America’s favorite religious trolls, The Satanic Temple, made headlines this week after bringing its Baphomet statue to a protest in Arkansas. A few time zones away, the Portland chapter announced its withdrawal from the Temple, citing alignment with neo-Nazism among other charges.
If you’ve lost track of the infernal drama, and who hasn’t, The Cut has a rundown, including the Corey Feldman situation.
Also in the universe of The Satanic Temple dramas – by way of the Temple of Set via the Church of Satan, which has been in a running verbal gun battle with TST spanning years – Michael A. Aquino has self-published a “50th anniversary revision” of The Satanic Bible, most synonymous with Anton LaVey. This book, however, bears no connection to LaVey’s. Got that straight?
In music, Hungary’s veteran atmospheric black metal crew Sear Bliss released their eighth album this week. Letters From The Edge from Hammerheart Records which was originally slated for a July release and features “Shroud,” whose lyric video came out in May.
“Almost Dead Dog” is the preview for Mamaleek’s forthcoming album, Out of Time. The duo’s sound is more on the avant garde/experimental wing of black metal, but nonetheless intriguing.
And finally, Italian black metal act The Secret released the trailer for Lux Tenebris, its upcoming Southern Lord full-length:
All the Satan news paused for a week out of respect for the Behemoth album announcement. However, the Bringer of Light was busy the last few days…
- The Satanic Temple, this week, broke into full-out public warring over its retention of a lawyer representing neo-Nazi and other clients. Into the fray have included national leaders, those who have left the organization, and those who have stayed. Salacious at points, it is one of the more intriguing looks at the Satanist group that actually does not necessarily believe in Satan.
- Speaking of politics, Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is feuding with a Catholic publication that compared him to Satan for his stance on immigration.
- Theistic Satanist Marie Ravensoul has a new book, which she recently talked about on the Dark Illumination podcast.
- Peru is reeling from a grisly murder reportedly inspired by Satan.
- On a lighter note, I am wondering which of you did it.
- And also going lighter, if you have not seen the TV show Preacher‘s portrayal of Satan as part of the season’s storyline, you may be missing out. He has a hired gun rounding up Hitler, who escaped from Hell.
Out this week in black metal, Detroit’s Divine Ecstasy summons Mayhem and Master’s Hammer in its new album, Strange Passions, streaming here:
Speaking of that raw style, Ill Omen released The Grande Usurper this week. The Australian act put forth just under half an hour of fire on this:
Japan’s Abigail are out with a new album as well. Far East Black Metal Onslaught sees frontman Yasuyuki Suzuki going all out as always:
The Satanic Temple this week announced litigation against Twitter, alleging religious discrimination related to the suspension and lack of account verification. Its statement to supporters details the matter:
Marc J. Randazza of the Randazza Legal Group, PLLC, representing TST for this case further stated: “When Twitter installed its Orwellian-named ‘Trust and Safety Council,’ free speech advocates sensed immediately that this would become a censorship board. However, none of us could have predicted exactly how discriminatory and arbitrary Twitter would be. Twitter has decided who it disfavors, politically, ethnically, and religiously, and they get significantly less free expression rights on Twitter than its favored groups. Enough is enough. Satanists are equal to any other religious adherents under the law and deserve to be treated equally. If Twitter disagrees, then it should be prepared to explain why its ‘Trust and Safety Council’ believes that it should favor one religion over another – consistent with the Civil Rights laws.”
You may recall the law firm from its defense of neo-Nazis, use of anti-Native American slurs, and CodePink. More on this case soon, surely.
Earlier this year, Behemoth issued an in-full performance of its legendary album The Satanist, recorded in its home country before a live crowd. Messe Noire is the resulting audio/visual package and the results are quite stunning if you enjoy Behemoth. “O Father O Satan O Sun” and other classics are featured, of course, as its the band’s usual theatrics. Get a preview here:
“She walks across the country. She holds her head up high in the rain. A mother is screaming for help. And she turns around to stare at a scene from her memory.”
“Ein Bier… bitte.”