Welcome to the Gorge-y

Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2010 by possessedbyseitan

“It is written that thy shall only cover thyself in the color of the flag and the sabbath and eat the curd of the bean, the apple of the ground and, er…the toast of the french” – Tony Shephard, disciple of the storm

The legendary UK crust/metal band Deviated Instinct recently crossed the pond for a North American tour. At least some of the Possessed (by Seitan) horde were lucky enough to see them on their West Coast dates, where we were truly NAILED after hearing such classics as ‘Rock n’ Roll Conformity’ and ‘Despair’ played live. Oooof!

A little known fact about the penners of ‘Pearls Before Swine’ – they’ll eat plenty of other things before they even think of eating swine! Our P(BS) horde auxiliary in Portland, otherwise known as Isa, cooked up a feast for the Deviated Instinct crew on their North West pit stop. Here are some pics of the mayhem that ensued!

Reborned Miscarriage or Pesto Scrambled Tofu with Walnuts? You decide

The most important part of Pumpkin French Toast is the CRUUUUSSSSTTT

The Conquest for Eternity is over and the winner is ROASTED FUCKING FINGERLINGS!!

Tony, Mid, and Alicia tuck in...


Many thanks to Isa and the Deviated Instinct mob for giving us a glimpse through the looking glass (and letting me make a bunch of shit puns out of their hard work!) Cheers guys, and safe travels!  – pranjalistkrieg


Sanctuary from the Laaaaaaaaaw

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by possessedbyseitan

Farm Sanctuary is an awesome organization, which operates two huge shelters to “rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses.”

One of the shelters is a 300-acre farm three hours north of where I live in California, and every now and then Farm Sanctuary organizes events and tours of the facility so us outsiders can see how things are run there and spend some time with a bunch of rescued cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys and chickens, among others.

This in itself sounds like a pretty incredible way to spend a day, but couple of weeks ago, I got a flyer for something even more awesome – a particularly metal sounding excursion called the ‘Twilight Tour’ which promised to provide an “inside glimpse into the nocturnal lives of farm animals”.

Nocturnal wanderings through bestial realms? Needless to say, this was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I donned my Maiden shirt and made the drive singing ‘Sanctuary’ for three hours, after which I spent a (black) magickal few hours chilling with the horned ones (well, non-horned ones too, but you know what I mean…)

Pics below! If you like what you see, consider supporting the great work of Farm Sanctuary!

Thrash Metal Dogs of Hell

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2010 by possessedbyseitan

"Get thee behind me, Satan..."

Thanks to V from Creatures of Christ for this picture of the uber-kvlt Remy. This little guy is so necro, he was BORN with corpse paint on, and a giant tongue to boot! You can’t help but wonder whether that’s a piece of artwork on the wall or whether he just walks in the shadow of the horns.

We’d like to dedicate this little number to Remy and to metal dogs everywhere. Hails!

Cathedral – “Requiem for the Voiceless”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2010 by possessedbyseitan

PeteF wrote a while ago about Cathedral’s ‘Forest of Equilibrium’ album and meeting their singer Lee Dorian at the London Vegan Festival. Well, here’s some Sunday listening for you all, a haunting, crushing bit o’ doom from Cathedral that’s also about animal rights… oooof!

“Shoot me out of the sky
Slaughter me at sea
Hunt me in the fields
Why not let me be?”

Jörmungandr Surveys His Kingdom

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2010 by possessedbyseitan

Beyond the Great Vast Forest that is my garden

Aka. August in Pranjalistkrieg’s backyard! Growing things is totally metal, because you are basically in control of your vegetable plots and your fruit trees, much like the warriors of olde ran shit in their kingdoms or whatever. Also you are sorta self-sufficient and therefore prepared for the apocalypse, which is also metal. Also if your garden is green enough, it can look like some ancient forest and you can have statues of dragons and World Serpents to guard your plants against posers. Win win win!

I haven’t grown too much this year but I did get some awesome stuff come through just recently: tomatoes, peppers, and blackberries! Here are some pics for you. We also have a plum tree that delivered about a ton of sweet Santa Rosa plums, but there are no pics of those. Sorry. In any case, hail the almighty fruit and veg!

