|ODES Richard Levy (Ostara) Book
Richard Levy, better known as Richard Leviathan and the vocalist first for Strength Through Joy and later for Ostara, has been composing lyrics for 20+ years. He has released an impressive collection of albums, including The Force of Truth and Lies (1995), Salute to Light (1996), Secret Homeland (2000), Kingdom Gone (2002), Ultima Thule (2003), The Only Solace (2009) and Paradise Down South (2014), securing him a well-earned place in the hearts of many who follow and appreciate the Neofolk genre. Never one to rest on his laurels, however, Richard has now assembled a magnificent collection of lyrical stanzas in which he discusses the fate and fortune, oeuvres and outpourings, and ideas and idiosyncrasies of historical figures such as Antonin Artaud, Carl Gustav Jung, “Leni” Riefenstahl, Julius Evola, Yukio Mishima, Marquiz de Sade, Edgar Allan Poe, John Keats, Adolf Hitler, and many more. Each ode has been crafted with skill and intelligence and together they represent a breathtaking example of the literary artform itself. Within this crumbling and degenerative age of Kali Yuga, therefore, Richard Levy has become the poet laureate of a forgotten Europe.