The Thelema Tales

by Institution D.O.L.

EDGED CIRCLE PRODUCTIONS is proud to present INSTITUTION D.O.L.’s The Thelema Tales on deluxe vinyl LP format.

For over 20 years now, the Austrian power electronics / industrial monolith known as Institution D.O.L. has made a significant name for itself in those scenes with works that plumb the depths of horror – and, as with his latest The Thelema Tales, quietude. Here, mainman Barbie B. is accompanied by pianist Wolfgang J. Eder, and the results are utterly blanching in their hushed, haunting power.

On the trails of the Great Beast, Edward Alexander Crowley (aka Aleister Crowley), The Thelema Tales is an audio document from a pilgrimage to Sicily in 2015. Here, Institution D.O.L. explores the mythos and mysticism of the man with six spacious tracks where smooth piano lines meet field recordings, from the Abbey and La Rocca, and electronica meets dark ambient. Four years of intense, in-depth work has culminated and manifested into The Thelema Tales, which was originally released in an extremely limited-edition CD version (and quickly sold out) and now seeing worldwide release on vinyl courtesy of Edged Circle Productions.

While seemingly a wild card for the label, ECP seeks darkness in all its myriad forms. And you’ll no doubt find it, in hauntingly quiet form, with Institution D.O.L.’s The Thelema Tales. Highly recommended for those into both Harold Budd and Gnaw Their Tongues, Tim Story and Theologian, and of course the most magickal works of Psychic TV and Current 93.

Released June 25, 2021

  • "Institution D.O.L. aims for a deliberately obscure sound which cannot be easily categorized, explained, or cloned, and this creates a listening experience of suspension of human reality coupled with an ambiguity that suggests the possibility of subversion."
  • "If you want to enter the realm of darkwave/ambient/power-electronics, or just looking for a perfect soundtrack to your daydreaming, Institution D.O.L. and this album can’t be but greatly recommended."
Aleister Crowley Origin: Austria / Formed in: 1997 / Genre: Power Electronics