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The Serpent’s Lair

by Steve Roach & Byron Metcalf

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rikm Pulsing and percussive and utterly brilliant, The Serpent's Lair finds Roach and Metcalf at their very best, exploring previously uncharted musical landscapes and mystical soundworlds.

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Tatoofly Wich track choose ? Rite of Passage, Shedding the Skin , Future Tribe , Osmosis , Cave Dwellers , Primal Passage , Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother ... Favorite track: Primal Passage.
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Reified Truly trance inducing. Brimming with layers of sound.
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Michal Moravec Byron Metcalf and Steve Roach fit together wonderfuly. Metcalf's drums generate a shamanic, trance-inducing beats that give life and energy to Steve Roach's ambient landscapes. I love all their cooperative works. Favorite track: Disc 1: The Lair.
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Big Medicine 12:53
Future Tribe 08:30
Birthright 05:59
Osmosis 04:04
Serpent Clan 05:02
Ochua 09:26


Like the mysterious caves portrayed on its cover, The Serpent’s Lair is an opening to an alluring and intense underworld.

In many shamanic traditions, the snake or serpent is viewed with sacred reverence. The serpent primarily symbolizes the process of “death and rebirth.” As the serpent sheds its skin, leaving behind that which is outgrown or no longer of use, it quietly prepares to move into a “new life.” This is a vulnerable period during which the snake is left defenseless against outside threats with no guarantee of survival. For the shamanic initiate, this type of challenge must be faced if one is to “step into” this new relationship to life.

Beginning as a collaboration between Roach and Metcalf, the music on The Serpent’s Lair evolved over the past year into an epic 2-CD set, augmented with a myriad of guests. For those familiar with Roach’s work, this release has it all. Steve’s ultra-soundworlds, hybrid grooves and magical production combined with Byron’s acoustic-organic tribal trance patterns set disk 1 in motion (in all directions). Aligning with themes of shamanic initiation found throughout the world, this disc is rooted in the organic . . . the earth . . . the ancestors . . . and the initiatory energy of focused transformational ritual practice which is integrated into the alchemical fire of psycho-spiritual death and rebirth. It is here that one is confronted with all the essential elements of danger and possibility.


released November 7, 2000


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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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