Photo by Novus Obscurum

Photo by Novus Obscurum

The Sound

Dispel (dis-pel):

Electro Goth, Darkwave, Sacred Neo-Classical music comprised of Dark Electronic melodies, vocal hooks, driving beats and oscillating keyboards. The sound of Dispel seeks to create a musical narrative praising spiritual quests, historic lore, mythology and mysticism.

The History

From humble beginnings drumming around the campfire as a child, to years of drum lessons and studio internships. It began with supportive parents, who encouraged an appreciation of music through a midwest working class ethic and a well aged wooden record player. The Child soon turned teenager, began to wonder if music could be more than just a hobby? While playing drums in High School Marching Band, there became an obsession with the early metal and punk scenes. When underground music had a message, ‘Attack your destiny. ’ It’s then that paying the dues really started; by smashing out beats behind the 90’s hardcore punk band “Face Value.” A relentless practice schedule ensued, gear was hauled, road miles travelled and endless van breakdowns followed.

By a chance of fate, during a European tour a seed was planted in an underground Goth/Industrial Club in Berlin. Exposed to a new sound, a different culture, this atmosphere made a lasting impression.

Though the raw truth of the punk scene remained, it was clear that electronic music was the next chapter and it would require a fresh approach. After completing a degree in music and a recording studio internship, the commitment to the art of music was solidified.

Fast forward to the present, feeling the local underground scene was lacking and inspired by an obsession with Fantasy gaming, mythology and mysticism, the foundation was set. It was then that fate again intervened, in the form of a Berklee Vocal performance/Music therapy major, Ravensea. She offered a voice and an insight to the secret of why music transcends language and cultural barriers.

The Inspiration

“Through the canvas of darkwave electronic music, vocal hooks and fantasy driven lyrics, creating a concept album about the venerated ‘Hero’s Journey,’ became our personal quest, may it aid you in yours.”

The ‘Hero’s Journey,’ is an archetype that has been venerated since Mankind’s early beginnings. The songs on ‘Lore’ represent the different stages of the ‘Hero’s Journey.’ The fantasy driven lyrics draw on our love of mythology, mysticism and fantasy gaming. We intuitively felt there was an audience that would resonate to such Medieval themes and our hope is to inspire our fans, to ‘Attack their destinies.’
The two Sacred Choral pieces on “Lore” were inspired by ‘Infelix ego,’ a Latin meditation composed by Girolamo Savonarola, before he was burned at the Stake. We felt the two sacred choral pieces would help to represent the self-realization stages of the quest and reinforce the congruent nature of the enduring Soul.

Information on the collaborators and performers

Scott Dispel – Drummer & Founder: Studied music at Cleveland State University, was a studio engineer at Lava Room Recording Studios and a nightclub Dj. He was the founder and drummer for the 90’s HC band ‘Face Value,’ and is also the touring drummer for Witchhouse artist ‘Textbeak.’ Voted Dj of the year in 2005 by ‘Scene Magazine,’ Scott hosts a Goth night in Cleveland and a weekly radio show on Hexx9.com, both Called ‘Dance Macabre.’

Ravensea – Vocalist: completed a double major from Berklee College of Music Boston, in Vocal performance and Music Therapy and is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Music Therapy. When not performing with Dispel, Ravensea is an accomplished Music Therapist, providing music therapy to underserved communities in the world.

Sean Gallows – Vocals: A Hexx9 recording artist for Black Gallows and Silence Embrace. He is currently working on album releases for bothof his projects as well as provding Coldwave style vocals for Dispel. Sean brings a huge variety of influences and styles to his endeavours.

Ze Plvgues Thorn– Remix Artist: is the Hexx9 & Blvsphemy recording artist better know as Plvgues. A prolific composer and producer located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Plvgues is considered a Witch House prodigy by those in the genre and is an all around awesome dude!

Mike Textbeak – Producer: Cleopatra recording artist Textbeak is one of the early Dj/Producers from the Witchhouse scene. An expert in underground music, he hosts the weekly show CXB7 on Hexx9.com and has worked with an impressive line-up including John Fryer, Mark Stewart, Bestial Mouths, Peter Hope, Cyanotic, Vaselyne, and Searmanas, to name a few…

Sean (Destruct) Morrissey – Guitars & Bass: appears courtesy of the Metal band ‘Soniq Armada.’

Jae Jones – Bass: also appears courtesy of the Metal band ‘Soniq Armada.’

Martin Bowes – Mastering: @ Cage Studios U.K. – Recording artist for Attrition. The Electronic band Attrition, formed in Coventry, England in 1980 by Martin Bowes and Julia Niblock. Attrition have been a stanchion of darkwave and industrial music, influencing many younger bands in the genres while continuously fine tuning their own distinctive sound.