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:
Satan is everywhere, that much is fact. Now that we’ve established that, we’re keeping it short and to the point this week with a music pick from Canada’s Malsanctum who released its self-titled debut earlier this month through Iron Bonehead. The group debuted in 2015 with a 24-minute single-track demo of primitive, atmospheric black metal. Its full length offers three tracks clocking in at more than 45 minutes. “The Father” stretches its funeral doom potential to new lengths — sometimes Satan likes it slow:
The Satanic Temple announced the public reopening of its national headquarters in a week or so. The Salem Art Gallery, among other things, contains the massive Baphomet statue that drew much media attention a few years back.
What has become known as non-theistic Satanism (those who do not recognize Satan as a deity or figure, but rather an idea) was popularized by Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan decades ago. But organizations like the Church of Satan, the Satanic Temple and others spark an interesting debate: where does secularization of faith become cultural appropriation, even among Satanists? Given the leftist orientation of TST and a few others, the historical placement of religion in the world and neoliberal trends around faith are intriguing issues. Continue reading
If you are a fan of the show Love Island (um yeah…), you may have found one contestant’s ram tattoo fascinating. Bustle sure did this past week, and decided to find out if Darylle Sargeant is a Satanist. A Twitter account says she is, but really? Continue reading
Few mystical things this week were as spellbinding as the Science magazine exploration of human sacrifice by the Aztec Empire. New research indicates the scale of ritual murder originally revealed years ago has been drastically undercounted. Here is a video version of the story:
If you are not familiar with the legends of Aztec human sacrifice, the archaeological investigation is the stuff of past and future death and black metal. Aztec priests reportedly cut out victims’ hearts from their chests while they were still alive, then cut off their heads. The skulls were then defleshed and bound to a monumental rack of skulls in the center of the city. Here’s one documentary of what the Aztecs did:
Historians estimated as many as 130,000 skulls were displayed. Three quarters of the skulls analyzed belonged to men, estimated to be between 20 and 35 years old. About 20 percent of the skulls belonged to women and five percent of the skulls were children.
This story reminds you that, for all the panic about the Devil – as occurred this week in Zimbabwe, after protesting parents demanded the killing of the institution’s headmistress, who they accused of practicing Satanism – little rivals what humans may be capable of doing.
The Antichrist Imperium, best known for its bond to Akercocke (the band features current members Sam Loynes and David Grey and former Akercocke guitarist Matt Wilcock) have today issued the new album, Volume II: Every Tongue Shall Praise Satan. “The Dreadful Hosanna” was a preview track released in May:
Also this week, Portuguese duo Satan My Master issued its cassette release The King Of Hell Arrives. Think gritty first-wave revival revulsion. “Tormenting the Nazarene Swine” is among those faith-filled hymns to enjoy.