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Map of the Viking World

Below are two maps of the Viking world. One in English. One in Norse.

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Cinematic Music – ‘Falls of Glory’ BrunuhVille

 

BrunuhVille is an independent composer from Portugal who creates a world of magic and fantasy between the fusion of Gothic, Orchestral, Celtic, Folk, Movie, Ethnic and World music.

I think those of you who like folk music and cinematic composers, such as “Two Steps from Hell,” will really like this song.

 

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Metal to Come in 2019

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Happy Fucking New Year, Metal Heads!

Here’s a list of all the new tunes to expect in the new year.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything.

January

Day Artist Album
4 Callejon Hartgeld im Club
Festerday Iihtallan
John Garcia and the Band of Gold John Garcia and the Band of Gold
Legion of the Damned Slaves of the Shadow Realm
Mark Deutrom The Blue Bird
11 Born of Osiris The Simulation
Jinjer Micro (EP)
Soilwork Verkligheten
18 A Pale Horse Named Death When the World Becomes Undone
Arch Enemy Covered in Blood (compilation album)
Cane Hill Kill the Sun (EP)
Flotsam and Jetsam The End of Chaos
Lemuria The Hysterical Hunt
Malevolent Creation The 13th Beast
Oomph! Ritual
Papa Roach Who Do You Trust?
Raven Screaming Murder Death from Above: Live in Aalborg (live album)
Rifftera Across the Acheron
21 Oblivion Oblivion
25 Bring Me the Horizon Amo
Carnal Forge Gun to Mouth Salvation
Evergrey The Atlantic
Hecate Enthroned Embrace of the Godless Aeon
Incite Built to Destroy
Jetboy Born to Fly
Kane Roberts The New Normal
King 810 Suicide King
King Diamond Songs for the Dead Live (live album)
Quiet Riot One Night in Milan (live album)
Starbreaker Dysphoria
Swallow the Sun When a Shadow Is Forced into the Light
26 Corroded Bitter

February

Day Artist Album
1 Metallica Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (live album)
Soen Lotus
Within Temptation Resist
8 Beast In Black From Hell with Love
Herman Frank Fight the Fear
15 Avantasia Moonglow
Born from Pain True Love
Rotting Christ The Heretics
22 Attila Villain
Candlemass The Door to Doom
Delain Hunter’s Moon
Dream Theater Distance Over Time
Imperia Flames of Eternity
Last in Line II
The Moth Gatherer Esoteric Oppression
Overkill The Wings of War
Rhapsody of Fire The Eighth Mountain
Rock Goddess This Time
Tora Tora Bastards of Beale

March

Day Artist Album
1 Demon Hunter Peace
Demon Hunter War
In Flames I, the Mask
Mark Morton Anesthetic
Mike Tramp Stray from the Flock
Queensrÿche The Verdict
While She Sleeps So What?
8 Children of Bodom Hexed
Doro Backstage to Heaven (EP)
Misery Index Rituals of Power
The Raven Age Conspiracy
15 Any Given Day Overpower
22 Battle Beast No More Hollywood Endings
29 Anthem Nucleus (compilation album)
Nightrage Wolf to Man
Whitechapel The Valley

April

Day Artist Album
5 Enterprise Earth Luciferous
19 Per Wiberg Head Without Eye
26 Månegarm Fornaldarsagorna

August

Day Artist Album
16 HammerFall Dominion

 


Sabarimala Temple: Indian Women Form 620km (385 mile) Human Chain For Equality

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(God of the Sabarimala Temple, Ayyappa)

In Kerala India, women have formed a 620km (385 mile) human chain in support of gender equality amidst a row over access to the Sabarimala Shrine. (BBC)

I think it is a very positive thing for women in India to protest for gender equality. Because even though they’re a culture that worships Goddesses, the treatment of real flesh and blood women in India is often problematic. Not only does India have a high rate of female infanticide, but in a list of “most dangerous countries for women,” India tops the list. Levels of violence against women run high. (Straits Times)

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India ranked as the most dangerous on three issues – the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude. (Straits Times)

When I worked at an Indian restaurant, my co-workers often told me that behavior toward women at home was “not good.”

But let’s bring this back to the discussion about the Sabarimala shrine. The Sabarimala shrine was historically closed to women of “menstruating age” – defined as between 10 and 50. And this ban was enforced by a law that was adopted in 1991, because until then, women did reportedly go to the temple in small numbers.

India’s top court overturned the ban in September 2018, but protesters have since attacked female visitors.

The “women’s wall” was organised by the state’s left-wing coalition government.

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(Sabarimala Temple)

However, in reading about this protest, one has to keep in mind that the function of a Hindu temple is different than a Christian Church or a Muslim Mosque. Often for Hindus, the temples are places where they believe their Gods and Goddesses live. The Sabarimala temple that the article is talking about is devoted to the deity Ayyappa, the child of Shiva and Mohini (Vishnu’s female form). Specifically, the form of Ayyappa that is worshiped in the temple is in the form of a celibate student. The reason the temple women of menstruating age (10 to 50) from entering the temple is apparently out of respect for the deity’s celibacy.

And what is not captured in the media’s depiction of this issue is the scores of women who took to the streets for #SaveSabarimala, a protest against the supreme court verdict to permit women to enter the temple.

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So in terms of temple entrance, the issue may be more complicated than non-hindu readers may understand.

But in terms of marching for gender equality, I think that is a positive thing for women in India.

RELATED LINKS

Indian Metal Band Sceptre Takes a Stand On Violence Against Women (Interview)

Hindu Articles on Metal-Gaia

Hindu Origins of Christianity?


New Environmentalist Facebook – Earth Now

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Hey, everyone!

Here’s a new facebook group I created dedicated to fighting human made climate change, finding solutions and raising awareness.

Check it out here!


Slain – Brutal Video Game With Brutal Soundtrack

 

If you want a platformer that blares Slayer inspired riffs and assaults you with wave after wave of skeletons and fireballs, this is the game for you.

Get your warrior on.


Help Urarv Drummer Fight Cancer

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GO FUND ME HERE

Recently Trish, the drummer of the Norwegian avant-garde black metal band Urarv found out she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I myself have battled breast cancer, and know how expensive and difficult this disease can be to deal with.

So please do what you can to help Trish, even if it’s just donating a few dollars along with a few minutes of your time.

Thanks!