Archive for January, 2014

Amon Amarth’s Highly Cinematic New “Father of the Wolf” Video

Loki headbangs to this song every day

Did Amon Amarth just make a movie or a music video? Amon Amarth’s highly awaited “Father of the Wolf” video was just released on January 17th 2014 (yesterday!) Fans who wondered why the video took so long to release now only have to look at the theater quality production behind the video to see why. The song itself is part of Amon Amarth’s newest album “Deceiver of the Gods,” so of course the theme is going to be heavily centered around Loki.

Personally, I actually feel like the introduction to the video was a bit too long. I think it would have been better of they incorporated the cinematics mostly with the music, with perhaps a 1 or 2 minute introduction.  I think too much talk in the beginning kind of takes away from the music – or maybe I’m just being an extra splintery stick in the mud.

But with that aside, enjoy the video. It will leave you with a strange desire to play Skyrim and take over the world.

Also, Amon Amarth is headlining at a series of kick ass shows in the U.S. Don’t miss em! 

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+ SKELETONWITCH
Friday, January 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Saturday, January 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Monday, January 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Tuesday, January 21 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, January 22 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Friday, January 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Saturday, January 25 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Sunday, January 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Monday, January 27 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (*no Skeletonwitch)
Wednesday, January 29 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Thursday, January 30 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
Friday, January 31 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
Saturday, February 1 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Monday, February 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Tuesday, February 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, February 5 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Thursday, February 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s
Friday, February 7 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Saturday, February 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Sunday, February 9 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Tuesday, February 11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
Wednesday, February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Friday, February 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
Saturday, February 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Sunday, February 16 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (* No Enslaved)


Climate Change May Be Impossible to Solve if Not Dealt With Soon

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READ FULL ARTICLE HERE AT NEW YORK TIMES

INTER-GOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE 

A United Nations Panel has recently released a report starting that climate change could soon become impossible to solve if the world’s nations don’t take the drastic steps necessary to solve the problem. A key problem has been the United State’s reluctance to adopt the Kyoto Protocol as well as the tendency for other countries of the world to drag their feet on environmental matters. The full article states that we have about 15 years left to solve these problems before it is too late.

If we cannot summon the will to solve the critical environmental issues of our time, nature will solve the problem for us….just not in the way that we would like…

 


Xanthochroid – Land of Snow and Sorrow (Folk Version)

A perfect theme song for this subzero winter we’ve been having!

Band Genre: Cinematic/ Melodic Black Metal

Location: U.S. California

Lyrical Themes: Self Created Lore

The song above is a folk tribute to a Wintersun song. You can read the song lyrics here. 

I am excited to discover a new band I like that begins with the letter ‘x’ so I can own my friends at Metal Scattergories (ever notice how the only metal bands that start with the letter ‘x’ are usually black metal?) But I digress. Xanthochroid is highly influenced by Wintersun, Opeth, Moonorrow, Emperor and many black metal bands.

As mentioned above, the lyrics of the band’s songs are about a fantasy story created by the band itself. I find that more and more bands are starting to use music to convey a story of their own creation. You can read more about their story idea on their facebook or in their lyrics.

According to facebook, their interests are: “hiking, camping, hunting and anal” – a very down to earth crew of folk as you can tell. Just don’t go mountain climbing around these guys with your pants off, because you never know what will happen…

So enjoy some gentle, haunting and at times bombastic music from Xanthochroid!

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Herbal Corner – Relax With Valerian Glycerite

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One new thing I want to start doing on this blog is to post Herbal Remedies to help people with their various aches and grumbles.

METAL GAIA IS NOT A SOURCE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE. IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS ILLNESS DON’T BE A DUMB-ASS, TALK TO YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER. ALSO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE BEFORE TRYING SUGGESTED HERBS, AS THEY MAY CONFLICT WITH YOUR CURRENT MEDICATIONS/HEALTH ISSUES.

Anyways, now that I’ve shouted that disclaimer at you from across the internet, let me talk about my newest remedy.

VALERIAN GLYCERITE HERBAL TINCTURE: For those of you who do not know what an herbal tincture is, it is a combination of herbs and 40% or 80 proof alcohol.  The alcohol helps to make the effects of the herb more potent, however Vinegar Tinctures are also an option for those who don’t consume alcohol. To take a tincture, drop one or two drops of the solution under your tongue for the desired effect to take place.

An herbal tincture of Valerian Glycerite is a combination of Valerian and Glycerin. The combination of these two things helps to promote circulation, they act as a sedative, as well as being good for dealing with anxiety, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle cramps, nervousness, pain, spasms, seizures and stress.

Wikihow has a “How To” for making herbal tinctures

More notes on Valerian 

You can also buy Herbal Tinctures at your local herb store, health store, spiritual shop or the internet. However, I would caution you to be careful when purchasing edibles on the internet, to make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source, because you don’t want to consume something that is actually poisonous or toxic. That’s why if I’m purchasing something edible, I usually like to buy it straight from the store.

Anyways, hope this helps. Good Luck!


My Path – A New Online Social Network For Pagans

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My Path Site

My Path is still fairly new and has just 422 members.

You may ask what the point of this site is, when you have facebook.

From what I can see so far, MyPath gives you the ability to search for friends based a specific set of Pagan qualifiers, such as “druid, eclectic pagan, wiccan, asatru, voodoo, etc.” So already their search mechanism is more useful than facebook in terms of finding like minded accomplices for trouble.

This site also gives you the ability to check out different groups, events and blogs.

So check it out.


The Seven Gifts of Druidry (A Video) – Music by Damh the Bard

What are the seven gifts of druidry? 

1. Philosophy: Which emphasizes the sacredness of all life.

2. Getting back in touch with nature: 8 seasonal celebrations

3. Healing

4. The affirmation of life as a journey, the creation of rites of passage.

5. The openness to other realities.

6. The gift of self development, developing our potential

7. The gift of magic


Metal Albums To Be Released in 2014!

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2014 has barely started and already a hellish horde awaits us. Time to break in your eardrums with the new year and check out when the next big metal albums are coming out. Now you know what to get your Valentine’s Day Sweet Heart. ;-D

January 6th: Iced Earth’s “Plagues of Babylon”

January 24th: Primal Fear’s “Delivering The Black”

January 28th: Metallica’s “Metallica Through The Never DVD”

February 4th: Behemoth’s “The Satanist”

February 4th: Truckfighter’s “Universe”

February 14th: Cynic’s “Kindly Bent to Free Us”

February 28th: Manowar’s “Kings of Metal MMXIV”

To see more metal albums coming out in 2014