infinity.

Thus, Old Time must stand defeated
When the Great Work is completed,
Thou hast proven once again,
That there is no god but Man.
Track Name: One Star In Sight
"One Star In Sight" by Aleister Crowley

Thy feet in mire, thine head in murk,
O man, how piteous thy plight,
The doubts that daunt, the ills that irk,
Thou hast nor wit nor will to fight—
How hope in heart, or worth in work?
No star in sight!

Thy gods proved puppets of the priest.
“Truth? All’s relation!” science sighed.
In bondage with thy brother beast,
Love tortured thee, as Love’s hope died
And Lover’s faith rotted. Life no least
Dim star descried.

Thy cringing carrion cowered and crawled
To find itself a chance-cast clod
Whose Pain was purposeless; appalled
That aimless accident thus trod
Its agony, that void skies sprawled
On the vain sod!

All souls eternally exist,
Each individual, ultimate,
Perfect—each makes itself a mist
Of mind and flesh to celebrate
With some twin mask their tender tryst

Some drunkards, doting on the dream,
Despair that it should die, mistake
Themselves for their own shadow-scheme.
One star can summon them to wake
To self; star-souls serene that gleam
On life’s calm lake.

That shall end never that began.
All things endure because they are.
Do what thou wilt, for every man
And every woman is a star.
Pan is not dead; he liveth, Pan!
Break down the bar!

To man I come, the number of
A man my number, Lion of Light;
I am The Beast whose Law is Love.
Love under will, his royal right—
Behold within, and not above,
One star in sight!

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