Hands down, some on the best black metal I have ever found.
Barghest - The Rite of Isolation
I read several dozen stories a year from miserable, lonely guys who insist that women won’t come near them despite the fact that they are just the nicest guys in the world.
..I’m asking what do you offer? Are you smart? Funny? Interesting? Talented? Ambitious? Creative? OK, now what do you do to demonstrate those attributes to the world? Don’t say that you’re a nice guy — that’s the bare minimum.
“Well, I’m not sexist or racist or greedy or shallow or abusive! Not like those other douchebags!”
I’m sorry, I know that this is hard to hear, but if all you can do is list a bunch of faults you don’t have, then back the fuck away…
Don’t complain about how girls fall for jerks; they fall for those jerks because those jerks have other things they can offer. “But I’m a great listener!” Are you? Because you’re willing to sit quietly in exchange for the chance to be in the proximity of a pretty girl (and spend every second imagining how soft her skin must be)? Well guess what, there’s another guy in her life who also knows how to do that, and he can play the guitar. Saying that you’re a nice guy is like a restaurant whose only selling point is that the food doesn’t make you sick. You’re like a new movie whose title is This Movie Is in English, and its tagline is “The actors are clearly visible”.
[From interviews with abusive male teens]
Where did these [“… patriarchal”] beliefs come from? Twenty-six boys were beaten by father figures and witnessed beatings of their mothers during childhood. Twenty-seven reported that their caregivers adhered to rigid, traditional gender roles. These experiences were related to their rigid ideological assumptions about family and gender. Nick, a seventeen-year-old Francophone street youth and gang member, said that his father tried to kill him when he disclosed that he might be gay. Following this brutal assault at the age of eleven or twelve years, Nick’s father and uncle gave him money every week to use prostitutes to “fix” his sexual attraction to men. This happened despite the involvement of child welfare authorities.
[Nick]: ‘I was about eleven or twelve. I thought I was going crazy. So I asked my fucking Dad. He was so … pissed. He kicked the living shit outta me. He threw me through some drywall. He was screaming at me, “No son of mine’s gonna be a fuckin’ queer!” Then he put his hands around my throat and held me up against the wall and screamed in my face, “Don’t you ever, ever tell anyone what you just said to me. From now on, it’s my rules. You’re gonna get fucked every night by a cunt even if it costs me a million dollars.” And that’s when I started using hos.’
Nick denied that his biological father’s actions were wrong. He indicated that his father’s violence was a legitimate attempt to cure him of his homosexual desires, saying later that most fathers get their sons to use prostitutes around the age of twelve years. When asked if he was still sexually attracted to other males, he said, “Kind of. But it’s not worth it. I think I’ve got it under control now. … As long as I’m fucking hos—those little cunts—pretty often, and I’m fighting a lot, I don’t really think of being attracted to another guy.” Nick’s father and uncle were members of a motorcycle gang. He described routinely seeing women led around the house on spiked dog chains by male family members, and that his uncle was in jail for murdering a woman. Nick, like most of the other youth, neutralized the conflicts in his life. Despite having been brutally abused and witnessing woman abuse at home, he justified his own sexual violence against prostitutes (Nick reported that he routinely used violence during sex with these women). Despite having homosexual desires, Nick routinely beat up gays on the street with his gang.
Like Nick, the majority of the boys who witnessed their biological fathers abuse their mothers (eleven out of twelve) reported these assaults as justifiable and caused by their mothers. By contrast, the majority (ten out of twelve) of the boys who saw their mothers being abused by social fathers (stepfathers, boyfriends) presented these assaults as wrong. Elevated status was awarded to their biological, as opposed to social, fathers. In most of these cases, biological fathers represented the natural patriarchs of families, even if they were not present during the childhood of many of the participants. Biological fathers were the natural breadwinners and their abusive behavior was a justifiable way to resolve conflict and keep their wives and children in line. Social fathers, for the most part, were not awarded this same privilege of using physical force to maintain traditional gender roles by the participants.
Axis of Light - Secrets of the Tomb
I’ve been waiting anxiously to post this song for MONTHS. I can finally do so, as we’ve officially released the Svn-Okklt compilation tapes, and the entire compilation is now up to download on Svn-Okklt.
This song is seriously one of the best tracks to come out of black metal in awhile, and I’m so honoured to have a part in its release, along with all of the incredible tracks that are featured on our compilation.
Residents of Nabi Saleh, West Bank, 2013.
Peter van Agtmael
The portraits above are of Palestinians who live in Nabi Saleh, West Bank. Residents of Nabi Saleh have been protesting Israeli occupation of Palestinian land every Friday after midday prayers since 2009.
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