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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mimicry
  • ASIN: B00023B1ZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Book of Horizons is the first release in an elaborate trilogy and meta-composition by Secret Chiefs 3. It's huger than anything the band has ever done: beyond psychedelia, beyond experimentalism, and beyond classification. The Secret Chiefs 3 enhance their usual multiple personalities and divide into seven individual and distinct bands, enabling the overall musical content to be distilled into pure vessels. One band incorporates multi-ethnic instrumentation and seasoned, soulful playing (by Eyvind Kang and Shahzad Ismaily), while the rocking, suprasensory surf band (with full orchestra) bloodies up the waters. John Merriman (Cephalic Carnage) and Unhuman keep the ultra-death metal grind band well within the pummel zone of utter mayhem. This CD includes hordes of musicians and instrumentation - real, not sampled - including saz, rabab, mridangam, dhol, esraj, sarangi, orchestral percussion, male and female choir, violin, viola, cello and contrabass, harp, bowed saw, santur, ghatam, clavinet, organs, electroacoustic treatments, guitar, bass, drums, and tons and tons more.

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The band truly realizes their potential on this album.
Zachary Cregger
What can I say it took me a couple of listening's too to really get into this album.
D. Noe
Book of Horizons is an album like nothing else to come out of my speakers.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Terry Enright on August 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is of course silly to imagine that music, especially music this stunningly abstract, could be accurately described by words. Part of its purpose is to defy the tyranny of words and find things outside its scope. So all I can do is try to articulate my enthusiasm for a record I've played a few hundred times since I received it about a month ago.

A few of the songs: The 4 will make you dance like a fool to strange Indian music. Exterminating Angel is metal that's blacker than black. You might think it's sloppy or even improvised but a brief lull in the chaos, filled by monastic chanting, will tell you things are otherwise. On the Wings of the Haoma is spooky, urgent surf-rock that, if you close your eye, aurally recreates the feeling of floating in the pacific. Exodus is Morricone-esque on a more grandiose, poignant scale. Welcome to the Theatron Animatronqiue will fill you with visions of soldiers of some unknown, obsolete society, marching with rifles against their shoulders, kicking polished boots high. And The Exile, my favorite, is a perfect mind-movie. You (I) imagine an old west outlaw, spurned and alone, initially despondent, who manages to lose himself in the vast expanses of his desert home, overwhelmed, as the song's majesty overwhelms us.

More important than the songs, it is as a whole a work of astounding beauty, audacity and genius. Please get a copy soon.

(Brief aside: this is pretty far from Mr. Bungle, even with the multiple genres. In Bungle, at least on California, multiple genres coexisted to crash and bleed together. The collision was the point. Trey, more reverential as he ages, generally lets the music stay within its own loose conventions. If there's a wide variety of styles--and there is--it's because Trey is a protean, omnivorous monster, not because he's a post-modern experimentalist.)
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. Pieretti on October 25, 2006
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If the movie "Conan the Barbarian" were 10 times better, which is impossible, this album would be the soundtrack to it. When I listen to this album, whatever the name of it is i forget, but it inspires me to achieve great acts of strength and barbarian-like athletic prowessness. Yesterday I listened to it and I punched my dad right in the belly. He didn't care though, because he was listening to it when i punched him and his abs were real tight as a result. Today at work I played it in the office at a pleasent office-appropriate volume and everybody made exceptional progress on the projects they were working on. This made the boss and our clients very happy. I was enjoying this album on my way to the store not too long ago, and i was speeding because i'm an awesome driver and i had on my super-rad spandex, and a police officer pulled me over. when he approached the car and heard the music, which was blasting out of the speakers, he wrote me about ten tickets and then told me to go to court and he'll drop most of the charges. He even apologized because it was overly apparent how awesome i was (spandex and all) and that he couldn't help writing all those tickets. That all kind of upset me so i stopped listening to this album for a few days. But then I listened to it again and ended up doing all kinds of variations of push-ups. Now i'm pumped up and all the ladies want a piece of this. Buy this album a couple of times, because your liable to smash it once or twice out of feeling that it's too radical for this dimension.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Perna on June 27, 2004
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With Bungle on indefinite/permenant hiatus, I've long missed their super-dense beautiful strange albums. I've always liked the Chiefs, but I was waiting for Patton to fire the next brilliant album into the world. After Tomahawk and the last Fantomas disc turned out to be "pretty good" rather than great, I was rather ready to lower my expectations. But enter the Book of Truth...
Trey is obviously proud of this disc, as the press release on the mimicry website shows. And it takes but one listen to hear the immense work that must have gone into it. The production is every bit as dense and layered, lavish and otherworldly as "California", and I rather think Mr. Spruance's songwriting and ability to execute his compositions has evolved considerably in the interim years.
Overall, the only new soundworld on this disc is the death metal of the Holy Vhem (not new to Spruance's ouevre, just the Chiefs'), but everything on this disc is just grander in ambition and complexity to what has preceded it. If you liked the Secret Chiefs before, you will be thoroughly pleased; if you are on the fence, this disc will convert you; if you've never heard them, start here.
and the best part is, this is the first disc of a trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eepaw on April 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
when i bought this album three years ago, i still regarded SC3 as a kind of side-project for Trey Spruance, interesting but not quite up there with Mr Bungle. unlike the previous three SC3 albums however, this album began with the premise of containing performances by 7 different "satellite bands"; as though Secret Chiefs 3 had experienced a creative splintering into multiple personalities, all different yet all still SC3.

these seven bands (one band doesn't appear on the album; it is only inferred by its inclusion in the album's artwork) range from middle-eastern and indian music to surf; from beautfully cinematic orchestration to electronic and even (although relatively sparingly) some very brutal death metal.

there is often some overlap in genre, but it doesn't seem to be quite as deliberate or (dare i say) self-concious as some Bungle. on a personal note i grow more and more in love with this music each time i listen. it is a quantum leap from their previous effort "Book M", which itself was no average piece of work.

i've been chewing on this album for almost three years now, and i'm still not ready to swallow, let alone digest it. and as i wait with bated breath for the forthcoming "Book Of Souls", it begins to dawn on me that what seemed to be Spruance's "side-project" (my assumption, not his) has already begun to eclipse its more famous sibling. Bungle may be a more instant sugar rush of ear candy, but SC3 on "Book Of Horizons" presents a smorgasbord of sounds, melodies and atmospheres.

"Book Of Horizons" is an absolute diamond.
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