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EsoTerra – Journal of Extreme Culture

esoterraTällä kertaa blogissa julkaistaan vieraskynän teksti. Seuraavan katsauksen EsoTerra-julkaisuun on kirjoittanut Jarno Alander. Mesikämmen kiittää Jarnoa tekstistä.

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EsoTerra – Journal of Extreme Culture

Länsimaisen massakulttuurin kääntöpuolesta kiinnostuneille suomalaislukijoille saattaa olla tuttu Adam Parfreyn kirjasarja Apocalypse Culture. Alkuperäinen Apocalypse Culture ilmestyi vuonna 1988, laajennettu uusintapainos vuonna 1990, ja vuonna 2000 vielä aivan uusi Apocalypse Culture II.

Kysymyksessä on kokoelma artikkeleita, haastatteluja ja reportaaseja mahdollisimman oudoista, kiistanalaisista ja shokeeraavista aiheista: erilaisista kulteista, salaliittoteoreetikoista, natseista, satanisteista ja rajoja tavalla tai toisella rikkovista taiteilijoista. Parfrey kiistää, että kirjojen tarkoitus olisi ollut vain mässäillä raflaavilla aiheilla: hänen mukaansa tarkoitus oli järkyttää lukija länsimaisesta henkisestä horroksesta ajattelemaan asioita uudelta ja kannalta ja kyseenalaistamaan elämäänsä.

Vuodesta 1991 aina vuoteen 2000 asti kerran vuodessa (poislukien vuosi 1998) ilmestynyt EsoTerra: The Journal of Extreme Culturea voisi kuvailla kausijulkaisun muotoon paketoiduksi vastineeksi Apocalypse Culturelle – tosin sillä erotuksella, että Chad Hensleyn toimittaman EsoTerran painotus oli (kuten jo alaotsikko antaa ymmärtää) selkeästi enemmän musiikissa, kirjallisuudessa ja muussa ”äärimmäisessä” kulttuurissa.

Internet-aikakauden koittaessa toden teolla painettujen fanzineiden alakulttuuri lakkasi olemasta noin silmänräpäyksessä. Näin kävi myös EsoTerralle, joka jäi historiaan Hensleyn siirtyessä muihin tehtäviin. Kuitenkin vuonna 2011 mies palasi vanhan projektinsa pariin ja koosti 320-sivuisen kokoelman EsoTerran parhaita paloja. Antologia on paitsi muistomerkki tälle kyseiselle lehdelle, myös tavallaan koko fanzine-kulttuurille – niin hyvässä kuin pahassa.

EsoTerraa työstänyt kirjava ryhmä ei ole kantanut huolta hakukoneoptimoinnista tai heidän juttujensa jaoista ja peukutuksista sosiaalisessa mediassa. Kirjan materiaali on vaihtelevaa, usein tavalla tai toisella kokeellista, paikoin ensiluokkaisen kiehtovaa, toisinaan taas pelkästään noloa. Mahtuupa mukaan myös jonkin verran ilmiselvää täytemateriaalia – Hensleylle hatunnosto siitä, että hän on mitä ilmeisimmin pyrkinyt koosteessaan tavoittaman alkuperäisen lehden hengen, eikä vain tyytynyt noukkimaan rusinoita pullasta.

Eräs todella paha puute antologiassa kuitenkin on (itse asiassa on aika häiritsevää, että näin ilmiselvä asia ei ole tullut Hensleylle mieleen), nimittäin se, ettei juttujen yhteydessä ole minkäänlaista merkintää alkuperäisestä julkaisuajankohdasta, ei päivämäärää eikä lehden numeroa. Esipuheessaan Hensley kertoo kokoelman keskittyvän ”suurimmaksi osaksi” EsoTerran ”myöhemmin numeroihin”, mutta siinä kaikki. Lukijalla käy peräti mielessä, että onko epämääräisyys tahallista ja yritetäänkö sillä salata jotain kiusallista. Ei hyvä.

