It’s time for our alien overlords to conquer a much loved American Tradition.
It’s not enough to see men in tightly clad spandex throwing around a pig’s flesh.
No, we must have blood, guts and space jizz as far as the eye can see.
You can make this a reality. Yes we can. Let’s send Gwar to the super bowl!
Now Enjoy “Metal Metal Land” where everything is loud and fast, metal up your fucking ass!
(I took this picture at Mayhemfest)
Stay tuned: This fall, Heavy metal band Huntress will tour with metal legends Testament, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage.
8/8 Nashville, TN – Exit/In – w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross
8/9 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross
8/10 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
August 11 – Montreal, QC – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau
Huntress with Danzig and Scar the Martyr:
8/13: Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/14: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/16: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
8/17: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
8/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/20: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
8/21: Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
8/22: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
8/25: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
8/27: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/28: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
8/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
8/31: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Also enjoy this song from their new album, “Starbound Beast.”
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Even something simple like your phone or laptop can help in the process.
Today I’ve noticed a lot of people coming to my blog, looking for details on the story about Varg’s arrest in France – so let me indulge you. Varg was recently arrested at his farm in Corrèze France after his wife bought four rifles. The authorities claim that he was planning a “large scale act of terror.” The origin of this investigation, according to the DCRI, was that Varg was one of the 530 people to receive a manifesto from Anders Behring Breivik, the man who committed two attacks in Norway that left 77 dead. However, Varg has publicly condemned the actions of Breivik.
The details of Varg’s condemnation of Breivik can be found at Metal Sucks.
The original story about the arrest can be found at the following French News Source.
About Varg’s Past…
Varg Vikernes (for the few of you who don’t know) is the mind behind the one man black metal project Burzum. He was arrested in the 90’s for the murder of Mayhem’s guitarist Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth as well as the arson of at least three Christian Churches. In 1994 he was arrested for these charges and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He was released after serving 15 years of his sentence on parole in 2009. Afterwards, he settled in France with his wife and children on a farm.
During his time in prison he became heavily involved in the Heathen Front and the promotion of what he calls Odalism and Volkish ideas on European Ancestry. After prison he continued his involvement in these activities. He has produced a vast trove of writing, books, music and even a Role Playing Game.
Did he deserve to be arrested this time?
Honestly, much of the details of his recent arrest are very unclear. I think it would be quite bogus if he were arrested simply for the purchase of four rifles and a past correspondence with Breivik – a man he has denounced. As one commenter said on Metal Sucks, “buying four rifles on a farm in America is baby’s first birthday.” Yet, there could be a vast number of circumstances in this case that we have no idea about.
However, given the nature of France’s laws on Hate Speech, it is actually surprising that he hasn’t been arrested already. In France certain types of hate speech can get you landed in prison or require you to pay a fine. For example, according to the Gayssot Act, one can go to jail for five years or pay a fine for denying the existence of the Holocaust.
Given the nature of Varg’s writings – many of which happen to be Anti-Semitic, it is probably not wise for him to live in France.
A word about Hate Speech Laws…
While this blog is firmly against ideas of racism, sexism or targeting specific groups for hate in general (see my Paganism and Racism post), I do firmly believe in the Freedom of Speech. Here in the United States, Hate Groups have the freedom to express their views openly. Yet even with the freedom to promote their ideals – such hate groups are still a minority that have little influence on the public mainstream.
It is important for us to be able to discuss views we disagree with openly so that we can find their flaws and devise the best possible system for all peoples. Throwing people in prison for hate speech won’t make them less hateful, if anything, it will add flames to their fire. It will create a martyr complex or cause a situation where certain groups will resort to large acts of violence to make themselves heard.
Rise of the “Terrorist” State
Criminalizing hate speech is criminalizing thought. One of the key dangers in this policy is that it is becoming easier for governments to arrest people on grounds of terrorism, especially if this particular individual happens to own weapons and disagree with the government’s point of view.
