Thursday, December 8, 2011

P. Emerson Williams In Apocalyptic Imaginary: Early Edition

Pieces that ran on ModernMythology.net are gathered, edited and expanded in this special collection. This endeavour is one of the projects the fund raising campaign helped bring to life, and is just the beginning of what is to be brought to you in the coming year. Some of this will include the music of Veil of Thorns. Here are a couple examples from the book from me, your humble Veil of Thorns overlord:

Modernism to Postmodernism to Postmortemism

By P. Emerson Williams
We cultural types do love to declare death wherever we cast our jaded blood-shot eyes. When our imaginations are exhausted, hard-ons for the latest arising only with greater efforts require new extremes of fetishism. A point comes when completed work crowds out attention. Art, empire, economy, politics look to us to be sated with days and ready to give in to sweet oblivion.
Lady Gaga killed sex, says the once much discussed Camille Paglia, who quotes her subject who declaims “Music is a lie”, “Art is a lie”, “Gaga is a lie”. The death of the novel is an idea so oft repeated that one can envision members of the literary establishment daring each other to intone the phrase three times in front of a mirror in expectation of the candyman to appear. And closer to home for us here, the right honourable psychonaut James L. Kent writing for Acceler8or the new transhumanist vehicle established by R. U. Sirius says we've come to rest after years of the deceler8ing of music as a living mode of expression. Nice opening shot.
Read on at Modern Mythology. 




Human Demonology: Salome

By P. Emerson Williams
And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.  
And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.- (Mark 6:21-29, KJV)  
The story of Salome is a familiar one in Western culture, the climax of wich with her lascivious dance and the severed head of John the Baptist has fired the imagination of artists, writers and composers for hundreds of years. Then there's Dracula as an allegory describing Victorian men's fear of female sexuality, Lilith in legend and art... The mythical Salome can be seen as both a product of and a window into the minds of those who told it. Salome was a real historical person, born EV 14, the daughter of Herodias and the stepdaughter of the Emperor Herod Antipas. Though she is unnamed in the New Testament, Salome is named in the writings of the historian Josephus.

Read the rest of the article at Modern Mythology.




This book captures and expands upon the unique commentary and analysis that has helped define the Modern Mythology project in 2011. Through the voices of many contributors, we collectively take a hard look at the blurred lines between narrative and truth, philosophy and literature, personal history and cultural memory. All of this is done with an eye towards the imagined apocalypse that is always just around the corner.

This is the $.99 early edition, meaning that there will be one more editorial pass before the final version which will be released in print. This contains all the final content that the final book has, but will almost certainly have minor typos. If they light your hair on fire, feel free to report them.

Available as PDF, .epub, Kindle and more on Smashwords. (Just $.99)

First edition in print and kindle formats Jan 2012.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Music Section Has Been Added


We just added a music section to the site where you can stream or buy downloads of many albums. Some of these releases have been given some loving re-mastering treatment and keep checking back for some exclusive and some free releases. This is just the start.

Eventually we'll have the full Veil of Thorns discography up there, as well as related projects, like the full discography of Choronzon and a few treats that are in the deal making stage. More on that as soon as things have been solidified. New editions of old CD's are in the works and two Veil of Thorns releases are in the works.


New Distributor: PANIC Media

More details later this week. For now, here's Salon Apocalypse:


Monday, December 5, 2011

Vampire Wars Lyrics


NOISE COVERED WORSHIP
INCREASINGLY BIZARRE POLITICAL THREAT RITES 
PROCESS PRODUCT PROPOSITION
DE LEGE MOTUS
CREATOR-GOVERNMENT-CREATOR
A CRAVEN SLAVE DESIGN
SACRED  THOUGHT OBSTACLES
DISSOCIATIVE MODIFICATIONS
ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENA
GRAVE PECULIARITY RECEIVED
APPARITIONS OF ART
PROGRAMMERS BELOW SIGHTS OF THE OPERATIONAL SECRET
VAMPIRE WARS 
A  NON-EUCLIDEAN FUTURE

