Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dysfunctional Doll Haul

Hey! Today I have for you a haul from Dysfunctional Doll!
I wanted to buy all the Gothic Beauty issues I didn't have.
And then I ended up buying some more stuff!

So cute!

I got these rings for Simen. Aren't they cool?!

All of the issues I was missing.
Now I have all that they have on the website, plus some more!
If you are interested in seeing my entire collection, let me know!

Now for all the leggings I got!
They are all SO soft.
Paired with a shirt I got at H&M yesterday. 
Haunted Mansion

Jack Skellington

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

I hope you didn't get dizzy by all of the stripes, haha! I realized I needed some more pants, and I don't really like pants, so when I saw these leggings I just had to have them! I really recommend them, I just can't get over how soft they are. In combination with selling Alchemy Gothic and being the only place you can buy new issues of Gothic Beauty magazine, it's not a bad site! Worth checking out.

What did you think of my haul?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Threat Level: Pumpkin!

Hey! Hope you've had a nice weekend so far. I just HAVE to show you my weekend outfit! I wanted to wear the new orange things I got the other day, and Simen said I HAD to pair them with my pumpkin bloomers! So I did. And I looked awesome.
T-shirt - H&M
Pumpkin rump bloomers - Gloomth
Stockings - Witchy Bitchy (local shop)
Tea light lantern - Nille (norwegian chain)

Happy pumpkin butt!

This popped up as a memory on facebook on friday.
This was then exactly three years ago!
What a coincidence.
I was going to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal with Julianne.
Good spooky times!
My hair is now too long for the pumpkin to be seen, haha.

Speaking of memories!
Here are some more!
These are 7 years old!
I was so cute.

Hilarious and cute! I'm still the same height, haha.

What I've been doing this weekend

And lastly I'll leave you with today's outfit.
Will probably add my DIY goth blazer and some nice boots tomorrow.
T-shirt - Gina Tricot
Vest - DIY
Skirt - H&M

Friday, October 13, 2017

Serpentine Gallery - Switchblade Symphony Review

I am so excited that I finally own this album! I've been wanting it for years, but it's been so hard to find, as it has been out of print for several years. I bought it off a russian guy on Discogs, so I have a russian release of it. I love this album so much, so I thought I'd share it with you all on here!

Bad Trash
Ahh, I immediately sense this feeling of home when the album starts. Their sound is pretty unique, and the vocals take me back in time, I feel! It's really beautiful. The lyrics are pretty simple, but positive! I love the canon-like vocals towards the end.

Okay, I think all of these songs will give me a nostalgic feel. But I'll try not to be super-biased here! This is a beautiful slower song. The vocals are beautiful and pretty unique. The lyrics in this one are also pretty simple, but very powerful. It seems like someone's last thoughts as they are dying. The instrumentals are very good, and very fitting to the song! The bass sounds like a heartbeat, that and the rest makes the song exciting even though it's a slower song.

Very cool percussion on this one! In some parts it also sounds very industrial. And cute twinkly guitar. The lyrics are great, and I'm sure many of us can relate to them!

Wrecking Yard
Ahh, such a beautiful song. I love the guitar so much! They work really well with the beautiful vocals. The lyrics are very sad, but very beautiful. The calm outro fades well into the next song.

We rise from the wrecking yard with this awesome song! It has a very industrial feel. I haven't been singing along so far, but now I just had to! This might be my favorite song off the album - I'll have to think about that one, since I pretty much love the whole album. But this is a really cool song! Dat spooky synth!

This has harpsichord in it! Or at least the sound of it, haha. This song has more operatic vocals, and more classical music inspired. Lovely to sing along to. The lyrics are pretty simple and cute. But sadly it's very short!

Let's get rocking again! Love the guitar and.. well, all the instruments in this, haha! A fun song to sing along to, with all the different vocal styles! A very cool spooky song.

A slower song, which I feel is mostly vocal-oriented. Wonderful to sing along to! It builds up slowly and nicely.

Gutter Glitter
Omg I love this song so much. The spooky and childlike sound is so wonderful! A fantastic take on an old childhood song. This song will get stuck in your head! It's been in my head for years, haha.

Mine Eyes
A very electronic and industrial-sounding song. Very operatic and almost chaotic vocals in this one. 

Bloody Knuckles
If I had this on vinyl and was listening to this for the first time, I would think that the record was broken! It sound like a really old record, plus pops and cracks, and then ends up ''breaking''. A really cool way to end the album!