Some really retarded arrests have been made recently in light of terrorism fears: such as the 19 year old boy who was given a felony and ten years for writing a sarcastic Facebook comment. Yes, this is a rare case, but definitely a negative portent of what is to come.
Fears of Terrorism are also causing the United States government to gain massive surveillance rights into our private lives in order to “protect us” from terrorism: i.e. the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping of millions and PRISM’s backdoor access into our electronic communications. I could go on with this topic for a while.
But let’s get this conversation back to Varg! The news story says that he was arrested for planning a “terrorist plot.” All we know is that he bought four guns, had past contact from Breivik and happens to do a lot of anti-semitc writings. Could it be possible that he was involved in something sinister we don’t know about? Maybe. But right now, from a media standpoint, that is speculation until further facts on the case are revealed.
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Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder is not happy. He recently made a rant about fans and the music industry. Basically, TMDM has more than a million likes on Facebook. Yet their music sales are barely enough to keep the band in business. The music industry does not care about people’s feelings. A Record Label will only keep a band if that band is making money. If the band tips below a certain margin of profit – all those things fans love, the albums, the songs, the tours – all that will be gone.
Ever since digital downloads started taking off in the 90’s, the music industry has been going further and further down the tubes financially. Gone are the days of Rock Star Luxury. These days most bands eat Taco Bell three times a day and sleep in their touring van after shows. I’d say 99% of musicians also have another job – a crappy part time job at McDonalds or Five Guys – just to the pay the bills.
I’m sure there are other reasons for the industry going down hill, such as the promotion of terrible pop music and so on. Yet I think the decline in album sales has a correlation to the production of a crappier sound and a harder lifestyle for musicians who actually are talented.
So if you like a band – please buy their music! I know the economy is bad. I know some of you are struggling. But even buying one or two songs on itunes can help. Thanks
Here’s Trevor’s Rant:
“HOW IT IS: We have almost 1,000,000 likes on here. Will we sell 1,000,000 copies of Everblack? Fuck no! The reality is that 98% of you ‘fans’ are going to be content to steal the album and in turn we get nothing… a laughable fragment of the ‘likers’ will actually be cool and pick it up.
It’s not about the money, the reality is that we get chump change for CD (and digital) sales BUT WE NEED TO SELL THEM TO EXIST! If there are no record sales the music industry will stomp us out like a bug and it’ll be completely over… the sales show them ‘how relevant’ we are.
If you don’t buy the albums they’ll determine that there is no demand for TBDM, and there won’t be any more awesome concerts, tours, dvds nor new music. Sure we understand you may really love our tunes, but if you haven’t paid for them, it’s a total loss to us… all the love in the world isn’t going to mean shit in the end. We need your support and every two years I am going to ask the same thing of you and make the same goddamn argument.
Think of it like a vote… If you’d like to see us continue our reign of terror over the metal world, you’ll pick up a copy of “Everblack”. It’s as simple as that. – Trevor on behalf of The Black Dahlia Murder”
The Black Dahlia Murder “Into the Everblack”
Videos Promote Bands, But Buying Their Music is Even Better!
I just discovered today that there is a YouTube type video streaming site that ONLY plays Metal
It’s called “You Metal”
European Tour dates have been announced during Nov and Dec 2013
Nov 20 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
Nov 22 Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 24 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway
Nov 26 Forum Denmark, Copenhagen
Nov 28 Ziggo Dome Holland, Amsterdam
Nov 30 Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Germany
Dec 2 Bercy Paris, France
Dec 5 Fiera Arena Milan, Italy
Dec 7 02 Arena Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 10 02 Arena London, UK
Dec 12 Odyssey Arena Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14 Arena Sheffield, UK
Dec 16 Hydro Glasgow, UK
Dec 18 Arena Manchester, UK
Dec 20 LG Arena Birmingham, UK
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BANDS: Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott,
DATES SO FAR:
3/30 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/01 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Yesterday, the Randy Blythe murder case in the Czech Republic was laid to rest. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God Vocalist) rose like steam from the ashes of the wake. He was declared innocent. He was facing 10 years in a Czech prison for the manslaughter of Daniel Nosek, a fan who died from injuries sustained at the band’s May 10th concert in Prague.
