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New Article on Radio Werewolf from nofmradio (Translated into English)

The article below by Albert Weber concludes its examination of the many incarnations of Radio Werewolf with this statement;

''In essence, the band’s spiritual philosophy was better and more completely received in Europe, and this, together with the incorporation of more trained musicians, also gave space for musical experimentation of unexpected levels, achieving a fine state of the art and a mixture of technical styles so unusual that makes Radio Werewolf one of the most eclectic and multifaceted Deathrock projects that ever existed, as well as one of the most ambitious attempts to take music to a level beyond mere entertainment, transcending even philosophy, the spirit, and magic as a practice of the will.''
Below is the Spanish original with illustrations, scroll under the article for translation into English.
#PeceSueltos presenta: Radio Werewolf

#PeceSueltos presenta: Radio Werewolf

“A Loose-Fish is fair game for anybody who can soonest catch it.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Si la música se parece al mar, y lo habitamos todos, hay especies raras, que se ven poco y extraña vez son capturadas. Aquí surcamos las olas para hacerlos más evidentes.

Radio Werewolf

por Albert Weber
@Alberthus Weber

Radio Werewolf fue un colectivo mágico musical fundado en la ciudad de Los Ángeles en 1984 por Nikolas Schreck (vocales), Evil Wilhelm (batería), James Collord (bajo) y Nathan Pino (Hammond, teclados). Desde el inicio, el proyecto fue pensado como algo más que una sencilla banda de rock, pues aunque retomara los ritmos del Deathrock popularizado ya por bandas como Bauhaus o Christian Death, o el fascinante Post-Punk de Joy Division o Siouxsie & The Banshees, los integrantes de Radio Werewolf estaban convencidos de hacer magia con su música. En efecto, la banda afirmaba formar parte de un movimiento musical-espiritual enfocado en elaborar un sonido específico que ellos mismos llamaron la “frecuencia dominante” (también llamada “frecuencia alfa”), diseñada para evocar sentimientos puros de poder, armonía y purificación. Nikolas Schreck llamó a esta práctica, literalmente, como magia sónica, y la presentó como la revolución sonora y espiritual que revolcaría los decadentes y superficiales valores americanos a cambio de una nueva época espiritual, liderada por las juventudes.

En ese locuaz y excéntrico ambiente de los ochenta en Los Ángeles, Radio Werewolf encontró una escena musical que entendió y adoptó a la banda desde un inicio. Con líricas cargadas de un esoterismo de literal tendencia satánica y con apenas pocas presentaciones en vivo (eso sí, llenas de disfraces inspiradas en el cine clásico de horror, teatralizaciones y sesiones espiritistas durante las canciones), Radio Werewolf se hizo rápidamente de un fiel séquito de seguidores. En el complicado ambiente político de la década, la banda organizó sus eventos bajo el nombre de “youth rallies” en clara referencia paródica a las congregaciones masivas de las juventudes fascistas de distintos regímenes totalitarios de mitad de siglo. Dichos conciertos fueron éxitos de culto, y Radio Werewolf se presentó en teatros legendarios de Los Ángeles como el Whisky A Go Go o el Roxy, además de clubes del underground gótico de la época, como The Krypt o el Zombie Zoo.

Sin embargo, sus abiertas referencias al satanismo y al nacionalsocialismo hicieron que, fuera del séquito que entendía su estética, su humor y su desenfadada clavadez, la banda fuera vista con odio y rechazo por autoridades y medios. A pesar de su repentino éxito y presencia en la escena, Radio Werewolf fue grabado y distribuido únicamente a través de bootlegs y grabaciones de estudios independientes que difícilmente podían maquilar un lanzamiento grande. La única canción decentemente producida que nos queda de la época es el sencillo de “Buried Alive”, que muestra la exquisita letra de Nikolas y la creatividad de la banda en su conjunto. La atmósfera es seria y directa, y a pesar del tono humorístico con que la banda se presentó antes en vivo, acá encontramos una composición llena de auténtica desesperación, melancolía y una ambientación de la más alta calidad estética de rock gótico.

