LOTUS THIEF is a San Francisco band that merges post-black metal, space rock and ambient music, seamlessly blending the genres into a unique and greater musical whole. Originated by two members of celebrated "green metal" group BOTANIST - drummer Otrebor and multi-instrumentalist / composerBezaelith -- LOTUS THIEF is its own entity; a project with a stated purpose of "lauding knowledge and illuminating ancient words and art through song".
Taking its name from the Lotus-eaters in Homer's epic poem, "Odyssey", LOTUS THIEF song lyrics bloom from age-old texts, intentionally exploring the world of the past while weaving threads to the present. These scripts include "De Rerum Natura", from the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius (c. 99 BC - c. 55 BC), the ancient Egyptian funerary text "The Book of the Dead", "The Book of Lies", written by English occultist and teacher Aleister Crowley (using the pen name of Frater Perdurabo), and "The Merseburg Incantations", medieval magic spells written in Old High German.
As an English teacher by trade, Bezaelith finds symmetries to the present in the written knowledge of civilizations long gone. Summarizing LOTUS THIEF's raison d'être, she states, "Lotus Thief exists, because in a world of trivial ephemera, true knowledge is humanity's greatest possession and our only hope for lasting another thousand years".