Daniel had made three attempts to climb onto the stage during the show – not one, not two, but three times! During one of these attempts Daniel allegdly got a push from Randy and a security guard. During the third attempt, a security guard pulled him back onto the ground. Daniel ended up dying in the hospital from his head injuries. When Randy sang “Now you’ve got something to die for,” I don’t think he meant stage diving.
VIDEO OF ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER INCIDENT
Randy was completely unaware of Daniel’s death until the authorities took him into custody when he returned to the Czech Republic in 2012 to play another show. He was placed in jail for a month and his bail was set at 400,000. Eventually he was released to finish the Lamb of God tour, but he had to return to the Czech Republic after the tour for a trial. This last year for Randy has been a walk through hell. He was like a ghost walking…ever notice how a lot of LOB songs have to do with walking?
Anyways, March 5th was the “11th hour” of the whole ordeal so to speak and Randy was declared innocent. The following is his testimony:
“I still believe that I have acted reasonably to protect” myself, the band, and the audience, Blythe said. “If I am guilty, I will take it like a man. If I am released, [Lamb of God] will take such precautions” to ensure similar events never happen at concerts.
Metal shows are a violent business. At one of my first death metal shows, I was punched in the face as a free fist flew from the mosh pit. I’m a 95 pound female who has been slammed into by 200 pound guys. When I stand near the front of the stage or by the Mosh Pit, I know that I’m like a dwarf star about to be sucked into a black hole of fists, sweaty dudes and headbanging. If I want to avoid said violence, I can stand in the back or at the sidelines – and I certainly wouldn’t jump on stage in the middle of it all if I wanted to be safe (let alone a third time after being pushed off the second time).
Of course my sympathies go out to Daniel and his family. No one expects to die or lose a loved one to a metal show. Yet I will remark that a metal show related death is an incredibly rare event – which is amazing given the violent nature of the shows and the rowdiness of the crowd. More people die from eating cheeseburgers.
Most of the time when I witness someone fall in the mosh pit, there are other metal fans who step in the breach to pick up their fallen comrade. When I’ve been slammed into by heavy dudes for standing by the front of the stage, complete strangers have stood in the way to protect me even if I tell them it’s unnecessary. The metal community typically protect their own.
Security measures are always a good thing. But I wouldn’t take away the moshing or stage diving at metal shows for anything in the world. Do I want to stand around at a Slayer concert and give a polite clap as if I’m playing a game of cricket with the queen of England? Fuck no! This is metal bitches! As fans we understand that there are risks. I would sooner dilute a blue label scotch than water down the world’s best genre of music. People will come and go. But the Metal lives forever.
August 2012, members of the band suffered from injuries due to a tour bus accident. Close friends of the band put together an auction to raise money to help them financially and hopefully get them on their feet and playing again. You can check out the items for auction on the facebook:
Bands Selling Items
Decibel Magazine, Earthless, Jeremy Hush (artist), Kylesa, Meshuggah, Municipal Waste, Mastodon, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Red Fang, Tankcrimes Records, Slam Magazine and Victims.
A Statement From the Official Relief Effort Facebook:
“Just to be clear. All proceeds from this auction will be given directly to the band and crew affected in as transparent way as possible. No one involved with organizing this will or wants to make any money from this event. Relapse is graciously helping out with the shipping of items and some of us are digging into our own wallets to facilitate the web presence, eBay and Paypal fees that this will incur as to make sure every cent raised from the auctions reaches the people who need it most.
Thanks for the support again, please check this page often for updates as we know not all of our posts reach everyone. And if you can continue sharing to Baroness fans – that would be amazing.”
Puuut Our Bones back together!
Bad joke! Sorry! Help these guys if you can though and get some cool stuff in the process.
Nile will be playing with local bands and apparently ticket prices will be low.
