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More Pics from Behexen/Sargeist

Posted in battle jacket, black metal, chicago, concerts, finland, orthodox black metal, psychedelic rock, retro occult rock, satan, underground, united states, USBM, war metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by blackmetallurgy

As promised, some pics from black metal weekend. It occurs to me that I must not have gotten any pics of Behexen- was too busy headbanging I guess. Enjoy!

My farewell party. He was displeased that I was gone all weekend.

My farewell party. He was displeased that I was gone all weekend.

The lovely A at the Beat Kitchen, rocking the Emperor shirt

The lovely A at the Beat Kitchen, rocking the Emperor shirt

Kommandant's vocalist. His new get-up is terrifying

Kommandant’s vocalist. His new get-up is terrifying

Kommandant

Kommandant

Just one of the many curiosities from the awesome sushi place/Japanese grocery store

Just one of the many curiosities from the awesome sushi place/Japanese grocery store

Mugging for the camera with my bow to match my battle jacket

Mugging for the camera with my bow to match my battle jacket

Kvties

Kvties

Jex Thoth

Jex Thoth

I liked her dancing

I liked her dancing

Sargeist

Sargeist

Ave.

-H

Maryland Deathfest XI: Merch Haul, Musings, and More Pics

Posted in battle jacket, black metal, death metal, doom, festivals, musings, stoner metal, tips, united states with tags , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

This was my first year going to Maryland Deathfest, and I learned that it is a metal WONDERLAND. Literally just about any merch you could possibly want you can find, including stuff from Deathspell Omega (if you were looking for Lifelover you were out of luck, however. I didn’t see any of their stuff- I was looking for a patch). And for a girl working on her battle jacket, it was a veritable treasure trove. I bought a ton of patches, many of them from my friend, who I tried to buy from as much as I could.

Yeah, that's a Dimmu Borgir patch. They were my first black metal band, and their old stuff is awesome, don't pretend like it's not.

Yeah, that’s a Dimmu Borgir patch. They were my first black metal band, and their old stuff is awesome, don’t pretend like it’s not.

I also got several shirts, but not as many as I probably would have gotten if I had bought all my stuff early (lesson learned. I would have a Candlemass patch too if I’d done that). Nevertheless, I found stuff I couldn’t find easily, like a rad Teitanblood shirt, a TDB shirt (orders from the Netherlands are not cheap), and special edition MDF Antaeus and Aosoth shirts. And Morbid. Always more Morbid.

Teitanblood

Teitanblood

I love the back of this thing.

I love the back of this thing.

Antaeus special print for MDF.

Antaeus special print for MDF.

Noevdia. <3

Noevdia. ❤

More Dead.

More Dead.

Aosoth special MDF shirt. This thing is gorgeous. Also I am trying to buy more not-black shirts.

Aosoth special MDF shirt. This thing is gorgeous. Also I am trying to buy more not-black shirts.

The back has the Order of the Nine Angles sigil. Subtlety FTW.

The back has the Order of the Nine Angles sigil.

The Devil's Blood. I love their artwork.

The Devil’s Blood. I love their artwork.

I promised musings too, so I will give that. I think the weekend overall went really well, minus the drive back (coffee+convenience store fare+no sleep= H feeling like she is strung out on something). I did have a few observations though. First of all, the festival really needs to be organized a little better. Vinterland had to be pushed back, and Pentagram and Venom getting cut off- I understand that there was nothing that could have been done about these things, but I think some kind of announcement might have mitigated the frustration a bit, especially in the case of the latter, in which people rioted. The lines going into and out of the festival could have been handled a little better, and considering that I heard/saw lots of complaints about gate security inappropriately frisking some of the girls (never happened to me or A, by the way), and harassing people, I would suggest screening the people they have working the gates a little better. (The guys in the festival were awesome, on the contrary. Especially the dude playing air-bass and helping people crowdsurf. That guy deserves an award for best security dude ever.)

I also heard rumors that this might be the last year at that venue, and that might be okay. I liked the smallness of the festival, especially considering that I get freaked out in really huge crowds sometimes, but it really might have outgrown itself this time. Especially with having to wait in line for over an hour for re-entry on Sunday. Also, I didn’t have tickets to the punk stage this year (I need to do that next time), but my understanding was that it was about .5 miles away. That’s a little far, especially if you are trying to run back and forth a lot, so making the venues closer would be really beneficial.

The music was awesome. Needs more thrash; needs more grindcore. That is all. Of course, with all the doom and black metal it was theoretically my year.

Here are some more miscellaneous pics of me and my pals showing off our MPLS/St. Paul related digs and general tomfoolery.

The poster from this year was pretty freaking sweet.

The poster from this year was pretty freaking sweet.

