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Rotting Christ – Χ Ξ Σ (666)

Genre: Black Metal, Gothic Metal, Extreme Metal

Lyrical Themes: Anti-Christianity, Occultism, Greek Mythology

Location: Athens Greece

Before they formed Rotting Christ, Sakis Tolis, Themis Tolis and Mutilator played in a band together called Black Church, which they started in 1985. They went on to create Rotting Christ in 1987. They were one of the first Black Metal bands in their region.

 

LINKS

Official Website

Encyclopedia Metallum Page

Facebook

Imbolc – A Time of Renewal

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May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell

Bless every fireside, every wall and door

Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof

Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy

Bless every foot that walks it’s portals through

May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

Poem Source


Many of us modern folk may think of the Spring Equinox on March 21st as the first day of Spring. But back in ancient Ireland, it was actually around January 31st. It was the day that marked the waning of winter and the coming of longer days. A time when the snow started melting, the animals began coming out of hibernation and birds started singing. A day in between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

The term ‘Imbolc’ derives from Old Irish and means “in the belly,” or alternately “ewe’s milk,” pointing to the the time when the first lambs were born, associated with a celebration of fertility, reproduction and the young.

This is a day connected with the Celtic goddess Brigid, and Imbolc is one of the few contemporary Pagan holidays that is connected completely and solely to a Goddess. Brigid is the goddess of creativity, warfare, healing, fertility and the hearth.

In Christian times, the goddess Brigid was transformed to a Saint. Saint Brigid is still a pretty big deal in Ireland today. The second most popular saint after Saint Patrick. It is believed that Saint Brigid could perform miracles, such as healing the sick. She also acted a bridge between Christianity and Paganism. Even Brigid’s cross is both a reference to both Jesus and the Celtic sun wheel. So as a bridge between two religions, she is a fitting symbol of the threshold between winter and spring.

A good way to celebrate this holiday is by doing some spring cleaning. Getting rid of the old and preparing your home for the new season to come.

Since Brigid is a goddess of creativity, another good way to celebrate is by trying your hand at writing a poem, maybe even writing a song or doing some other creative project.

Most importantly, this is a time of renewal. Do you have any new projects you’d like to start? Or old ones that you need to finish? Is there something you’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet? Or any old habits that need to thaw out and melt away like the winter snow? This may be the time, and the strength of Brigid will help guide you through.


THEY AWOKE TO THE SCENT OF SPRING

(I know I shared this song before, but it’s a good one for the occasion)


LINKS

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Brighid – Goddess and Saint – Lady of Transitions and Inbetweens (Metal-Gaia)

Lady of The Flame  (Metal-Gaia)

How to celebrate Imbolc (Pagan Wiccan)

The Right and Wrong of Imbolc (Patheos)

Imbolc 2016: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know (Huffington Post)

Pagans Celebrate Coming of Spring with Imbolc Festival (World Religion News)

Imbolc Poem (The Fellowship of The King)

Documentary About Saint Brighid

Liquid Tension Experiment – When The Water Breaks – Full length version

Genre: Technical/Progressive Rock/Metal

Location: New York City, New York

Now I know what you might be thinking when you see a song that’s 17 minutes long, “You really expect us to listen to that? That’s like 3 songs in one?” But trust me, as you listen to it, it doesn’t feel very long at all. This amazing piece takes you on a journey – a journey through groovy, fresh guitar solos, funky riffs, dynamic ups and downs and Mike Portnoy’s expert drums.

That’s right. This project was founded by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater as a side project (but ended up roping in John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess…so it was kind just like a different flavor of Dream Theater???) They also had bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson playing with them.

One thing that made me laugh was when I read that Portnoy’s first choice for a guitarist was Dimebag Darrell…you know…of Pantera. Of course Dimebag was an amazing guitarist, but somehow this doesn’t really seem like his style.

A testament to the incredible talent of these band members is that the albums were mostly improvised.

 

Valhalla or Heaven?

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Hrmm…doesn’t seem like a difficult choice to me.

Frogs: The Thin Green Line

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FULL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT FROGS ON PBS

Our little green friends play a vital role in the eco-system. Yet now they’re vanishing off the Earth at an alarming rate.

“It is the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs.  Population by population, species by species, amphibians are vanishing off the face of the Earth. Despite international alarm and a decade and a half of scientists scrambling for answers, the steady hemorrhaging of amphibians continues like a leaky faucet that cannot be fixed or a wound that will not heal.”

“Large scale die-offs of frogs around the world have prompted scientists to take desperate measures to try to save those frogs they can, even bathing frogs in Clorox solutions and keeping them in Tupperware boxes under carefully controlled conditions to prevent the spread of a deadly fungus. Will it ever be safe to return the frogs back to the ecosystem from which they were taken?”

Hopefully this problem can be solved before it’s too late.

Hallmarks of 2015 for Pagans

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As we wrap up 2015, it’s important to think of what has been accomplished and what more needs to be done. While pagans are still a pretty small, religious minority, it is indisputable that our numbers are growing along with our influence in public life.

Since the beginning of the Neopagan movement in the 1950’s (along with more ancient traditions dating back to Medieval Times), pagan and occult practices have been limited to small (and mostly secretive) gatherings.

But now as public religious acceptance grows, these gatherings are becoming less secretive and more public. In fact, we have seen things happen in 2015, that have not occurred in hundreds – and perhaps even a thousand years.

In the beginning of this year, Scotland saw its first gay, Pagan wedding.

Then plans were announced in Iceland to build the first temple to the Norse Gods since the Viking Ages.

Meanwhile, the U.K. announced the creation of a druid college.

In April, Northern Ireland  certified its first pagan priest since the time of St. Patrick. Ironically, the name of the pagan man himself is Patrick. Who says the Gods don’t have a sense of humor?

Another big story in April was when a Wiccan Priestess was invited to give the opening invocation before the Iowa State Legislature.

Then in October, the Cascadia Grove of Ár nDraíocht Féin outlined plans to build a shrine to Cernunnos, God of liminality, commerce and the forest.

In terms of other big news, the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal nation wide this June.

And of course, last but not least, the metal heads of this blog will be mourning the loss of the metal god and legend Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead who recently passed. I realized since I wrote my last article, that I shouldn’t say RIP, because I can’t really see Lemmy sitting around quietly for too long. It’s more likely that he’ll be rocking out with the gods in Valhalla and writing some of the best damned metal anyone ever heard with Dio.

So this new years raise a glass in toast for all the good, bad, and ugly that happened this year. And let’s hope to make 2016 even more exciting and eventful than 2015.

RIP Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, 1945-2015

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On December 28th, the world lost a heavy metal legend. The singer, song writer, bassist and sole constant member of the band Motorhead. Many people are shocked to hear the death of Lemmy, but it’s actually a surprise he lived as long as he has, being the human embodiment of the hard drinking, fast living, rock and roll life style.

Many people credit Motorhead’s fast and heavy style for the creation of thrash music. But Lemmy always liked to insist that Motorhead was a rock and roll band.

This New Years celebrate the life of this legend by taking a drink for Lemmy, won’t you?

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LEMMY’S LIFE

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Being the supreme being he is, he was born on Christmas Eve.

“Kilmister” is the real last name he was born with.

The term ‘”Motörhead” is slang for an enthusiast of methamphetamine and other chemical stimulants.

Lemmy had the honor of being a roadie for Jimi Hendrix.

Motörhead’s immortal motto—“Everything Louder Than Everything Else”—is the one, flawless summation of everything that defines heavy metal.

LEMMY KILMISTER TRIBUTE PLAYLIST

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