Mientras otros artistas de Deathrock estaban cantando sobre actores expresionistas o clásicos de cine, Radio Werewolf llevó las cosas un poco más lejos, y su material es recordado como demasiado controversial para la época. Canciones como “Pogo The Clown”, “Triumph of the Will” o “Incubus” hablan literalmente sobre temas de asesinos seriales, propaganda nazi o necrofilia, y los medios no se hicieron esperar. La banda fue invitada un sinnúmero de veces a talk shows amarillistas y programas de radio de conservadores de extrema derecha, todos querían saber un poco más acerca de qué iba exactamente Radio Werewolf y qué querían decir. Sin embargo, sus apariciones públicas en televisión siempre estuvieron acompañadas de vestuarios extravagantes y exagerados, además de respuestas crípticas y espiritualistas sobre sus posturas ideológicas, por lo que, en el fondo, nadie entendió nada. Incluso hicieron una satírica aparición en la película de horror cómico Mortuary Academy, de 1988, tocando su canción 1960 “Cadillac Hearse”.

El 8 de agosto de 1988 (8-8-88) se llevó a cabo en las avenidas principales de San Francisco un desfile masivo de temática satánica. En dicho evento se dio una colaboración en vivo de Radio Werewolf con la multitalentosa artista Zeena (posteriormente  Zeena Schreck por su unión en matrimonio con Nikolas),  conocida en ese momento por ser la hija de Anton Lavey, el fundador e ideólogo central de la controversial Church of Satan desde su creación en 1966. Zeena, quien en este entonces fungía como Alta Sacerdotisa de la congregación de su padre, salió al escenario vestida como el personaje de Ilsa, la loba de la SS, inspirada en la sexosa película canadiense de nazi-splotation del mismo nombre.

Esta fue la primera colaboración de Zeena en la banda. Muy prontamente su papel en el colectivo sería paralelo al de Nikolas, componiendo, cantando y diseñando todo el arte de la banda. De hecho, de 1990 a 1993 Radio Werewolf tocó exclusivamente en Europa, asentados como colectivo artístico en la capital austriaca de Viena. Esto marca claramente una nueva etapa para la banda como tal, además de haber renovado la plantilla de músicos, pues ni Evil Wilhelm ni James Collord quisieron seguir con el proyecto fuera de Estados Unidos. Con una nueva alineación que constó con Christophe D. en las percusiones y Vladimir Rosinski en la viola, Radio Werewolf se renovó por completo, buscando alcanzar diferentes niveles de creatividad, una nueva inspiración en el viejo mundo, y alejarse del ambiente farandulero de California que ya se había vuelto sencillamente cansado. Fue también una nueva forma de exploración mágica, pues ambos fundaron una nueva secta llamada Werewolf Order (órden del lobo o del hombre-lobo), ahora alejada del satanismo de corte Laveyano y de la figura del padre autoritario. En esencia, su filosofía espiritual fue mejor y más íntegramente recibida en Europa, y esto, junto con la incorporación de músicos más entrenados, dio espacio también para una experimentación musical de niveles no esperados, alcanzando un fino estatus de vanguardia y una mezcla de estilos técnicos tan inusual que hace de Radio Werewolf uno de los proyectos de Deathrock más eclécticos y multifacéticos que jamás hayan existido, así como uno de los intentos más ambiciosos de llevar a la música a un plano más allá del simple entretenimiento, trascendiendo hasta la filosofía, el espíritu, y la magia como práctica de la voluntad.

Nikolas Schreck Interviewed on His Adventures in Horrorwood by Parallax Views

Ep. 36: Nikolas Schreck on His Adventures in Horrorwood

September 26, 2018

Radio Werewolf in the 80’s black comedy Mortuary Academy

On this edition of Parallax Views we continue the conversation with Nikolas Schreck from Ep. 35. In this portion of the conversation we delve into Nikolas’ adventures in Hollywood, or perhaps more accurately his adventures in Horrorwood!

We begin by discussing Radio Werewolf, the infamous L.A. goth band that Nikolas spearheaded as a lead vocalist. Nikolas explains both the both the controversial and sardonic aspects of the band, the misconceptions around Radio Werewolf, and the band’s appearance in the 80’s cult black comedy Mortuary Academy starring Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov.

From there we delve into Nikolas’ many experiences with Hollywood’s horror icons including Barbara Steele, the Dracula Society’s Donald A. Reed, Bongo Wolf, Vincent Price, and others. We take special care to delve into Nikolas’ relationship with the underrated filmmaker Curtis Harrington, whose arthouse horror Night Tide starring Dennis Hopper comes highly recommended by both Nikolas and Parallax Views, and Sir Christopher Lee of Hammer’s Dracula franchise, both of whom Nikolas collaborated with professionally.