Soon these tomatoes will be as red as the Nazarene's blood

The Oath of Black Berries

I Am The Black Berries!

Hidden Gods

Hidden Dogs

Giant pepper- burns like a stave church!

I am a happy metalhead…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by possessedbyseitan

Because I’m off to the Maryland Deathfest in May!!!

I am pretty much stoked to see every band on the bill (Pestilence! Aura Noir! Atheist!) but… OH MY GOD BOLT THROWER ARE PLAYING IN THE US!!!!

I’m so excited I can hardly breathe. And in turn I will probably be posting here a lot more, since I can’t afford to go out anymore after buying my festival and plane tickets! Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, you’ll have to decide for yourselves…

Question is, will I also be a happy vegan in Baltimore…? Hmmmm…

The Snow That Came To East London

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2009 by possessedbyseitan

It snowed really heavily here on Sunday night and consequently the place that I work at has been shut ever since – hurrah! It’s been pretty difficult to walk around given the icy conditions, so I’ve had lots of time to stay indoors, spin some records, and bake a cake and some pasties. And finally contribute to this blog after what seems like an age of not doing so.


Over the past few weeks I’ve been paying a lot of attention to US black metal. Not of the older, thrashing style (VON etc) or more recent Xasthur/Leviathan/Crebain-style approaches, but to bands like Fauna, Velvet Cacoon and Wolves in the Throne Room. Straying from the stereotypical depressive/satanic/nihilistic themes that most bands of the genre harness, the bands listed above are all linked by something more akin to an eco-spiritual vision. Which sounds a bit highfalutin, I know. As long as a band look and sound like they live in a cave or have recently been dug up from a graveyard I’m normally happy, but the fact that these bands are seemingly following a different path has made me pay more attention to the ‘black metal’ coming from a continent that I don’t normally pay too much attention to in relation to that style of music.

not really feeling the frostbitten winter kingdom of London

Maggie the Punk : not really feeling the frostbitten winter kingdom of London

Velvet Cacoon are a pretty mysterious band that seem to have dropped off the map and have/had a completely bizarre history that is funny, confusing and frustrating all the same time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_Cacoon . One thing I am certain of is that their Genevieve album is incredible – hypnotic, droning, menacing. Wolves in the Throne Room remind me slightly of Burzum and are probably the least interesting (musically) of the three bands, although their first album Diadem of 12 Stars has really grown on me over the years – the songs flow really well and the sound is much more earthy and organic (to my ears) than the follow-up, Two Hunters. Fauna are a band that I am just discovering. I recently got hold of The Hunt and I’m keen to hear more. The album consists of one track lasting 79 minutes that is so dynamic and raw – if folk/black/forest/primitive/doom/beard/weird/trees are key words for you, I recommend checking it out.

Wolves in the Throne Room

Wolves in the Throne Room

Two bands removed from the themes of the above groups that I have been really getting into recently are lurker of Chalice and Brown Jenkins. LoC are Wrest from Leviathan’s side project, and while i never got into his main group, I really enjoy LoC; a mixture of early Christian Death, Bauhaus and black metal sounds good on paper and it sounds good in reality. Brown Jenkins are a kind of musical tribute to HP Lovecraft – really heavily distorted riffs, engulfed in feedback and mysterious muttering. Great stuff. I only have their Dagonite release but I am on the lookout for more.

Evil (but delicious!) pasties

Evil (but delicious!) pasties

Anyways, on to the cake. I found the recipe for this on a doom metal forum and it’s absolutely delicious. Chocolate and bananas always seem to go well and this is no different:

banana and chocolate cake
6 1/2 oz plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
5 oz sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
1/4 pint veg oil
1/4 pint soy milk
2 mashed bananas

mix it all together. bake at gm3/325f/160c in a greased tin for 30-35 minutes or until it springs back when you press it down. Enjoy!

I also made some pasties, using a recipe from the fantastic ‘Another Dinner is Possible’ vegan cookbook. PeteF.