Oli niiden alkuperäinen julkaisuajankohta mikä tahansa, antologian järjestyksessä ensimmäisten juttujen joukossa on yllä mainitun Adam Parfreyn haastattelu. jossa mies kuvailee työtään “apokalyptiseksi sosiologiaksi”. Parfrey paljastaa myös hauskasti alkuaikoinaan julkaisseensa materiaaliaan Hustler– ja Penthouse-lehdissä, koska muut valtavirtajulkaisut eivät siihen suostuneet koskemaan. Tunnetustihan pornolehdet ennen internetin yleistymistä tapasivat tarjota lukijoilleen myös muunlaista materiaalia, joka ei kunniallisuuden päivänvaloa kestä.

Parfreyn haastattelun oheen on myös ympätty hänen kirjoittamansa essee ”Weird Sex Cults” (josta lisää alempana). Haastattelu ja perään näyte haastateltavan työstä on konsepti, jota noudatetaan pitkin kirjaa, pääosin toimivasti. Poikkeuksiakin löytyy, kuten esimerkiksi ”kuoleman enkelin papitar” ja kuolema-aiheista taidetta tekevä Leilah Wendell.

Haastattelujen perään lisättyjen työnäytteiden osastossa pajatson kuitenkin tyhjentävät Genesis P-Orridgen haastattelua seuraavat kolme erilaista, noin sivun mittaista sekavaa sepustusta, joista huomattava osa on kirjoitettu tikkukirjaimilla. Niitä silmäillessä voi suorastaan kuulla, kuinka mies naureskelee partaansa kuvitellen kuinka lukijat yrittävät saada niistä jotain tolkkua.

Northamptonin suuri mies Alan Moore haastatellaan yhdessä kirjailijan ja elokuvantekijän Peter Whiteheadin (jonka juuri haastattelun aikaan ilmestyneeseen romaaniin The Risen Moore oli suunnitellut kannet) kanssa. Ikävä kyllä haastattelu on toteutettu pubissa, seikka joka alkaa haastattelun loppupuolella näkyä turhan selvästi. Haastattelussa käsitellään Mooren From Hell –sarjaa ja sen vaikuttimia. Käytännössä kaikki EsoTerran haastattelemat brittivaikuttajat nimeävät Aleister Crowleyn yhdeksi suurimmista vaikuttajistaan, ja Crowleyn nimi tulee esiin myös From Hell –sarjasta keskusteltaessa. Kun Moorelta kysytään mielipidettä eri kriminologien julkaisemiin kirjoihin, joissa he väittävät selvittäneensä Viiltäjä-Jackin henkilöllisyyden (mm. Patricia Cornwell, Stephen Knight), Moore esittää vähintäänkin mielenkiintoisen ajatuksen, ettei todellista ratkaisua ole edes olemassa, koska viktoriaaninen maailma ja sen ihmiset ovat myös lakanneet olemasta.

Haastattelussa käydään läpi myös muita Mooren arvostamia kulttuurivaikuttajia, kuten kirjailija Iain Sinclair ja taitelijamystikko Austin Osman Spare.

Koko antologian lupaavimpaan antiin kuuluu kauhunovellisti Thomas Ligottin haastattelu. Hieman hölmön, superlatiiveja ja muita ylisanoja viljelevän johdannon (tekijänä muuan R. F. Paul) jälkeen Ligotti osoittautuu, ei mitenkään yllättävästi, hyvin älykkääksi, teräväksi ja kuivan humoristiseksi henkilöksi. Tosin rivien välistä paistaa läpi kärsimättömyys usein melko omituisiin kysymyksiin (”kärsitkö mistään allergioista? En tietääkseni, ellei olemassaoloa itseään lasketa.”)

Haastattelu käsittelee Ligottin yhteistyötä David Tibetin kanssa tekemää yhteistyötä Current 93:n albumilla In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land. Myöhemminhän yhteistyö jatkui useilla muillakin Current 93-albumeilla.

Haastattelussa käydään läpi myös Ligottin vaikutteet. Kenellekään ei varmaankaan ole yllätys, että esiin nousevat sellaiset nimet kuin Arthur Machen ja tietenkin H. P. Lovecraft. Jälkimmäistä Ligotti kuvailee mieheksi, joka ”osoitti kaikki synkimmät aavistukseni maailmankaikkeudesta oikeiksi”. Kauhugenren ulkopuolelta Ligotti pudottelee sellaisia nimiä kuin Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, japanilaisrunoilija Hagiwara Sarutako, Thomas Berhardt ja Bruno Schulz.

