Book of Horizons

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Book of Horizons
Book of Horizons.jpg
Studio album by Secret Chiefs 3
Released May 25, 2004
Genre Avant-garde
Length 52:56
Label Mimicry
Producer Trey Spruance
Secret Chiefs 3 chronology
Book M
Book of Horizons
Path of Most Resistance

Book of Horizons is the fourth studio album by Secret Chiefs 3, released May 25, 2004.[1] Book of Horizons was the first Secret Chiefs 3 album to reveal the satellite bands that form the actual band under their own names. Out of the seven bands only one, NT Fan, was not heard on the album at all. The other six are The Electromagnetic Azoth, UR, Ishraqiyun, Traditionalists, Holy Vehm and FORMS. Since the release of Book of Horizons the satellite bands have seen several releases of their own.


"The Owl in Daylight" is inspired by the final, unfinished novel of the same name by renowned science fiction writer Philip K. Dick before his death. The song "Book T: Exodus" is the theme of the 1960 film The Exodus composed by Ernest Gold.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Scene Point Blank9/10 stars[4]

The Allmusic review by William York stated "Secret Chiefs 3's first three studio albums were not exactly stripped-down affairs, but Book of Horizons is by far an ambitious release ... this is a frequently jaw-dropping album that should silence Spruance's anti-Bungle critics and, more importantly, challenge and entertain devoted fans of his past work".[2]

Pitchfork contributor Jonathan Zwickel noted "Over three years in the making, Book of Horizons is Secret Chiefs' most expansive and coherent statement, an alchemical fusion of Morricone-esque cinematic grandeur, midnight surf guitar, traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and time signatures, demonic death metal, and electronic deviance that yields a work of undeniable force"[3]

The Scene Point Blank review warned "If you have a short attention span you are probably going to get lost mid-way through Book of Horizons. If you're looking for something straightforward, this will be a waste of your time. This is experimental music at its finest".[4]

The Sputnikmusic review said "Secret Chiefs 3's Book of Horizons succeeds in creating unique cross-genres that mix Middle-Eastern folk with genres such as surf-rock and metal. The album is fun, ecclectic, ever-changing, and doesn't drag".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Trey Spruance (credited as "The Enemy" on Holy Vehm tracks), except where noted.

No.TitleSatellite bandLength
1."The End Times"FORMS4:58
2."The 4 (The Great Ishraqi Sun)"Ishraqiyun3:37
3."The Indestructible Drop"Traditionalists1:09
4."Exterminating Angel"Holy Vehm3:14
5."The Owl in Daylight"FORMS3:58
6."The Exile"Traditionalists3:08
7."On the Wings of the Haoma"The Electromagnetic Azoth5:08
8."Book T: Exodus" (composed by Ernest Gold)UR3:56
9."Hypostasis of the Archons"Holy Vehm4:21
10."The Electrotheonic Grail Dove"Traditionalists0:44
11."The 3 (Afghan Song)" (composer unknown)Ishraqiyun4:01
12."DJ Revisionist"The Electromagnetic Azoth4:06
13."Anthropomorphosis: Boxleitner"UR5:24
14."Welcome to the Theatron Animatronique"FORMS5:11



  1. ^ Web of Mimicry: SC3 accessed June 22, 2018
  2. ^ a b York, William. Secret Chiefs 3: Book of Horizons – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Zwickel, J. Pitchfork Review, accessed June 22, 2018
  4. ^ a b Scene Point Blank Review, accessed June 22, 2018
  5. ^ a b Sputnik Music Review, accessed June 22, 2018

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