Sir Christopher Lee with Zeena and Nikolas Schreck

New Nikolas Schreck Radio Show 31 May 2018

Tune in, Turn on and Drop Out on Thursday May 31 9 pm Berlin time from wherever you are in the world to THE NIKOLAS SCHRECK SHOW as we take you on a time travel trip to swinging Sixties London featuring part one of Nikolas’s in depth interview with author and 60s expert SIMON WELLS on the impact of LSD on British pop culture & its psychedelic sound, and a radio drama featuring the thespic talents of the mysterious ANIA PsH & ADRIAN SHEPHARD as the voice of the Establishment. Groove to the way out wavelengths and freaked out frequencies on Radio On. www.radio-on-berlin.com www.radio-on-berlin.com

New Nikolas Schreck Music & Performance Group on Facebook

We’ll soon be opening a new closed FB community Group dedicated to Nikolas’s music, recordings, live performances, radio show, and other sonic magic throughout his career. Nikolas and the NSHQ staff will post exclusive content there and keep you alerted to his activities. To sign up answer the Trinity of questions here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NikolasSchreckOfficialMusicPerformance/

 

New Nikolas Schreck Interview in Satan Superstar Book at London Lecture

Those of you attending Nikolas’s 22 May Funzing talk on the power of magic, ritual and sorcery in London will also be able to purchase copies of the newly printed limited edition book Satan Superstar featuring an extensive interview with NS entitled ”The Nikolas Schreck Files” by our friend David Flint of The Reprobate Press. Nikolas will sign your copy that night. Advance tickets for talk available here: https://uk.funzing.com/funz/funzing-talks-the-power-of-magic-ritual-sorcery-16773

Nikolas Schreck London Lecture on Magic – 22 May 2018

 

Order your advance tickets here https://uk.funzing.com/funz/funzing-talks-the-power-of-magic-ritual-sorcery-16773
NIKOLAS SCHRECK TALK ON MAGIC – LONDON – MAY 22 2018 – Drawing on decades of practical experience and research into the ancient but forgotten art and science of magic, sorcery and theurgy (invocation of the gods), musician and author Nikolas Schreck provides an interactive teaching on how you can apply the theory and practice of magical practice to expanding your consciousness and changing your life circumstances. Dispelling the myths and fallacies about the misunderstood topic of magic, Nikolas also provides participants with pragmatic techniques to focus and improve mental clarity and achieve real-life goals effectively.
Venue: Lighthouse, London
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm

Announcing Nikolas Schreck London Lecture on Charles Manson 17 Jan 2018

Advance tickets available  for £12  here: https://uk.funzing.com/funz/ldn-talks-the-charles-manson-conspiracy-13719

Drawing on over 30 years of his first hand research into the mysteries of the Manson case, author, musician and filmmaker Nikolas Schreck, author of The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, director of the film Charles Manson Superstar and a friend of Charles Manson since the 1980s reveals that the mainstream media narrative about Manson and the crimes he was convicted of masterminding was a cover-up to conceal the secret sex lives, drug dealing and organized crime connections of the Hollywood elite.

Refuting the popular media-created fairy tales about hypnosis, Satanism, race war, and the Beatles, Schreck details the previously hidden extent of Manson’s support from the LA music industry, the true nature of the crimes, and his own direct contact with Manson and many others connected to the case. Schreck provided a thought-provoking analysis of the way corrupt law enforcement, Hollywood, and the media conspired to hide the truth from the public. An especially timely discussion during a time when the true face of the Hollywood movie industry has been exposed by the Weinstein scandal, Schreck’s lecture will be more than an investigation of true crime. This talk explores the clandestine machinery that creates the consensus reality fed to the public.

