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|Thursday, February 28th, 2013|
This has been a pretty eventful age for me, 24. It started off with seeing Maiden for the second time with Meghan. From there, I got myself a new tattoo, finally quit smoking (it's been almost 6 months now), started an awesome folk/world fusion metal band with an awesome friend I made, started taking care of my teeth, began to exercise more, and now I play in Pirates for Sail.
Not to mention I have been in class every semester that has been offered since the second summer semester of 2012. And though I am forsaking my summer vacation this year (minus August), if I do well in my classes, I will have 6 college classes left to take until I can graduate!
Sekengard is going very well :) We have 2 new guitarists, and I have switched to just doing folk instruments and vocals, though I will play rhythm guitar for one song. We are looking to have two songs completed soon, and once they are recorded, we will have a band page up! We have also been networking with up and coming folk metal acts, like Wilderun from Massachusetts, Aether Realm from North Carolina, and Drakum from Spain. Good to have friends in good places!
So over all, the future is looking pretty bright :)
Music: Wilderun: Storm Along
|Saturday, February 16th, 2013|
|The burden/joy of the heirship
The Pagan in me is speaking strongly tonight of the future. In this sense, the future means the family line.
For those who are not informed, of the grandchildren on my father's side of the family, I am the only male. I have a sister and a female cousin, and none else. My cousin will soon marry. Though she will marry to a man who my family and I adore, it will nonetheless mean the loss of a Paytas so to speak. My sister may marry her name away, but mine will remain.
Therefore, the fate of the Paytas line lies with me. I have the power to end or continue my family's line. But dear readers...my intention does not lie in the former. I want the Paytas name to continue for generations. There is stress upon me, but I feel less stress knowing that it is my genuine desire to continue my house, so to speak. My noble Hungarian line will continue!
It is natural I feel to feel such affinity towards one's family line amongst the Pagan community. By continuing my line, hopefully with at least one male heir, I will be doing my ancestors justice by continuing whatever work they may have strived to achieve. I cannot help but feel great pride. I hope this resonates amongst my Pagan brothers and sisters alike.
Music: Satyricon-Into the Mighty Forest
|Sunday, January 6th, 2013|
|A chance to perform again?
Dear readers, Daniel is excited! I recently got an offer to join an acoustic band that specializes in pirate shanties and Celtic music. They are called Pirates for Sail. In addition to being the house band for a Pirate themed bar not far from me, but they have played Renaissance Festivals and more over the years. I have yet to hear more beyond an invite, but I am to meet to meet the band leader/the Captain on Tuesday to see about joining. I also do not know what instrument I am to play! My bandmate for my folk metal band (Sarah) simply told me to bring all of my acoustic instruments, so I could play either: guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, or bowed psaltery. If I do, it means I get to be back up on the stage, where I belong :) I just hope I can balance my education and my job with my possibly pathway to greater stage time!
Music!: Alestorm-Pirate Song
|Sunday, December 30th, 2012|
|Good times :)
I am sure an extended post regarding 2012 for me will happen soon enough. But one of my greatest accomplishments of this year was singing Pirate Song with Alestorm in Baltimore last month :) I was fortunate enough to see Alestorm on both of their US tours this year, and every day I see them is an awesome day :) Not just seeing them onstage but offstage as well. For those who may not have seen it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jynzI0KjZE
Guess who I am! (the guy with the longest hair). My sister was the one who videotaped this. Sorry to brag folks, but damnit what a happy moment for yours truly :D
Music: Alestorm-Pirate Song
|Tuesday, December 25th, 2012|
I remember the days when I celebrated it. But when I turned 17, I gave that up. I have since celebrated Yule. I hosted my first Yule ritual lately, as a priest. I did it far from perfectly, but who can do it so? I will get better as time goes on. I feel it is my destiny to lead other Pagans in ritual. Time to spread my wings so to speak.
By the way, it humors me how not only do many people who follow monotheistic religions not know of the Pagan roots of their precious holidays, but how some flat-out deny it. I have become more tolerant of the injustice of monotheism upon my path since I learned about it (9 years ago), but I do realize I have much more patience to gain, more tolerance and acceptance to know.
Paganism has been the natural spirituality of the land since man could first conceive of the spiritual happenings of the otherworld. Monotheism is a virus created by man, one that has destroyed civilizations, claimed millions of lives, stopped the progress of science and knowledge as we know it, etc etc. What is important is to put people in a place of questioning, so they can step back, and maybe see that the monotheistic paths they have been led to believe is a lie. Why be a slave when you can be a strong warrior, a healer, a priest/priestess, or a king/queen? I choose to be a master rather than a slave.
