Wednesday, February 24, 2010
"from where will a sun come into the smooth heaven when Fenrir has assailed this one?"
New shirt available at any shows we're playing for the next six months, I probably won't do any mail order with these (which is number two on my list of 'Worst Shit About Being in a Band'; number one being 'mixing records' and number three being 'trying to find a van').
Tyr's hand and Fenrir doing the old Infest Break the Chains thing he's famous for (God bless Norse eschatology).
The story of Tyr losing his hand is pretty much the only sacrifice myth i'm aware of that i feel holds much value for my mindset. The story of Christ on the cross has become so meaningless and convoluted that no one really has much of a clue as to what it's supposed to represent. Something vague about dying for sins. Why he had to die for anyones sins i don't think most Christians really understand.
And it's not that i feel Christianity ever had much meaning in the first place; Emperor Julian (331CE - 363CE) is quoted as saying "no wild beasts are such enemies to mankind as are most of the Christians in their deadly hatred of each other" . He was refering to the then insane debates about Homoousios.
Honestly, if you weren't already convinced that Christianity is to divinity what McDonalds is to nutrition then look into some of the history of early Christianity. I can almost guarantee you'll give up very quickly (these people were complete fucking morons) and feel like punching the next hippy that tries to tell you that the original church had some great ideas that were turned on their heads by nasty white Europeans later on. Their ideas were (largely) always terrible, we just have the Romans to thank for exporting them to the rest of the world. Thanks Constantine (imagine a world if Diocletianus had been more sucessful than Constantine at leaving a legacy...)
Most "serious" (ie metal magazines) publications will ask me in interviews about why we book our own tours and put out so much vinyl. Most punk zines (since Primitive) will ask me about the occult and my views on religion. Those questions i don't mind, they're broad enough (and of enough interest to me) for me to want to answer.
There are no quick answers but i'm not that interested in punks' "No Gods No Masters" chant with no further thought attached.
For matters regarding the occult, well, at its most simple it represents a multitude of different ways of viewing, understanding and interacting with the world and isn't nearly as hollywood as most black metal hordes would have you believe.
At the end of the day people will always say things like "as above, so below", but there's "as above, so below" as words on paper (or a computer screen or in content of speech) and there's "as above, so below" as an understanding of something far greater than words can adequately convey.
Just like there's praying to God and the wee baby Jesus for forgiveness and there's having a genuine personal relationship with God, which is something that by its very nature can't be discussed, only experienced. (Did i just apologise for "good" Christians everywhere? I probably need to eat something)
And saying "religion is the opiate of the masses" is cute but i'd no more ask a Marxist's opinion on matters of the soul than i would a Thelemite's opinion on the nature of capitalism and the class system in the western world since the Industrial era.
And to end on an entirely crass note: 93 93/93