Singer-songwriter, author and film-maker Nikolas Schreck’s initiatory application of music, ritual and theater formally began in 1984 when he returned to the West from a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage in Egypt to found the shapeshifting musical ensemble Radio Werewolf, a nine-year sonic magic operation which concluded in 1993. After pioneering early Los Angeles Gothic and deathrock with the band’s first incarnation, Radio Werewolf’s European phase was hailed by Christopher Walton of the band Endura for “simultaneously pre-empting and giving birth to the dark-ambient and ritual-industrial scene of the 1990’s.” Before embarking on his current solo career, Schreck has previously collaborated musically with Zeena, John Murphy, Kingdom of Heaven and Sir Christopher Lee, whose first album he produced. Schreck’s books include The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic (written with Zeena Schreck), The Satanic Screen, and Flowers from Hell. He is the director of the 1989 documentary Charles Manson Superstar, and has appeared in several films, including Mortuary Academy and Usher. His new recording The Futura Model, the first single from a forthcoming album, was recently released on The Epicurean label.

Venue: Trapeze, Shoreditch

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Year’s End Wrap-Up: Nikolas Thanks His Co-Conspirators in 2017

As the arbitrary time frame commonly referred to as 2017 CE comes to its climax, I  would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who supported my work and especially those of my comrades, collaborators and co-conspirators who did so much to make this such a productive year:

To my gifted associates in the hardest working band in show business – starting with the lady first – Ohnesorg, Winfried Strauss and Heathen Rae for lending their talents to the recording of our upcoming LP album due to be released next year and for their spirited performance at our June concert at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival in Leipzig.

To sound engineer Roger Hoenicke for his ever astute, resourceful and sonically sensitive work during the recording of my upcoming album at his Musikbäckerei studio in Berlin.  (Roger at the console with Winfried Strauss and me.)

To artist Laetitia Mantis for arranging my June lecture on sonic magic at the Black Whitsun event in Leipzig.

To record tycoon Stefan Hanser for the sterling work he did in designing and releasing my vinyl EP ”The Futura Model” on his Epicurean label: https://epicureanescapism.bandcamp.com/album/the-futura-model

To Elena Schmerberg for hosting my October lecture, film screening, and record release at The Hole in Berlin.

To Adrian Shephard of Radio On for going beyond the call of duty in so efficiently facilitating my new monthly radio program.

To artist and dancer Ania PsH for contributing her radio-friendly voice and thespian talents to The Nikolas Schreck Show.

To interviewers Jason Honea of Brave Ear, S.T. Patrick of Midnight Writer and Brian Davis of TLB Radio for inviting me to be interviewed on their respective programs.

 

To Peter Hiess for his excellent translation of the updated German edition of my book The Satanic Screen as Luzifers Leinwand (due for release in 2018)

New Review of Nikolas Schreck’s ”The Futura Model” EP

Thanks to German music site AFRICAN PAPER for this great  review below of the new Nikolas Schreck EP ”The Futura Model” available from https://epicureanescapism.bandcamp.com/album/the-futura-model  

From Nikolas Schreck, who initially devoted himself to other activities after the end of Radio Werewolf, there have been musical signs of life in recent years. There were concerts in different constellations and with different song selections as well as an accomplished album with his band Kingdom of Heaven. There has been talk of a solo work for some time now, and on the last Epicurean Escapism Festival and its compilation there was already a song with “Lord Sutekh’s Dream” as a foretaste. The EP “The Futura Model” has now released another piece in three versions.

Those who only know Schreck from Radio Werewolf may situate the musician in the field of tension between Death Rock and a dark, proclaiming form of ritual music. This is undoubtedly a component of Schreck’s style repertoire, albeit a somewhat constricting focus on specific periods in his past. Already in Kingdom of Heaven you could get an impression of Schreck’s diverse interests across the history of classical pop culture: prog rock and gospel, rhythm and blues and classic crooner entertainment, superheroes and dubious fishers of human souls, and above all the Eternal Feminine in the mirror of different myths.

Some of this mixture is also connected to “The Futura Model”, even if there are clear differences in terms of sound: No Schreck song of the past ever grooved this much. That’s probably because with Heathen Rae, a real drummer is on board, and the awesome beats, the repetitive bass lines, the cool, scifi-like synths, and Schreck‘s vocals all sound they were made for each other. Thanks to electronic processing, the sound is less organic than on the last concerts, but this piece of Psych Pop gets a nerdy-cool, retro-futuristic touch.

