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Occult label Black Mass Rising release first film in new Spirits Trilogy

Label founder Shazzula directs new film The Essor and collaborates with Warren Ellis and Matthias Loibner on its soundtrack

Shazzula has directed a new DVD titled The Essor. The first offering in the triptych The Spirits Trilogy, it was filmed in Mongolia in 2015 by Shazzula on 16mm film and with an aerial DIY drone. The idea, explains the website of Black Mass Rising, the French label co-run by Shazzula with Philippe Marie, is to create a deep and immersive experience, with each film featuring a special soundtrack. For The Essor, this is a collaboration between Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and composer Matthias Loibner. A fourth soundtrack is also due to be released as part of a four LP box set.

The DVDs are limited to 500 copies and available via their website and Bandcamp. Forthcoming in the series are The Cromlech Dance and The Sacred Pathways. You can watch a trailer below.

In other news, the label has reissued Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson's Live At L'Étrange Festival (2004) on double vinyl.