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Rock Out With Themis on Friday, July 11 ~ Themis at The Kathedral

When: Jul 11, 2008 7:00 PM
Where: The Kathedral
651 Queen St W (at Bathurst)
Toronto,  Canada



Themis

Formed in late 2007, after a false start as a larger punk-rock project comprised of moonlighting members of other bands, Themis is a duo comprised of Ruffian (Micheal, principal song writer, guitarist and vocalist) and The Countess (Kathleen, drums, percussion, vocals.).

Lead singer and guitarist Ruffian (Micheal) told WebRadio in 2007 that the band would be an all-ages effort, focussed on producing music that promoted their own original material extolling the beauty of nature and ecology.

Themis has launched into something original, friendly, Gothicus and evolving between the light and the darkness some time between the middle ages and tomorrow.

Themis uniquely combines classic rock elements with a progressive and decidedly gothic sound. The songs are melodic and tell stories with Wicca themes, such as a profound love of nature, a reverence for all life, and the power of nature's omnipotent rule overman's mortal law.

Appropriately named after Themis, the Greek Titanness of nature's law and order, this two piece music ensemble has a spirit, a philosophy and a big sound.

Members:

Ruffian Angel has a large repertoire ofmusical background, starting his musical career as a drummer and gradually widening his horizons to encompass guitar, vocals, composing,song writing, and more. Ruffian band's front-man, combining powerfulvocals with unrelenting guitar leads.

The Countess makes her debut in a rock bandon the drums in Themis. The Countess also supplies second vocals, complementing Ruffian's powerhouse voice.

Themis delivers hauntingly beautiful melodies, vividly descriptive stories, and an entertaining live act. The songs carry through and meld with one another as in a rock opera, promulgating their message: "The beauty of this day is not lost on me...On this wooden log in the Forest of Life, I carve my flute with my hands and my knifefor the Love of Life" as in their Web Music hit 'Love of Life'.

Discography

The band has released 5 tracks, the most notable being"Love of Life"

     
  • "Love of Life" 
  • "Shattered" 
  • "Your Angel" 
  • "Demon Bites" 
  • "Sleeping Angels"

About the band, THEMIS

Significant New Music Genre: Wicca Rock

A strong thread in the artistic work of Themis is the Wiccan love of life and nature. Lyrical references to the "Love of Life", the "Forest of Life", "the Honeyed Fountain", "the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze" focus on the Wiccan belief in nature's divinity.

Themis Music has drawn nature-loving Wiccans from all over the world (http://www.myspace.com/themismusic). Themis promotes unity among all peoples through the power of music and common beliefs. The Countess and Ruffian Angel form both a musical and religious partnership: they are a High Priest and a High Priestess who have each undergone the three degrees of Wiccan initiation.

The two promote Wiccan philosophy in their songs and written texts/articles. Embedded in the Canadian duo's music and their published explanations of the Themis's musical inspirations, is a clear adoption of Wiccan ecology and feminism.

Themis duo state on their website [1] a creed of beliefs, including:

  • "The cycles of nature are our holy days: the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers." and
  • "Females are respected as equal but have a slightly higher rank to males."

 

 Melodic Wicca themes

Wicca themes carry throughout the artistic works of Themis Music. Themis is unique in combining classic rock elements with a progressive and decidedly gothic sound.

The songs are melodic and tell stories with Wicca themes (nature-based doctrine not to be confused with witchcraft in any way), such as a profound love of nature, a reverence for all life, and the power of nature's omnipotent rule over man's mortal law. Appropriately named after Themis, the Greek Titan Goddess of divine law and order, this two piece band has a spirit, a philosophy and a big sound.