Surely if our meager planet were overtaken by skeleton soldiers, leather winged giant insects, goat human hybrids, rats, cosmic storms and serpent lords, this is what it would look like. Paolo is fucking possessed with this intrinsic vision to put the most barbaric, and rusted atmospheres into carnal shape. I would love to have one of these plastered on my bedroom wall. The immensity of detail, suggests months and months of methodical attention while being chained into solitary confinement to remove distractions. Paint is slowly stroked and perfected executed casting a focal point not only one a solitary subject but the paintings entirety. When I cast my eyes on these formations, the banality of this description becomes so irrelevant. I can only come tantalizing close to venting my verbal expression on his works. Everything is doused in dirty, infected hues of color, while dense shadows and proportions are the secret of each one. I am appalled and in admiration at the same time.
If you have not been living under a rock lately, or you spend all your time being diurnal and never know the secrets ov the dark. I’ve taken the hostile task to make a compilation of the top 6 black metal albums in the years of christ’s death 2011. There is always a subjective indifference for everyone of what qualifies to be given this right. To me, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks as everyone will have different tastes. But as so far as I’m the writer, these are the noteworthy 6 albums that I would hoard in a cave with only a stereo (if I ever had to), keeping safeguard over them.
I: Sortilegia Pestilent Black Sorcery… The essence of nothingness incarnate. I am left alone in empty space amidst the dark matter of the universe. My consciousness yet remains intact and I return with spectral experience even too eerie for any pen to write. Who would have thought an alchemy of mysterious and private worship could be forged so perfectly in city of drugs, media and industrialization. It is not so long that you can re enter the journey over and over and return with something different every time.
In the stone age, cave men used to brand and paint on themselves for status reasons using their hunting weapons. They were a symbol of accomplishments, traits, and performed in rituals. The essence of their markings had huge meaning at the time, yet they didn’t have near the same conception of art, if at all. Now unfortunately, the mainstream tattoo culture is more of a business, lacking in substance, there always remains the spirit of real appreciation for the art. For some it is a cleansing, or a rite of passage. With it comes entwined meaning, history, and visual appeal. Have a gander below at some fine works demonstrating many different style of tattoos inspired by Chris Moyen art, some painful branding and pagan depictions shot by Metalographer and some by Norwegian artist Trine Grimm, with more here. www.trinegrimm.com
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Occupying the woods of Oklahoma, Anthony Roberts fuses some nightmarish, eclectic, and dreamscape images sending the human psyche on overload. Not one to truly settle on one inspirational source, yet still retaining a traditional style. Appearing out of the aether, and influence by esoterics, psychoactive afflictions, the dark ages, paradoxical visions, and other obscure doses. Some of it downright looking as if it fell out of his pen during an opium overdose. Various finished pieces are made for special concerts, such as the live ritual in Bergen or Koln. He has done copious amounts of work with the clochard Urfaust! I have methodically selected my favorites with all hapen to be devoid of color. What is lost in intimate detail is made for in mysterious renditions from seemingly another planet. This is right up Cvlt Nations alley, and I’m sure will be devoured by many. There are some different styles in here http://www.blackmindseye.org/
Gallery after the jump!
The woodwose or common ‘Sasquatch’ is a lengendary primitve manlike creature that has been reported to be seen hundreds of times. Is it a morphological link between homo sapiens, and our ancient ancestors? Perhaps a more civilised version of a cave man even? Whatever it is, this artist uses the alias Woodwose for his mythical and sinister art. Each piece tells a part in a grander scheme of strange beings, forest mysticism, & death rituals. He uses paint on wood or canvas, which gives his work such impeccable aura, and texture. Each manifestation will howl out to your inner most conscious of what your dreams often portray to you in nocturnal hours. Mirroring shadowy remnants of humanlike predators, decaying and dead animals, blood rites, and an overwhelming essence of fear and obscurity. I truly love the way the background layers give a depth to the 2 dimensional drawing and make them appear as if you are gazing into a photograph of a real place in an archaic point of history.
Cast your eyes on some of the artwork through here. And read more about the work of Woodwose.
Heimo Korth and his wife are the only people today still living off the land in the contained 19 million acres of boreal forest on the Alaskan interior. His life represents an atavistic and nomadic approach to existence, as he relies on primitive hunting and gathering techniques in order to survive. The nearest neighbour is about 100 miles away, and they rotate cabins to prevent from depleting natural resources in any one location. A film crew went out to spend an entire week with him in the secluded woodlands where he dwells and learned his methods. Heimo catches and keeps meat and fish frozen for use when it becomes needed. The fish he collects is used for trapping which he manages to draw the attention of mynk, wolves, bears, lynx and other animals into his area. All other food is stockpiled in his cabin.
They learn how to skin a rabbit, fire a shotgun, and even kill and cut up and intruding bear. Finding their company in the vast forests, mountains and natural landscapes that enclose them. It is perhaps a romanticized look at one of the most ancient traditions of mankind and a meditation on individualism.
Any avid reader of Lovecraft should already know the unspeakable evils of the Cthulhu cult and the deep sea lord that rules them all. Enshrouded in mystery is the author himself, who was a complete recluse and often resemble the ugly characters in his short stories. Strangely by watching the film you would come to think its from the 40′s or 50′s, down there when Nosferatu was still haunting the minds of men. But this was crafted in 2005. I wont go into over analytic detail about the aesthetics of the film or soundtrack and how utterly horrible in every way it is. It is entirely in black and white and the music that exists in quite atypical, it’s nothing like you are used to but watch it for yourself. But I have written up some lesser known information of the film to shed some dark insight on the depth’s of R’lyeh… errrr, on the making of the footage! Enjoy it, Fhtagn Ia IA!
The “body farm” located in east Tennessee is a regulated conditional area for the study of human corpses in various conditions. The corpses are put under special conditions mirroring what might be found in most crime scenes. Tests are carried out on the decomposition processes and information is taken regarding the effects of cause of death and time periods of exposure. The legally controlled body farms are important for forensic anthropology, and crime research. Other smaller but similar concept outdoor areas are usually present for most universities and colleges. These usually deal with small animals that have died natural deaths, such as cattle, bird, or rats. There are five of these set up in the United States with this one being the first. A film crew was sent to the place to talk with an expert about this. He goes into a bit of detail of how they originated and the various conditions that can be altered.
In Japan there is a forest at the base of Mount Fuji filled with numerous suicide victims. It is the desired place for Japanese people to go and either contemplate or kill themselves and the second in the world. It’s called the Aokigahara forest or Jukai meaning Sea of Tree. It started spiralling out of control when a book was published wherein one of the main characters commited suicide in the forest. Now there are reported about 50-100 deaths here per year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The vice crew went out to film the forest with a guide and are given some in depth history to the location and why people choose this place. It is also an interesting look at suicide from a psychological standpoint. The Japanese man who is followed gives an enlightening speech about Japanese culture. He also finds a man in a tent who was probably thinking about ending it, talks with him, and eventually is taken out. There is some real footage of human skeletal remains, and photos of people hanging from the tree branches. There are signs in the woods urging people to rethink about living their life. Japan seems to have quite a problem with this, as there is also suicide cults on the internet, where people meet to die together and go into extreme detail of how they would love to do it. A book was also published detailing the physiological, and mental effects of different kinds of suicide.