The Solstice and A Long Hot Summer

A few weeks have passed since Spooky Empire’s May-Hem (Ms. Rose has been unfortunately preoccupied and hasn’t had a decent moment to blog)  We just wanted to say thank you to Petey, George, Deena, Andy and the entire Spooky Empire crew.  It was a great weekend to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones. We definitely look forward to October!

We have been quiet in  recent weeks past, laying low, nose to the grindstone and preparing for the celebration of the Summer Solstice and the balls-to-the-wall weeks of June and July to follow.   In Norse or Anglo-Saxon, the word “Lithe” means longest day, also referred to as “Midsummer’s Day” or the Summer Solstice. If you live in the far North, then you look forward to this day of the year and the promise of the summer days ahead.  The eldest of Rose’s offspring was born on the Solstice, and the summer child was indeed a ray of light that gave meaning and reason to a young life that could have otherwise gone terribly wrong.          

While romantically described in Shakespeare’ s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” as a time of marriage and fertility, most pagan peoples celebrate the day in honor of the rejuvenating powers of the Sun.  At 6:06 a.m. on June 21st, the longest day of the year began.  Whether it’s Stonehendge, Tulum, Denmark, or wherever you may be in the Northern Hemisphere…. we wish you all the healing energies the Solstice can bring.

  

While it is incredibly late to do so, we MUST mention the Industrial Alliance Show at The Haven earlier this month. 
Michael De Sade opened with a good solid set of industrial appetizers …..leading the way for Fields of Glass to take the stage.  The Fields of Glass legion grows stronger.  The crowd who waited in more reserved anticipation just a few shows ago, have taken to fervent participation in the music,  interacting with Fenris and the band throughout their set.

Human Factors Lab has been described as the darkest of the dark industrial bands, and we would agree.   There is a brutal stage presence with the grinders and sparks providing a potent bit of theatrics.  “The Art of Suicide”, “As the Church Bell Chimes”, “We All Fall Down” imbedded themselves in the MP3 in my head, and played non-stop in my memory for days after the show.

 MissFit Toys were the perfect finale for the night.  Check out their “Puzzle Pieces” Video  http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2Fe1E4w3shz9o&h=XAQEN2N_i

From the June 30th Alternative Show at the House of Blues, with our good friend Tara and A Brilliant Lie….to Mayhem Fest…. a quick visit to New Orleans….and the Summer Slaughter Tour, there is so much going on in the next six weeks that our calendar is about to hemorrage.  We will do our best to keep up, keep out there, and keep giving our damned opinion… (whether you like it, or not).

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