Archive for July, 2015

Lustre – They Awoke To The Scent Of Spring

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Country of Origin: Sweden

Themes: Nature, Darkness, Mysticism, Spirituality

Perhaps this is not the right time of year at all for this album, but I’ve been enjoying the Hel out of it. It is a dark, ambient but magical meander into the blossoming of spring. The sounds of nature in the background, such as the rain at the end of this album, really bring to life a certain time of year and the mindset that you can often have when spring is just around the corner. Yet in addition to being magical, it also has an eerie and haunting tone that reminds one of walking into the darkness of a primeval forest. Lustre is an amazing band in general, especially in terms of capturing the mood of nature and expressing it in only that which music can accurately describe.

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Berserkers! The Facts and The Fiction

Many of us think we know what a ‘Berserker’ is. Isn’t it a person who goes into a trance induced rage, running into battle naked, with a giant axe at the ready, slaughtering 20 men a piece?

I’m very sorry to disappoint you, but apparently that was not a thing….at least not for ‘berserkers.’ There is no evidence that berserkers ran into battle naked, in fact it is more likely that they wore bear fur or bear skin (not bare skin). From what we do know of the term, it referred to someone who was a sort of champion for a hire, someone who would fight your battles for you.

Odin himself was said to have some berserkers or ‘Úlfhéðnar’ fighting for him.

The other main fact is that berserkers, for the most part, were exclusively Norse. There are many cultural and video game references where you might have some Celtic berserker, but this is historically inaccurate.

Check out Lindy Beige’s video above as he humorously divides fact from fiction.

Also, a new book has been released which may help answer more of these questions: The Viking Experience

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Jill Janus of Huntress Describes Her Life Long Battle with Mental Illness and Recent Cancer Diagnosis

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READ INTERVIEW HERE

It is not uncommon for a very creative person to suffer from mental illness, especially living in today’s world, which can be very unfriendly and cruel towards creative people.

Jill Janus, the talented vocalist of Huntress describes the challenge of living with mental illness along with a recent cancer diagnosis.

I wish this heavy metal heroine all the best. Sending some positive vibes her way.

Don’t forget. The new Huntress album ‘Static’ comes out September 25th!

A METAL GAIA INTERVIEW WITH JILL JANUS ABOUT HER TALENT AND EXPERIENCE WITH WITCH CRAFT


HUNTRESS COVER OF JUDAS PRIEST ‘RUNNING WILD’

Even though this is a cover, I think it demonstrates the incredible range and power of Jill’s voice.

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Time and Eternity – Emily Dickinson

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“DEPARTED to the judgment,
A mighty afternoon;
Great clouds like ushers leaning,
Creation looking on.

The flesh surrendered, cancelled,
The bodiless begun;
Two worlds, like audiences, disperse
And leave the soul alone.”

“Departed to The Judgement”- Emily Dickinson

READ MORE EMILY DICKINSON POEMS HERE