The album is a decent length, at almost 47 minutes. It was released in 1995, so it's only a year younger than me! It definitely has a ''retro'' feel, but I'm not sure if it's more 80's or 90's. I love it, at least! I have since the very first time I heard songs from it, which I don't even remember when was. The tracklist is very well balanced, in terms of pacing. I want to say that I would liked if the songs were longer, but most of them aren't that short, really! I guess it's the typical case of time flies when you're having fun. Like when I don't notice that SOM's songs are actually super long.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone who are fans of gothic rock! A lot of people probably already know them, so I guess this would be more useful for people getting into goth music. Their sound I guess can be compared to The Birthday Massacre and Siouxsie, so if you like them, you should definitely check them out! But they still have a pretty unique sound. You won't regret it!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween Haul!

Hey! Yesterday I went halloween shopping with my sister. It was pretty successful, I ended up buying an entire outfit! And since I'm a halloween all year kind of person, only one of the items will not be for everyday wear, haha. First, let me just show you what I was wearing yesterday!

Lace-sleeved top - EMP
Tank top - Gifted
Pants - Second hand
Skelly socks - H&M

White wig - Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Jewelry - Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Pumpkin t-shirt - H&M
Bat skirt - H&M
Stockings - Witchy Bitchy (local shop)

The awful wig is for my halloween costume, which is gonna be Anna from Frozen! I bought the costume while working at Disney World, and I haven't worn it in ages, so why not! Everything I bought was super cheap too, so I am pretty satisfied! I sadly didn't find any nice home decor, but it's okay, I already have a lot of it.

This popped up on facebook today! This is me at 16, 7 years ago!

Choker - Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Tank top - Gifted
Oversized shirt - EMP
Jeans - Freego
Minnie socks - H&M

That's all I have for you today! What did you think of my haul?
Have you been halloween shopping, and what are you planning to dress up as?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

My Black Metal Battle Jacket!

Towards the end of this week I have been finishing my black metal jacket!
The front and the bottom patch on the back I did this summer.
So here's the layout draft!

I use thin gloves when I sew.
I also use a leather needle, nylon thread and a thimble.
Oh, and I place the patches with double-sided tape first.
This works well for thin patches, but not so much for thick ones.

My thread is so strong that I snapped a regular needle.
I had managed to not pull the thread all the way through a stitch.
When I used a needle to drag the loop through the stitches, it broke.

On thursday night I only had time to sew on this one.

Friday night was very productive!

Secret Darkthrone shirt - Official merch
Leather jacket - Poizen Industries
Leggings - OOTD Leggings
(use code ''carnivorous'' for $$$ off)
Secret Mickey socks - H&M
Boots - New Rock

 And here's the finished jacket!
I might add more later on.

What do you think?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Heart-Shaped Wound - Aurelio Voltaire Review

My partner Simen is a HUGE fan of Voltaire (probably even more now that the reason we got to know each other is him), so he has of course ordered the new album. It just arrived, so we are now going to review it together! I'm not a superfan, I call him the ''Weird Al of goth'', because to me he can often be too silly. So I'll be objective, and Simen might be biased. Here we go!

The Projectionist
The album opens up with the fun cabaret sound Voltaire often has. To Simen the energy and sound of the song reminds him of Voltaire's more recent work. I really like the bridge part. Simen is already singing along! 

Human Nature
Really gothic guitar! It's twinkly, and as Simen pointed out, he's more of a chord strummer, so this is new for him! The lyrics are really beautiful, and you can tell in his voice that this is a really emotional and personal song. Simen says that this speaks to a lot of people.

Leaves In The Stream
Simen immediately says that this song is definitely not like Voltaire. I immediately recognized Alissa White-Gluz' (of The Agonist and Arch Enemy) voice. Her voice is amazing! Together they sound really good. This is definitely a more metal song, which I wouldn't have expected from Voltaire! But I really like it. Simen think the lyrics really describe the loss of control you feel when you fall in love with someone.

An acoustic guitar and piano song. A big contrast to the last song! Simen thinks he does a good job of pacing the album between more upbeat and slower, emotional songs. This is also a beautiful duet with Crystal Bright. We also get some emotional violin in it.

In Disguise
We immediately get the classic Voltaire sound with this song. The lyrics are about different carnival women Voltaire meets year after year, but it turns out; It's the same woman in different disguises! Very interesting.

The Ones Who've Hurt You
Simen saw a video of this from a show Voltaire did a few years ago, so it's not a very new song. We are now back to a slower, emotional song.

