Marco Visconti in 2011
4 June 1978
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
Marco Visconti (born 4 June 1978) is an Italian occultist and musician. He is known for his work with the musical group XP8 and Faderhead. Under the name Azrael Visconti is an past officer of the Thelemic organisation Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) in London, and scholar of the occult works of English author Aleister Crowley, the founder of the philosophy and religion of Thelema. Italian science-fiction author Francesco Dimitri pays tribute to Visconti’s underground persona through his signature character Dagon in La Ragazza dei miei Sogni, of which a film adaptation was released in 2017, with Visconti-inspired character played by renowned actor Nicolas Vaporidis.
Visconti has been involved in the occult since the 1990s  when he first joined the Thelemic mystico-magical society A∴A∴, founded by Aleister Crowley and George Cecil Jones in 1907 as the spiritual heir of the rosicrucian movements and of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
In the early 2000s he collaborated with Labirinto Stellare, a small independent press, to translate the works of Kenneth Grant and Michael Bertiaux in Italian, forging a close-knit working relationship with the latter and being initiated and consecrated in various of the spiritual groups tied to him. Through Labirinto Stellare, Visconti also facilitated several seminars and workshops by Zivorad Slavinski, a Serbian spiritual teacher tied to both Grant and Bertiaux: in 2004 Visconti was ordained into the Priesthood of Ecclesia Gnostica Alba by Slavinski in Rome.
Eventually, he was initiated into the Minerval degree of Ordo Templi Orientis at Khem Lodge in Rome, Italy. During the next few years, he advanced through the Man of Earth degrees of O.T.O., completing the Triad at AMeTh Lodge in London, UK, where he moved in early 2013, and serving as the Lodge's Treasurer (one of the 3 permanent Officer roles) for several years. In 2015 he was ordained a Deacon in the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. However, following months of heated debate about alleged abuse in the Order perpetrated at every level of the organisation, Visconti decided to resign from it in August 2018, telling his version of the story on his own website, in a diary-like blog called The Wasteland. One year later, after being subjected of a defamation campaign on the 8chan website, he wrote another article titled The Aftermath where he inferred those behind the anonymous attacks where tied with the upper echelons of Ordo Templi Orientis, as well as pointing out the many similarities between the kind of attacks he was subjected to and the Fair Game policy of Scientology.
Following the resignation, he re-activated the English branch of Ecclesia Gnostica Universalis, with a public Proclamation of the Gnosis on September 23rd, 2018.
A member of gothic metal band Morgana’s Kiss sometime during the late ’90s, in 2001 Visconti formed XP8, an electronic band drawing inspiration by genres such as EBM, synthpop and hard dance. Other members of the band included Marko Resurreccion and Paul Toohill. In 2006, Visconti joined two other projects, Unter Null (this partnership will only last few months), and Grendel, as member of the live lineup of each band. 2007 is the year that saw him playing for VNV Nation on their "Judgement World Tour". A year later, in 2008, he started working with Faderhead, as well as becoming a staple to the live lineup; while in 2009 Visconti ended his collaboration with Grendel, to focus only on XP8 and Faderhead.
He continued writing music for the XP8’s songs as well as working on band’s synth production and arrangements till the band's split in 2014, when everything came to a grinding halt. Quoting various reasons for this decision, among them the dwindling interest in alternative/industrial dance music, a trend that had a long run for almost two decades but that eventually ran dry. In an interview, Visconti also stated that “[...] no one wants to be the old guy in a room full of kids looking at you like a dinosaur: I remember vividly making fun of those old goths that simply didn’t want to get the fuck out of MY clubs a decade ago, and the last thing I wanted to become was one of them.”—clearly pointing out the necessity to make space for a younger generation to make things vital and vibrant once again.
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