Mental disorder – musical cursed matter – reigns supremely as I listen to Scatmother’s latest opher-ing Vaniticism. This is the non-place, the Empty place after the Death of God, the place from which the monstrous Archontes, chained to the empty throne of their creator-Demiurg, are howling. Like mad dogs they are barking and making Labyrinthic noise which infects my nervous system for this is cursed musick undermining any ‘human’ consistency. This is horrifying music leading the listener, as will-less but erotically aroused Sacrifice, to the most unheimliche caverns of his mind where he is to be tortured, raped and decapitated by the absent Demiurg – this wretched creator of this world.
Scatmother’s creations – or should we call them ’excretions’ – are contaminated, plague wielding and infested with rottenness. The artist has a fascination for extreme and deep display of human obsessions and these are powerful emotions to work with. From a most radical LHP point of view one could say that these creations are prime examples of what Bataille calls “base matter”, namely sacred objects which have a special status and which are infused with a most contagious power, with a deadly spark and a shock (Stoekl 2007: 19). From an Acéphalic-gnostic point of view matter should be seen as an “active principle having its own autonomous existence as darkness, and as evil (which would not be the absence of good, but a creative action”. (Bataille Reader 1997: 162) The Magian point of view is one in which matter is seen as a degradation of superior principles which becomes clear in the ascetic approach. Bataille however stresses the importance of the organic, the energy infused in the flesh, the game of eroticism.
This organic approach can be heard in the particular power electronics of Scatmother as if it eminates from a gigantic corpse. Thematics such as degradation, humiliation (of the body, of the mind), debasement, deviant and criminal sexuality, pure unadulterated sadism and cruelty are inherently Sadean and transgressive in order to shock the listener, wake him up and hold him prisoner in a non-moral place where violence and filth are most pure.
As a grotesque work of art the album stupefies the listener because of its horrific form and appearance. After listening to Vaniticsim I feel empty, sick, raped, stupified. As if I have become a masochist delivering myself to this sacred violence. This work of art will never be accepted just like shit, and most people will stay away from it as they find it repulsive, nauseating.
Just like Crowley’s decadent ritual of self-corruption one becomes an infected body as the fierce energy of the (de)compositions take over. Just like shit or vomit they are excreted, and in a Sadean way appropriated by the listener in order to be excreted again. This is a demonic act of transmutation (Stoekl 2007: 20); a perverted and corrupted form the traditional alchemical process of the transition of lead (base matter: acephalic mysticism) into gold (elevated matter: monotheism). The acephalic alchemical transmutation is all about allowing oneself to be controled, grasped by the “formlessness” of that base matter. One becomes caught in the Lovecraftian structures of Scatmother’s black art. A spider’s web. The artist describes “transcendence, dehumanization, isolation and passion” as very powerful concepts that allow one to get “to know your true nature, finding your path in life, being able to abandon certain things and follow others.” This is exactly what Acéphalic mysticism is all about: one does not follow blindly, one questions, one corrupts and destroys if it is necessary to grow spiritually. There is no ‘purpose’ for the Numinous is beyond human concepts, beyond the words and it must therefore be followed through experience, through action, through radical philosophy, meditation, transgressive arts, … One must leave behind the classical notion of utility which has become the norm in today’s neoliberal society.
But let us point out one thing: this radical path is a manifestation of the Sacred. Brutal ruptures are needed to focus on the Sacred again. Bataille describes two polarized human impulses: EXCRETION and appropriation. Each civilization has excremental collective impulses which are necessary for the status quo: the Greeks had their Dionysian cults, the Romans organized the Saturnalia as periods of time where transgression was allowed in order to free the Sacred energy within the flesh. These impulses can take various forms and Bataille lists
any sexual activity, whether perverted or not; the behavior of one sex before the other; defecation; urination; death and the cult of cadavers (above all, insofar as it involves the stinking decomposition of bodies); the different taboos; ritual cannibalism; the sacrifice of animal-gods; omophagia; the laughter of exclusion; sobbing (which in general has death as its object); religious ecstasy; the identical attitude towards shit, gods and cadavers; the terror that so often accompanies involuntary defecation; the custom of making women both brilliant and lubricious with make-up, gems and gleaming jewels; gambling; heedless expenditure and certain fanciful uses of money, etc. (The Bataille Reader 1997: 150)
Do we advocate limitless anarchy, limitless sexual debauchery? No, we regard these as sacred expressions of the Erotic which are important impulses of the human body. There is a Sinister Dialectic at work deep within our subconscious, and which should have its legitimate place in any society. However as Western civilization has entered its Kali Yuga, we must recognize the fact that this will no longer be possible. Therefore ritual acts, ritual & sacred music such as Scatmother’s remind us of these self-less tendencies and beyond. They are extreme beyond morality and we all have a potential madman lurking inside of us.
We must accept the eternal flow of rottenness as our gnostic legacy, as a primal force within matter. Our Vanitas as Super-Ego may work against that, but you should ignore this. Instead of Vanitas one should welcome this continuous becoming as dripping slime and flesh. No false moralities but pure unadulterated Evil as a non-moral concept, as a concept that elevates and strengthens life. As Nick Land puts it:
“From birth we are brain-washed into conformity with the cage taught to accumulate, to shore ourselves up, to fear madness and death. Trapped in a constricting tangle of language routines we tread a narrow circuit in the maze. We are told that chance will not take care of us, and that it is difficult to live; work and seriousness are slums of delusion; the garbage-heap of individuation has no worth; what is called life at the outer edge of patriarchy is a bleak box of lies, drudgery, and anesthesia blended with inane agony; what matters about the outside of the box is not just that it is outside of the box, but that it is immense; what matters is the abyss, the gulf.” (Land, The Thirst for annihilation, p. 131 – 132)
Scatmother shows us how to open ourselves to sacred death by enjoying our Dionysian nature which must always find its balance again with the Apollonian (Traditions, Culture) and this is a constant struggle. Our present Western civilization has lost this struggle as the Dionysian and the Apollonian have been sold out, marketed, commercialized, anthropomorphized, … Therefore let yourself be tempted by Scatmother and “let an immense ocean of annihilation (A Zyklon Storm – Scatmother) stretch out before you.” (Land) This annihilation, this Ragnarokr, as acquisition of pure primordial power (Scatmother) is very much needed! 333!
Von Sanngetall, 128 yf
- Bataille: The Use-Value of D.A.F. De Sade & Base Materialism and Gnosticism
- Land: The Thirst for Annihilation