Devil in Detroit

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Based on a journey I made to Detroit in 2010. Each verse is derived from anecdotal experience and projected into a kind of modern myth with a backward glance to Homer's Odyssey, the late Roman empire, slavery, bootlegging, lynchings and the American Dream rusting into the sky.


Charon take me
Cross the river
to the south end
of the world
Bordered towers
Broken spires
and a scar-cracked Face with burns
Caesar’s palace
by the water
Where the Odyssey Ends in lust
Ghosts of glory
Ninety stories
and a hundred roads to rust
And we find ourselves
Alive and well
in the face of hell
and we find ourselves
Alight and dancing with the Devil
in the city on a hill
to shoot is to kill
Bethlehem and Sodom
Heaven at the bottom
in the city on a hill
to shoot is to thrill
Angels at the bottom
Paris dandy
Morning brandy
Strange fruit
from old vines
Called me Brother
My Jewish Other
at the warehouse altar high
Dollar hustle
Every muscle
Candy crosses
for your losses
Semi-naked bombshell
Smoking with a death’s head
in her eye


from Napoleonic Blues (11 track album), released January 31, 2017
Recorded at Big Sound, Adelaide, Australia. Produced by Richard Leviathan and David Lokan


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Ostara Adelaide, Australia

Richard Leviathan, formerly of Strength Through Joy.

Ostara has been Richard Leviathan’s solo project since 2002, with six previous releases that have firmly established him in the Neofolk genre alongside Death in June, Sol Invictus, Rome, Spiritual Front, Fire and Ice, Of the Wand and the Moon and others.

"Napoleonic Blues" is the seventh album, to be released on CD, January 2017
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