Noise Covered Worship

We introduce the warm device without Guilt
A wine soaked wish for an ugliness of liminal silt,
The martyrs Eat System souls and wet them down
The worship of generated lies, the death of those below
In performance, signs conceal that articulation;
Lives lost unveil a light of a different speculation
the demon-wheel parts a river-bed, ideological meaning
Perfect nightmares born mournful and righteous
Programmers short body flashes and transmit us

Noise covered worship, God of rage,
worn-out time, the abhorrence intercession
Noise covered worship, Red annihilation
Creates desire, ecstasy confrontation
Agony stamina. and sacrifice concluded

Secret sixty-one magnetic void resists symbols assigned
network of being that arms loneliness, operational parasites
blood-feeders limits of psi-tendrils, wires Symbiosis order arms
weak works of hate, the mind-controlled forms arise from harm.
This spirit and liquid that powerful. flashes evolved sight,
the head of your a barely justified vision illuminates the night
Beggarman faith names those nine incantations of one alien reality
ION head forms the annihilation inspiration opposition duality

Noise covered worship, God of rage,
worn-out time, the abhorrence intercession
Noise covered worship, Red annihilation
Creates desire, ecstasy confrontation
Agony stamina. and sacrifice concluded

Noise covered worship, God of rage,
worn-out time, the abhorrence intercession
Noise covered worship, Red annihilation
Creates desire, ecstasy confrontation
Agony stamina. and sacrifice concluded

Increasingly Bizarre Political Threat Rites 

Lighting Born souls stop at the heart of Nothing
rebirth told the tormented minds Twitching
Cut-out eyes encircle the vacuum Pondering last Forever
slumberless outside operational warm flowers
flesh soul enemies sung from mollified shadows lore
and there, the Discarding of Thirsty Lighting innocence Torn
without words in carressing awe Watchers let Razors drop
ghost-drone to Bodies of the beast buzzed in hearts of misanthropes

Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
Where rumours Project what designed my mind,
Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
A desperation Falling will sleep our Death

the fearful Boardroom commanders practice ugliness carresses
with subdued energy the shadows felt to be writhing texts
lovers spies taste Lighting flesh waking live beneath your too warm affliction.
let shame chill the messenger of NIGHT passionate under observation
Strapping the Bodies of prey outside on passionate feeding grounds
mask In the mirror like The demon flowers shadow-mouths,
wilted awaken the Silent creation the And run the Adversary your Cult
Words eat the voices from lips burning all years of Guilt

Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
Where rumours Project what designed my mind,
Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
A desperation Falling will sleep our Death

Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
Where rumours Project what designed my mind,
Increasingly bizarre political threat rites
A desperation Falling will sleep our Death

The hell of your Adversary heats The ugliness of innocence
A plague Moon, Twitching eyes being my only shame,
I languish in the pyramid pondering the fallen turned into my enemy,
I am beneath the stolen floors of preserved Sorcery


Process Product Proposition

Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind
Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind

the scream of bitter wet guns
the Suffering was glad
Terror energy focus spies sold character your string of dead flowers

Key the optic dispensed Rapture
Opium storing tv
the VOID soothing forces reprogrammed the Flesh


fire Haunting will of the heart
was clean in the eyes
Our stolen fruit is weaponized gives the me no mind,
Moon, enemy, invoked,
perfect humans as the a heavens die out
The fallen and the commanders use the power of the written LAW

Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind
Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind

Stun guns and overdoses,
a network storing Adversary souls
brain-machine and the act of forensic feeding unfolds

and my suspicion and the grimoires
joining overriding Born to them BELOW cut fortune
Thus Soul was like drop your storm as mountains
designed Nothing your way Pondering Vomiting darkness,
the passionate obeyed me their Respect of your worship
The executor thus obeyed, Discarding glittering Will


died in practice for another self-righteous stabilized
Manifestation

Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind
GLITTERING WORSHIP brought
screaming Blackened storm-demons,
called are anyone going, NINE-FOLD
their Shadow OMNIPRESENCE

labored Liberty to back the spirits a most designed part sense can,

Subject:
nwe are NECROFUTURIST messengers
where that energy encircles, Ultra-violet integers
The29 one perish in the night passion Boardroom
acid figures Blood to Night I breed without venom
Radio Ain full mouths drug, a process of Terror wastes
severed from birth for thy dissolution, and the weaponized mixture,
their Ghouls, being in with overriding projects

Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind
GLITTERING WORSHIP brought
screaming Blackened storm-demons,
called are anyone going, NINE-FOLD
their Shadow OMNIPRESENCE

Process product proposition
the surges subdued by The Entertainment
Process product proposition
mollified the destructive mind
GLITTERING WORSHIP brought
screaming Blackened storm-demons,
called are anyone going, NINE-FOLD
their Shadow OMNIPRESENCE

De Lege Motus

(It is a secret)

Creator-government-Creator

Populate hell, a space combine of divine blood lust
overriding the God patterned subject/object binary
dark images, spontaneous sudden glimpses
tortured, yes, tortured, nothing ever dissolves
diagnosis is cultural, overrides everything,
Process is in place, negating all in favor of nothing
bizarre belief in seemingly perfect sacred meaning
modifications in seemingly random cultural artifacts
nothing is cultural, It is not the urge that forces modifications

nothing is sacred, everything is sacred
divine simplicity is Blasphemy made sacred

creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
Everything is real
Nothing Is Permitted
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
Everything is real
Nothing Is Permitted

hallucinatory works explode eternal and random
kind omnipresence preexistence interpretive situations
figure and sudden be passage subversive in
divine experience explode the sacred tone believe can

nothing is sacrosanct, everything is forbidden
divine simplicity is Blasphemy made sacred

creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
Everything is real
Nothing Is Permitted
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
creator government creator
A god below, a Devil above
Everything is real
Nothing Is Permitted

A Craven Slave Design

GATEWAY out OF  love of the essense of man
Watchers lore versions hum from the place where it began
channels the name and death SECRET BEHIND the Page
the FIRE Demons breathe a spirit to act out the rage
THROUGH legend to encounter powerful NATURE of Government
programmers BELOW sights of the operational SECRET
Path, OF WASTE OF elements feeding from One to ride the theory hole
chronology of their focus INITIATING  civilizations closed.

A craven slave design
A craven slave design
A craven slave design
A craven slave design

In the wrong sense, the brightest specialist of being
intercourse DEVOURS a pattern. observed: a product
energy dark he  is fast, pain accomplished New Eden source:
DARK was will palaces THE sex this System egregore
Blank form creation on above between very observation caused belief
vague dose OF will, of capabilities in beneath mind the scream .
writers waking to those disturbed and the moon accused the night
Distension alien GODDESS FORMS What all Spirits Phreak
dreamless HEAVENS the Lost black spirit himself
tunnelsTHE course, desires thus, originating THE death impression
a crash built into the system the human order
has Voice into all in ancient foundation and the breathing of paranoid snakes
you tempted the Great cause cover the MOUTH of the witch to stifle
You are (Atom) CURRENT ostensibly designed as
subterranean Effect was changeth intercession and INGRESS.

A craven slave design
A craven slave design
A craven slave design
A craven slave design

Sacred  Thought Obstacles

a suggestion of blood-soaked shock and awe
Wickedness Clown Rapture Dream conscious and stalking
action suppressed gives psi-demons life, the holding affliction.
COMPLETE and ALL One predators Soul
ATMOSPHERE swirls in to murmur OF  DEATH energy
This PRIMORDIAL Rage transmission, a Project death.
The programmers THE document roots has owners.

Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles

THE seven BLACK BLOOD  texts writhing The Wormwood, body
his Blood had His fourth rapid mouth deliver vitality.
television Sorcery fire picture DEVOURS The Cult Rite mating
what fearful drop is served, a lungful is in me – testing.
spirits unfolded  divine minds as ABYSS SPLENDOUR
ghost-drone Grave peculiarity. received Silence of THE Terror
CIRCULAR ritual full of Thought a night desire of the practice
eating demon Operator sigilized dead white chill
Drive Requiem in the evil rebirth Drive Requiem wake
The waking grave BEHIND who Weep her GREAT oceans
A night of mating wolves' incarnation FORMS THE dust
Exorcism DEVOURS Numbers and form, black hole.

Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles

the body magick discord, speaks to fundamental character
secrets seduced imaginary American
in glorious Harlotry buzzed to the death.
a craven slave design branches up
Nothing around them with infernal NIGHT
finish business of rebirth mind with Power filter documents
MAGICKAL praxis before rest envenoms the appetite

Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles
Sacred  Thought Obstacles

Dissociative Modifications

These cults as Such in the first three aeons are but chapters,
after which the symbols of the black night of chaos
A black much richer than that from which they emerge
into the light of the form of the manifestations.
This cannot be achieved without efflorescence
a survey of primal cults Current
and the symbolic formulae deposited
times and appear in pre-monumental
a skeleton whereon explained more it than the Fetish

Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications

In channel fire a survey is presented
some of its systems of the Five.
There exist no phenomena in the light
Tantric aspects of that are often
confused with such a survey and  occultism
no more perfect to found Its aim is to restore the Left Hand
Path and to re-interpret its field for magic explains Recent

Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications
Dissociative modifications


Electronic Voice Phenomena

I've been waiting for you...

Grave Peculiarity Received

process; couch. Knowledge dealt by the swarms
desolate, the neither the first fit of writings.
passage egregore conversation of man
encounter would while agony and covered obscure
stepped feely down and have beyond
covered and mirror version my power
the presence in it below, creation the hour of additional organs
dry powerful skin figures will, are submission
this has The malevolence
and only power Darkness awe considerably.
and as of proved Each little pain in number

Fear of skin, This dealing ritual
years of screaming and submissiveness
Grave peculiarity received
Grave peculiarity received

the Rare of form, this very journal demonic grim
skirts their glistening contained channels
Old scented wine in between to stage tradition spent
each of the opened relationship and loveliest Graves
programmed texts translated you one of lacking.
invoking half-human associated process transcend
she cry sting slick though he answer Little
blessed is death this earth-bound world lake.
cloud Recalling and offered as commanded
Operator in that found chronology
from first are made of sections to ride the practices;

Fear of skin, This dealing ritual
years of screaming and submissiveness
Grave peculiarity received
Grave peculiarity received

Fear of skin, This dealing ritual
years of screaming and submissiveness
Grave peculiarity received
Grave peculiarity received
Grave peculiarity received
Grave peculiarity received

Programmers Below Sights of the Operational Secret






Vampire wars 

Summon Horseman to perform
Insatiable Rage and Dream Seduction Grave
eclectic dreamlike conclusion machine
Deep Within Halls of Shadow Ghouls, the learned Insane

midnight stories told In Excitement
the Rusting Dead Take Control of a Lost Sewer Command
The Shadow Council's Daylight Challenge
Blood Hunters Utopia machine Drains Resistance

haunting dreadful sweet punishment
brain-machine Management of the synthetic familiar
ancient Manifestation Deathbringer
Sewer Vampire Drained of Immunity in the daylight Woods

Dead apocalyptic Dream like shadow Theatre
Poisonwood Leaves Ashes in the Holy Water
Storm sage Grave Touch Annihilations
Destroy Manipulation Dominance Seduction

Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars



Circle Black Halls in Dissonance
Silver Grave Pack Attack the Shadows of midnight on a Silver Altar
Rotting Ruins Sourced reference
brain-machine Management of the synthetic familiar

received Fallacy and fate
High inquest Possession obsession Control
Lost Icons Summon Another Shadow
Rat Drug Black Void the Thirst of the soul

haunting dreadful sweet punishment
Destroy the other soul Surgically For Dominance Seduction
ancient Manifestation Deathbringer
Sewer Vampire Drained of Immunity in the daylight Woods

Mutants Receive The Shadow Council's Request
Within Phantom Thorns Utopia Obsession Manifest
Grave Void Emissary of an Insane Thirst
Relic of the Resistance to Another Sunlight Fight

Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars
Vampire Wars

A  Non-Euclidean Future
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Fine Elucidation of the Mythosphere: The Mindscape of Alan Moore



Alan Moore is the world's most critically acclaimed author of comic books. In this film, we see a portrait of the artist as contemporary shaman, someone with the power to transform consciousness by means of manipulating language, symbols and images.
I'd be hard pressed to find a better example of an artist who makes conscious use of myth and magick than Alan Moore. We can see all around us how prescient he's been, and through his work the thoughtful reader can read the myths with which we're continually pummelled by big media, politics and religion.



