Monday, November 19, 2007

The Denial of Death

My grandfather died the day before Thanksgiving. I had a big dinner with one side of the family and a bunch of funeral stuff with the other. I took his death fairly well; I knew that he had gone from quite active to needing help out of bed in the past few years and that he was in a lot of pain. What pained (and fascinated)me the most were all the supernatural stories and reassurances I kept hearing. "He's in a better place," "I'll meet him again someday" In the repetition I realize that deep down they may just know that he really is just gone. Without repetition and a sort of social support superstitions could not survive. Death really does seem to be the end. Any time someone pulls in a soul concept, it just collapses upon inspection. Rather than drowning ourselves in fantasies, we can accept it for what it is.

This is an appropriate post to explain the meaning of the blog title. "Mytens Makt" means "Myth's Power" in Swedish(I'll get into posts on language in future). I use it because many of these myths still hold great power today. They may give hope, but it is a false hope and I look forward to a day when the Vatican is a museum and politicians don't feel like they need to pay lip-service to some ridiculous religious belief.

"What is true is more important than what I wish to be true."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chthonic- Melodic Black Metal from...Taiwan

Finding this band was a pleasant surprise. Every once in a while, I browse through band pages on myspace, selecting genres like "death metal", "black metal", "grindcore" and "industrial" and choosing less than obvious countries for those genres such as Japan, China, Taiwan and India. So far, this band is my favorite extreme metal band that I've found from an Asian country.

Musically, they play what one might call a more symphonic, mainstream style of black metal with a healthy dose of Scandinavian Melodeath influence. They even manage to include some local influences, most prominately in the use of erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed violin. They don't give it as much focus as I would like, but its wailing lines can be heard in nearly every song. The keyboards are also impressive; not satisfied just being in the support role, some of the more memorable riffs come from the keyboardist. I have their latest album, "Seediq Bale" and I just got their earlier release, "Relentless Recurrence," in the mail a couple of days ago. I need some more time to listen through it, but I can give a whole-hearted recommendation to "Seediq Bale."

The Band's Myspace
Official Website
Video for Quasi Putrefaction from Seediq Bale
Video for Progeny of Rmdax Tasing from Seediq Bale
Article about the band's political efforts

Saturday, November 10, 2007

What this blog may include....

Thoughts on... music, mostly in the realm of metal, religion and society and perhaps even some photography of mine.