This is kind of an eyeroll for me. I might be biased cause a norwegian group covered this once, and I got really sick of it. I don't really see the point of doing a cover unless you bring something unique to it. Voltaire doesn't really. Simen thinks that the most unique to it is his voice, but other than that it's still the same old song. At least there's some different instrumentals in this one that helps it a bit.

The Necropolis Of Former Lovers
This has a really cool, gothic intro! Very unique musically (especially for Voltaire). Lyrically, I still prefer Ex-Lover's Lover, haha! The lyrics in this one is the other way around from that one. But it's still a really good song! 

The Folly Of Love
The guitar in this one reminds me of the To The Bottom Of The Sea album - I actually had to point that out to Simen! It also reminds me of Nick Cave! I yelled out ''LOL!'' when I saw that the first line of the third verse is ''So you sing some bars of Cohen's Hallelujah''. What if he had covered it like THIS song? Now THAT would have been cool!

A Romantic Guy
A very cheerful song! It's very retro. The lyrics take a hilarious turn at the end. But the music is still very upbeat and cheerful! Simen says Voltaire does that quite a lot.

The Necropolis Of Former Lovers (Midnight In The Mausoleum Mix)
Ok, so I said the original was goth? Now THIS! This is very keyboard-oriented, and the bass is really.. well, gothic! Very beautiful and different. Often extra mixes on albums can be kind of misses, but this one is definitely a hit! So I definitely wouldn't mind this the next times we put this album on. Not a bad way to end the album, though I would still like more! I guess that says this album was a success for me.

So this album has a really good mix of new AND old Voltaire. Simen thinks he's really evolved with this album. He experiments a lot, and it works! The album is actually pretty long, about an hour long, but it really didn't feel that way! It's well paced, so you don't get bored at all. The album starts off positive in the beginning, then it all goes to hell. Just like love can be sometimes.

Overall, this is a really good album. I feel really different from when I first started writing this post! From Voltaire I'm used to a lot of silliness - Too much for me. Simen is a big fan of it. But this album definitely didn't have that! He still puts his personality into the songs, but blends it emotion, and together it works really well. We both agree that this makes us like him even more! This is definitely an album from his heart. If you want to hear / like this side of Voltaire, this album is definitely recommended! Two thumbs up from each of us, and a big thank you to Voltaire for bringing us together! I hope to see and meet him again one day, WITH Simen, so he can meet his idol!

Click here to buy the album!

Typo in the title of the first song! :o

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Are Goths Depressed?

Yes and no. Depression is not a requirement for being goth, as being goth isn't a requirement for being depressed. We all know someone who's been depressed. You don't? Well you do, cause depression is an invisible illness. That's why seeing someone in black doesn't mean they're depressed! This is not the victorian age, where someone in black means that they have recently lost a loved one. You can't tell by someone's appearance what they feel, what their story is, what they've experienced and what illness they have.

Goths are the happiest, bubbliest, friendliest, most positive people I know! I'm sure most people who know one can agree with that. BUT as goths do, we acknowledge that not everything in the world is wonderful all of the time. We like darkness, mystery, history - even death (not that we wanna die. we go to picnics in the graveyard for the peaceful, beautiful and historical environment.)! We are romantic and dramatic people, maybe even slightly old-fashioned, and we see beauty where others don't.

Now, a lot of teenagers nowadays romanticize depression and other mental health issues, whether they call themselves goth or not. That is wrong, even though it's a good thing that people talk about it - cause it needs to! It's not ''cool'' to be depressed. It's terrible! It doesn't make you more attractive to others, people aren't going to come rushing over to fix your broken heart.
I'm not saying that ALL teenagers who claim to be mentally ill are just looking for attention, but I have often seen it, and especially online and in goth related groups. Many really do think that to be a goth you have to be depressed, wear all black, worship the devil and be violent.
Another thing that happens to a lot of teens, especially alternative kids, is that they get bullied for being different. Now THIS CAN contribute to developing depression, as well as pressure / restricting of freedom from parents, lack of proper friends, not doing well in school, etc. There are also more serious things that can happen to someone at a young age which can lead to depression or other mental illness. This is why it is important to seek help as soon as possible. It's hard, but just one word to anyone is the first step on the road to recovery. Be kind to yourself and strong, and you will make it through. Just remember that often, you can't do it alone.