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I don’t know if you can tell from the pin, but we are big Devil’s Blood fans around here.

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Me looking like a big ol' dweeby fangirl in my False shirt. MPLS metal is my fave.

Me looking like a big ol’ dweeby fangirl in my False shirt. MPLS metal is my fave.

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Chicks dig Into the Void.

Chicks dig Into the Void.

Me and Carlos.

Next, Kylesa, before I forget my commentary on that. Then Aosoth, I promise. I have been running around watching friends’ bands all weekend, but I am home with some spare time for a while.

-Hagalaz

Some More Jacket Updates; Recipes; Things I Get To Look Forward To

Posted in battle jacket, concerts, musings with tags , , , , , , , on March 3, 2013 by blackmetallurgy

I have resurfaced again! Unfortunately I have been so busy lately I just haven’t had time to post anything. I have ideas though- I am going to do a review of the new Dethklok one of these months, I’m going to do a rant about why Watain is not just a Dissection knock-off, and I’m going to review the Marduk show (and Inquisition! and Death Wolf! And a bunch of others because there were a lot of bands) that I saw Thursday. And that’s just to name a few. And I plan on doing this just as soon as things slow down a little for me, which should be starting tomorrow. I finished up a project I’ve been dedicating spare time to today, so I should be able to do more here now.

Another thing I plan on doing is a post on the new metal record store in St. Paul, Into the Void. I have been there twice now, and it is my favorite place in the world. It is also where I got the new patch additions to my jacket: Darkthrone and Dissection.

I'd been planning on getting this one for a while. Glad I found it locally!

I’d been planning on getting this one for a while. Glad I found it locally!

True Norwegian Black Metal

True Norwegian Black Metal

The jacket is coming along! I also got a Mayhem Deathcrush patch the other day to fill in that spot between Dissection and Morbid, and a Nifelheim patch that I bought from my friend Carlos. I also plan on getting some pyramid studs, and I have The Devil’s Blood and Horna patches in transit somewhere.

Hooray

Hooray

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I also thought that perhaps people might be interested in some commentary on some of the dishes from the Hellbent for Cooking metal cookbook I reviewed recently. Around the start of February, I decided to make Pagan Altar’s Pagan Pie, which is pretty much shepherd’s pie using corned beef. I admit I was a little wary of it at first- as Annick Giroux points out, it all comes from a can. It was, however, very good for having done so, and really tasty with the corned beef (I usually make mine with stew beef as it’s chunkier than ground beef, but it had never occurred to me to make it with corned beef).

Pagan Pie (Pagan Altar)

Pagan Pie (Pagan Altar)

Yum.

Yum.

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Other than that, March is bereft metal shows for me, but I am going to see Ensiferum in April (yes! Finally! I have wanted to see them for ages, they are my favorite melo-deathy, pagan-y band), and then Ghost, and then I am certainly going to see Black Witchery and Deiphago. I’ll be missing the latter at Deathfest because I have the three day pass, so that one is a must. I may go see Absu too; it’s a cheaper show and I hear False is opening, and I need their split with Barghest.

So much for a post about a whole lot of nothing. I am going to try and be more productive over here. So many ideas, so little time.

Until I return to remind you of how awesome Marduk is live,

Hagalaz

An Update to the Battle Jacket. And Other Interesting Things

Posted in battle jacket, black metal, tasmania, underground, united states, USBM with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

Hello all. Sorry I didn’t make my post yesterday. I was busy getting my face melted by Napalm Death (I also just lied about being sorry. I admit it). In penance, I will write up a review of the show, hopefully for Thursday.

I got the Inquisition patch sewn onto my jacket (in record time!). Started sewing Friday night, finished it within hours of the show on Sunday. I sewed it in just a couple of hours! I am becoming a pretty good seamstress in the name of metal- I also now know enough about sewing to fix the tear in my Mercyful Fate shirt.

One more space filled!

In other news, my friend Jamie sent this my way the other day. It’s a really interesting documentary- the interviewer leaves something to be desired at times, but it’s a rare glimpse into the lives of some of our most reclusive one man bands.

Well, I haven’t got much else to talk about momentarily, except to talk about the concert, which I think deserves its own post. I’m also still quite exhausted from my participation in said concert, so I am going to go to sleep.

Until later this week,

Hagalaz

More Updates to the Battle Jacket

Posted in battle jacket, black metal with tags , on August 19, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

Well, I’m currently working on a post concerning Burzum and moral dilemmas (namely, my own), but it’s still very rough, and I’m not going to post it here until I’ve puzzled over it some more. In the meantime, I’ll show off what I’ve been doing with the battle jacket, because I’ve been working hard on it the last week or so (I don’t have much to do right now).