For the blasphemers here unfamiliar with the soon arriving Titans let me take you to school:
Nile is a brutal/technical death metal band from South Carolina. They write music primarily about Ancient Egyptian Mythology.
Enjoy some Metal Gaia favorites below:
ENDURING THE ETERNAL MOLESTATION OF FLAME
THOSE WHOM THE GODS DETEST
ISKANDER D’HUL KARNON
The Swedish man who fathered the Viking Metal genre would’ve celebrated his 47th birthday last Sunday had he still been alive.
Quorthon played multiple instruments, released 14 albums over 20 years, played Satanic Black metal in the 80’s and pioneered the Viking Metal genre in the 90’s. He was the founder and songwriter of the Black Metal Band Bathory (in the 80’s and 90’s). Later he went on to create his own solo albums. This man is often credited as the founder of the viking metal genre.
Quorthon Interview on MTV
Quorthon speaks about Bathory’s transition from Satanist Lyrics to Viking Based Lyrics
Bathory’s One Music Video
“One Rode to Asa Bay”
What is Viking Metal?
Viking metal is a Metal sub-genre characterized by its slow pace, noisy sound, use of keyboards, dark and violent imagery and lyrical themes about Vikings, Norse Mythology and Norse Paganism. The viking metal genre is also considered a fusion between Black Metal and Nordic Folk.
A New Metal Opposition to Christianity?
The Fall of Satan, The Rise of Odin
When metal music began, it represented a musical rebellion of sorts – a rebellion against authority. Songs such as Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” and Accept’s “Balls to the Wall” are a giant middle finger to the Status Quo.
Part of this rebellion is a religious revolt. From the 60’s to the 80’s much metal was characterized by allusions to Satanism and the Occult as a way of rebelling against Christianity: everything from Led Zeppelin’s vague allusions to Satan, to Black Metal’s much more obvious association. What better way to buck the Old Geezer in Sandals than to write verses venerating his least favorite angel? Unlike the All-Father of Boredom, Satan was down with sex, drugs and rock and roll, and thus made for exciting lyrical content.
Yet the problem is that Satan is still a part of the Christian Mythos. In fact, Satan has been the church’s wing-man for centuries. If you can’t fit the perfect Christian mold, than you are doomed to torment and suffering by the hands of the completely evil and vile Satan for an eternity.
Satan and God have been playing a game of Good Cop and Bad Cop with the Human Psyche for millennia. It’s time to stop playing this game altogether.
The significant thing about the Viking Metal genre is it represents a break from this line of thought.
In the 90’s, as black metal developed, Norse Mythology became another way of countering Christianity. This new rebellion exists outside of the Christian Mythos. It is a return to something more real, natural and enduring.
The Rise of Other Folk Metal Traditions
As Viking and Nordic Folk metal made their ascent into prominence, other folk genres came into their own as well: Celtic Folk Metal, Mongolian Folk, Russian Folk, etc.
Various people around the world began to embrace and celebrate their organic historical roots – roots that transcend Christianity and Time.
Paganism in Other Genres
I’m not saying that Paganism didn’t influence Metal in the 70’s. Led Zeppelin certainly used Celtic symbols in their band’s iconography. Yet I’m saying that Paganism began to transcend Satanism as the main opposition to Christianity via the rise of Folk and Viking metal.
Folk and Viking Metal are still lesser known genres among Metal in general. Death Metal, Thrash and Metal Core are much bigger. Yet Pagan themes have also made their way into prominence in the Death metal Genre.
Famous examples are Nile and Ancient Egypt, Amon Amarth and Vikings, Chthonic and Taiwanese Spirituality.
(You must be careful to note that Amon Amarth is technically classified as Death Metal, not Viking Metal)
Also, when I say Pagan, I’m speaking broadly about Pre-Christian and Indigenous religions – not necessarily Wicca and Western Based Neo-Paganism.
By writing music about the Pre-Christian world, many metal bands are tapping into something powerful – more powerful than they realize. Even if some bands just think of it as a gimmick or a sales pitch, they are subconsciously spreading an awareness of ancient truths and wisdom.
