"The Law" is the product of Zauberer und Hexe's submission in the 2013 RPM Challenge, a Portsmouth, NH based group that challenges acts to entirely record and produce a full length album within the month of February.
We spent about six weeks writing song ideas and roughing out demos in preparation. The inspiration was based on Rand01ph's recollections from having worked in the public library as a teenager in a 1980s Ohio farm town when he came across a copy of Aleister Crowley's "Books of Magick". That book, along with many others, were considered virtual contraband in the fundamentalist evangelical town, and were located in a restricted part of the library where the librarians attempted to protect books objectionable to the local ministers from defacement, theft and destruction. Other books contained in that collection included "The Fountainhead", "Paradise Lost", "Fahrenheit 451", "The Star", "Childhood's End" and "Witchcraft". While Crowley's writings are nearly as incomprehensible as the inverted texts of the bible, we nonetheless found inspiration for this album from the concept of "Do what thou wilt" and the philosophies of Thelema.
Zauberer und Hexe's influences include the roots Wax Trax roots of industrial as well as prog rock from the 70s and 80s and the first wave of electronic. Rand01ph's love for analog synthesizers comes through on many tracks, as do Pam31a's talent for hammering out angst filled beats to compliment the ever quantized drum machines. Rand01ph's synths of choice on this album were the Moog slim phatty, DSI Tempest, and NI Razor, Massive, and a touch of Absynth. Pam31a abused her Roland kit through various NI Maschine samples.
Formed in 2005 in Mill Valley, CA, Zauberer und Hexe are an industrial, darkwave, cybergoth experiment by Rand01ph and Pam31a. Self produced and frustratingly reclusive, Zauberer und Hexe are based in San Francisco.
ZuH wish to thank the denizens of the darkness for your continued support.