The Serpent's Lair

The Serpent's Lair

by Steve Roach Steve Roach
The Serpent's Lair

The Serpent's Lair

by Steve Roach Steve Roach


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Space music icon Steve Roach teams up with drummer/shamanic practitioner Bryon Metcalf on this two-disc set to produce a vivid tone poem replete with serpentine rhythms and subterranean sounds. The serpent, which sheds its skin, is a common symbol in shamanic lore, and can be used as a focus in departing from the old self and transforming into the new. Clarion tones echo sharply between wet cave walls, get caught upon the wind, or ride the electric exhales of serpents. "Rite of Passage" features Middle Eastern drums, shakers, and tambourines that wind along a zigzagging rhythmic path, conjuring images of ceremonial processions and slithering serpents. On "Shedding the Skin," Roach sends doleful, breathy notes from his didgeridoo over a framedrum patter that mimics a snake's scales. Jim Cole's overtone chanting gives "Serpent Clan" and "Beating Heart of the Dragon Mother" a primordial dusting, while Lena Stevens's chant on "Ochua" adds the seductive mystery of a jungle siren. While it can be useful for serious visionary purposes, this space music does stay surprisingly serene throughout.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Projekt Records
UPC: 0617026010724
catalogNumber: 107
Rank: 134105


Disc 1

  1. The Lair
  2. Rite of Passage
  3. Shedding the Skin
  4. Big Medicine
  5. Future Tribe
  6. Birthright
  7. Osmosis
  8. Egg Chamber Dreaming

Disc 2

  1. Offering in Waves
  2. Impending Sense of Calm
  3. Cave Dwellers
  4. Primal Passage
  5. Serpent Clan
  6. Breathing Heart of the Dragon Mother
  7. Ochua

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Roach   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Jorge Reyes   Flute,Percussion,Ocarina,Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Vicki Richards   Violin
Vidna Obmana   Vocal Harmony
Byron Metcalf   Percussion,Bass Drums,Tom-Tom,Djembe,Rainstick,Shaker,Clay Pot,Ashiko Drum,Rattles,Frame Drum
Lena Stevens   Processed Vocals
Jim Cole   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Roach   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Atmosphere,Sound Creation
Byron Metcalf   Engineer
Guy Aitchison   Images
Sam Rosenthal   CD Layout
Vir Unis   Contributor

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