Metal Gaia Bathory Song Picks
MOTHER EARTH AND FATHER THUNDER
BLOOD FIRE AND DEATH
FOREVER DARK WOODS
A video covering the heavy metal scene in Botswana. Metal enough to wear leather and boots in 90+ degree weather. If that’s not metal, I don’t know what is!
Varg Vikernes goes on a reverse journey through time and thought to a prehistoric era (about 30 000BC), up to a previous life when he was a little boy. He lives again in this little boy and understands the meaning of essential European rituals of that prehistoric time, that still may have a major influence on modern habits.
A primary idea of this film is that the ancient Neanderthal religion and philosophy (especially that of the Bear Cult) have a central but invisible role in European culture and religion. Marie Cachet believes that this ancient Bear cult offers an explanation for cave paintings, mythology, fairy tales and Yule.
The film will be available on Amazon in March 2013.
You can read Marie Cachet’s Atala Blog for more information about the film as well as her ideas.
This man is either crazy or one brilliant mother fucker.
Either way, I need to find a way to sign up for this.
Metal Commandment #1: Death to all but metal!
I have a message for the Right Wing Christians who want to teach their religion in public schools.
So you wanna teach “creationism” as a science?
You wanna teach the bible as a text book?
And you wanna do this with my tax dollars?
Fine, but remember that it’s an equal country.
The schools have to teach my religion too.
I pray to the Heavy Metal Gods.
In the morning we will say a prayer to Dio – the all father and God of Metal.
And yes, we will teach evolution: the evolution of metal from heavy metal, to thrash, death and beyond.
Oh and the number one commandment is “death to all but metal.”
So your kids better not listen to any of that Justin Bieber or Dub Step crap…or else…
Enjoy my religion. Coming to a school near you.
“Above the northern wind and the raging sea, far away in the north,
stands a mighty land in between the fjords and the mountains,
where the wise spirit of the nordic ancestors
still are dancing with the northern lights and the midnight sun…
In an old farm laying in this ancient northern land – Norway –
lives Brenda “Runahild” Dahl,
playing and singing in honour of the ancient mighty nature and the folktales,
hailing to her forefathers and foremothers with her songs
that shall resound and ride with the wind
from the deep valleys to the eternal hyperborean sky…
So that the ancestral northern heritage shall forever live…”
[Text Above from Eliwagar Site]
There aren’t many clear cut details at this moment about location and dates.
But for more information you can check out the official Paganfest America Facebook.
I know a guy who makes Metal Decals.
I’m going to support small business and metal at the same time.
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Nergal, the frontman of the Polish Death Metal band Behemoth may face two years of jail time for tearing the pages of a bible on stage.
This is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone who goes to a Behemoth show knows what to expect. I don’t think anyone goes to one of these shows expecting Kumbaya and a bible study. What do they think this is? Bingo night at the Old Folk’s Home? This is mother fucking Behemoth people! Grow up and grow a pair while you’re at it! So someone doesn’t like your religion? Fact of life: there are going to be people out there who insult the things you like! Gasp!
Someone can get on stage, rip up my picture, spit on images of my family and friends and I might get mad. But I would never in this lifetime press for that person to be jailed because they hurt my feelings.
If you have to jail anyone who disagrees with your system to keep it from collapsing – it probably isn’t a very good system to begin with.
SOME GREAT BEHEMOTH VIDEOS
WHAT THE POLISH GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY TRYING TO DO TO NERGAL
In a Land of Never Ending Conflict, Jewish Muslim Metal Steps In To Tell Its Story
Location: Batyam, Israel
Genre: Doom/Death/Middle Eastern Folk
Themes: Abrahamic Religions, unity, peace
In this video Orphaned Land plays live with a famous belly dancer from Lebanon. Orphaned Land is an Israeli band that is working to bridge the gap between Jewish and Arabic people via music. Where Religion and Politics fail, the metal will prevail!