" Abwärts wend ich mich / zu
der heiligen unaussprechlichen / geheimnissvollen Nacht.
Fernab liegt die Welt / in eine tiefe Gruft versenkt / wüst und einsam
ist / ihre Stelle." Novalis, alias Friedrich von
Shadowseeds II are Thomas Karlsson (lyricist/responsible
for the concepts behind Therion and founder of the magical order
Dragon Rouge, at the present doctorate candidate of History of Religions
at the university of Stockholm) and Tommie Eriksson (guitarist and
drummer with Therion 1995-1999 appearing on the Vovin and
Crowning of Atlantis albums).
Shadowseeds released their
first album The Dream of Lilith in 1995 on Dark Age/Megarock
Records. The album was hardly at all promoted by the label
and it sinks with glorious inertia into an esoteric underground
Several labels contacted Shadowseeds, but Tommie’s involvement
in Therion leads to a decision to let the project rest indefinitely.
THESILENTYEARS ~ 1996-2001
In 1999 Tommie leaves Therion to pursue his own
musical/literary projects. He also creates his own musical studio
Der Bunker and in the same year composes the score for a series
of movies by the famous Swedish writer Anna Bornstein. In 2001 Tommie
releases his first book Mörk Magi (OP2002) in Sweden
which presents a unique survey of the Left Hand Path tradition in
occultism. The book is very well received and is now almost sold
out. Thomas releases his revolutionary book about the runes, Uthark
(OP2002), in both English and in German (Arun Verlag 2003). His
new book Kabbala, Kliffot och den Goetiska Magin is out
now in Swedish (English and German editions planned).
In 2002, after exactly seven years of silence,
the project is resurrected.
a unique text about the 17:th century Swedish occultist Johannes
Bureus which creates the basis for a live performance
at the Ecstatic Society/Fylkingen in Stockholm together with
acts like Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio and Coph Nia.
In March 2003 Shadowseeds II perform at the Pandemonium Club
in Gothenburg. And in 2004 the first release is out based
on the live performances. The cd-r is called Der Mitternacht
Löwe and the sleeve is designed into a limited edition
envelope shaped cover that beautifully captures the old tradition
of the concept. In the autumn of 2004 the cd-r is being sent
out on a small scale to labels and friends.
Shadowseeds II will from now on continue
to release material of their very own kind. The music will range
widely from melancholy melodies to pure chaos and the acoustic/electric
guitars will meet both classical instruments as well as analog sound
waves. Thomas will build concepts of mystical beauty and intellectual
The name Shadowseeds II emphasizes the project’s