Haastattelua seuraa Ligottin novelli “The Nightmare Network”, tämän jälkeen taas Ligottin itsensä toteuttama David Tibetin haastattelu — tai oikeastaan sana-assosiaatioleikki, jossa Tibet ilmoittaa mielipiteensä mm. kissoista, Jeesuksesta, Buddhasta, nihilismistä, krautrockista, E. M. Cioranista, Steve Stapletonista, tieteestä, ihmisyydestä ja lopuksi tietenkin Thomas Ligottista ja David Tibetista itsestään.

Koko kokoelman ehdoton huippukohta ja arvokkain kulttuuriteko on japanilaisen äänitaiteilijan Masami Akitan eli Merzbown haastattelu. Akita on tunnetusti ihmisenä äärimmäisen ujo ja hiljainen (jollakin perverssin epäintuitiivisella tavalla tämä tuntuu aivan odotuksenmukaiselta vastakohdalta miehen kuulijaa painajaismaisella intensiteetillä piekseviin melukollaaseihin), joten hänestä on saatavana harvinaisen vähän haastatteluja muilla kielillä kuin japaniksi. Lisäksi monet olemassa olevat englanninkieliset haastattelut on käännetty japanista, joten niissä englannin kieleksi tunnistettavat sanat seuraavat kyllä toisiaan, mutta parhaimmillaankin niistä muodostuu vain hyvin hataria ymmärrettäviä merkityksiä. EsoTerran haastattelu on kuitenkin pääosin ymmärrettävä, ja vuosien varrella olen törmännyt siitä poimittuihin lainauksiin useissa eri yhteyksissä, esimerkiksi Paul Hegartyn mainiossa historiikissa Noise/Music: A History. Haastattelussa Akita esittää usein lainatun toteamuksensa, että jos musiikki on seksiä, Merzbow on pornoa. Tosin samassa yhteydessä hän kertoo ajattelevansa, että Merzbow’n musiikkia voi pitää kiihottavana vain henkilö, joka näkee autokolarissa yhdynnän vertauskuvan. Japanin amerikkalaistumisen huonoimmiksi seurauksiksi Akita nimeää aidsin leviämisen maahan ja kahvin juomisen yleistymisen.

Haastatteluista kolmas kohokohta on makaabereista veistoksistaan ja tauluistaan tunnettu sveitsiläistaiteilija H. R. Giger. Vaikutteista ja innoittajista puhuessa Lovecraft ja Crowley pomppaavat jälleen kerran esiin kuin vieteriukot. Gigerin haastattelusta löytyy myös ristipölytystä muihin teoksessa esiintyviin taiteilijoihin: Giger mainitsee ryhtyneensä hiljattain lukemaan Thomas Ligottin novelleja. “They are very nice” kuuluu miehen kommentti kokonaisuudessaan.

Muita yhtyeitä ja musiikkiprojekteja joita kokoelmassa esitellään ovat mm. Sunn O))), Isis, Psychic TV, Allerseelen, Strenght Through Joy, maailman kiireisin tyhjäntoimittaja Boyd Rice, aivan aidosti ja pelottavasti häiriintyneen oloinen Atrax Morguen Marco Corbelli, Endura (jälkeen yksi erittäin vahvasti Lovecraft-vaikutteinen projekti), Der Blutschach ja aivan koko teoksen viimeisenä artikkelina saksalaista neofolkia käsittelevä artikkeli, jossa esitellään Sonne Hagal, Forseti ja muutamia muita alan yrittäjiä.

Lopuksi vielä muutamia esimerkkejä teoksen sisältämästä ajan hammasta hieman huonommin kestäneestä materiaalista. Muistaakseni joskus 90-luvulla ja vielä 2000-luvun alussa sadomasokismi ja erilaiset sitomisleikit ja kumipuvut olivat vasta murtautumassa valtavirtaan (itsekin täysin vaniljaheterona eksyin näihin aikoihin kalliolaisessa opiskelijakommuunissa järjestettyihin, äärimmäisen surkuhupaisiin alan kekkereihin). Jokainen trendi tarvitsee tietenkin sopivan musiikkiskenen, ja sitä EsoTerrassa edustavat kumisissa uimapuvuissa ja Dana Scully –kampauksissa pomppivat Women of Sodom ja Master/Slave Relationship –niminen akti. Molemmat näistä ovat ainakin minun tietääkseni vaipuneet armollisesti unohduksiin.

