Spring Equinox: Death King Phya Yom in the Gardens of Purgatory Available Exclusively on Dark Ambient Vol. 19 From Sombre Soniks.


My contribution to Sombre Soniks bi-annual compilation series continues with a brand new track that is exclusively available on Dark Ambient Vol. 19. Death King Phya Yom in the Gardens of Purgatory is a 17 minute and 48 second sonic ritualistic stroll through the mythology of Thai Lanna Buddhism.

Death King Phya Yom in the Gardens of Purgatory is a track that embraces Thailand’s folklore surrounding Phya Yom, the Death King. He weighs the record of each recently deceased human’s good deeds (which are engraved in his golden ledger) against their sins (which are scratched onto a piece of living dog leather). If the bad overshadows the good, then they are inflicted with the proper punishment for their crimes before being reincarnated and returned to earth.

This extensive 23 track compilation around the theme of folklore featuring 23 superb artists is out now. The individual background art has been created by Madguten and the cover artwork is by Fabian van der Meer. This compilation of dark ambient music has been compiled and mastered by P23 at Sombre Soniks Studios.


Published by: Sheer Zed

• Writer • Buddhist Shaman • Musician • Artist • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Numerous compilations such as Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of shamanism and Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, TQ zine, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist and shaman, exploring the realm of sound through ritual, mantras and sound design. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on three pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

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