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2012|
|December post time
This time of year is the year of reflection. I began the year with my Meghan, and now we are close to our 2 year anniversary. It has been almost 3 months since I have smoked a cigarette (this is huge for me). Earlier today I had the first legitimate band practice with my only bandmate thus far: Sarah the fiddler. So that is going well!
So long as school goes well...but it's nigh time to begin a new batch of mead. I have 3 bottles that are aging now. One will be used for the upcoming Yule ritual I will host. I am very nervous, but I hope for the best!
So livejournal has done away with music posts? I must protest. However, I can beat the system. I love you all!
Music: Mirrorthrone-The Notion of Perfect.
Ha. DP wins.
|Thursday, November 8th, 2012|
I think. Anywho, how is everyone out there? I am well. Even though I think Obama is only slightly better than Romney, I am glad he won. Neither will ever get a vote from me, but at least Obama is more human that the robot we call Romney. I voted for Gary Johnson personally. Though I knew he wouldn't win, I can still feel better knowing that I voted for the candidate I WANTED to be my president, instead of who had the best chance of winning. But I am very glad that Maryland is a state where gay couples can legally get married! Many of you know I am heterosexual, but still! Why shouldn't gay couples be able to get married? Because of religion? Go live in Texas then ya mooks. Maryland is moving forward!
It's been nearly 2 months since I smoked my last cigarette! DP over here is doing well :) I smoked hookah recently, and oh my did my lungs not have it! Well that just means my lungs have adjusted well to no smoke striking them :) Hookah won't happen very often though. I must say, I feel I picked a damn good time of the year to quit. Not only was it at the beginning of the semesten the work load was small, but right before autumn began. I can smell autumn so much better now :) It's been very lovely.
A new band may be looming for DP too. WORLD FUSION METAL. I met a talented young lady two months ago who plays fiddle and really wants to start a folk metal band. We both suggested to do more than just Celtic music, so we wish to include Slavic, Mediterranean, Romani, Middle Eastern and Germanic sounds too. Should be very interesting! Once fucking school dies down...
And mead! It's been almost a month since I began a double batch of a blueberry/raspberry melomel with cinnamon and cloves. Each gallon has a different kind of honey: one with wildflower honey, and the other with clover honey. It's been a while since I did an autumn/winter mead, so let's drink and enjoy :)
Tis all for now! Blessed be my friends. Current Mood: chipper
|Monday, October 1st, 2012|
I need to get on here more often. It's nice that only a select few read what I post. I used to get sad when almost no one responded, but I like it now! You guys are great :)
I'm still at Towson as of now. If I can keep at it, I can graduate by December 2013 or very early in 2014! So now Daniel will do his best to win college. A great milestone happened last month when I QUIT SMOKING CIGARETTES. As of the current hour, it's been 3 weeks since my last cigarette, and I have no desire to go back and smoke. My drug use is gone now, minus my ADD medicine. Now I would like to cut back on red meat and whatever junk food I may consume. Perhaps eat more vegetarian friendly food? I have already, but we can do better ya mooks!
Mead brewing is still going strong and impressing many brewers, and many shows are happening! I have grown close to my friend Steve Harris who I mentioned from Deathfest 2010. I went to visit him in August, and damn the times were good. I've been writing more folk metal-ish music, but the next step is getting recording equipment so I can make me some yummy songs! I acquired a sexy tattoo of a Celtic knot that wraps around my arm. BUT Daniel must sleep now, as class is happening tomorrow. Cheers you beautiful people! Current Mood: chipper
|Wednesday, December 7th, 2011|
Take a moment to think friends.
Have you experienced anything memorable in your life, to the point where you would go back in time to tell your younger self that you would ultimately achieve a goal you had set out? Think about it...We create our own history every day, so take every chance you get to live. Current Mood: content
|Friday, October 21st, 2011|
Whoa, first post in a long time! I thought I was locked out of my account.
Well, tis now October 2011. It's been a hell of a year so far. 8 months since the last post. Well I'm still with Meghan, still at Towson University. Since February I've seen many shows, got another tattoo, made more mead, switched majors, made awesome friends, and more. I started my own celtic doom metal project, for which ideals are flowing nicely. Later this year I'll hopefully see Mayhem next month, then Korpiklaani and Arkona (in their first ever American tour) in December! I hope it all works out.
