Posts Tagged ‘black metal’
|Music:||Opeth-By the Pain I See in Others|
Hi Internets! I don’t know about where you live, but it is the freezing here in Colorado…literally…like it might snow tonight, freezing. And I couldn’t be happier. I’ve mentioned before that I love autumn. I like winter too (unless it has outstayed its welcome) and something tells me we’re due for a nice, long, junior Ice Age freezup here in the northern Americas.
The warm sun is failing, the bleak wind is wailing,
The bare boughs are sighing, the pale flowers are dying,
And the Year
On the earth her death-bed, in a shroud of leaves dead,
Come, Months, come away,
From November to May,
In your saddest array;
Follow the bier
Of the dead cold Year,
And like dim shadows watch by her sepulchre.
The chill rain is falling, the nipped worm is crawling,
The rivers are swelling, the thunder is knelling
For the Year;
The blithe swallows are flown, and the lizards each gone
To his dwelling;
Come, Months, come away;
Put on white, black, and gray;
Let your light sisters play–
Ye, follow the bier
Of the dead cold Year,
And make her grave green with tear on tear.
Autumn: A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley
MY Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.
The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.
Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.
My November Guest by Robert Frost
Other than loving the cold weather and building a proper wicker man with the kitty, things have been quiet and nice. Last week’s trip to Washington D.C. was lovely, amazing, fun, and draining. I have a whole lot to say about that trip, but haven’t found the time or motivation to properly bloggy up the stories. That’s been a theme of late–I’m long on ideas and short on time and motivation.
Oh, and my annual review is tomorrow and I’m kind of excited about it. It’s hard to believe that I came out to my boss six months ago at my mid-year review. Hopefully, this one will be more drama free.
So anyway, this is me, checking in, reminding you to love fall, read poetry, and listen to more black metal.
Do you have any dour, autumnal poetry or lyrics you’d like to share? How do you get ready for the best season of the year? Which Halloween costume did you decide on? Why haven’t you picked out a costume yet?!
|Mood:||Yes we can!|
|Music:||Ben Folds-Rockin’ the Suburbs|
I think this will be the last one of these. I prolly have enough for two more, but I grow weary of this and you get the point. Whilst poring over all of these album covers, you may have noticed some trends in the art direction. So, because I care about you and the new metal band you’re going to start any day now, I’ve compiled a list of do’s and dont’s to consider when designing your band’s metal brand. To wit:
-DO use a darker color palette…bonus points for black and gray.
-DON’T feature any cute animals (teddy bears, unicorns, kittens), unless they are being sacrificed or are engaged in epic battle with barbarians of some sort…or sorcerers…or maybe each other.
-DO include scenes from nature (like trees, forests, fjords, snow-capped glaciers, or mountains…bonus points for mist or fog), occult symbols, medieval woodcuts, or grainy photos from Word War II.
-DON’T use photos from your last vacation, dorm room, or MySpace profile…unless they’re totally metal.
-DO wear the appropriate costume for the photo shoot. Fur or leather loincloths, Renaissance Fair outfits, any spiked wrist guards, corpse paint, mud, blood, chain or plate mail, helmets, and weapons (swords, knives, maces, bludgeons, battle axes, etc.) are acceptable options.
-DON’T wear evening gowns, footy pajamas, clown makeup (seriously), or animal mascot costumes.
-DO design a band logo that is completely illegible and includes an upside down cross or other totally brutal graphic element.
-DON’T ask your Mom for help with your band’s logo. Chances are, her finger is far from the pulse of what is going on in metal today.
-DO have fun with it!
To the pictures!
|Mood:||No much different|
|Music:||Die Form-The Missing Beauty|
Oh wow, I just remembered this when I was typing the title. We have a local television station which used to be known as Channel 2. For a few weeks now, they’ve been referring to themselves as The Deuce with nary a trace of irony nor twittering laughter. I think it’s hilarious. I never watched the channel much (it’s the WB affiliate), but I’m sure as fuck not going to start watching now that they’ve made the change. It’s kind of funny and reminds me of how Jason Bateman always said “ESPN 8–The Ocho” in Dodgeball (which was one of a very few funny moments in that movie, imo). Then again, it reminds me of a bunch of douchebag frat boys high-fiving each other in the locker room after winning the big sporting contest event against Delta House. No offense to douchebags or frat boys, it’s just not ma steez. So, thanks for trying Channel 2, but I think you should keep trying.
Sorry, part 2, continued from here…
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I like metal a lot. It’s not my favorite sub-genre, but it occupies prolly 10% of my collection. I like a lot of the metal sub-genres (black, death, doom, grindcore, thrash, gothic, viking, etc.) but I have to draw the line at National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM, aka Nazi or white supremacist). Which kind of seems ridiculous when you think about it. Most black metal is very extreme, anti-God, and pro-pagan/Satan and I can stomach that somehow. Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to the lyrics and it seems like a lot of those bands are more about the spectacle and being provocative than actively plotting the downfall of Christianity. Oddly enough, I do believe in God and consider myself to be a sort of Christian, but I am extremely open to many forms of spirituality and the occult. So, I appreciate the different viewpoints and dark perspective you often find in metal…it’s the same reason I listen to Current 93, Death in June, and Coil.
So anyway, I like metal and have always been fascinated by its album cover art. In the beginning, black metal albums were overly simple or just silly…
But for a while now, I’ve seen some album art that has just blown me away…which brings us to the point of this here post. I’ve selected a bunch of album covers that I think are compelling, for whatever reason. A lot, but not all, of these are black metal bands and I grabbed most of the covers from the excellent Attila the Hun blog. I tried to do all of these at one time yesterday, but I chose so many that putting them all in the same post seems ridiculous at this point. So, I’m going to break them up into a number of posts. As I said, these aren’t all black metal bands or bands that I even like. But I have included some bands I really like these days…Opeth, Deathspell Omega, Lurker of Chalice, Twilight, Xasthur, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, Darkthrone, Borknagar, Ulver, Striborg, The Meads of Asphodel, etc. On to the album covers…