Wednesday, October 31, 2012


ITP V.012 UPDATE: You know the old saying "Bad planning (or lying, slander, fraud)  on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part".

The exterminator will be visiting tomorrow, kinda good in theory, as long as they exterminate the whole house other wise, my friends will be here tomorrow to protect our best interests, what else to do after HURRICANE SANDY.

                                                                                           There fore, ITP V.012 will be back tomorrow night as ITP V.012 REVIEWS (ITP V.012 REVIEW:MESHUGGAH: "I") postponed until this weekend, time willing. A couple of more journal entries for the day and ITP V.012 will be back tomorrow.
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UPDATE: 11/1/2012: Sounds like EVERYONE is having a bad day, as I lost my EBT card. However, I will be fed, cannibalism is an option. Sad news, SUICIDE SILENCE vocalist MITCH LUCKER passed yesterday, more on that in a ITP V.012 "ONLY ONE PER COFFIN" journal entry.


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Thanks Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-


South Carolina, USA death metal warriors NILE will commemorate the bands 20th anniversary with a winter (MARCH) 2013 (TWO SET) headlining U.S.A tour.
NILE unleashed the bands latest epic "At The Gate Of Sethu" 6/29/2012 on NUCLEAR BLAST.


The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, will tour the United States once again this March and April with 28 shows supported by three of the best local bands in every market.  NILE will play two massive sets with music spanning their prolific, twenty year career.  Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at

“In order to commemorate our 20th year as a band,” states guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders, “we want to bring NILE and all metal fans an evening of NILE music that spans our entire career and play two full sets with only a brief intermission.  After years of many package tours, the necessary set time restrictions have often meant that NILE’s had to streamline our set.  Fans didn’t always get to hear the songs they came to hear.  Thankfully, some of those classic NILE songs we have been itching to play for years will now get a chance to be heard live.  We are extremely fired up.”

“Another facet of this tour which was very important to us,” continues Sanders, “we have asked promoters to include the best three local bands from their respective areas on the bill.  Supporting local bands in each city is a way for us to give something back to younger bands and the metal scene.  We’ve asked promoters to keep ticket prices low, so that fans of all ages can come and join us for an evening of metal.  In these difficult times of our recessionary economy, an evening of killer metal shouldn’t have to break the bank.   NILE are going to do our part: biting the bullet and rolling the dice to bring metal fans in the USA an unforgettable evening with NILE for a reasonable ticket price. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing all our friends and fans at the shows in 2013!”

NILE tour dates with local support:

03/05/13  Kingdom – Richmond, VA
03/06/13  Empire – West Springfield, VA
03/07/13  The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/08/13  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
03/09/13  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/10/13  BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
03/11/13  Bogie’s – Albany, NY
03/12/13  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/13/13  Screamin Willies – Columbus, OH
03/14/13  Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
03/15/13  Mojoes – Joliet, IL
03/16/13  Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/17/13  The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
03/19/13  Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
03/20/13  In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
03/22/13  El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/23/13  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
03/24/13  Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
03/26/13  Las Vegas Country Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
03/27/13  The Grove – Anaheim, CA
03/28/13  Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
03/30/13  Trees – Dallas, TX
03/31/13  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/01/13  Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/03/13  State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
04/04/13  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/05/13  Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
04/06/13  Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

NILE’s seventh full-length studio album, At The Gate Of Sethu, was released on July 3rd and debuted on the American Billboard Top 200 album chart at #131.  The album also secured the #2 position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #10 on the Current Hard Music charts.

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 


Unique Leader records have announced a North American touring package entitled "THE UNSEEN EMPIRE : featuring LORD OF WAR, Scar Symmetry, Threat Signal, Stealing Axion and Kings Field.
LORD OF WAR unleashed "Celestial Pestilence" on Jan 31st 2012 through Unique Leader Records.

SCAR SYMMETRY unleashed "The Unseen Empire" 4/15/2011 via NUCLEAR BLAST.  

