Tuska 2015 – Denim. Check! Leather. Check! Chains and studs. Check! Band t-shirt (Slayer). Check!

It took a little preparation but now I was armed and ready to enter the gates of Tuska (translated ‘pain’, ‘agony’) Open Air Metal Festival once again in Helsinki, Finland. Like last year there were masses of metalheads showing off their best outfits and makeups. Bands like Abbath gathered many corpsepainted human gargoyles out of…

Inquisition: Reveal concept behind new artwork of Ominous Doctrines triptych

INQUISITION have unveiled the new artwork for the reissue of their 2011 masterpiece ‘Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm’. The American black metal icon reveals the concept behind Paolo Girardi’s paintings. INQUISITION ODPMMAll INQUISITION reissues, which are exclusively released via Season of Mist, come with new artwork by Paolo Girardi. The renowned artist already…

Dante Inferno

Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265. He was born to a middle-class Florentine family. At an early age he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics. During his adolescence, Dante fell in love with a beautiful girl named Beatrice…

Paradism Shifts and Aeonics

All the philosophies, creeds, dogmas and beliefs that humanity has evolved are variants of three great paradigms, the Transcendental, the Materialist and the Magical. In no human culture has any one of these paradigms been completely distinct from the others. For example in our own culture at the time of writing the Transcendental and Magical…

APOCALYPTICA: Discuss New Album ‘Shadowmaker’ featuring Franky Perez on Vocals

On 20th April, Finnish 4 piece APOCALYPTICA will release their brilliant new studio album ‘Shadowmaker’ through Eleven Seven Music. This time, rather than collect songs with a variety of guest vocals, the band have recorded 7 tracks with one vocalist, Franky Perez, from Scars On Broadway and Slash’s live band, Slash and Friends.The band will be announcing European live…

Instruments of Torture

Crux CRUX, an instrument of capital punishment, used by several ancient nations, especially the Romans and Carthaginians. The word Cross is also applied to Persian and Egyptian punishments, but Casaubon (Exer. Antibaron. XVI.77) doubts whether they describe the Roman method of crucifixion. From Seneca (Cons. ad Marc. XX, Epist. XIV.1) we learn the latter to…

Medieval Philosophy

1. Introduction There are various means of deciding what is true. Not all give the same answer. Therefore, a society must put more faith in one approach than another. The order in which various approaches are accepted determines the pattern of thought of the society. Shifts in the order provide us with the basic paradigm…

The 15 Best Albums of 2014

1 Behemoth – The Satanist Cover artist: Denis ForkasFrom the amazing album artwork to sinister and anthemic songwriting this record will become a black metal classic to future generations. In my humble opinion ‘The Satanist’ will be remembered as a milestone of black metal and it stands side by side with Venom’s ‘Black Metal’. I…

Magic and Wyrd

Wyrd is the underlying fabric in the Northern/Germanic cosmology. The laws of Wyrd supercede the will of the Gods, of men and all creatures. Wyrd provides the basic structure for the Nine Worlds, and manifests itself in Yggdrasil and the Well of Urdr. One can compare Wyrd to a song, there are many differnt ways…