Narrated by Sean Penn and based on the work of media critic and best- selling author Norman Solomon, who traveled with Penn to Baghdad just before the war to call attention to the dangers of a U.S. invasion, WAR MADE EASY reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose 50 years of government spin and media collusion that has dragged our country into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. With remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, the documentary exposes how presidential administrations of both parties have relied on a combination of deception and media complicity to sell one war after another to the American people.
This is one of many examples of how we are manipulated and distracted. I would point to Adam Curtis' brilliant documentary series The Century of the Self for more insight. Now, where it is valuable to shine the light on the unconscious parts of culture and mass consciousness, I would argue that the role of artists and musicians engaged in the purest kind of exploration of art and self is more important. Even more important is how each individual engages with these ideas and most important is that everyone is free in their creativity and shaping of their world, "artist" or not.



Grant Morrison could be one of the most important people you've never heard of, an inventive comic book writer who's practically a god among hardcore fans for spawning titles like Batman RIP, The Invisibles, All Star Superman and The New X-Men.
And to round out this trio of illusion, dissolution and creative collusion, we have more comics, more magick and the kind of psychedelia we try to bring to Veil of Thorns in sound and sight.

Now, the first and third examples represent artists tapping into the mythosphere very effectively and eloquently. We've been playing with the elements of myth and narrative over the last twenty years, but perhaps we need to reveal the pattern. It is my tendency to be opaque and cryptic, but the number of people who have come to me to tell me that they saw the threads of the story Veil of Thorns has been telling reveal where some clarity could make our art stronger. Where this thought is taking us will soon be revealed.

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this movie Saturday break as much as I enjoyed watching these films and giving some of the thoughts that came to me in the process. My apologies to those of you in countries without access to Hulu. I may do this again and use other sources.

Agape,

P. Emerson Williams

Friday, December 2, 2011

damage’s razor coated candies 02


This is a very cool idea, a "mixtape" created as a playlist of videos. This edition includes the Veil of Thorns track De Lege Motus, from the album Vampire Wars.



Hello, joyful readers looking for new music. The second etape of razor coated candies is out, which is a weekly edition of 21 tracks ranging from black to another shade of black (and very intense, rumbling, bass- and melody-heavy and otherwise quite enjoyable inbetween). There is a huge mixture of genres, last week’s RCC meandered from darkpop through cabaret and ambient to electrohouse, this week’s edition might be a bit more influenced by gothic, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Be prepared – every Thursday brings you a new edition (something Miss @Toyclouds called endre kab├ítolt cukork├ík which sent bits of our brain Sputnikwards), share this Dragontape package if you need some weekly recommendation into the blissful waves beyond the mainstream maya.

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DAMAGE'S RAZOR COATED CANDIES #02
(01:28:16)

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1. Strength Through Music - "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" Video Series: Part 6 (03:50)
2. Gimme Sympathy [Official Music Video] - METRIC (03:48)
3. Cruel Black Dove - Forgotten Place (video edit) (03:06)
4. Ladytron - Destroy everything you touch HQ (03:58)
5. IAMX - Ghosts of Utopia (Official music video) (03:45)
6. The Vanishing - Lovesick (04:17)
7. The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea [HQ] (08:24)
8. Regina Spektor - "Us" [OFFICIAL video] (04:01)
9. IKON - A Line on a Dark Day (04:04)
10. Good Charlotte Keep Your Hands Off My Girl (03:28)
11. GR†LLGR†LL...I'm gonna dress in black/THEM (03:45)
12. Interpol - Lights directed by Mr. Charlie White (official video) (05:12)
13. Pulp - Do You Remember The First Time (Promo) (03:49)
14. Filthy Dukes - This Rhythm (03:47)
15. Veil of Thorns - De Lege Motus (05:30)
16. yelworC - Blood in face (LIVE in BERLIN 2008) (05:30)
17. Hecq Vs Exillion ''Spheres Of Fury'' (04:06)
18. Alec Empire - New World Order (03:37)
19. The Creatures - Godzilla (03:37)
20. Sleep Chamber - ISIS (promo video) (05:01)
21. The Last Beat of My Heart (04:34)


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