Tuesday, November 29, 2016

L'Inverno



Allegro non molto

To tremble from cold in the icy snow,
In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;
To run, stamping one's feet every moment,
Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold


Largo
 
Before the fire to pass peaceful,
Contented days while the rain outside pours down.


Allegro
 
We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously,
for fear of tripping and falling.
Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and,
rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
We feel the chill north winds course through the home
despite the locked and bolted doors...
this is winter, which nonetheless
brings its own delights.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Et in Arcadia Ego part I - The Arcadian Shepherds


Arcadia is place located in the south Hellas. Its mountains and rivers, the forest and wilderness that God Pan roams make it so unique that since the antiquity has been the inspiration of poets, artists, wanderers, painters and heroes. 

"Et in Arcadia Ego" means in latin something like "I`m also in Arcadia" and I choosed this as a title in a number of posts dedicated to this great mythical place.

Part I - The Arcadian Shepherds 

"Les bergers d'Arcadie" (1637-1638) 
by 
Nicolas Poussin

 The Arcadian Shepherds Story / Theme

 The Arcadian Shepherds (also known as Les bergers d'Arcadie or Et in Arcadia Ego) is without a doubt the most famous and most widely discussed of any of Poussin's paintings.

This image depicts three shepherds and a monumental, statue-like woman grouped around a large stone tomb. The idyllic natural setting, the antique robes and sandals of the figures, and, of course, the painting's title all situate this in the mythical realm of Arcadia.

Arcadia was a real region in Greece: isolated, surrounded by mountains, and sparsely populated by shepherds, already in antiquity the region was romanticized as a kind of terrestrial paradise, a place of unspoiled nature whose inhabitants still lived in the blissful harmony (and ignorance) of the Golden Age.

The myth of Arcadia has inspired poets and artists alike through the millennia, notably the Roman poet Virgil, whose Eclogues (a series of poems which take place in Arcadia) were one of the major inspirations for this painting.

In the midst of this paradise, however, these shepherds look somewhat concerned. What is it that they are examining with such perplexed intensity? A tomb, with the phrase Et in Arcadia Ego inscribed in the center. This Latin phrase roughly translates into English as "Even in Arcadia I exist," referring to the contents of the tomb: death. These shepherds are thus discovering their own mortality.

 The Arcadian Shepherds Analysis


The woman:
The female figure has been transformed from a sexy, windblown nymph in the background of the painting to a fully-clothed, monumental, statue-like figure who almost dominates the composition. Her pale, grayish skin and sharp, heavily contoured profile reveal the classical inspiration for this personage.

The mysterious woman still provides a beautiful contrast to the discovery of death, but in this version of the painting she is also the only figure who fully understands the meaning of the tomb's inscription, thus investing her with a far higher purpose than in the earlier painting. Art historians have waged fierce battles as to how to interpret this figure: does she represent Reason? The goddess Athena? Or is this Death herself?


The shepherds: 
 This composition is far more classical, rational and carefully ordered than Poussin's earlier painting. Here, the shepherds are arranged around the tomb in a careful balance, each with a different posture and attitude. The kneeling shepherd in the center is still trying to make out the inscription on the tomb, while the shepherd to the right seems to have already understood and looks questioningly towards the woman to his right.


 The landscape:
 Like the landscapes that Poussin would be painting in the coming decade, this depiction of the countryside is idyllic and lovely, creating another contrast with the horror of the discovery of death. Along with Annibale Carracci and Claude Lorrain, Poussin was a pioneer in the development of landscape painting.

 Et in Arcadia Ego:
 Poussin places the all-important inscription in the very center of the painting and the correct interpretation of this inscription is a matter of great debate in the world of art history.




 The tone:
 Poussin himself seems to have been a firm believer in the ancient Stoic philosophy, which was quite popular amongst the Roman intelligentsia in the 17th century. The philosophy holds that material possessions are essentially valueless, and that man must learn to tame his animal emotions and face his mortality with quiet resignation. Art historians believe that this philosophy was a fundamental inspiration for many of Poussin's paintings.

