Although at the top of their game and in high demand, the band decided to take a break in 2003... Fast forward to 2017, Abramelin are back and stronger than ever!Dower and Aldridge are still on board with ex-Abramelin guitarist & music contributor Rob “Wog” Mollica (Earth) now picking up the bass; blisteringly fast guitarist Matt Wilcock (Ackercocke), who played with Abramelin on their Deadspeak tour in 2002 / 2003, is back; and last but not least, Australia’s #1 metal drummer, David Hayley (Psycroptic) is on board ripping out the blast beats.The 'sacred magic', which dispenses with much of the complicated paraphernalia and ceremonial of the European tradition of ritual magic, is based on the principle that the material world is the creation of evil spirits which can be controlled by the magician, provided he has first acquired the 'knowledge and conversation" of his Holy Guardian Angel, a being taken by practitioners of the system to be the magician's true self.Once he has achieved this, he can use the spirits (which can again be interpreted as factors within himself) as his servants.Tim Aldrige joined the band in 1989 and quickly became the main writer of music for the band, while Dower handled the grotesque lyrics.Abramelin was a powerful, driving force in the 90’s, playing alongside a host of well-known Aussie acts from various genres, as well as international metal giants like Morbid Angel, Cradle of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass & Paradise Lost, just to name a few.Mathers used the least-reliable manuscript copy as the basis for his translation, and it contains many errors and omissions.The later English translation by Georg Dehn and Steven Guth, based on the earliest and most complete sources, is more scholarly and comprehensive. The grimoire is framed as a sort of epistolary novel or autobiography in which Abraham of Worms describes his journey from Germany to Egypt and reveals Abramelin’s magical and Kabbalistic secrets to his son Lamech. (One might reconsider the date of the text, considering that the book Nicolas Flamel brought to Spain was also recognised as being part of the original book of Abraham the Mage, but dates back to 1378, which is nearly 80 years earlier.) The story involves Abraham of Worms passing his magical and Kabbalistic secrets on to his son, and tells how he acquired his knowledge.
The demons, thus controlled, will fulfill all of your desires.
He discussed nothing but “the Fear of God”, leading a well-regulated life, and the evils of the “acquisition of riches and goods.” Abramelin extracted a promise from Abraham that he would give up his “false dogmas” and live “in the Way and Law of the Lord.” He then gave Abraham two manuscript books to copy for himself, asking for ten gold florins, which he took with the intention of distributing to seventy-two poor persons in Arachi.
Upon his return fifteen days later, after having disposed of the payment money, Abramelin extracted an oath from Abraham to “serve and fear” the Lord, and to “live and die in His most Holy Law.” After this, Abramelin gave Abraham the “Divine Science” and “True Magic” embedded within the two manuscripts, which he was to follow and give to only those whom he knew well.
The third book is composed of cryptic letter squares, discovered as a result of the performing of the magick, that have, supposedly, a wide variety of magickal powers.
The system of magic contained in The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, allegedly of 15th-century origin but probably dating from the 18th, which was translated into English bv Mac Gregor Mathers and which strongly influenced both Mathers and Aleister Crowley.