Most adults still find it taboo to talk about these issues. Probably cause we grew up without anyone talking about it, it was all hidden away from us. It was and still kind of is shameful to have mental illness. Even post-partum depression isn't talked about as much, something that's so common! But no, you should be ASHAMED of yourself to DARE to be sad when you have ''so much to be happy about''. This is really harmful to the ones who suffer from it, cause they will feel like they are crazy, and be afraid to talk to someone and get help.

I have suffered myself from depression on-and-off since I was 13. That's 10 years, and about half of it has been spent suffering from it. Yes I am confirming the awful ''stereotype'', but I am not ashamed. Mental illness happens to anyone! I'm not going to hide that fact just because we don't want people to think that goths aren't depressed. Goths can be satanists too (not to be confused with actual devil-worship, people)! Sometimes two things cross. Goth culture is huge, and it's impossible to say that ''goths aren't this or that'' - cause it isn't true. Goths can like to knit, Hello Kitty, sports, anything! Just like regular people. It's weird that a lot of people think that ''just because you like this, you can't like that''. Why do we think this way?

Yes, you can be a goth and depressed - it doesn't have anything to do with each other. You don't listen to ''Bela Lugosi's Dead'' and instantly start having anxiety and depression. I started suffering from depression before I discovered goth music. No, I didn't become one because I was depressed either. My psychologists didn't give me black clothing and cds when I got treated! Though that would have made me really happy! You see, our interests make us happy. I am happy when I get elaborately dressed up, dance to good music or read a nice book. A sign of a depressed goth is most likely them NOT dressing goth anymore, NOT listening to music, NOT reading, NOT creating art. Cause when you suffer from depression and anxiety, it is crippling. You can barely get out of bed, you don't want to do the things you like anymore. You're not anything anymore. THAT is what depression does to you. If a goth is depressed, you wouldn't even see them! If you did, you probably wouldn't recognize them.

I'm going to round this off now, as it is very lengthy and you probably have gotten the point by now. So in conclusion: Goths CAN be depressed, just like any other people. We are not immune to illnesses! We are just people after all, and anyone can get depressed! Don't assume anything about anyone. Also, if you know someone who is depressed or you are yourself, please talk to someone and get help. You do not deserve to feel this way! I know how you feel, and you'd be surprised that others you know might know too! If someone speaks up, others will. I hope that some day this won't be such a shameful thing to talk about.

I recommend checking out this video by Simon / CoalCandy! He has an awesome youtube channel.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Deep Calleth Upon Deep - Satyricon Review

The album cover is Edvard Munch's ''Dødskyss'' (Death's Kiss) from 1899. Pretty cool!
The rest of the casing and booklet is really boring though, so I'm only providing you with the cover.

Midnight Serpent
The album starts off with the typical Satyricon sound. Also the same type of ''short'' lyrics. Nothing new here, and not a good way to start the album in my opinion. The speaking part is a little different, so that's something, at least! I like the guitar in that part.

Blood Cracks Open The Ground
This one's a little better, a little different. It has a more progressive sound. I like the guitar melody in this. The lyrics could have been better (i.e. longer).

To Your Brethren In The Dark
This is a slower track. The emphasis on the (many) times he sings the title is kind of funny. I find these lyrics a little better than the previous two tracks. I get a proper black metal atmosphere from the guitars. Good drums too. The track drags a little on though.

Deep Calleth Upon Deep
Ok, the title track. Kind of tacky lyrics, but I guess it could be worse. Interesting operatic vocals. There's some string instruments in the background too, I would have liked them to be a little bit more forward in the mix - probably the operatic vocals too. That would probably have made the track more ''grand'', and fitting to bear the album title.

The Ghost Of Rome
The guitars are very.. high-pitched in this one. A little different. Not bad lyrics! This one also has operatic vocals, more prominent, which is very fitting to the song. Good ending.

Very interesting instruments in this one! Is it called brass instruments in english? A very funky song. Again, the lyrics could have been better, but they aren't the worst. Satyr just doesn't express himself in many words, haha. Some really good drums in this one. Overall, a pretty good song instrumentally! I think this is my favorite song on the album so far, since it's so unique.

Black Wings And Withering Gloom
Not bad lyrics on this one! This is the longest song on the album, so like the other long one, it drags on quite a bit. But towards the end we get some male operatic vocals and some strings, which saves it a little.

Burial Rite
Ok, last song! It's not really impressing me. I'm not sure if it could have been better if it was mixed differently. I don't really care for the lyrics. Kind of honestly glad that it's over.

