ALARM’s Top 10 Albums of 2008

By Scott Morrow
January 26, 2009

8. Secret Chiefs 3: Xaphan: Book of Angels, Vol. 9 (Tzadik)

Led by multi-instrumentalist/composer Trey Spruance, Secret Chiefs 3 has re-imagined Masada material for Zorn’s Book of Angels series. The group’s use of Indian instruments and melodies, combined with surf rock, cinematic flourishes, African guitar, bits of electronics, and bursts of death metal, is unparalleled in execution and contemporaries.

Used here with Zorn’s material, the outcome is magnificent.

By Scott Morrow January 26, 2009
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