Archive for July, 2012

ARKONA Russian Folk Song ( Oy da ne vecher ) ой да не вечер


A fan takes Arkona’s ( Oy da ne vecher ) ой да не вечер  and mixes it with footage from the Russian fantasy movie “Wolfhound” or “Волкодав.” We may have not heard much about this movie on American shores, but it was hugely popular in Russia, with one of the biggest budgets in Russian film history. The movie itself takes place in the Dark Ages, and has elements of Russian Mythology mixed in.

The Folk Song: ( Oy da ne vecher ) ой да не вечер, is a dream bringing omens of destruction.

Bathory – Nordland

A Bathory Fan mixes music from the song “Nordland” with video footage from a history channel documentary on Vikings.

Enjoy rocking out Viking style to some history!

An Academic Discussion on Irish Neopaganism


I decided to put this video up here because there is a lot of arguments on the internet about what defines Paganism.

Or what defines Neo Paganism.

This woman certainly doesn’t have the final word on the matter.

But she is an Ethnographic researcher who spoke with different self identified Pagan individuals and groups.

She is trying to explain what Paganism is from her research and point of view,

and I think she makes some good points.

This is Jenny Butler and she is speaking at the University College Cork’s Doctoral Showcase 2011.

Gotta love that Irish Accent.

Northland – Withering Rose

“Those glory days vanished into the past
fury of time is taking your life.
No one can ride forever!
At the end of all paths light turns dark and death”

Country of Origin: Spain

Style: Melodic Death, Celtic, Folk

Lyrics: Paganism and Battles

The gentle, clean guitar starts the song with a sense of ease and peace. Only to be blasted away by the power of the Celtic style violin and keyboard. The chanting in the background brings you to an ancient time of battles and heroism. Melodic death growling vocals are backed by the chanting – and it works to give the song an epic quality. My only criticism is that the guitar riff at 4:05 sounds like the opening riff of Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” cover, even the tones sound the same at that moment!

But aside from that, these guys are no Withering Rose – regardless of the song name. Their music definitely has a heroic quality that makes you want to bring the glory days back again.


The Sanctity of Death

If you live in America like I do, you’ve probably heard a lot about the “Sanctity of Life.” You’ve seen the pro life protesters outside of Abortion Clinics with their posters of half alive fetuses. And who can forget the “big ta do” that was made about Terri Schiavo (The woman whose husband wanted to pull the plug on her because she was in a permanently vegetative state). If someone has suffered permanent brain damage and is hooked up to a machine that keeps them alive – their family will be forced to shell out astronomical amounts of money to keep a brainless body filled with air (unless the person made specifications in a living will before-hand).

Also, we have an insistence on keeping people alive for as long as possible: the elderly and cancer patients. Even if these people want to die, they are kept alive against their wishes.

What is this obsession we have with perpetuating life?

Okay, I’m not going to lie, I’m happy to be alive. I’m happy that out of the millions of sperms my father had, I was the one that landed in my mother’s ovum. I’m happy that our planet is just the right distance from the sun to harbor a rich and complex Eco System of life. And yes, life itself is endowed with much beauty and power.

But life is only one aspect of that beauty and power that defines the natural world. The other necessary stage is death.

Death is almost always thought of as a tragedy and a morbid affair in our culture. In the Disney movie Hercules, Hades (Lord of the Underworld) played the bad guy for example. Even though in the real Greek Legend of Hercules, Hera (Zeus’s wife) was more of an Antagonist than Hades.

Yet think of how horrible life on this planet would be if nothing died? We’d be overrun with rabid creatures, competing for the tiniest molecule of space.

There are many cultures in the world that actually celebrate and accept death as a natural process, a necessary stage of life if you will.

In the Hindu Religion life is seen as a type of suffering. The wheel of life and death is called Samsara. This is the wheel of constant reincarnation and death. When someone dies, their soul will have a short resting period, and then come back in a different body. The goal of existence is to be released from the wheel so that one can finally achieve the peace of non-existence.

With the Vikings, dying an honorable death in battle was important. Dying of old age was an embarrassment because it signified cowardice. Death wasn’t the end, but merely a new beginning. Those who died in battle got to go to Valhalla, a perpetual feast where they got to battle, hunt and drink forever. Those who died a boring, natural death went to a less spectacular and probably equally boring realm of existence. Some warriors would even wound themselves with spears before dying, in order to trick Hel (A Goddess who received a portion of the dead) into thinking they died heroic deaths in battle. (Norse Concepts of the Afterlife)

Many cultures in the world practice Ancestor Worship and keep the spirits of the dead around them as they go about their daily lives. Some keep the bodies of the dead near their homes in ancestral shrines. Others keep a token of the dead relative. Many even consult the spirit of that dead relative for wisdom.