More to come! Current Mood: content
|Tuesday, February 8th, 2011|
Long time since the last post! Oh my...
Anyways, it's the second semester of the year, meaning I chose to stay here and try to finish up my Bachelor's. Anyways, I got me a girlfriend over the break. We became friends last fall and began hanging out more and more, and decided to over the break too. Luckily for us, her family just moved to Frederick with is only a 40 minute drive or so away. After some visits, our feelings were revealed and then we began :) Name is Meghan btw, and she appears to be the manifestation of the opposite of what my ex's were collectively: very low self esteem, high depression, mental insanity, or being brainwashed by religion. So it's nice to have a girl who is confident, happy, sane, free-thinking, and not to mention cool and funny as hell!
I also got myself a bouzouki over the holidays! Greek style too...hopefully this can add a fire to the ensemble and take us in fun new directions. Other than that, not much is new, though one of my best friends is coming to Maryland next Friday to see Immortal and Absu with me! This will be our first in person meeting and I am very excited as one could imagine. That's about it for now, so enjoy some Celtic music today since I am! Current Mood: good
|Sunday, October 31st, 2010|
|The end of October
Feels like a while since my last update. What's new?
Well, I began to love myself again, and gave up on girl quest for a while, since nothing ever happens. So life is more enjoyable now that I gave up depression, and since the weather is just lovely outside.
I also started a gypsy/jazz band with a neighbor and a friend from school. We're called "The Dandolin Free Balling Ensemble". I do mandolin and guitar, my friend Mike does guitar, and our friend Alex plays violin. We mesh pretty well I'd say. We have played an open mic night, at which I feel we played really well :) We got asked back to play on November 26th, so we need a good bit more material. My bandmate Mike wants more covers, but I am trying to push original material as well. I need to familiarize myself more with various forms of gypsy music, which Mike can "jazzify" to create a fusion sound.
I also had my Gwar virginity broken at the beginning of the month. It was kind of how I expected it to be, except I had no space to move and got drenched in fluids much more than I expected XD
However, I would like to get more serious about school and start kicking ass. I'm not doing so hot now, but I can reverse it and finish up the semester strong if I give it my all.
That's about it for now. Happy Samhain to all and be safe! Current Mood: bored
|Saturday, September 25th, 2010|
|Been a while
It's been a while since my last entry huh? Well I made the move to Towson last month and just got internet in my apartment this past Tuesday haha. Took a while, but I have it. Anyways, I started going to Towson, and some cool shit has happened. Before the semester started, I saw Skeletonwitch and Kataklysm open for Devildriver with my good buddy Doc and his drummer. It was Doc's and my second time seeing Skeletonwitch, and their lead guitarist remembered us from the last show, which I thought was really cool. I also befriended (amongst others) a man who sells hot dogs outside the building most of my classes are in. I just started playing mandolin and we bonded over rock music, folk music, and just playing instruments. I get free hot dogs, drink, and the occasional ride home from him when he packs up early. Nice!
I also got to see Iced Earth again, this time with a VIP ticket. They were in much better form than the last time I saw them, especially Barlow, who did not show any signs of fatigue this time. The meet and greet was fun too, and they guys were very nice. Never bad to see your 2nd favorite band live AND meet them :)
Sadly, no women have come my way, and I've been rejected once or twice. I'm really not surprised, so dealing with it is not hard. I just immerse myself in music.
Speaking of which, despite me meeting some cool metal musicians, my main thing as of late has been gypsy music. I've been into it for about a year now, but lately it's really been picking up. I've written some more music in this vain, and am trying to acquire a sitar and bouzouki for the project. They sell a sitar in the nearby town on Catonsville, and a friend of mine in Virginia claims a shop near her sells bouzoukis, specifically the Greek version (the version I am trying to procure). With luck, I may get one or both of these and begin writing. My neighbors across the hall are from Sri Lanka and India, and will teach me to play sitar, and I think I can figure out bouzouki.
Speaking of all this, I saw a band at the Renaissance Festival that I had been waiting to see for a bit, and learned they would be at the fest. It was the most mesmerizing music performance I have ever seen. Beautiful music, a sexy gypsy woman singing and dancing, plus a beer and other shit made it just amazing :D A video beneath to show the band, called Wine and Alchemy.
I also decided that when I leave Towson University (with or without a diploma), I want to become a nomad and just move around for a while. No real rules, just traveling, learning, and experiencing. I may even get dreadlocks when it all happens, we'll see! Current Mood: bored
|Sunday, August 15th, 2010|
Despite my life getting less depressing lately, here I sit again, not happy.