Alright ladies! Here is the flyer with the two additional dates we announced yesterday! Unique Leader Records Nuclear Blast EUROPE Nuclear Blast USA Extreme Management Group, Inc. Scar Symmetry Threat Signal Stealing Axion Kings Field Hails and Horns Magazine



11/24 - Springfield, VA © Empire*
11/25 - Trenton, NJ - © Champ's*
11/26 - Montreal, QC - © Foufounes Electriques*
11/27 - Ottawa, ON - © Maverick's*
11/28 - Poughkeepsie, NY - © The Loft
11/29 - Cleveland, OH - © Peabody's
12/02 - Saint Paul, MN © Station 4
12/03 - Winnipeg, MB - © The Zoo
12/04 - Regina, SK - © The Exchange
12/05 - Edmonton, AB - © Pawn Shop
12/06 - Kelowna, BC - © The Level
12/07 - Seattle, WA - © Studio Seven
12/09 - Portland, OR - © Branx
12/12 - West Hollywood, CA - © The Whisky
12/14 - Tempe, AZ - © 910 Live

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 


                                                 Promoters for the 2013 BURNING SEA FESTIVAL, set to take place  6/5-8, 2013, ZADAR, CROATIA have announced KING DIAMOND as the festivals headliner, TURISAS, THULCANDRA, INNER SANCTUM, MYSTERY BLUE, SAREA and more .


A true king rules over his kingdom full of might and ardency – a kingdom named BURNING SEA
Ready for the upcoming battle at BURNING SEA starring TURISAS? TURISAS are a very special type of norsemen! With their breath-taking, extraordinary releases such as ìBattle Metalî, ìThe Vargangian Wayî and ìStand Up And Fightî, as well as with their unique live-performances, they successfully demonstrated this fact in the past . Now the brave Finnish warriors, painted in red-black, have sharpened their axes for their next adventure. So they will arrive with their long-ship in the summer of 2013 at the wonderful BURNING SEA festival.

Auf in die Schlacht von BURNING SEA mit TURISAS! TURISAS sind Nordm‰nner der ganz anderen Art! Das haben sie in der Vergangenheit mit ihren atemberaubend-extravaganten Releases wie ÑBattle Metalî, ÑThe Vargangian Wayî und ÑStand Up And Fightî sowie ihren einzigartigen Live-Shows erfolgreich unter Beweis gestellt. Nun haben die tapferen Rot-Schwarz-Krieger ihre ƒxte f¸r das n‰chste, bevorstehende Abenteuer gesch‰rft. So sticht das heidnische Sextett im Sommer 2013 in See um euch auf dem wunderschˆnen BURNING SEA Festival das F¸rchten, aber auch Feiern zu

Itís going to be frosty on the sunny-hot BURNING SEA festival, when THULCANDRA hailing from Munich will spread their pitch-black wings upon the whole festival-area. Just listening to the first seconds of their latest album ÑUnder A Frozen Sunî, Death-/Black Metal-fans will get joyful into fury! This dark German quartet creates melodic, raven-black sounds of death, strikingly reminding on good old legendary DISSECTION. So be sure, that a pretty dark wind of coldness will keep you refreshed at BURNING SEA.

Es wird frostig auf dem sonnig-heiflen BURNING SEA, wenn THULCANDRA aus M¸nchen ihre pechschwarzen Schattenschwingen ¸ber das Festival-Gel‰nde werfen. Schon beim ersten, kurzen Anspielen ihres neuen Albums ÑUnder A Frozen Sunî d¸rften Death-/Black Metal-Fans erfreut in Furore ausbrechen. Denn das deutsche D¸sterquartett erschafft melodischen, rabenschwarz-gef‰rbten Todesmetall, der sehr pointiert an die legend‰ren DISSECTION zu ihren besten Tagen erinnert. Ergo wird euch ein dunkler K‰ltestofl auf dem BURNING SEA erfrischend entgegenwehen.


Burning Sea, only Metal Festival in EU at the Sea Beach. Tired of Mud and Rain? Try this!

BURNING SEA is combining the best two things in life. as the only Metal open air festival located directly on the sea beach. If you are tired of mud and rain, try something new: Metal holidays on the green peninsula, surrounded by beautiful beaches of azure Adriatic Sea. Experience the unique crimson sunset in the Mediterranean area and you'll know why the festival is called Burning Sea. Located i
n an elite touristic part of over 3000 years old stony city of Zadar, Croatia, this festival will not leave any visitor cold. Enjoy the Mediterranean spirit, hot nights under a starry and moonlit sky together with the best company ever: METALHEADS like you and we are.

With Burning Sea, you decide to join a Metal festival and watch great bands on stage. Better yet, we have the mission to see you enjoying yourself while actually taking a great vacation AND hailing the gods of Heavy Metal at the same time. That's why we chose the beautiful ancient Zadar, the everlasting heart of the Mediterranean. Visit us on Watch out for our other great events in the Balkan region that fuse holiday and musical entertainment!

