A few words about me, as this blog used to be ALL about my tastes, commentary and obsessions, before the My Castle of Quiet radio show broke ground in June of 2009.
Who woke me up this morning? It's wasn't G_d, it was my iPhone alarm. I've been attending a weekly NA meeting, and I do enjoy the company and conversation (usually) of fellow and former addicts and substance abusers; I like the way addiction is the great leveler; in those rooms, black, white, young or old cease to matter. But why, oh WHY (!) does the seemingly ever-present spectre of a monotheistic deity have to enter into it? I am encoded with all the ways of right and wrong, right here in my solar plexus, and I never, but never, expect to be forgiven for my many misdeeds and bad behavior. The world, and life as we know it, is sometimes ordered, "destined" if you will, but mostly strikes me as a constant collision of random particles in chaos. I am alright with chaos, not the kind that strikes sometimes in daily life, but the kind that "governs" our progress. At the end of every meeting, I back out of the circle, I DO NOT hold hands, and I DO NOT recite the Serenity Prayer. May I never accept that there is something I cannot change, though I butt up against these things nearly every day. Accepting is a different ballgame, and I'm not a good batter, the outfield always came in when I went up to bat, but I've got more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and have spent my every day trying to be a righteous man and have gathered many an ally, simply by being a good person with no hidden agendas. G_d is not required, in my case, for a righteous path to be taken. Where it ends, I know not, but I won't blame my failures, aggravations, or disappointments on a misty deity, any more than I will humbly thank the same for my successes and good fortune in life.
Keep in mind, that here in the States, we stand a very good chance of having a new leader who wears "magic" long underwear. If a Mormon does make it into the White House, that desperate move to plead for Canadian citizenship may really be in order this time. Most of the people I know and talk to about these things, know that a third-party, truly anti-corporate-rule candidate is the only option to potentially "save" this country and our flagging economy, and that's just not going to happen any time soon. For that I DO blame G_d, or at least his concept, for keeping the masses complacent and "faith"-full, or full of faith, so much so that any man who wears the veil of righteousness, while underneath lies the prideful garment of a false prophet, can fool the great number.
Extremely awkward segue to this week's radio horrorcast™; I was feeling especially good, having turned an important corner in my personal development as a productive human being. My focus has shifted, in indeed a very positive way, and that is always cause for celebration!
Much love for -
Dead Times, and their split with TRTRKMMR (we heard the TRTRKMMR side not long ago); the label, Aum War, looks to be extremely promising.
Judas Priest's "Exciter." Priest are one of those bands that mark true metalheads, their brilliance, as a prog band, a hard rock/heavy metal band, and even later as a pop concern (conforming to the MTV times, as they did in the 1990s) will stand forever the test of time, and "Exciter" never fails to be a boot to the ass.
Demonologists, this time their Waves of Decay cassette release, Sermons of Death and Eternal Damnation, though the project never fails to ignite excitement on the MCoQ playlist. An upcoming release on my own Prison Tatt records label is, I say with as much humility as is possible, which is not much, some of the best, if not THE BEST, material from the Cory / Dustin duo phase of Demonologists. I can't wait to get this one on the street, kids. I know that I say this about every P-Tatt release, but this time...wow. It rattles my neighbors, providing me much glee, whenever I pull into my driveway blasting the CDr which will eventually be this record.
Mortuor, an outstanding release from Dustin Redington's (see above) Ministries of Blood CDr label (35 FREE downloads at that link!) There was not a boner in that entire label discography, though Mortuor's I'm Waiting For You stands out as one of the best releases in the MoB canon, wrought with sinister warnings and dark-as-pitch emotions.
Luciation, excerpts from Side A of their Manifestations in Unholy Blackness LP. A roller-coaster ride (the kind where bolts are loose, it's rickety as hell, and you may not make it off alive) of Satanic grind, from the Analog Worship label. Luciation's home-made videos on YouTube are quite enjoyable! (Click on their name to see "Infested Female Skull Orgy.")
There's special programming and live guests aplenty gracing our show in April and May, but I'll leave the details for a future post. For now, please click on this week's screen capture, again from Hammer Films' Plague of the Zombies; my dream mate, with matted hair and blued skin—and she's a quiet lot, as well! Haha- That click will take you to the audio archive, comments board and playlist for this week.
And until next time, remember, YOU are your own master, no higher power need exist than the individual; we are morally "encoded" to do right, most of us anyway, and no book (that written by men, though attributed to power on high) need be consulted, ever. Look inside yourself, for it's there that the answers lie.
Please note: Will be getting the Wretched Worst session from 2 weeks past up online, in mp3 form, as soon as possible, likely during the coming week; my apologies for the delay.