The Release of Supernatural Strategist by Sheer Zed 19/06/20.

Supernatural Strategist cover art

Supernatural Strategist is a sister album to Paranormal Tactician. Similarly it features three tracks of ritualistic, contemplative, rigorous, rhythmic, exploratory and immersive experimental electronic sound mantras enthused with spirit and silent hidden magickal invocations.

The album cover features a photograph taken by myself while on my third pilgrimage to Thailand during January 2020 before the Coronavirus pandemic crashed and burned across the world as we knew it. The sheer vertical stairway in the photograph is of the entrance/exit to the Muang On Caves (first named Tum Doi Sila) at Amphua Mae-On, Chiang Mai, Thailand. There is a sublime Naga Serpent stairway of about 180 steps before reaching the entrance to the cave. The Muang-On Caves are filled with beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, fossils, shrines and statues.

It is said that the cave contains the hair of the Buddha. According to history, during Buddhist lent, Buddha led monks in a public teaching. A serpent demon (known as a Naak/Naga) is said to have appeared at Tum Doi Sila. It transformed into a human being and offered fruits and forest honey. Buddha took these gifts and blessed the serpent demon to be happy. The serpent demon then asked for a hair from Buddha so that it could be placed into the cave to be worshiped. The Muang On Caves have an eerie, peculiar and profoundly unusual feeling to them. The stairway deep down into them is extremely challenging. The way into the cave system is fraught with wild and improbably steep almost vertical gradient steps.

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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