Catapult Promotion to host Liburnian stage at Burning Sea 2013 and Croatian version below.

We are happy to announce that our friends of Catapult Promotion will be hosting 2nd (Liburnian) sta
ge at the Burning sea 2013.We are sure, they will kick some serious ass!

You really think, it’s impossible for Newcomer-acts to approach to the brilliancy of bands such as Meshuggah, Fear Factory or Divine Heresy, which are loved like m...See More german and slovenian below Cambion You really think, it’s impossible for Newcomer-acts to approach to the brilliancy of bands such as Meshuggah, Fear Factory or Divine Heresy, which are loved like metal-gods for their musical refinement and expressive playing? Then you should spend your ears to this killing music made by the technical-addicted Progressive Death-heroes of CAMBION. This mad gone horde knows to break through the human auditory canals easily by forcing complex song-structures, impeccable precision and fresh, musical self-confidence. Listen to them @ BURNING SEA festival! Cambion Ihr seid der Meinung, es ist unmöglich für Newcomer auch nur annähernd an die Klasse von Bands wie Meshuggah, Fear Factory oder Divine Heresy, die von musikalischer Raffinesse und markantem Spielgeschick wie Metal-Götter hochleben, heranzukommen. Dann zieht euch mal die Killer-Mucke von den Technik-geilen Progressive Deathern CAMBION rein. Diese wahnsinnig gewordenen Briten durchdringen nämlich mühelos die Grenzen der menschlichen Klangaufnahme und machen mit komplexen Songstrukturen, makelloser Präzision und frischem, musikalischem Selbstbewusstsein auf sich aufmerksam! Cambion Doista mislite da je nemoguće jednom novopridošlom bendu da dostigne brilijantnost bendova kao što su Meshuggah, Fear Factory or Divine Heresy, koji su ovom bendu bili metalni bogovi i uzor u stvaranju glazbe? Tada zasigurno morate naćuliti uši i poslušati ovu ubitačnu glazbu iza koje stoje tehnički nabrijani i o takvoj glazbi ovisni Progressive Death heroji CAMBION. Ove divlje horde znaju kako se lako probiti i dobiti svu pozornost forsirajući složene strukture pjesama, besprjekornu preciznost i svježinu uz ogromno samopouzdanje. Poslušajte ih na BURNING SEA festivalu! (Translated by Bing)

german and slovenian below

Bloodshot Dawn
Like an irresistible metal-inferno, the sound of this UK-quartet is thrilling through the halls like there’ll be no tomorrow! Influenced by technical Brutal ...See More german and slovenian below Bloodshot Dawn Like an irresistible metal-inferno, the sound of this UK-quartet is thrilling through the halls like there’ll be no tomorrow! Influenced by technical Brutal Death-stuff as made by Dying Fetus, Decapitated and Necrophagist as well as by clubbing Neo-Thrash in the manner of Nevermore and Carnal Forge, BLOODSHOT DAWN is rolling like a tank over everything that gets in their way. This combo truly is not right for finding compromises, but never stops hunting you over the fields of BURNING SEA with the bludgeon! Bloodshot Dawn Wie ein unaufhaltsames Metal-Inferno weht der Sound dieses UK-Quartetts durch die Hallen als gäbe es kein Morgen. Beeinflusst von technisch versiertem Brutalo-Death der Marke Dying Fetus, Decapitated und Necrophagist sowie knüppelndem Neo-Thrash im Stil von Nevermore und Carnal Forge, walzen BLOODSHOT DAWN alles nieder, was ihnen in die Quere kommt und nicht in den Kram passt. Diese Combo geht wahrlich keine Kompromisse, sondern jagt euch mit der Autorität des Knüppels durch die BURNING SEA Landschaft! Bloodshot Dawn Poput neodoljivog metal paklenog grotla, zvuk ovog birtanskog kvarteta uzbudljivo odzvanja paklenim dvoranama kao da im sutra neće nikad osvanuti! Nadahnuti tehničkim brutalnim Death Metalom i glazbom grupa poput Dying Fetus, Decapitated i Necrophagist, jednako kao i s klupskim Neo-Thrash bravurama u manirama grupa Nevermore i Carnal Forge, BLOODSHOT DAWN se kontrljaju poput tenka koji gazi sve pred sobom. Ova kombinacija doista nije idealna, ako tražite ikakav kompromis, no njihova glazba neće vas prestati hvatati preko polja BURNING SEA festivala, sve dok ne odete puni masnica. (Translated by Bing)