Varsin nolo on myös Parfreyn artikkeli, jossa hän muutaman sivun sisällä niputtaa surutta venäläiset skoptsit eli kuohilaat, Afrikassa harrastettavat tyttölasten sukuelinten silpomiset ja länsimaiset nekro- ja koprofiilit. Maailmassa, jossa kaikenlaista jännää ja rankkaa tavaraa löytyy muutamalla hiiren klikkauksella loputtomiin, eivät tämänkaltaiset jutut enää tunnu kovin tarpeellisilta.

Teoksen loppupuolelle on sijoitettu myös Hensleyn toteuttama triptyykki norjalaisen black metal-skenen vaikuttajien haastatteluja. Ääneen pääsevät Emperorin Insahn, Aghastin Nebelhexe ja Mortiis. Haastattelut ovat sinänsä mielenkiintoisia ja asiallisia, mutta musiikista niissä ei juuri puhuta. Michael Moynihanin kirjoittama johdanto sen sijaan on käytännössä pelkkä mainos miehen (lähinnä kirjan mittaan venytettyä 7 päivää-lehden artikkelia muistuttavalle) Lords of Chaos -paljastus- ja kiihotusteokselle.

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What a great weekend of noise, power electronics and industrial music in London! Meeting old and new friends, witnessing an absolutely fantastic two day event with lots of great acts at a very nice venue. Some notes of the weekend with pics below, sugarcoated with some one liners that I penned to my notebook during the trip.

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Thursday

I had early wake up after just three hours of sleep at 4 am. As I walked through Turku the city looked like a warzone after the 1st of May celebration. Broken bottles, broken places, vomit, shit and carbage everywhere. Some drunks were still alive and crawling the quiet streets. It was cold and snowing.

I met Pekka PT at the airport. Air Baltic took us to Riga where to our surprise we needed to spend some six hours instead of one to our connection flight to London. Coffee, bread, some chocolate, good talks. I did read Juha Jyrkäs’ Ouramoinen (Salakirjat, 2014) from cover to cover, some of the best lines of it out loud.

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Pekka PT reading a zionist rant.

Air Baltic seems to revel in Engrish. ”Exlusively on board” and ”for saftey reasons” made us smile. Some zionist had made hilarious ranting notes over an article about Israel into the airline magazine. We almost stereo-spanked an air hostess who kept on bending over next to us. She was clearly asking for it.

Gatwick express to Victoria. Lovely peaceful half an hour with a very British scenery, including the legendary Battersea powersation. After surviving some metro stations and a short walk we found our hostel and went to check the venue, the Apiary studios. Then it was time for some nourishment and we hit Raizes, a Brazilian restaurant. The place was so damn good it became our regular spot of gluttony for our whole stay.

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Members of Bizarre uproar, Sick seed, Halthan, Pogrom and Unclean met. Pogrom kindly gave us copies of Creation through destruction and The entrancing cage by Maxacan tactics. We walked back to our hostel in rain and hit our beds. There was some truly hellish noise outside but it didn’t disturb us a bit. We slept like dead soldiers of the second world war.

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Friday

I wanted to visit the St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch, church that was very close to our hostel. The place looked charmingly ramshackled from the outside and it was that also from the inside. We found impressive stocks and some pretty swastika-decoration. The place was empty, except for an army of spirits roaming around. I decided we needed to come back there on Sunday.

Swastika pattern at St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch.

Swastika pattern at St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch.

Shacks of St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch.

Shacks of St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch.

Meeting the very nice guys who arranged the event. Artists and other people arriving to the place. Soundchecks. Arrangements run smoothly, spirits high. It was clear that everything was done professionally. The venue was perfect with wonderful staff. The backstage was cozy and decorated with good taste. I think it is the coolest backstage I’ve seen in ages.

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The gig started in time, Am not as an opening act at 8 pm after Dj Andrew CPFA’s selected music. Am not (UK) blasted a great set with a thought provoking background video that dealt among other things with colonianism. Superb.