I've been a metalhead for 8-9 years now. It's been my dream to be in a real metal band that is active in rehearsals, shows, and possibly recording. Every metal band I attempted to be in/play with lasted no more than two practices or less. I see friends forming/joining such bands with ease, and some are going far, opening for national/international acts. Very discouraging, and it's making me feel useless.
My guitar playing also is not improving much. It hasn't much at all lately, and it's really bringing me down. I should be getting better, but I'm not. I want to be the best I can be, and if I have hit that mark, what's the point in continuing to play? And this is part of what my major will be. Guess I need to convince myself to keep playing. I want so much to be in a band, but I guess I don't want it bad enough or I am just not good enough to be in one.
My loneliness is never ending as well it seems. I just can't for the life of me attract any woman at all around me. It makes me feel like a fucking repulsive piece of shit. All my qualities don't seem to be attractive to women at all. I guess I have to be a mindless, trend following asshole to attract women.
I do hope going to Towson changes my view on all this. Current Mood: sad
|Thursday, August 5th, 2010|
It's saddening how someone says they like you a lot, even love you...and then they get a significant other, then don't talk to you at all. Even more so when it happens to you several times in a year. Current Mood: bored
|Wednesday, July 21st, 2010|
It's become apparent to me lately that I don't love myself. I've been drinking a lot and not in good ways. I will buy whiskey and it will be gone within a day or two, and 6 packs of beer are gone in one night. My smoking habits are worsening too: where as I used to buy a pack every 3-4 days, I now go through a pack in a day or two. I haven't been exercising much and I've been neglecting meditation. I need to change this or bad things will happen.
On the upside, I joined a pool league some weeks ago. I started going to a bar an old co-worker played at. At first it was just because he would never hang out with anyone at work, and being the only one at work who was 21 (at the time) AND willing to go out, I went to say I hung out with him and make others feel jealous XD But I was very quickly drawn to the atmosphere and the people there. Even though it's a sports bar, the people were very cool, down to earth, and easy to talk to. We'd have beers, and I would occasionally get to play pool after the league was done. Months passed, and it became a weekly thing for me. Soon enough, I was told I should join the league, so I did. I have currently won 3 matches and lost 2 so far. My pool skills have increased considerably, and I can only get better from here on out.
Another thing that's been bugging me...I hear so many different stories of people traveling and having a blast. I've not traveled much at all. I've been out of the country, but it was usually with my family or with a group. The only place I've traveled to all alone, and that I payed for all alone was Minnesota. My plan for this fall was to travel, mainly to California to see my friend Scarlett and have a nice, relaxing vacation, but I unexpectedly got accepted to Towson and have to go this fall. I would really rather travel and learn that way right now. I really hope i can travel someday... Current Mood: sad
|Friday, July 9th, 2010|
I was in Manassas tonight with Miquela, and we went to Hooters for a few minutes with her supposed best friend, her man, her brother and mother. Upon being introduced, said best friend's mother asked me if I was Mormon too, to which Miquela responded "No he's a Pagan". She asked what a Pagan was, and Miquela's best friend said "it's one of those non existent religions". This infuriated me, and I told her "I'm trying very hard to not raise a certain finger at you right now". It was a half joke, but at the same time it was serious. I don't care who dumb you are, or how much you've had to drink; there are some things you just don't say. Current Mood: annoyed
|Sunday, June 20th, 2010|
So first! Maryland Death Fest! One of the biggest festivals in the country, and apparently one of the most popular in the world. I needed this weekend badly, after the semester I had. I made cherry mead for the weekend, and consumption of said drink was the first thing that happened when I arrived. I met up with my friend Jessa, and we went back to a hotel room where my buddy Rich from VA was. I met some cool folks, some names being Kara, Steve and Josh. We had mead, vodka and just fucked around. Next was actually getting into the festival, and the first thing I did was have a shot of Jameson with Kara, who bought a long island iced tea which we shared. Needless to say, this got me pretty messed up XD I recall seeing Malignancy, who were awesome of course. They requested skinned knees and bruised elbows, the former of which I got XD Got to meet them afterwards, and cool guys they are. The rest of the 1st night is a blur of metal, cigarettes and beer. Gorguts was of interest, possibly because of this being one of the first shows they've played in a while. The highlight of the night was the last band, the legendary DRI. There was a circle pit the whole set, and I was crowd surfing anytime I wasn't moshing. Met some badass people, some of whom helped me up for crowd surfing a lot. I met up with some friends from New York, and we hung out with a guy from Asphyx After that, Jessa, Rich and I went back to the room to drink more, then I took Jessa to her apt, where I stayed the night, albeit on the floor. Oh! And somehow, I was able to hold onto a vinyl I bought the whole time, which I moshed and crowd surfed with (lots of people gave me props for that).
