Stratagem by Oil Thief, released 27 August 2017 1. Phobos 2. Foibles This EP contains two new pieces from Oil Thief, created in the process of completing the new LP "The Colony" (out later this year on Chondritic Sound). These two pieces, Phobos and Foibles, were integral to the ideas behnd the record and refining of technique, but were ultimately phased out of the track list as new pieces crystallized. A misshapen view of things to come, neither here nor there, still sounding like Oil Thief but not indicative of the full-length to come.
Let them ensnare themselves. Tempt them into situations where their own actions will only cause them further trouble. Make retreat harder than advance and make advance a deadly option. Let them move a long way forward and then cut off their supply line. Lure them into an ambush. Because of the anger that traps create, this stratagem should always be used with caution. Even if it succeeds, the fury of survivors or kin can lead to later recriminations. Demoralization in war, Encirclement, Flanking.
The Stratagem and other Stories is a small book of short stories written by Aleister Crowley (1875–1947), occult magician, poet and self-proclaimed prophet of a new Æon. The book was originally published in 1929 and one of a series of Crowley's works to be published by Mandrake Press after a difficult period in which Crowley found it difficult to publish due both to his lack of funds, and his notoriety. Mandrake Press also published The Confessions of Aleister Crowley volumes I and II, and Moonchild.
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