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21 September 2012

Exploring the Music...Part 3


It's been a long time since I last shared with you my latest music updates. I've been searching for new tracks and as always I would like to share with you my findings. These time I'm more attracted by songs which would sound good during a goth night at a club and by songs with an 80s feeling..These as always are not necessarily goth songs. They just have that dark twist that I love..(PS. songs listed randomly!)

Cabaret Voltaire - I want you
Dali's Car - Judgement in the mirror
Clan Of Xymox - She's dangerous
Rosetta Stone - The Witch
Centhron -Dreckstuck
Nachtmahr - Madchen In Uniform
Rammstein - Ich Tuh Dir Weh
The Knife - Heartbeats
Ladytron - Black Cat
The Dresden Dolls - Necessarily Evil
Massive Attack - Sing what your soul sings
Grendel - Shortwired
Infected Mushroom - Pink Nightmares
Ego Likeness - Burn Witch Burn
Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not in love
Placebo - Protect Me
Ayria- Debris
Berlin Express - Die Russen kommen



If you have a playlist too that you would like to share, feel free to write it in the comment section! Thanks ;)

17 September 2012

Rosetta Stone....Pure 80's Goth rock






Rosetta Stone were a British goth band formed in the mid 1980s by Porl King (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and Karl North (bass), plus their drum machine and synthesizer rack nicknamed "Madame Razor".

The band was named after the Rosetta Stone, an Egyptian historical artifact, and the band used much ancient mythological imagery, especially in their earlier work.





Their early style and first album reflected the jangly-guitar sounds of 1980s gothic rock, and their first big break came after live gigs supporting the then already well-established band The Mission.







Album released:

An Eye for the Main Chance (1991)
The Tyranny of Inaction (1995)
Chemical Emissions (1998)
Unerotica (2000)


12 September 2012

Gas Masks..Intoxicating fashion


Gas masks, a symbol of the chemical war, of the fear of intoxication, contamination and consequently a symbol of death. This macabre accessory is a must-have in cyber gothic and industrial fashion. 

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HISTORY OF GAS MASKS: 

A gas mask, also known as a respirator, is designed to protect the wearer from harmful airborne substances, including viruses, poisons, bacteria and toxic chemicals. A filter on the mask strips the air of contaminants as they pass through it. In the 1850s, Scottish chemist John Stenhouse created a mask capable of removing toxic gases from the air. Stenhouse's mask used a powdered charcoal filter to clean the air. Workers in London chemical factories wore the Stenhouse mask. According to other font, James Bert Garner invented the modern gas mask in 1915. Garner was a U.S. chemist concerned about chemical attacks in World War I. He had done an experiment that showed wood charcoal could absorb toxic chemicals. After sharing his information with the British, the technology helped create masks for British soldiers during World War I. When U.S. soldiers entered the war, they wore the Garner mask as well. Stenhouse and Garner are only two of many people credited with creating the gas mask.



TYPES OF GAS MASKS AND RESPIRATORS:




  • This first kind of gas mask cover the whole face and has a big air filter on the front.

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    This girl has a modern design minimalistic respirator. Only covers nose and mouth.

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This kind of gas mask covers half the face and has two filters on the sides. 


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This last kind of mask provides full head coverage.

Of course then, there are other shapes. But these are the most common.

WHERE TO BUY GAS MASKS:

Usually real gas masks can be bought at flea, antique and stree markets. I got my full head gas mask for 10 euros at a street shop in Berlin, Germany.
 You can find fake gas masks and all the others kind of respirators with cool designs at alternative gothic shops in your country. Or you can either buy a real one and do the decor yourself!


Gas masks are also stylized as accessory like rings, pendants and even as bag.



There are many creepy pictures featuring gas mask that all of you lovers of the macabre will surely appreciate. Here are my favourites:

This photograph surely makes understand the level of terror for gas intoxication of that period (year 1938).

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04 September 2012

Haunted Castles Part. 1


In every culture from ancients to present, there have been documented beliefs in ghostly spirits. Some people are fascinated by claims of ghosts, spirits, and even demons. There are unnerving places on this planet in which paranormal phenomenon is reported almost identically throughout history, such as castles that are centuries old. Some castles are seeped through with myths and legends, scary stories of spooks, and are believed to be haunted places where restless souls linger in the night. Some castles have been investigated by paranormal teams who record and offer “proof” of the hauntings. 

MOOSHAM CASTLE (THE WITCHES CASTLE)

Moosham Castle in Unternberg, Austria, has a terrible and accursed past. It was in this castle where Austria’s bloodiest witch trials took place. Untold thousands of young women who were accused of being witches were tormented and killed in torture chambers in the dungeon. Moosham Castle is now better known as Witches Castle.


Ghost Hunters International conducts a ghost hunt at Witches Castle.

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PREDJAMA CASTLE




A castle built within a cave, now that is brilliant in terms of defense and offense. In Slovenia, Predjama Castle is known to date back to at least 1274. In the 15th century, a renowned robber baron fled the revenge of the Holy Roman Emperor and settled his family in this castle fortress. There ensued a long siege in which the castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1511 before being destroyed by an earthquake. The castle was once again rebuilt in 1567 and has a secret natural shaft that leads out of the castle for supplies as well as when the robber baron needed a quick in and out for his robberies. With at least 700 years of violent history, Pedjama Castle is said to be extremely haunted.


Keep following us for Part. 2 featuring the Castle of Dracula and Ireland's most haunted castle!


 Have you ever visited an haunted castle or do you know any haunted castle in your country? 




info taken from www.weburbanist.com

03 September 2012

The Octopus

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The octopus is often found in gothic and steampunk fashion, worn as piece of jewellery or even tattooed on skin.
This brought us to wonder, what's the meaning of the octopus? Here's a little info about it !
 
 


An octopus symbolizes complexity, diversity, mystery, vision, intelligence, illusion, variability and insight.
 


"The complexity of the design, the diversity of the octopus’s persona and
the mystical illusion all add to the tattoos characteristics. These
features are associated with the octopus for several reasons. In ancient
mythology the number 8 is used as a major significance in a lot of
stories, in some cultures it is believed that 8 legged animals such as
spiders and octopus are one of the few survivors of those times. These
stories are were the octopus’s mystical appearance came from
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"The real octopus tattoo meaning comes from its ability
to grow back limbs. Much like humans octopus adapt to the conditions
they are in. If they are in a tough situation then octopus will use
their brain and respond intelligently much like a human would. The moral
of the story? That much like octopus humans can learn to disengage
things in their life that are not needed anymore. Bad habits and
addictions can all be changed
. "
 
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"The use of the octopus as symbol in steampunk fashion goes back to Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, where his writing was ahead of it's time. Submarines, air travel, advanced mechanical machinery etc... and since he was around during the Victorian era most of the technology he wrote about would fit well within the steampunk world.
 The Octopus it just has a great visual. Looks like it's wearing a helmet, goggles, and the tentacles remind me of the mechanics of gears etc.. "
 



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