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Umpio (FIN) was the next to stand on the stage. Pentti whipped and beat the hell out of the metal junk he had collected for the set, with his trademark energy. Nice intense noise.

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Unclean (FIN) opened his power electronics set with some Finnish song, I don’t remember what, but it placed proper mood for the rest of the set. From the voice samples used I recognized Veli Saarikalle, a legendary past Finnish religious preacher, a hilarious raving lunatic. Other samples used dealth with religion, for what I remember. Proud, loud, well executed set with a nice finale of smashing the CD-player against the wall.

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Bizarre uproar (FIN) played in Helsinki just a week before this gig. If I’m correct, the set was the same including the famous masturbation/piss/shit/latex and high heels on a dead rat-video. The duo whipped more intense and electrifying set than that of Helsinki, which in itself was good. There was one confrontation between the bass player and a member of the audience who continually tried to grasp the artists instrument. One firm push from the pig-masked bassist gave a clear message and there was no more interference to his playing. The mastermind behind Bizarre uproar bombarded the audience with intense vocals like stukas in action in 1944. It was clear that the audience was happy with the result.

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I had heard lots of positive notes about Iron fist of the sun that played the next. Those notes were correct. The man, at times with headphones on his head, gave us a very delicate set with nice nyances and brilliant sounds, superbly structured together. This was definitely one of the sets that I enjoyed the most this evening.

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Dj Codex Europe closed the evening musically.

Umpio chilling out at the backstage.

Umpio chilling out at the back stage.

The Finns returned to their hostel, carrying one heavily chemically wounded comrade the whole way. The spirit of the Winter war lives, no comrade was left on the battle field.

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Saturday

The day started with traditional English breakfast in the great company of Bizarre uproar, Sick seed, Shift and Iron fist of the sun.

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SSRI (FIN) opened Saturday at 3 pm. Regardless of the early starting time there were lots of people present, the place was certainly not empty. As Mika of Unclean said, Pekka PT is a ”mad genius” and this is true and it certainly was evident, again. There was Aleister Crowley’s speaking in the spoken samples. At the end of the set it looked like there was some technical trouble in the set, but there was not. The whole final part with the c-tape player, ending in smashing it, was all purposeful.

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A reliable source told Mesikämmen that this was the last gig of SSRI and that the whole project is finished, except for already agreed publications and such.

It must also be noted that Pekka was like Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove during the event – he played in three different acts: Bizarre uproar, SSRI and Sick Seed. I am not surprised if there were people in the audience who did not recognize all of these roles instantly. I certainly did not figure out that Sellers played three roles in the movie when I saw it the first time.

Mollusk King (UK) smashed a traffic sign with sticks and gave his clearly own kind of addition to the evening. I might be wrong and I probably am, but my first impression was that this is a guy with a background in gothic scene who has started to do power electronics.

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Shift (UK) marched to the stage at 4.30 pm. Two guys in commando beanies, military camouflage, project badges in their uniform. This was some tight stuff. It was technically well executed, provocative with middle fingers and a march into the middle of the audience. It was evident that Shift was much appreciated by the crowd, and with a good reason.

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After Shift there was a break. Dj. Andrew CPFA continued the program at 7 pm. Halthan (FIN) started his set a bit after 8 pm.

”Join Halthan jugend now” projected on the wall before the gig begun gave a certain impression to everyone present. What the audience got once the set began was a tsunami of nihilism and misanthrophy. Basse offered the audience a bottle of Finnish Salmiakki-Koskenkorva booze as a sort of communion. Quotes from Pentti Linkola were seen projected on the wall as well as some provocative pictures of Pekka Eric-Auvinen and his manifesto. Basse weared a Pekka Siitoin Kiitos-t-shirt, manifesting a sort of an egregore of many Finns in the genre. Mesikämmen approves.

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There certainly was a sense of danger in this set. I was forewarned to not be in the front row if I wanted to avoid Salmiakki-Koskenkorva being spitted on me or getting into a confrontation. I decided to take a safe position to witness it all. Niko of the Obscurex label was more brave and got duly attacked during the gig by Halthan. I later heard it was not the first time Halthan attacked him live. Damn, Basse, the next time confront a guy who is bigger than you! Anyway, maybe there is a reason why Halthan has been called the G.G. Allin of the genre. I certainly wish the man a smoother life than what Jesus Christ Allin had.

