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.

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