PHANTASMAGORIA – THE SECOND COMING

Format: CD
Released: October 1994
Label: Mind and Media
Catalogue: MM3000

Artist: Irma Victoria & The Hatebox Experience
Lyrics: Martin Hall
Music: Martin Hall
Producer: Martin Hall
Design: Jens Kruse
Photo: Robin Skjoldborg

INDEX

1. Everything Is an Illusion 3:26
2. The Voices of the Dead 1:25
3. Moon over Golgatha 1:06
4. The Gospel According to Anti-Christ 1:01
5. Heart of Darkness 3:17
6. The Iron Ring Of Ignorance 1:03
7. Silent Rage 1:59
8. The Beauty of Emptiness 4:40
9. Metamorphosis 1:57
10. The Devil in the Flesh 0:44
11. September Song 0:45
12. Where Nothing Is Sacred 2:01
13. A Touch of Evil 2:42
14. Forget Me Not 1:48
15. The 49 Days of Truthfulness 1:09
16. Once There Was a Rose 1:04
17. Nothingness 0:55
18. Circus of Bottomless Stupidity 1:18
19. Eternalized in a Godless World 1:58
20. The Endless Sea 0:49
21. Paradise Lost in the Shadow Of Satan 0:52
22. There Is No Hope 0:27
23. River of Night 1:22
24. The Sun Is Shining 1:24
25. Bittersweet the Pain 1:28
26. The Voice of Truth 0:15
27. All the World Is a Stage 0:41
28. The Promised Land 0:33
29. Gargoyles and Weltschmerz 0:53
30. The World Is on Fire Forever 5:48
31. Like Tears in the Rain 0:21
32. The Last Dream 3:24

INTRODUCTION

Introducing Phantasmagoria

“… where dogs and ravens mate, the frozen fields of the naked eye, arising I. Victoria, born in Splendour, Degraded, Arisen, in Wisdom Slumber; She, from Jericho to Armageddon, bereft of fever, Mournful She, Wasteland Witness, the Seeress, Sea, and Sea after Sea of Sand, such Oblivion. Her visions cruel and brittle, the mystic’s mission, in Irma’s dream, beyond, beyond, in solid silence.”

Laureate in Lily Fields, Ken Rivad (1994)

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Musicians

Aud Wilken: backing vocals
Christian Skeel: synthesizers
Henrik Marstal: bass
Irma Victoria: vocals
Jens Brygmann: drums
Lars Top-Galia: guitar
Martin Hall: instruments
Ole Hansen: horns
Thomas Li: keyboards
Torben Engberg: organ

Recorded and mixed at Mind and Media, summer 1993. Edited at Mainstream.

Info

Phantasmagoria – The Second Coming was the follow-up to Irma Victoria’s Grammy nominated debut album The Rainbow Theatre from 1990. Being issued in October 1994, Irma Victoria was 72 years old at the time of the release. She had just received The Medal for Meritorious Service, a distinction given for forty years of loyal service in the Danish Department of Defence handed to her personally by The Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II.

The release was surrounded by massive media coverage due to the singer’s age and earlier Grammy nomination as well as Martin Hall’s recent achievement with his hugely popular album A Touch of Excellence. Phantasmagoria even managed to produce a minor airplay scoop with the track “Everything Is an Illusion”. The album was released on import basis in England, France and Spain and has in time achieved by a cult-like status all over Europe.

When Irma Victoria died in 2000, 77 years old, several international artists expressed their grief with her passing. Among names such as Jean Pierre Turmel from the French avant-garde label French Sordide Sentimental and Martyn Jacques from the renowned English cabaret band The Tiger Lillies, the most fierce appraisal of her talent probably came from Douglas P., singer and front figure in the British neofolk group Death in June, as he wrote the following in the cover notes for the posthumously released compilation album Memorial – Finest Moments and Famous Last Words: “Her work was fantastic. May her soul live forever.”