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There was a ”secret act” in the program starting at 8.50 pm. That was Pogrom (LIT). He gave us an awesome gig with an awesome background video that consistend of three parts. All of them were titled ”Solace” of different kinds. Part two was Solace of madness, part three solace of suicide. The first part’s name escapes my memory. I visually liked especially the second part with its abstact description of madness. This was a very nice set from Pogrom on many levels.

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Human larvae (GER) walked on the stage next. The long haired Teuton gave some hard threatment to a piece of aluminium and all in all gave the audience an awesome experience.

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Stab electronics (UK) started with some very strong visuals about open bodies. The power electronics bombarded to the audience matched the imagery perfectly. At that point my camera’s battery died and I went to backstage. What I heard from the rest of Stab electronics from others, it was great.

Sick seed (FIN) closed the event. As it has been clear from Sick seed’s latest gigs the project has traveled into some new areas, quite different from earlier Sick seed material. This was industrial with a twist.

A reliable source told Mesikämmen that there was a meditation and some sort of a ritual done at a quiet backstage before the gig. Instant comments after the gig from Pena of Umpio were ”weird!” and ”white boys funk!”. Maybe he has a point. There were some new tracks in the set and two covers: And the snow fell and Mutiny in heaven.

In addition to the live acts there was a large room with art videos projected on the wall, distro tables from Filth and Violence, Unrest productions and Cold spring. Lots of good stuff that made me wish my budget and luggage was bigger. Unrest productions did sell a limited edition compilation tape Hatred is nothing without action which features all the artist who were on the event’s bill. There might still be some copies of the tape left if you are interested.

During the two day event there was enthusiastic audience at least from the UK, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Norway, Holland, Bulgaria, Sweden and Italy. The artists were brilliant, the event was professionally arranged by Filth & violence and Unrest productions, the venue was perfect. The place was packed and it can be said that it was a huge success in many ways.

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Sunday

We hadn’t had the traditional British fish and chips with Pekka PT yet, so that was in our ”must to do”-list. Before of that we went to St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch, church that we visited on Friday. The priest noted us in the opening of his sermon. I liked that. The next thing I’m going to say is that the past genius, Wesley Willis, made a great track called They threw me out of church.

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Fish and chips, we got it. And we got lots more. This was a great weekend.

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Overheard during the weekend

These one liners are mostly in Finnish as they were verbally shot during the weekend. Collected by yours truly.

Missään ei oo niin hyvää uusnatsiskeneä kuin Suomessa.

(On a phone) You come and have sex with us. We are in the London. (The other person hangs up) homoloordi…

Mä oon aina halunnut olla sun päällä.

Suurin osa mun vaatteista on Thor Stenoria tai jotain muita natsimerkkejä.

Mä yritin saada vähän rakkautta mut ei… mies käänty.

Nyt panettaa. Ei voi mitään. Joku vois auttaa.

Mä näin Carbagen keikalla ja yritin vetää käteen, mut olin niin kännissä, ettei seissy.

N: Ootteko kuullu Lykke Li:tä? Y: Mimmosta se on, vähän samanlaista kuin Jenni Vartiainen? N: Semmosta eteeristä. Y: Hyi vittu.

Täällä on vanhoja hikisiä miehiä. No bitches.

N: Hailasitteks te? Y: Ei. N: Jos on mahdollisuus hailata eikä hailaa, on ämmä tai homo.

(Siivoojasta) Kiva tehdä duunii kun kuus äijää tuijottaa.

I passed out. Which is nothing new.

Me ollaan Lontoossa. Missäs muualla me oltais? Himassa vetämässä käteen.

Kliinasin prince albertin ihan kunnolla ihan tätä reissuu varten. Ihan turhaan.

N: Jätkä kaivaa munia koko ajan. Y: No kun mulla on tää herpes.

N: Kattokaa, natsi. Y: Eiks täs oo aika monta?

Genitaaliherpes. Sä et voi panna enää ketään.

Genitaaliherpes. Tietsä mul ei oo yhtään sympatiaa sua kohtaan.

Ei tää yhteiskunta pyöri silleen et mä kannan sun kassuja.

Mä en oo saanu pillua moneen kuukauteen.

I’m not like you. You collect veneral diseases.

Haluuksä koskee mun munaa?

I’m a fucking working class hero.

I need bestiality.

Cocaine buffet and black prostitutes.

Mä yritin vetää käteen siinä edessä (Bizarre Uproarin keikan aikana) muttei ottanut eteen kun olin niin kännissä.

Mun aivot lilluu läskissä.

Pekka tuo erektiovarmuuden.

Me ollaan kaikkein saastaisimpia, alhaisimmista alhaisimpia.

Vitun pullee jätkä jolla on himonussijan viikset.

Homostelua. Jos ei kaupan laitteet kelpaa, ei tarvii soittaa.

(Soundchekissä) Tuntui hyvältä. Tuntuks susta kans?

Thaimaassa on paljon paremman näkösiä lady-poikia.

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I was going through my archives some time ago and found a handwritten letter from Boyd Rice to me. It’s from the early 90’s when I still considered myself a satanist. I was in my late teens. In the letter he replied to some of my questions regarding his appearance in Bob Larson’s radio show, made some notes about Music, martinis and misanthrophy CD, the Abraxas Foundation (he kindly sent me its newsletter WAKE! ), etc. Ahead of the time, years before the internet became a commonplace, Boyd also used a smiley in the letter, much like it is used commonly nowadays. I remember it amused me. Days after digging this letter from my archives I learned that a lenghty documentary about Boyd had finally came out. Iconoclast looks like something definitely worth seeing if you are even cursorily interested in all the stuff that Boyd has done over the years. Few days after learning of the documentary, I learned that Boyd had declared himself a high priest of the Church of Satan recently and interestingly enough, he also declared that the Church of Satan didn’t exist as an organization anymore.

I moved away from satanism to other ways to contextualise and experience myself and the universe few years after receiving that letter from Boyd. Around the time I made this paradigm shift I thought that not only I was not a satanist, but I also came to the conclusion that the Church of Satan was dead. It seemed to me that the Church of Satan had lost the certain genuinely fresh and dynamic substance it once had. I thought that even if one was a satanist, not just one playing one, one should have seen that as an organization the Church of Satan was gone. Even if you were a satanist you should have come up with something new carrying the genuine spark that made the Church of Satan what it once was. The organization was attracting all too much certain kind of pompous airheads and (post) teen-angst filled guys who made it look like that the whole LaVeyan satanism had become more a certain kind of aesthetic and attitude promoting subculture and lifestyle than a practical philosophy that could be taken seriously. Just looking how these guys were repeating LaVey’s words year after year word by word instead of developing the basic philosophy and its implications and making individually something really out of it in the world all spoke (and still speak) for itself to me. It didn’t (and still doesn’t) look very much like satanic individualism at its best to me. It all looks like Anton LaVey fan club with its members, and as such not essentially very different from other kinds of fan clubs.

There are of course exceptions, not all who associate themselves in one way or another with LaVeyan satanism are such airheads. But such persons seem to be rather rare. Boyd Rice has always appeared to me as one of those exceptions. He is smart, creative, complex, and in his own way he has seemed to truly practise satanism in his own individual way. No matter that my worldview is quite different from his, his works have continued to interest me because he has not been parroting LaVey but he has being doing his own thing.  It has been thought provoking and fun to see what he has been doing. The declaration that Boyd made recently affirmed that again.

I haven’t seen or heard an official comment from the Church of Satan to Boyd’s declaration yet. It might be that they have a difficult time thinking how to formulate a good answer to it. Among other things Boyd’s declaration includes this note: “True LaVeyan Satanism only exists insofar as it is manifested in deeds – in life and living. Never in mere words”. If the current “high priest” of the Church of Satan, Peter H. Gilmore, works or has been working in a not very high position at Wal-Mart while being a high priest of an organization that likes to give an impression that its higher degree members are in positions of power in the world, it might be difficult for him to reply to that note from Boyd. One academic scholar has indeed made that claim about Gilmore and Wal-Mart, I’ve heard, but I am not sure if it is true or not. Interestingly enough, there is not much information around how Gilmore makes his living.  I think there is nothing wrong or laughable about working at Wal-Mart per se, except if you happen to be a high priest of an organization that is all about might is right and exemplifying that  in the world. But well, maybe Gilmore is indeed in some position of power that matches with the nature of being a high priest of Satan, an entity emphatically of power in this material world. In any case, Gilmore gives an impression of having common sense and sense of humor in his interviews. He doesn’t seem like an airhead. It will be interesting to see what he will eventually reply to Boyd’s declaration.

