AD 246 | James Hammontree (Black Magnet)
“Body Prophecy”

With the release of Black Magnet’s debut album ‘Hallucination Scene’ in 2020 a new Industrial Metal power emerged from the unlikely landscape of Oklahoma City. After anxiously waiting out the pandemic Black Magnet returned to the road in late 2021 and has now dropped ‘Body Prophecy’ the second full-length burst of machine-driven mayhem and electronic deviance.

On ‘Body Prophecy’ mastermind, James Hammontree welds the frenetic vitality of post-punk and metal energy with driving synthetic club beats, factory force physicality, and alluringly stark melodic pulses. Tracks like ‘Floating in Nothing’ and ‘Violent Mechanix’ feature both intensely catchy hooks and hammering brutal noise. ‘Sold Me Sad’ is a quietly deranged lullaby that takes an atmospheric turn. The throbbing drug-addled lurch of the Manson / Reznor-esque ‘Incubate’ is, at the end of the album, treated to a completely re-imagined and extended club-style remix by scene legend Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Zonal, etc).

For all its harsher, scraping atmospheres and pummeling aggression ‘Body Prophecy’ always remains an eminently tight, memorable album molded for the stage and constructed to keep bodies in motion and listeners transfixed.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • How The Kybalion impacted James’s life/creative practice
  • Hermeticism and the 7 Hermetic principles
  • Folklore behind “Ring Around The Rosie”
  • Draxler’s visual contribution to Black Magnet’s newest album “Body Prophecy”
  • Recording “Body Prophecy” during the early stages of the pandemic
  • James working with Justin K Broadrick
  • Suffering through challenging material to grow one’s creative perspective
  • Looking past genres to develop a deeper relationship with artworks
  • Tapping into your highest vibration, frequency, and energy
  • Creating art with absolute honesty
  • Embracing the paradox
  • Transforming negative outlooks into positive perspectives
  • “The Pregnant Void” in Taoism

Artists / People Mentioned:
  • Salvador Dalí (Surrealist Painter)
  • Francis Bacon (Painter)
  • Max Ernst (Surrealist Painter)
  • Mitch Horowitz (Author / Occult Historian)
  • Jay Cheel (Director)
  • Andrei Tarkovsky (Director)
  • Alejandro Jodorosky (Director)
  • David Lynch (Director)
  • Alan Watts (Writer)

Bands / Musicians Mentioned:
  • Justin K. Broadrick
  • Godflesh
  • Jesu
  • Vatican Shadow
  • Killing Joke
  • The Birthday Party
  • Big Black
  • Meshuggah
  • Blood Incantation
  • Greg Puciato

Books Mentioned:
  • The Kybalion
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Occult: A History
  • Man, Myth, and Magic Series
  • The Hellbound Heart
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

Films / TV Series Mentioned:
  • Midsommar
  • Cursed Films
  • Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Twilight Zone Movie
  • The Birds
  • The Exorcist
  • Poltergeist
  • Stalker
  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
  • Hereditary
  • The Witch
  • The Crow
  • The Wizard of OZ
  • Weeds
  • Hellraiser

Posted 11.8.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino