Beyond the Wall of Sleep – H.P. Lovecraft

Examining the Odd

Beyond the Wall of Sleep is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s greatest short stories. It begins with a quote from Shakespeare: “I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.” It then goes into a wonderful mini-essay on the nature of dreams.

Whilst the greater number of our nocturnal visions are perhaps no more than faint and fantastic reflections of our waking experiences—Freud to the contrary with his puerile symbolism—there are still a certain remainder whose immundane and ethereal character permits of no ordinary interpretation, and whose vaguely exciting and disquieting effect suggests possible minute glimpses into a sphere of mental existence no less important than physical life, yet separated from that life by an all but impassable barrier. – H.P. Lovecraft

I think this is why it’s one of my favourite Lovecraft stories – there must be more to dreaming than we know. Do we really go somewhere else when we…

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Codex Obscurum Zine – Issue #9

Received the Codex Obscurum Zine ( Issue #9) few days back and this magnificent issue featuring interviews of legendary vocalist Ros Dolan from mighty Death Metal Institution Immolation, Norwegian evil-thrashers Deathhammer (Official), Chaotic and overwhelming canadian death horde Mitochondrion, nauseating Horrendous, dark and crushing Ectovoid, Norwegian Technical/Brutal Death insanity Hideous Divinity, Ancient death madness Cemetery Filth, Irelandish black/death Beithíoch, Legendary artist Sawblade and loads of maddening album reviews. Codex Obscurum Zine is dedicated to Music and Dark arts and it’s an absolute joy to have this archaic zine in hand and explore all the exciting material with an obscure layout. Utmost pleasure to support this zine and hope this zine keep waving the flag of underground  for eternity.

 

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Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992

Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992. Editors: “Shane” and “Tracey”

From down under, a crude DIY-hitter with a good mix of underground icons, death, black and cult doom, a Netherlands scene report (VERY brief, by Hans from The Gathering), reviews, a “what is doom?” survey, plus interviews and features/bio with Aetiology, Anathema, Beelzebub (NOR), Blasphemy, Decomposed, Entombed, Eternal (UK), Flesh, God Forsaken, Grief, Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Master’s Hammer, Mayhem, Necrotion, Herve from Osmose Productions, Pan-Thy-Monium, Portrayal, the Gathering and more…

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Sombre Eve #1 (Australia) 1992. Editors: “Shane” and “Tracey”

From down under, a crude DIY-hitter with a good mix of underground icons, death, black and cult doom, a Netherlands scene report (VERY brief, by Hans from The Gathering), reviews, a “what is doom?” survey, plus interviews and features/bio with Aetiology, Anathema, Beelzebub (NOR), Blasphemy, Decomposed, Entombed, Eternal (UK), Flesh, God Forsaken, Grief, Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Master’s Hammer, Mayhem, Necrotion, Herve from Osmose Productions, Pan-Thy-Monium, Portrayal, the Gathering and more…thanks to S.L. for the submission

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New Books: Underground Never Dies! and Extremity Retained

New Books: Underground Never Dies! and Extremity Retained

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A few new books coming out of interest to old-school underground beasts…
The first from our friend Andrés Padilla, check out Underground Never Dies! A massive photo retrospective/tribute to the early days:

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https://www.facebook.com/underground.never.dies

And from yours truly, Extremity Retained: Notes From The Death Metal Underground – a massive 480 pg. oral history:

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http://extremityretained.wordpress.com/

AND

There is a new Glorious Times book on the way…(as well as some auctions for a great cause).

http://pioneeringglorioustimes.blogspot.ca/

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Tales of the Macabre #5 (Germany) 1998

Tales of the Macabre #5 (Germany) 1998

Tales of the Macabre #5 (Germany) 1998. Editor: “Costa Stoios”

Featuring drummer Atomic Steif, Bulldozer, Damnation Records, Desaster, Impiety, Mercyful Fate, Metalucifer, Asgard, Mortuary Drape, Necrophobic, Sabbat (JPN), Secrets of the Moon, Soulburn, Stargazer, Vader, Vulpecula, Obscurity, Wizard, and many reviews…

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Tales of the Macabre #5  (Germany) 1998. Editor: “Costa Stoios

Featuring drummer Atomic Steif, Bulldozer, Damnation Records, Desaster, Impiety, Mercyful Fate, Metalucifer, Asgard, Mortuary Drape, Necrophobic, Sabbat (JPN), Secrets of the Moon, Soulburn, Stargazer, Vader, Vulpecula, Obscurity, Wizard, and many reviews…

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Vortex From the East #11 (Malaysia/in Malaysian and English) 1994

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Vortex From the East #11 (Malaysia/in Malaysian and English) 1994. Editor: “Aziz”

Jumps between both Malay and English w/ interesting commentary etc.. from the exploding SE Asia scene of the early 90s. Features on Burzum/Varg “Count Grisnacht” Vikernes, Faust/Emperor and the events in Norway at the time, Kurt Cobain,Shonen Knife, Glen Benton on death threats, plus interviews with Darklord, Immured, Infestation (US), Langsuir, Mass Psychosis, Sonic Asylum Records, reviews, adz, addresses etc. Thanks to Stefan L. for the scan.

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Slayer #5 (Norway) 1987

Slayer #5 (Norway) 1987

Slayer #5 (Norway). 1987. Editor: “Metalion”

Fifth issue from long running, legendary Norwegian zine/”mag”…as only Metalion could deliver. Timely and historic features/reviews and interviews with Annihilator, Bathory, Black Uniforms, Mutilator, Aggression, Incubus, Kreator, Massacre, Mayhem, Mefisto, Messiah, Morbid Angel, Mutilator, Napalm Death, Nuclear Death, Obscurity, Poison (GER), Sabbat (YES!), Sadist, Sadus, Satan’s Holocaust, Schizo, Aggressor, Sepultura, Slaughter Lord, Slayer, Sodom, Soothsayer, Tribulation, Vulcano, Wehrmacht, and more…

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Slayer #5 (Norway). 1987. Editor: “Metalion”

Fifth issue from long running, legendary Norwegian zine/”mag”…as only Metalion could deliver. Timely and historic features/reviews and interviews with Annihilator, Bathory, Black Uniforms, Mutilator, Aggression, Incubus, Kreator, Massacre, Mayhem, Mefisto, Messiah, Morbid Angel, Mutilator, Napalm Death, Nuclear Death, Obscurity, Poison (GER), Sabbat (YES!), Sadist, Sadus, Satan’s Holocaust, Schizo, Aggressor, Sepultura, Slaughter Lord, Slayer, Sodom, Soothsayer, Tribulation, Vulcano, Wehrmacht, and more…(thanks S.L.!)  ALSO SLAYER #5 and #7 ARE BOTH UP IN THE PDF DOWNLOADS SECTION NOW.

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