When it comes to Boyd’s view of the world it is quite a bit more nihilistic and misanthropic than mine. I don’t share too much with Boyd’s view of the world, except that most of the people are idiots. The difference between me and Boyd seems to lie mostly in that I have more empathy towards people, idiots, but it might be that’s because I find an idiot pretty much from everybody. Myself included. I also do write a blog which is something Boyd would apparently never do. Nevertheless, I am not a mere blogger, I have done and do stuff out there in the world in my own small way, as some of you know. Anyway, words on screen are out of total living context. It might be that talking about all and everything with Boyd over a pint there could surface more common ground between me and Boyd than mere words on screen would indicate. I’d like to see if this is so. So, Boyd, if you happen to be around Finland sometime, I invite you to have  few beers with me. I’d offer. I agree with you about the main message of your declaration and would like to interview you about it.

Below is the declaration I’ve talked about. It’s worth reading thoughtfully if LaVeyan satanism interests you (be sure to have proper background music while reading it).

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To whom it may concern,

As it is widely known, Anton Szandor LaVey repeatedly expressed his sincere desire to me that his mantle as leader of the Church of Satan pass to me upon his death. In his estimation, I was the sole person qualified to carry his tradition into a new era. At the time I demurred, explaining that I was a loner and not a team player or a people person.

Now I have changed my mind. After thirteen years of introspection, I have decided to step up to the plate and humbly accept the role bestowed upon me by my close friend and mentor. Why? Because remaining loyal to LaVey’s spirit and memory has come at the cost of distancing myself from the organization perpetuating itself in his name.

At one time, the sycophants and functionaries at the forefront of the CoS may have been called apparatchiks or pencil pushers. Today they are bloggers, whose sole arena of combat is the internet. When they employ “satanic” ideals, it’s in endless squabbles in cyberspace – rarely in real life or the real world. The LaVey I knew abhorred such types, and frequently told me as much.

I am told that many in the Church of Satan were offended by my book NO, and particularly by my essay on individuality; which they perceived as a potshot taken at them. How very perceptive – it was exactly that! If Anton were alive to read the text, he’d agree wholeheartedly; and laugh his ass off. He often lamented to me that his ideas vis-à-vis individualism were misguided and that he’d in effect “given birth to a monster”; or that such ideas applied to a few rare souls and not to everyone with the price of admission.

Consequently, my first official act as new leader and only truly ordained High Priest of the Church of Satan is to declare that the organization no longer exists. True LaVeyan Satanism only exists insofar as it is manifested in deeds – in life and living. Never in mere words. Elitism is self-defining, it is not a commodity that can be bought or sold for a few hundred dollars, or whatever the going rate is for a little, red membership card.

In the future, LaVey’s ideas can only survive in so much as they constitute a living reality, and never as mere platitudes on the printed page or computer screen; and in the future, such ideas must be taken to the next level. They must be recognized as purely foundational. Not an end point, but a starting point. LaVey expressed as much to me when he appointed me Grand Master of The Order of the Trapezoid. Satanism is an initiation into the wisdom of materiality, and the trapezoid represents the mastering of materiality – the pyramid sans its keystone. It is a foundation and a beginning.

In closing, I know my words will find resonance only amongst a rare few. That’s as it should be. I am not trying to “take over” the internet orthodoxy currently known as the Church of Satan, nor would I want to. I wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole.

I am simply telling you I am Anton LaVey’s handpicked replacement as High Priest. Do with that what you will. I will not ask you for money. I will not send you newsletters or post blogs. But I will never steer you wrong, nor ever disgrace the memory of my dear friend and mentor, Anton Szandor LaVey. He lives within each soul that manifests his ideas and worldview. He will remain forever dead to those who are content to pay mere lip service to them. For the former, a new era awaits; for the latter, an old error remains in play. Let the dead bury the dead – life is for the living.

Boyd Rice

High Priest, Church of Satan

Grand Master, Order of the Trapezoid

H.S.d.

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