Evocation of Baphomet – Moonchild (Templars in Sacred Blood)

Ya learn something new every day (if you’re lucky)! I hadn’t realized that iconic avant-garde sax player / composer / venue owner / label head John Zorn had a band called Moonchild (one assumes after the Crowley novel), formed back in 2006 and released a bunch of album and songs with titles like “Evocation of Baphomet – Moonchild (Templars in Sacred Blood).” Well he did!

members have included:

Joey Baron: Drums
Trevor Dunn: Bass

John Medeski: Keyboards
Mike Patton: Voice
Marc Ribot: Guitar
John Zorn: Alto Sax

Moonchild (2006)
Astronome (2006)
Six Litanies For Heliogabalus (2007)

The Crucible (2008)
Templars – In Sacred Blood (2012)
The Last Judgment (2014)

The Tzadik website says:

“Zorn’s newest project is a hardcore song cycle scored for voice, bass and drums. This powerful rock unit features three of his most illustrious, longtime cohorts who have worked together in bands such as Naked City, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle and Electric Masada and are keenly in tune with Zorn’s language and aesthetic. Musicians are always at their best in Zorn projects and Moonchild is no exception. You have never heard these players as up front, on the edge or as inspired as they are here, raging through eleven pieces of terrifying intensity. Drawing on preverbal language and the primal power of rock music, this is Torture Garden with an alchemical twist—spontaneous, complex and evocative. ”

Here’s the lyrics to  “Evocation of Baphomet – Moonchild (Templars in Sacred Blood)”

“Shattered dust, ice castles and phlegm,

twist temple mouth in deeds unjust, owl song ghost rites,

kufic scrolls,

conspires time from dark to light, order strength sacred bones,

a difficult freedom,

spilt blood for runic stones, aged pain and purity,

crowns, thorns, relics,

filling magic wells with bright eternity outremer,

pas encore,

je soif in transfigurationem,


sacrosanctus le chacal de l’inceste,

outremer surrounded by devil´s ring,

pure gonfanon baucant,

une fièvre magique to the raven-swallow


entreaty, entreaty, entreaty…

Give a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM_5LzEaWEs.

Purchase: https://www.tzadik.com/

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

One Comment

  1. The Moonchild series is indeed inspired by Crowley, as well as composer Edgard Varese and Antonin Artaud. Also check out Zorn’s album IAO

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