Day 2: Woke up with 4-5 hours of sleep, then drove to Timonium to meet up with my friend Chris Maski. We brushed up, had some lunch, then hit the festival. Again, partial blur of the day, but I remember drinking far less, sticking mainly to beer and mead. We watched Impaled, who were very tight, but this caused us to miss Sadistic Intent/Possessed >: ( Oh well, can't win them all. We also saw a Norwegian Doom band called Obliteration, which I especially liked for some reason. The Chasm was next, and I met and hung out with the frontman who signed a cd of theirs I bought I met a Norwegian woman who spent the whole weekened in just a bra and pants, which was cool haha. Total Fucking Destruction was awesome as shit too. Their drummer really looks wild when playing. Melechesh was one of the bands I was most interested in seeing, and I was fortunate enough to make the 2nd row. They put on an awesome set, and I got some decent video footage. I got to meet a friend I made online in person, Marisol, which was awesome too. Another band I was very anxious to see was Incantation, a band I've always had a soft spot for. Sadly I didn't get to get real close, but it's all good. The band of the night and the whole weekend came on: Autopsy. They reunited to play Death Fest, which ruled. Their set was just incredible, with wild pits and crowdsurfing. Unfortunately, when Charred Remains came on (last song), I went to mosh and lost my camera (the fourth thing of mine I lost that weekend). After searching and running into my friend Eric, I gave up and left with Chris for my friend Doc's apt. Then! I found out a whole bottle of my mead spilled in the car, making a fucking mess.
Day 3: Woke up with again, 4-5 hours of sleep. After a shower, Doc was able to get off work for the day so he could join us. By this time, my voice was dying, but still I smoked cigs and drank! Beer was the first thing on the list for us. First up for the day was Krallice, which was interesting to say the least. We stayed for this band called Gorod, a French tech death band who was very impressive. Whilst walking around, a guy I'd never seen before came up to me, and claimed he found my camera. He got my phone number, and said he'd be back in a little bit. Necrophobic was the next band we saw, and this was another band I'd been looking forward to seeing greatly. This was actually their first EVER show in the United States. And goddamn, what a set they put on. Very impressive. Pestilence was the next band I saw. They were to play last year, but couldn't get into the states. They too were quite good, and very heavy. Donna, 3 people I met and I got a soul/hump train going on XD Very odd but we had a blast. The guy who found my camera (named Dan too), called me up, and we tried to find each other, which failed until a girl came up to me and took me to him, and to my happiness I saw my camera, in the shape I last saw it in. Turns out he went to Full Sail also, and is in a band called Nailshitter (which I have heard of). We chilled for a bit then went off. I ran into the Norwegian woman again, and we chatted for a bit before I went over to see Entombed. Honestly they did not impress me very much, and weren't too amazing, so I left to go to the other stage and ready myself for Obituary, the headliner of that the last day. Now these guys were much better to watch than Entombed. My camera died at the end of the set, but I got some good pics in.
So yeah...awesome weekend. I needed it badly, and it was better than last year. I walked away with 4 cds: Pestilence-Malleus Maleficarum; Drudkh-Forgotten Legends, Demigod-Let Chaos Prevail and The Chasm-Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm; a Leprosy patch, an Incantation patch, a vinyl of the Cannabis Corpse album Tube of the Resinated, A MDF 2010 shirt, A Severed Survival shirt, and a Darkness Descends shirt (which blew me away upon seeing it, as I have wanted a shirt of that album for years). There is probably more but I forgot XD
But the best things I got from the weekend was being in a place where I was surrounded by my brethren, new friends, and great relaxation from the world. I can't wait for MDF 9 next year. Current Mood: good
|Friday, June 11th, 2010|
It would be nice to feel I am a good looking guy. I'm tired of feeling like a hideous piece of shit all the time. This is really getting old. Current Mood: crappy
|Monday, May 24th, 2010|
Well, I may be a little late, but I finally got my associate's degree :) It's nice knowing that even though I went through a lot of crap this past semester, that one positive, lasting thing came out of it.
I meant this week to be a recovery period for me, and this is a good way to start it off I must say. Current Mood: pleased