First of all, I finally got my DIY Funeral Mist shirt patch on. It’s huge! But it looks awesome.

It takes up the whole back almost! But there’s still room for me to put patches along the edge of it if I need to.

I’m so proud! *sniffle*

So, now Arioch can get recognition for his hard work, and I get a Funeral Mist back patch featuring his own design work. Oh. Yeah.

The next step was putting on my Morbid patch. I decided to put it over the right hand pocket, and though I sewed the top pockets shut, I wanted to keep the ones near the bottom of the jacket (gotta have someplace to stick your hands when it’s cold out).
It was tricky, but I managed without too much trouble. After a bit it got easier.

Morbid!

…and the pocket is still there. Yay!

Then I decided, what the hey, might as well do the Gorgoroth patch too. I settled on putting it on the right shoulder. There is still enough room to put a patch roughly the same size directly to the right of it.

The front, currently.

And that’s all the patches I have right now! They look very scattered at the moment, but that’s because I need more to put on! Hopefully that will happen soon. I would love Melechesh and Inquisition patches, and since I plan on seeing them in October hopefully I can get some. I’ll also probably order more online (although the guy I have bought from in the past on eBay seems to have emptied his stock, sadly), but first I need to get a paycheck. More later this week, when I’ve sorted that other post out a little better.

-Hagalaz

Battle Jacket: How to Make a Patch Out of a T-Shirt

Posted in battle jacket, tips with tags , , , , on August 2, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

So, as you may remember, I had gone to see Marduk about a month and a half ago and was so excited to show off my Funeral Mist back patch, when I was informed that it was not only a bootleg but that Arioch (Mortuus? I’m not sure how to refer to him in this instance) would get royally angry if he saw it. And we can’t have that, because Funeral Mist being pretty much my favorite black metal band (sharing the spot with early Mayhem), I want to support Arioch. So after bewailing my fate, I decided to figure out what I could do about this problem.

I settled on buying a t-shirt and making a patch out of that, since I know I can recognize Arioch’s design work and therefore make sure he gets paid for the “patch.” That is exactly what I did, and I thought I would share how I did it just in case anyone else is interested in making their own patch from a t-shirt.

So, step one to making a patch from a t-shirt is, of course, acquire a t-shirt. I got this Funeral Mist shirt from Noevdia.

Image from Osmose Productions.

[1. Get a shirt]

The next thing you’ll want to do is cut out the part of the shirt you want to make a patch from. I shed no tears over mutilating this one because it was way too big for me anyway- the only size they had left was XL. I made sure to leave plenty of extra room around where I wanted the patch to be so that I didn’t accidently cut it too short. You can trim later.

2. I don’t have a pic of this step, but you shouldn’t need one. Just cut out the design. Make sure that you leave plenty of room around the edges just in case!

Next you will want to get some adhesive backing for the t-shirt. This will keep the shirt from wiggling around as you’re sewing, as shirts are wont to do. Any fabric store should have some- ask for the “craft” kind as it is the thickest. Have them cut you a piece that your patch (with the extra room around the edges) will fit on.

Image from Buy.com

[3. Get adhesive backing. It’s iron on, and it looks like this. Nothing remarkable, in other words.]

Iron the adhesive backing onto the patch. With the kind I used, it said not to let the iron steam, but yours may be different. Sewing is kind of like cooking- it’s all about following directions.

After you have ironed on the backing, figure out how much of a border you want around the patch. The design on my shirt was really big, so I didn’t want very much. Then you want to fold the shirt back to where you want the border and crease it so that it won’t move around. If you want to be crafty, you can use the iron to make the crease stronger.

Then you will need some of this stuff. The kind I bought is charmingly named “Stitch Witchery.” It will create a thicker edge to make the sewing easier for you. You simply cut a piece the length of the side and lay it in the crease, then hold the iron on it for ten seconds or so. Once again, follow the directions on whichever kind you get.

[4. It comes in black and white. It doesn’t really matter which color you get as you won’t be able to see it anyway. Primarily, you just want to make sure that the width is small enough for your purposes (I think this is 3/4 in. or something)]

Now you are ready to trim (finally, right?). Pull the edges up and trim off some of the excess. Then, voila! You have a patch made from a t-shirt!

[5. Be sure you don’t trim too close. The hemming stuff will create a hem like this.]

[6. The finished product! The back.]

[…And the front! Which is formatting weird for some reason. (WordPress, cut it out, dude). Super proud of this bad boy.]

Now, sewing this thing is proving to be difficult given its size (like, I can’t even pin the whole thing. It keeps squirming), but that won’t necessarily be an issue. I’m sure there are a million ways to do this as well, this is just the way that I did mine. I don’t have a sewing machine, so that wasn’t really an option for me, hence the hemming tape.

