The harsh noise, glitchcraft album NJENA by St. Guillotine & The Red Mass is an experimental, musical sigil (an inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power) which acts as a meditative soundtrack to the adepts initiation into The Communal Order of the Ouroboros. The Communal Order of the Ouroboros is an open coven for all communist witches, warlocks, and other magical and/or mystical Marxists. The only initiation to become a member of this anonymous coven, is to become possessed by the Spectre of Communism (the communal ghost of every living and dead communist). Through communion with the Spectre, the class consciousness of the adept is raised, and the initiate gains the revolutionary magical skills necessary to combat Moloch and the dictatorship of capital.
St. Guillotine & The Red Mass is a magical, music and performance art legion known most notably known for writing the collaborative comic “The Communal Order of the Ouroboros" which is illuminated by printmaker, cartoonist, and visual artist Craig E. Ross. The comic is currently on a summer hiatus but new segments are expected this fall. In addition to the comic, "The Communal Order of the Ouroboros” project exists as a multi-facetted art experience in the forms of music, performance, zines, posters, and art installations. To read the first segment of The Communal Order of the Ouroboros, click here. For the latest segment of the comic, click here.
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Craig E. Ross, an editor at Red Wedge, is a printmaker and cartoonist currently living in Southern Illinois who works mainly in woodblock prints. They received a BFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Craig has self-published various comics and zines such as Meditations: A Vision In Woodcuts and the acclaimed Steal Away: The Visions of Nat Turner. Craig also runs the “Red Wedge Comix” blog at Red Wedge.