Archive for July, 2008

Hails to Japan!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 29, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

Just like watching a movie without drinking beer, I can’t cook without listening to music. Strange but true. Anyway. At work we have a yearly thing where all the teachers bring in a meal for the rest of the staff to devour (or criticize), and I decided to do a fairly simple tofu stir-fry. It’s fairly simple but throw in some lime juice, pine nuts and cayenne pepper and the result is pretty tasty. I think it went down well with everyone else and people seemed genuinely interested in veganism when they asked what that ‘weird looking stuff is’ (the tofu).

Anyway, whilst rustling this number up I decided to stick to a purely Japanese playlist. With regards to heavy music, I’ve stuck closely to bands from the West; only in the past couple of years have I scratched the surface of the Japanese scene and I have been blown away by the diversity, originality and well, you know, the ferocity of the bands. First couple of records I gave a spin to whilst cutting up the vegetables were Crow’s ‘Bloody Tear’ and Gauze’s ‘Fuckheads’ LP. I particularly love the Crow album – raging but catchy hardcore. When the album has a poster that features one of the members of the band looking like a crusty punk but holding a bunch of flowers and wearing a Darkthrone shirt, you know you’re in for a good time. I did stick a tape on that I got recently, Funeral Moth’s first release (a side project of the Japanese DM band Coffins), but I wasn’t much in the mood for doom.

One name that often comes up with regards to Japan and metal is Sigh. They are (excuse the typically English phrase) completely bonkers, having varied wildly throughout their career with regards to genres. I love their black metal stuff the best; can’t quite get into the acclaimed ‘Hail Horror Hail’ album, but I do really like the ‘Scorn Defeat’ LP so I gave that a spin. I’m not surprised that Euronymous signed them up for his record label; there is a rehearsal room tape of Venom covers, and their version of ‘The 7 gates of Hell’ basically contains  everything that I love in metal –  it’s sloppily played but full of expression.

Finally (phew!), I had to have a listen to the enigmatic 80’s band Zouo. The only thing I’ll say about this band is that they are probably one of the best punk/hardcore bands that I have ever heard, had some kind of evil crust sound going on and listed their prime influences as Discharge and Black Sabbath. Discharge and Black Sabbath. Wow. I was joined by Maggie when they came on the stereo, (her being East London’s toughest dog-punk) and we had a little pogo. Strange but true. PeteF.

My life is complete

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

This is truly the year of getting to see bands that I never thought I’d see live in a million years. There was Maiden in May (on the Somewhere Back in Time tour no less), Extreme Noise Terror in June, and this past Friday I had to pinch myself many, many times to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming about seeing the AT THE GATES REUNION SHOW in SF!

We hit our regular spot Benders beforehand, where we had a few pints and some vegan fish and chips (pictured above!) served up by our good buddy, Lukas the Witch King. If you like your drinks alcoholic and have an enduring love for all that is fried, Benders is the rock n’ roll temple for you. I didn’t have a camera on Friday, so the pic above is shamelessly stolen from our buddy Mike!

We got to the Filmore about 20 mins after the show started, and found out that we’d already missed Municipal Waste. I was kinda annoyed, a sentiment that was amplified by the fact that Darkest Hour was playing as I walked in. They had a giant, giant banner on stage and they’d probably brought more merch than At The Gates did… but let’s just say they were a long ways off stealing the show as far as music goes.

Anyway, Repulsion came on soon enough, and they absolutely tore it up. If you’ve never heard their album Horrified , I don’t know what planet you’re on, but you need to get off the internet and go buy it now- it’s one of the most excruciatingly classic grindcore/death metal albums of all time. The Lurking Fear is also probably the only song ever to combine the themes of nuclear holocaust and zombies, with some awesomely gory lyrics to boot. Repulsion have a couple of guys from the Bay Area in their line up these days, including Matt Harvey from Dekapitator/Scarecrow/Exhumed, so it was great to see some local boys destroying the Filmore!

As amazing as Repulsion were, I was getting anxious to finally see At The Gates in the flesh… the time in between sets was agonizing. The crowd was also a weird mix of old metalheads, too-cool hipster kids who had only ever heard Blinded By Fear and still couldn’t get the title right (one of them kept screaming for them to play ‘Stricken By Fear’), and these three guys from Sweden behind me who kept singing IFK Gothenburg football chants. After what seemed like an age, ATG finally came on, opening with the title track from Slaughter of the Soul. Fucking intense. In fact, I can’t even describe how incredible a set they played, and they were obviously ecstatic to be back together and touring the States again after 12 years. Really brought me back to those days of walking the streets with a tape of the Gardens of Grief EP in my walkman and a scowl on my face.

This guy made my night

This guy made my night

Speaking of Gardens of Grief, my night (week? year? life?) was made when I shouted out “play ‘All Life Ends’!!” in between songs, and Anders Björler actually heard me. He pointed to me and nodded his head, and they went on to actually fucking play it!!!!! Tompa Lindberg gave me a thumbs up for singing along, and after they finished the song, Anders pointed at me again and gave me the horns. I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t just seeing At The Gates but getting props from them too. I couldn’t have been more giddy with delight.

So in closing, I’d like to state for the record that this was one of the best fucking nights ever! And judging by Monica’s post below about the Carcass tour, and the upcoming Judas Priest/Motorhead/Heaven and Hell/Testament extravaganza in September, an unbelievable year of shows looks set to continue. Hails! Posted by pranjalistkrieg

CARCASS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

Carcass is playing on my birthday!! Yes!! And i get to see 1349 AGAIN!!

September 5 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 6 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 7 – Montreal, QC @ Medley
September 8 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
September 9 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
September 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
September 11 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
September 12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 13 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
September 15 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
September 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
September 19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

 

This is going to be the best birthday ever. EVER. -Monica

Possessed (by seitan), Corrupted (by cookies)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 13, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

"I'll be blunt. The music isn't my thing, but the cookies smell good."

My Saturdays have an alarming uniformity to them – wake up, eat breakfast, go and look around for some records. Yesterday I travelled to North london to check out Second Layer Records in Highgate. The shop specialises in the avant garde and noise but it does have a small  (but pretty impressive) punk/metal section. I bought the two latest (well, reissued) Corrupted 12″s and a Skullflower 7″. I’ve long been a fan of the Japanese band Corrupted; I love the way they mix the socially aware message and imagery of older English anarcho-punk bands with a really heavy doom/sludge sound,and the fact that they hail from Japan but sing in Spanish.

Anyways, I made it home via the chaotic and sprawling tube network and decided to bake some cookies whilst listening to my new records. The recipe comes from the ‘Please Don’t Feed the Bears’ vegan cookbook, a fantastic inspiration and resource written by somebody that can elucidate upon the pleasures of alternative music and vegan baking far more eloquently than I can. Check it out if you get the chance.

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup of brown sugar, same again with white sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup margerine, softened

1 bag semi-sweet vegan choc chips

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup apple sauce

3 Tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 325f. Mix the margerine, brown and white sugar, vanilla, apple sauce and peanut butter until creamy. the add the flour, salt and baking soda to the mix. Finally, add the choc chips. Place in table spoon sized dollops on a baking tray (they flatten and spread out as they cook. Bake for 9-12 minutes and leave them to harden on a cooling rack.

 

As the baking came to an end, I was joined by my good friend of 14 years, Fitzy. I don’t think he was too impressed by the music but he certainly gave a thumbs (or paws) up to the cookies. 

Playlist:

Corrupted – Nadie EP

Skullflower/ Axolotl – 7″ split

PeteF

The Bleeder

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

I was listening to a mix I made yesterday, and realized that among the tracks were Boris/Sunn 0)))’s Blood Swamp, Gorgoroth’s Blood Stains the Circle, Turbonegro’s Drenched in Blood, Mortiis’ Blood and Thunder, and Discharge’s The Final Bloodbath.

Tell me if you notice a theme here.

Well, later that evening, and apparently with blood on the brain, I went out to eat with some friends at Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant in San Francisco. Halfway through the meal, I looked over at my friend’s plate of sweet and sour ‘chicken’ and what did I see?

BLEAH!

About as close to a bloody mess as vegans get, I suppose.

Anyway, the food was actually pretty good, and while it was all just as greasy as the above, most of it looked decidedly less like complete and utter carnage. Decide for yourself is that’s a good or a bad thing!

(Oh, and no, there’s no Burning Witch on the mix… just thought I’d give due credit for the title of this post) …pranjalistkrieg

Name in Vain

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

As you might imagine, several silly attempts at puns linking vegan food and metal were made in coming up with the title for this blog… some of them still make me chuckle, so I thought the tr00 kvlt metalheads among you might get a laugh or two from seeing the ones that didn’t make it up on the banner…

Click on the links to enjoy some absolute classics!

Funeral Blog
The Freezing Spoon
Blogsrykh: Mighty Vegandark
Call of the Winter Spoon
Sons of Vegan Darkness
Rebel ExtraVeganZa
(Under) the Vegan Megalith

We finally settled on our current name, mostly because it seemed less of an ‘inside joke’ than the others… but also because the original song title made us laugh anyway, and the ‘veganized’ version was equally as ridiculous.

Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what P(bS) is in reference to…

Gorgoroth – ‘Possessed (by Satan)’

Omnivores and posers, leave the hall. It’s time for G(h)oulash.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 9, 2008 by possessedbyseitan

 

Doom harvest

Doom harvest

I made goulash today for a couple of of reasons. The weather is terrible here in England and winter food is definitely required (plus, it’s just more ‘metal’, right?). That’s the first reason. Second reason is that I’ve been listening to a lot of Pentagram (the US doom band, not the Chilean thrashers) this week, and possibly my favourite track by them is ‘The Ghoul’. I was pondering upon what to cook tonight and humming along to that song, and thought’ yep, that’s it – g(h)oulash it is.’ So, this meal is a tribute to two of my favourite things: rainy days and doom metal.

 

The recipe is very similar to the one over at http://www.veganchef.com, only I added an extra teaspoon of all the spices and served with rolls and parsley dumplings.

2 cups onion, diced
2 cups carrot, diced
2 cups courgettes, diced
2 T. olive oil
2 T. tomato paste
2 T. Hungarian paprika
2 T. freshly chopped parsley
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
2 cups Roma tomatoes, deseeded, and diced
1 – 15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed, and drained
1 – 15 oz. can cannellini beans (or other white bean), rinsed, and drained
1 1/2 cup tomato juice
1 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot, saute the onion, carrot, and courgettes in the olive oil, for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Add the tomato paste, paprika, parsley, and nutmeg, and saute an additional 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Serve with a glass of cold beer.

 

It turned out pretty nice in the end, maybe could have done with a little more paprika.

 

Cooking / eating playlist:

Moss – Sub Templum

Pentagram – The Ghoul

Reverend Bizarre – Thulsa Doom 7″

PeteF