I’ll be back Sunday with some more stuff. In the meantime, check out Jamie’s blog post on USBM (which we’ve been seeing a lot of lately: http://jimmymacworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/usbm-lives-a-report/) and happy stitching!

Later,

Hagalaz

Armor Updates and Fall Tours

Posted in battle jacket, concerts with tags , on July 15, 2012 by blackmetallurgy

I have been working on my jacket again (finally- the Dead patch almost did me in but I have decided I can work on it again) and applied my first iron on patch the other day. It’s the Arne Babb patch I got with my copy of Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries.

This one.

Every time I apply a new patch I learn something new. This time? Iron ons SUCK. Seriously. I don’t think I’ll ever iron on another. The heat from the iron made the patch distort a little (you can see that the edges are a little bowed), which upset me a little, but I was able to fix that somewhat by sewing it into place. If you want to keep the edges from curling, you need to sew them down anyway, so I’m not sure what the point is of ironing them on.

The final product, after sewing for reinforcements. Those buttons might not all stay there, but they are there for now.

Either way, Arne is now on my jacket, but from now on I think I’ll just sew on patches, even if they are iron ons. The adhesive is kind of nice for keeping it in one place, but my experience with the heat makes me want to not risk distorting another one.

Speaking of armor, I also got my new Watain hoodie yesterday! It’s this one.

It’s not on Wolf Wear’s website anymore, so I might have snagged one of the last few.

It has WOLVES on it. It got some sticky stuff on it during transit from the packaging, but that will come off when I wash it, I bet (which I will have to, seeing as how I will be wagging it everywhere).

You can see some of the sticky stuff near the (stage) left pocket.

Blackletter is the bestletter.

I mentioned earlier that I felt that Wolf Wear was having some trouble getting their stuff out due to the sheer amount of people who had placed orders for the new Watain DVD, and it did take me a while to get my hoodie. However, I emailed them about a week and a half ago to see if they could give me an estimate on when it was coming and heard back from them fairly quickly and the girl who emailed me was very kind and apologetic about the delay on shipping. I didn’t mind so much- I knew they were backed up and considering the heat wave that’s hit the continental United States, it won’t be hoodie weather for a while yet- but it is awesome to finally have it in my hands. Considering that a Funeral Mist shirt is now in transit to me (it’s much too large for me to wear, but it’s going to become art anyway), my armor is about to get upgraded. I’m going to use the front of the shirt to make a completely awesome Funeral Mist back patch that is more fitting to me even than the one I have now.

In other news, the concerts are lining up for the fall! So many bands are touring that I’m interested in seeing, so here is a preview of shows you’ll be hearing about from me in the coming months.

July 18- Agalloch (Omaha, NE)

July 26- Nachtmystium (Des Moines, IA)

August 31- False (Minneapolis, MN)

Sept. 2- Korpiklaani/Tyr/Moonsorrow (St. Paul, MN)

Sept. 4- Abigail Williams (Des Moines, IA)

Oct. 5- Morbid Angel/Dark Funeral (St. Paul, MN)

Oct. 19- Septicflesh/Krisiun/Melechesh/Ex Deo/Inquisition (St. Paul, MN)

The Abigail Williams date I am unlikely to make, seeing as it’s so close to the Great Pagan Beer Fest of 2012 (Korpiklaani/Tyr/Moonsorrow), but I put it there just in case. I’m with my friend Jamie- I’m more excited to see what the band does after Abigail Williams is put to rest, but it would be nice to see their last tour. And yes, folks, you did read that right, INQUISITION IS TOURING. The other bands they are playing with will be cool too, Melechesh especially (there’s a feature on them in the works somewhere), but I’m more excited for Inquisition than Morbid Angel and Dark Funeral combined. Also, the fact that they tour in the same month allows me to forgive Dark Funeral for cancelling the show in February that Inquisition was supposed to open for.

Also, Obituary has announced a tour (though I have not heard dates yet), which is kind of awesome since they never tour anymore. And for you kids in Europe- you are super lucky. Marduk is about to tour Europe alongside Immolation, who are my favorite death metal band (and who are also really nice guys).

I will try to get this updated again Thursday, but I can’t guarantee it won’t be a little late this week. Between making the 6 hour round trip drive to Omaha on Wednesday for Agalloch and moving, I may find myself a bit behind. Really looking forward to Agalloch, though- I would love to chat with them about the paper I wrote this past semester and their new EP, Faustian Echoes. As a Renaissance drama scholar, I have a particular interest in the Faust legend because of its connections to Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus (plus, I hear one of them is also working on a PhD in English).

More as soon as I can get it up here (I will also be updating the distros page to report on my experience with Wolf Wear and Noevdia).

Later,

Hagalaz