Article taken from: http://www.artble.com/
Full biography of Nicolas Poussin HERE

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Samurai of The Skies

Saburo Sakai was a legendary flying pilot (of Samurai ancestry) of the Japanese Imperial Navy during WWII. His full biography HERE

Below are two videos describing in full details two of his many air battles. Both taken from his classic autobiography SAMURAI!


Battle of Guadalcanal - Sakai Saburo vs James "Pug" Southerland
 In the first battle of Guadalcanal, IJN Ace Saburo Sakai faces off against an assault of F4F Wildcats. Among the American pilots was Navy veteran James "Pug" Southerland

Saburo Sakai vs 15 Hellcats




Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oscar Schindler - Heavy Drinker, Womanizing Crook, Gambler




Oscar Schilder is another modern times "hero", sanctified by the hollywood jewry in the famous film "Schindler`s List". Recently there has been a huge controversy because some (we know who) want to turn his factory into a kind of museum. You see the holocaust industry is a quite profitable activity but as it seems it needs to add some new sight-seeing. 


However, in the place that the factory is located, this plan met an opposition as the local population (who knows beter than hollywood wants you to believe) has a different opinion on Oscar Schindler.

More info on this article HERE

Some intresting parts:

"Jaroslav Novak is also head of the Shoah and Oskar Schindler Memorial Endowment Memorial Foundation which is bidding to convert it into a museum.
But he is being met with staunch opposition because many locals in the tiny Bohemian village of Brněnec in Czech Republic think of Schindler - immortalised in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film - as a crook synonymous with gambling, womanising and heavy drinking."

 "I have been fighting for this for 20 years. But people are just not interested in it."

 "And despite Mr Novak, who is a native of the nearby town of Svitavy where Schindler was born, being close to persuading the Czech culture ministry to put a protection notice on the factory, perhaps the biggest issue he is facing is converting some of the locals."

 "Such is the opposition in the area, the present owner refuses to allow the house in which Schindler was born to be adorned with a plaque and a memorial in a park across the street was defaced with a swastika just days after its unveiling in 1994. "




And now something that not many has noticed. "Schindler`s list" the book that the film that "based on true story",  won the LOS ANGELES TIMES award in category "FICTION"

Click HERE 

(Click category "fiction" and then check the year 1983)



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Strength & Spirit




"Strength is the morality of the man who stand out from the rest, and it is mine"

"Such men alone are my readers, my proper readers, my preordained readers. Of what account are the rest? The rest are simply....humanity. One must be superior to humanity in power, in loftiness of soul - in contempt"

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Steel Romanticism in The Steel Rose


DREADFUL RELIC Steel Romanticism in The Steel Rose RADIO INTERVIEW

DREADFUL RELIC Radio Interview in STEEL ROSE broadcast of ROCKMACHINE Radio. With English Subs.

An indepth 2-hour discussion drenched in cursed sounds,  odes of black spells, echoes of nostalgia and Traditional Metal hymns!

On the 24th of January 2016, celebrating the 110 years from Robert E. Howard`s birth, STEEL ROSE hosted two members of DREADFUL RELIC, Commando Wolf & Hjarulv Henker.
Discussing themes such as the Metal upbringing in Hellas during the late '80s & early '90s, the introduction to the Black Metal Cult and the early days of the Hellenic scene, the birth and the musical/lyrical influences of DREADFUL RELIC, Heroic and Horror Fantasy literature, Romanticism and Traditionalism vs Modernity and more!

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http://hellasromantics.blogspot.gr/
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Monday, September 26, 2016

True Metal for White Heterosexual Males EXCLUSIVELY!



Finally after several years and endless delays the debut album of True American band THE RAUNCHOUS BROTHERS is out now!!!

Copies available from the web-store of RESISTANCE RECORDS

Their message is clear: HAIL METAL...DESTROY FAGGOTRY

You can listen the track "Faggot Bolshevik" here: