Friday, October 23, 2009

Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds And Reaps Souls

The best-known band named Coven is a psychedelic rock band, composed of vocalist Jinx Dawson, bassist Oz Osborne (not to be confused with Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath) and drummer Steve Ross. They had a top 10 hit on Warner Brothers Records with a cover of Original Caste’s “One Tin Soldier”, which was used as the theme song to the 1971 movie Billy Jack.

Jinx Dawson , Ross, and Osborne formed Coven in Chicago in the late 1960s. They were signed to Mercury Records, where they put out their first album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls in 1969. The music on the album was, for the most part, standard pop psychedelia; what made it distinctive was the heavy emphasis on diabolical subject matter, including songs such as “The White Witch of Rose Hall”, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, and “Dignitaries of Hell”. The album concluded with a 13 minute track of chanting and Satanic prayers called “Satanic Mass”.

Unwanted publicity came to the band in the form of a sensational Esquire magazine article entitled “Evil Lurks in California,” which linked counterculture interest in the occult to Charles Manson and the Tate-La Bianca murders. As a result, Mercury withdrew the album from circulation.


One of the best psychedelic rock bands out there. The first album in which you can hear a full satanic mass. Absolutely cult album. Enjoy!

1. Black Sabbath
2. White Witch of Rose Hall
3. Coven in Charing Cross
4. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
5. Pact with Lucifer
6. Choke, Thirst, Die
7. Wicked Woman
8. Dignitaries of Hell
9. Portrait

10. Satanic Mass


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