Another glorious thrash-metal-legend awaits you on your BURNING SEA metal-vacation: OVERKILL! The “Wrecking Crew” from New Jersey still holds the reins of the th...See More german and slovenian below Overkill Another glorious thrash-metal-legend awaits you on your BURNING SEA metal-vacation: OVERKILL! The “Wrecking Crew” from New Jersey still holds the reins of the thrash-spirit in their hands and returns on stage to demonstrate the metal-world that the status of being a cult-band is not only depending on having a fat band-history or –discography. So, put on your metal-jackets and bang your heads, because OVERKILL still knows how to split your brains! Overkill Mit OVERKILL erwartet euch eine weitere Thrash-Legende auf euren BURNING SEA Metal-Holidays. Die „Wrecking Crew“ aus New Jersey hält auch 2012 die Zügel des Thrash-Metal-Spirits triumphal in den Händen und steht wieder auf der Matte, um der Metal-Welt zu beweisen, dass nicht nur eine fette Band-History bzw. -Diskographie eine Kult-Band ausmacht. Also, einfach in die Kutte schlüpfen und den Kopf rotieren lassen. Denn OVERKILL spalten Schädel wie eh und je! Overkill Još jedan veličanstveni, legendarni Thrash Metal band čeka vas na vašem BURNING SEA metal godišnjem odmoru: OVERKILL! The "Wrecking Crew" iz New Jerseya još uvijek drže uzde Thrash duha u svojim rukama i vraćaju se na pozornice da demonstriraju metal svijetu kako se status kultnog benda ne mjeri po tome da imaš dug staž ili veliku diskografiju. Stoga, nabacite svoje stare jakne sa zakovicama i bengajte do besvjesti, jer OVERKILL još uvijek znaju kako rascijepiti vaš mozak. (Translated by Bing)

The jukebox gives off smoke in all directions when KADAVER unleash their dark sound-moments reminding on 70ties styled Psychedelic Rock. Filled in autumn-moods, thi...See More German and slovenian below carcass The jukebox gives off smoke in all directions when carcasses unleash their dark sound moments reminding on 70ties styled psychedelic rock. Filled in autumn-moods, this old-school trio from Berlin excruciates their guitars like being in a trance and producing hypnotic feelings, which let you forget everything that is real. This German rock-heroes get in start position at BURNING SEA festival. Miss don't them without getting stoned by their music! Carcass It smokes from every nook and cranny of the jukebox if CARCASS ignite their on the dark delights of the 1970s psychedelic failed to rock. In autumn fresh mood, is the old-school Berlin trio how delirious, the strings sound and scored allow even extremely hypnotic moments, which the perception of reality are blurred. According to the motto "räudig and smoky" is powerful through to zocken this deutsche rock chapel at the start, to the BURNING SEA. Carcass Jukebox će kad jednostavno pregoriti CARCASS na slobodu pusté svoju tamnu-koja će nas podsjetiti na psihodeličan rock sedamdesetih. Donoseći jesenski ugođaj, ovaj old-school trio iz Berlina izvući zvuk iz svojih gitara će koji baca u trans i proizvodi hipnotički osjećaj, koji vas natjerava because zaboravite realnost oko sebe. Ovim njemačkim rock herojima BURNING SEA festival će biti startna pozicija. Nemojte propustiti biti opijeni njihovom glazbom.(Translated by Bing)
Devastating Enemy
In the meanwhile DEVASTATING ENEMY belongs to the true spearheads of Austrian Melodic Death Metal styled in a modern way. The band’s brandnew album tilted...See More german and slovenian below Devastating Enemy In the meanwhile DEVASTATING ENEMY belongs to the true spearheads of Austrian Melodic Death Metal styled in a modern way. The band’s brandnew album tilted „Pictures & Delusions”, which appears on 23rd of November 2012 in stores, demonstrates their power. Once again DEVASTATING ENEMY present refined songwriting, brilliant melodies, massive sound-walls and death-lust-riffs. Yeah, this group shows you the way where modern metal leads us in the future. Definitely, this is the right direction. Follow or pass away! Devastating Enemy DEVASTATING ENEMY gehören mittlerweile zur unanfechtbaren Speerspitze des österreichischen Melodic Death Metal der moderneren Ausrichtung. Davon zeugt auch das brandneue Album der Band „Pictures & Delusions”, welches am 23. November 2012 in den Musikläden erscheinen wird. Freuen darf man sich dabei auf gewohnt ausgeklügeltes Songwriting, eingängige Melodien, massive Soundwände und todeslustige Riffings. Jawohl, DEVASTATING ENEMY zeigen wohin der Weg des modernen Metal hinführt... Definitiv in die richtige Richtung! Also lasst euch von den Jungs auch auf dem BURNING SEA die Ohren durchpusten... Devastating Enemy U vrlo brzom razdoblju DEVASTATING ENEMY postaju glavne oštrice Austrijskog melodičnog Death Metala, kojeg interpretiraju na moderan način. Njihov najnoviji album nazvan ,,Pictures & Delusions", koji će se od 23.11. naći u trgovinama, pokazuje svu njihovu moć. Još jednom, DEVASTATING ENEMY predstavlja profinjen način stvaranja pjesama, brilijantne melodije, snažan zvučni zid i smrtno požudne rifove. Da, ova grupa pokazuje nam put kamo se moderni metal u budućnosti treba usmjeriti. Njihov smjer je definitivno ispravan. Slijedite ga ili nestanite. (Translated by Bing)

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-

SLAYER: 'Raining Blood' Featured In Chromebook Commercial

SLAYER have teamed up with GOOGLE's new CHROMEBOOK (from SAMSUNG) for a new commercial featuring the classic 1986 SLAYER tune "Raining Blood".

the new Chromebook is a great computer at any price, but it’s an incredible computer at $249. It’s one of the lightest laptops on the market. You can easily carry it around all day-it’s 2.5 pounds, a mere 0.8 inches thick, with more than six hours of battery life for the typical user. And with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive, you can get to all of your stuff anytime, anywhere. 

The new Samsung Chromebook is available for pre-order online from Amazon, Best Buy, PC World and other retailers. Next week it will be available for sale from these same online retailers as well as the Google Play store. You can also buy them at over 500 Best Buy stores across the US and over 30 PC World and Currys stores in the UK.


Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-  


Legendary metal/ doom pioneers BLACK SABBATH have announced an APRIL 2013 Australian tour
to coincide with the bands first studio release of original material since 1978's "Never Say Die".
BLACK SABBATH announced the bands is reuniting last year with legendary producer RICK RUBIN at the helm for a new studio release.
BLACK SABBATH have been confirmed for the first edition of OZZFEST JAPAN (MAY) 2013.
In the wake of contract issues with original BLACK SABBATH drummer BILL WARD, no word on who BLACK SABBATH's drummer will be for the new studio release.

                                                                                                                                                                      4/25/13 — Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
4/27/13 — Allphones Arena, Sydney
5/1/13 — Rod Laver, Melbourne
5/4/13 — Perth Arena, Perth

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- 


It's getting spooky out there....ITP V.012 wishes readers a very HAPPY and SAFE HALOWEEN/SAMHAIN or SOWIN. For many, this is a special day for WICCANS and NEO PAGANS, so enjoy the solstice.
BTW, METAL SUCKS is back up and running after HURRICANE SANDY, and hopefully all ITP V.012 READERS are ok.

NYC, New York's EARSPLIT PR will be slow for a while after HURRICANE SANDY:
Due to mass power outages and general post hurricane chaos, Earsplit PR is currently operating on a "holiday schedule." We expect to be up in proper working order by week's end. Thanks for all the good jujus and well-wishes. Hope all our tri-state area friends are safe and sound. Hails & hugs. - EarsplitPR

PETER STEELE's (Peter Thomas Ratajczyk -January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010- TYPE O NEGATIVE bassist/vocalist) still MIA, HALOWEEN aint the same without him, happy Haloween in heaven bro.
This HALOWEEN is dedicated in the WICCAN tradition to the memory of PETER STEELE and DAMIEN ECHOLS (WM3 FREE and INNOCENT ) for enduring the Wiccan Panic of the WM3 trial.
BTW, if you peak, very closely at ITP V.012's journal art work, you will find some kind of spooky entity laying below the first and second graves from the left, looks little like a pumpkin or a spooky corpse. Great art work as I found it in late 2009 on CREATIVE COMMONS, as I forgot the female artists name, AWESOME sketch art, and the drawing stays:

FROM ABOUT.ABOUT.COM a little history about SAMHAIN or SOWIN:

Halloween or Samhain had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.SamhainThe festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey, and to keep them away from the living. On that day all manner of beings were abroad: ghosts, fairies, and demons--all part of the dark and dread.How Samhain Became Halloween Samhain became the Halloween we are familiar with when Christian missionaries attempted to change the religious practices of the Celtic people. In the early centuries of the first millennium A.D., before missionaries such as St. Patrick and St. Columcille converted them to Christianity, the Celts practiced an elaborate religion through their priestly caste, the Druids, who were priests, poets, scientists and scholars all at once. As religious leaders, ritual specialists, and bearers of learning, the Druids were not unlike the very missionaries and monks who were to Christianize their people and brand them evil devil worshippers.Pope Gregory the First As a result of their efforts to wipe out "pagan" holidays, such as Samhain, the Christians succeeded in effecting major transformations in it. In 601 A.D. Pope Gregory the First issued a now famous edict to his missionaries concerning the native beliefs and customs of the peoples he hoped to convert. Rather than try to obliterate native peoples' customs and beliefs, the pope instructed his missionaries to use them: if a group of people worshipped a tree, rather than cut it down, he advised them to consecrate it to Christ and allow its continued worship.In terms of spreading Christianity, this was a brilliant concept and it became a basic approach used in Catholic missionary work. Church holy days were purposely set to coincide with native holy days.Christmas, for instance, was assigned the arbitrary date of December 25th because it corresponded with the mid-winter celebration of many peoples. Likewise, St. John's Day was set on the summer solstice.Samhain, with its emphasis on the supernatural, was decidedly pagan. While missionaries identified their holy days with those observed by the Celts, they branded the earlier religion's supernatural deities as evil, and associated them with the devil. As representatives of the rival religion, Druids were considered evil worshippers of devilish or demonic gods and spirits. The Celtic underworld inevitably became identified with the Christian Hell.The effects of this policy were to diminish but not totally eradicate the beliefs in the traditional gods. Celtic belief in supernatural creatures persisted, while the church made deliberate attempts to define them as being not merely dangerous, but malicious. Followers of the old religion went into hiding and were branded as witches.Feast of All SaintsThe Christian feast of All Saints was assigned to November 1st. The day honored every Christian saint, especially those that did not otherwise have a special day devoted to them. This feast day was meant to substitute for Samhain, to draw the devotion of the Celtic peoples, and, finally, to replace it forever. That did not happen, but the traditional Celtic deities diminished in status, becoming fairies or leprechauns of more recent traditions.Halloween - Celtic Day of the DeadVirtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead. Halloween is a holiday of many mysterious customs, but each one has a history, or at least a story behind it. The wearing of costumes, for instance, and roaming from door to door demanding treats can be traced to the Celtic period and the first few centuries of the Christian era, when it was thought that the souls of the dead were out and around, along with fairies, witches, and demons. Offerings of food and drink were left out to placate them. As the centuries wore on, people began dressing like these dreadful creatures, performing antics in exchange for food and drink. This practice is called mumming, from which the practice of trick-or-treating evolved. To this day, witches, ghosts, and skeleton figures of the dead are among the favorite disguises. Halloween also retains some features that harken back to the original harvest holiday of Samhain, such as the customs of bobbing for apples and carving vegetables, as well as the fruits, nuts, and spices cider associated with the day.Modern Halloween Today Halloween is becoming once again and adult holiday or masquerade, like mardi Gras. Men and women in every disguise imaginable are taking to the streets of big American cities and parading past grinningly carved, re-enacting customs with a lengthy pedigree. Their masked antics challenge, mock, tease, and appease the dread forces of the night, of the soul, and of the otherworld that becomes our world on this night of reversible possibilities, inverted roles, and transcendency. In so doing, they are reaffirming death and its place as a part of life in an exhilarating celebration of a holy and magic evening.
WICCANS NEO PAGANS:  is deemed by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four 'greater Sabbats.' It is generally held on October 31 in the Northern Hemisphere, starting at sundown. Samhain is seen by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have died, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the dead are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the spring festival of Beltane, which Wiccans celebrate as a festival of light and fertility

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