Am I saying that we should go on a killing spree because death is good? No. Death is neither good nor bad. It is simply a natural phase that all life must transition through. It can be mourned, but it can also be celebrated. Death is the harbinger of new beginnings. He is the reaper that harvests the grain of life, so that new life may one day grow. This is why fire is often characterized as the element of creativity. Destruction is a necessary part of creativity. Kenaz itself is the rune of creativity, symbolizing the union of fire and wood. It is the congregation of destruction and life for the creation of heat. Brigid is the Celtic Goddess of inspiration, which is why the flame is one of her symbols.

When my grandmother died many told me how sorry they were. But I wasn’t sorry. Why should I be? She was an 86 year old woman who was in pain and having delusions. She even repeated that she wanted to die.

For all things have a time and a season. When the leaves begin to brown and the sunshine dims, we should anticipate and welcome the coming winter ahead.

We talk about “the right to life.” But shouldn’t there equally be a “right to death?” Each person’s life is their own. They should have the right to choose when and how they want it to end.

So let’s stop keeping people alive against their will. Let’s stop limiting condom use and abortion use. We don’t need to live on a planet where life has great quantity but little quality. Let’s stop tip toeing around the issue of death, but instead, celebrate death – the sanctity of death. For it is the reaper that keeps the field bountiful, it is the scythe of death that gives life its meaning.

Don’t fear the reaper.

Enjoy that cowbell!

Be Proud To Be Loud

Don’t just use your art to get attention and fame.

Wield it as the most powerful weapon there is,

To fight back against a corrupt system.

Be proud.

Proud to be loud!

Never let anyone silence your voice.

Be’lakor – From Scythe to Scythe

From scythe to scythe and measure to measure, this song is driving and pumping. The melody builds and gains power like an amassing swarm of Orcs. Speaking of which, the band is named “Be-lakor,” after a demon in the table top game Warhammer. These nerds hail from a land of untamed monsters and salty sandwiches. Lustria, the jungle where the lizard men roam you say? No, but that was a good guess. They actually come from Victoria Australia. The singer sounds like a mighty warrior himself and reminds me of Joahan Hegg (Amon Amarth Vocalist).

They are a melodic death metal band that builds on themes of nature, paganism, gaming and Greek mythology.

So if you need some mood music while you swing your scythe into some oozing green orc skulls, check this song out.

Be’lakor Encylopedia Metallum Entry 

Be’lakor Facebook

Be’lakor Myspace



Not in My Backyard

Oil that causes wars around the globe? Let’s do it!

Fracking that poisons the local drinking water and ruins the aquifers, why not?

Fill the air with smog with coal – hell to the yeah!

Wind power? Solar?


Speaking of which…Check out this great George Carlin skit.

Pelican – Aurora Borealis

I feel like this music takes your mind on a peaceful, trippy journey. There are no vocals, just the gentle lilting of the guitar. It comes in slowly, from the distance, much like an Aurora Borealis spotted in the sky.

SOUND: Pelican began by recording a more doom metal sound. But now they are more known for their post rock, experimental sound.

ORIGIN: They hail from Evanston Illinois.

Encyclopedia Metallum Link

Pelican Facebook

Pelican Myspace 

Three Levels of Understanding: Physical, Spiritual and Symbolic

The human mind understands things at three levels: the physical, the spiritual and the symbolic.

Behind all things there is a practical, rational meaning. But there is also a spiritual and symbolic meaning. In the modern world we are taught to observe life with the rational mind – thus we understand things better at the physical level. Which isn’t a bad thing, but this is only scratching the surface of true understanding.

What does a tree look like? What is its purpose? It takes in carbon dioxide and spits out oxygen.

Yet great thinkers like Jung understood that there is an important subconscious element of life.

All things, even the tree, bare a subconscious and symbolic meaning. Symbolically the tree represents life. This symbolic understanding of the tree connects us, at a subconscious level, with the energy of the divine itself. This is understanding things at a higher level spiritually.

Embrace the world around you, understanding the Physical, the Symbolic and the Spiritual.

Janaza – Female Black Metal Vocalist in Iraq


Janaza: A Muslim Funeral Prayer that seeks pardon for the dead.

Hail the demonic screams of this Iraqi Banshee! Janaza is the first female fronted, Black Metal band to come out of fertile crescent.

There are more Anti – Christian Black metal bands than you can shake a sacrificial virgin at. Church burnings are par for the course. Yet Janaza’s “Burn the Pages of the Koran” is something entirely new. Not necessarily advocating Islamic hate on this blog. But I just wanted to take the time to admire the iron clad balls on this chick. She could be imprisoned or killed for creating anti-Islamic music in her country. But she doesn’t give five fucks. If that’s not the spirit of metal I don’t know what is.

Falkenbach – Vanadis

Falkenbach means “Runnel of the falcons”

Country: Germany

Genre: Viking/Black Metal/Folk Metal

Lyrical Themes: Epic tales, heathenism, Lore, Norse Mythology

While twilight covers the blood red skies
While the sun sets the shores aflame
There is one thing only which never dies
The honour of thy name”


 Falkenbach Facebook

Falkenbach Myspace

Encyclopedia Metallum Entry

Real Spirituality v.s. Synthetic Religion


Many people on the internet debate what defines “real” paganism, “real” spirituality. If you want to get technical, this could be a debate that lasts for 500 years. I guess that’s why so many religious conflicts have lasted that long. But in this most basic sense, Earth based beliefs – like Paganism – are based on reality, on worshipping what you can observe with your 5 senses. And what has man been able to observe for the entirety of human history? The Sun, the Moon and the Earth of course. Most Ancient Spirituality draws on the energy of these things. The fullness of the moon represents the fertility of the Goddess. The brightness of the sun represents the power of the God (or Goddess, depending on what tradition you practice).

This is one of the greatest contrasts between Earth Based Spirituality and Abrahamic Religion. Christianity has taught man since the middle ages to hate the iconography of the Earth. Islam prohibits man from depicting images of God. Catholicism is probably the version of Christianity that evokes the most use of imagery. But this is because Catholicism appropriated European Pagan customs into their religious customs.


In many Abrahamic faiths the sensual and sexual are considered sinful things. These are things that must be controlled and regulated. Women must hide their sexual parts to prevent sin.

Yet in Earth Based spirituality, the sensuality of this world is something to be celebrated. Indeed many Pagans praised sexuality with poetry, plays, art and music. Paganism and Earth based religions are based on the idea of having a bold and exciting life in which you directly interact with this world – not a passive one in which you quietly wait for this life to end. In the mythos of many ancient beliefs, heroes who committed great feats on this Earth were rewarded by the Gods. The great warriors, the beautiful, the smart and the artistic were all praised and loved by the Gods. Compare that to Christianity where you are rewarded for thought instead of action.


The Christian emphasis on thought rather than deed gave rise to the intellectual and aloof aspects of Western Culture. We see ourselves separate from this Earth. This is why much global destruction and imperialism has been committed by Westerners. Our values and religious beliefs are based on something that isn’t real. They are based on an imaginary dream of human greatness, on an ego driven impulse. This is why we now have a culture of materialism. We celebrate that which has no meaning. Which is empty inside. We buy for the sake of buying and nothing else.

Other cultures in world history have been more holistic. They have worshiped things that are real. The Earth is very real – and we are very much a real part of it. Science has proven again and again that we must take care of this Earth if we are to survive – but the ideals of Christianity and Capitalism ignore the warnings of science. That is because these ideologies are not based on real values. They are based on fake values.


This is why Earth based spirituality and Paganism is making a come back. Many people have the subconscious realization that we need to return to something that is pure, true – but most of all – REAL. We need to worship that which is around us. The Kingdom of God is a lie. The Earth we live on is a more beautiful salvation than any alternative reality. We must take care of this Earth because we can sense with all five senses that it is a sacred place where life is created. If we want life to continue – we must protect the real. The Earth.

John Trudell and Elder Red Crow speak – Native Wisdom

We humans are a disease, even we do not find a cure, Earth will provide the antibiotic. If we continue to pollute, the ozone will open up and kill off the polluters if necessary. We should find ways to work with the Earth rather than focusing on the political abstractions that got us into this mess. We should consider all possibilities instead of working in the narrow framework of Democracy.

Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan

We sailed through endless skies
Stars shine like eyes
The black night sighs
The moon in silver trees

Falls down in tears
Light of the night
The earth, a purple blaze
Of sapphire haze in orbital ways

While down below the trees
Bathed in cool breeze
Silver starlight breaks dawn from night
And so we pass on by
The crimson eye of great god Mars
As we travel the universe

[ Lyrics from: ]

Time and Karma

Bathory – “Twilight of The Gods”

“In this age of utter madness
We maintain we are in control
And ending life before deliverance
While countries are both bought and sold”

The twilight of the Gods is within you and I.

We are coming into an age where two great forces will compete with one another.

The corporate giants who will strive to destroy everything, buy and sell countries to satiate their own greed.

But then there is the internet generation – there are those who have a growing awareness that our world order is wrong.

By connecting to one another, we can educate each other further about the growing evils of this world order.

The twilight of the Gods is growing within us. A sense that we need to reawaken the Gods of old.

That we need to return to Earth Based values.