Again, the archetype of the female, who in all her seductive power as a femme fatale, comes to life – but without the masked hatred of women usual for this myth. On the contrary: the seductress’s erotic charisma transforms the hero into a better version of himself: A beautiful heroine from a distant galaxy ensnares the singer with the help of his favorite medium, the radio, and plays him the latest hits from the planet Aldebaran. But after the successful seduction instead of taking him on board away from too many people on Earth, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” leaves the man languishing. But whoever this lyrical self is – an infatuated superhero or an intergalactic man of feeling – somehow the short fatal flirtation seems to have inspired him, indeed to have literally transformed him. Otherwise, “The Futura Model” would not be so cheerful and groovy, and even the line “My rocket rises ever higher”, which would certainly have pleased the old Freud, sounds anything but depressed.

The only downer is that the first two of the three versions are pretty similar. In the “Parallel Universe Version” there are a few extra futuristic gadgets and a greater overall tendency for wide, reverberant spaces, but these are small variations, and I still give preference to the slightly richer original. The “Late Night Supernova Version”, on the other hand, is less rock, more soundscape with a lounge feeling, more synthetic and playful, and thus rich in nice ideas.

If you appreciate the Schreck-typical mix, you should be hooked by the song and excitedly anticipate the upcoming album – considering how different “The Futura Model” and the complex and meditatively spun “Lord Sutekh’s Dream” are. In any case, you can look forward to a certain similar bandwidth. Similar to Kingdom of Heaven, the solo works seem to be connected to the rocky original Radio Werewolf of the 80s, soaked in a dash of blues and Americana, which I very much welcome. The regular edition of the 12 ” was published in an edition of 222, an ultra-limited lovers edition contains among other items, a signed poster. (U.S.)”

Original German review here: http://africanpaper.com/2017/11/18/nikolas-schreck-the-futura-model-ep/

Schrecktober Report Photo Gallery: New Vinyl Release, Public Teaching, Film Screening, Radio Show…

October became Schrecktober when Nikolas:

  • Celebrated the release of his new limited edition vinyl EP The Futura Model on The Epicurean record label. You can order it here: https://epicureanescapism.bandcamp.com/album/the-futura-model
  • Delivered a rare public teaching on sonic magic
  • Screened his 1989 film Charles Manson Superstar with Q&A.
  • Prepared for the imminent release of his long awaited updated final edition of his book The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman by granting a comprehensive interview to S.T. Patrick of the Midnight Writer News Show. Listen here: http://midnightwriternews.com/mwn-episode-026-charles-manson-and-the-myth-of-helter-skelter/
  • Concluded the month’s activities with the premiere of his monthly radio show on Radio On.
  • Below is a photo gallery documenting the past month’s events.

Behind the Scenes at THE NIKOLAS SCHRECK SHOW Halloween Scare-a-Thon 

If you were too busy trick or treating to listen to the live broadcast you can now listen for eternity at Nikolas’s new Soundcloud account here: https://soundcloud.com/user-687235752/the-nikolas-schreck-show-halloween-scare-a-thon-2017-broadcast-by-radio-on-berlin

Nikolas and friend broadcasting sounds from the Great Beyond on The Nikolas Schreck Show’s Halloween Scare-a-thon Premiere. Photo: Adrian Shephard
The Nikolas Schreck Show’s resident Happy Medium Tokay (multidisciplinary artist Ania PsH) after successfully conjuring Nikolas from the netherworld. Photo: Adrian Shephard
Nikolas and resident Happy Medium Tokay (multidisciplinary artist Ania PsH) commune with their spirit guide before broadcasting from the other world.

 

Nikolas on the air during broadcast bringing a smile to a lucky in-studio listener.
Nikolas, Tokay (multidisciplinary artist Ania PsH) and Radio On’s Adrian Shephard unmask after the grueling sonic seance.

A HAPPENING AT THE HOLE  14 October 2017, Berlin 

For those who could not attend Nikolas’s teaching that night, you can hear it on The Nikolas Schreck Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-B0sZI92mM

The words of Buddha Shakyamuni illuminate the Kreuzberg night from The Hole’s window display on 14 October 2017.

 

Nikolas Schreck’s new vinyl EP The Futura Model by candlelight inside the depths of The Hole.
Nikolas gives a rare public teaching on sonic magic and the cosmic sound at The Hole on 14 October 2017.

Watching Charles Manson Superstar with Nikolas in attendance at The Hole.

Nikolas and The Hole’s gracious hostess, artist Elena Schmerberg post-Happening standing before art created by The Epicurean label’s Stefan Hanser.

 

 

 

THE OFFICIAL ONLINE PRESENCE OF NIKOLAS SCHRECK