Me and Sandra listened to this the first time together, and we were a little disappointed. It was kind of boring! We aren't exactly blood fans of Satyricon, but we did expect more. I liked the last album much better! We are hoping they won't play many songs from this album at the show here in Bergen on november 29th - but they probably will. Oh well, we get in for free anyway. I had a look at their merch though, they had a lot of nice stuff! So I will probably shop quite a bit at the show.

So this isn't a very long album, about 45 minutes, I think? It wasn't that expensive though, so I don't really feel bummed about buying it when I didn't enjoy it that much. If you are a fan of Satyricon, I think it's worth checking out - and I do believe in supporting artists. Just maybe not get that massive wooden box set that's super expensive.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Very Norwegian Weekend

Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a nice weekend. I thought I'd do a personal post and tell you about mine!
Lace blazer - Thrifted
Tunic - Wow
Skirt - Thrifted
Victorian boots - Funtasma

I went to the city center to meet my sister. We went to the thrift store, and found some cool stuff! I had one excellent find, a dress that was super tight on me - with fringes! I usually think it's a little silly, but this time I just had to have it. I feel like a mixture of Shagrath and Morticia Addams.

Afterwards we went to the store called Husfliden - That's the main store for the bunad, the norwegian national costume. I brought in the one I inherited from my grandmother, to see if they could tell me anything about it - They couldn't, sadly.
We then went and met our parents, who mentioned they were going out to the island where my father grew up the next day, so I decided to join them. I had planned to talk to a woman there about taking the dress in for me, and since I was already carrying it, why not!
That evening while my dad was watching tv, Satyricon suddenly showed up! Which reminded me that I forgotten to go to the record store earlier. Their new album is out, and they are embarking on tour! I will be seeing them right here in a couple of months! They played at the same venue four years ago when their last (last?) album came out, and it was incredible! So I can't wait.

So on sunday morning we took the ferry boat to what we now use as a summer house. The woman I mentioned earlier came, put the bunad on me, stuck needles in it, and immediately made it fit! So she took it with her to sew it. I can't wait! The vest part of it was way too big for me, that's why I haven't posted a photo of me in it yet. I would love to do a photoshoot in it when everything is ready! So if a local photographer is reading this and is interested in doing a classic norwegian photoshoot, hit me up!
After some classic norwegian heart-shaped waffles we went to the boat house to fish. I grew up fishing a lot, so I love it! Bet you didn't know that about me! Now that I go with my family to the summer house as an adult, I always manage to have the funniest fishing outfits, as you can see:

Derpy fishing face

I immediately caught a tiny cod!
Another weird fact: I'm allergic to them.
Yet another one: I apparently like to catch fishes in the eye.

When we got back to the house, my sister and I decided to up in the attic and see if we could possibly find the pieces that are missing from my grandmother's bunad. We didn't, but we found a 50's sailor type bikini top, as well as a corset! I suspect that my grandmother was a very fashionable woman back in the day. 

Before we took the ferry home, we visited my dad's cousin. We watched the final minutes of the UCI 2017 Road World Championships, which happened to take place right here in my own town (the traffic's been a nightmare). Norway was a few milliseconds away from gold! Not bad at all.
The last things I did before going home was buy a bunad shirt on.. I guess I'll call it norwegian craigslist, and visit a woman I found on the same site who conveniently lived close to my parents, who was selling a bunad breast cloth that she made. So now I have that! I just need to get an apron sorted now, then my bunad is complete! My aunt reminded me today that I need shoes (in my case bunad BOOTS), but let's wait until I can justify spending 230$ on that. Bunads are expensive!

Then I went home to Simen. I went to bed semi early, but he stayed up since he had a couple of friends over to watch wrestling. And that was the end of my weekend! I ended up doing a lot more than planned, but I'm really happy that things are coming along with my bunad! Looks like I will be able to wear it on the next national day (may 17th)!

I guess that was an insight to norwegian culture, haha. Hope I didn't bore you! My next post will be a review on Satyricon's new album. Simen has ordered Voltaire's new album, so I'll be reviewing that too, pretty soon! The Cure can wait, lol. Until next time, take care!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley Review

I have had this on my to read shelf on GoodReads for years, and I finally decided to get some books off of the old end! This was one of them. And oh my GOD, I'm so glad I did! This book was... crazy.

I only knew that the book was about a 13 year old girl who comes home - and her parents tell her that she's been missing for three years. But it gets more mysterious than that! I checked when I told my coworker about the book (who is now going to read it too), it's not a spoiler: She has developed dissociative identity disorder because of the trauma she has experienced. I find that really fascinating! I've seen some crime shows where characters have had it, and found it really exciting.

I finished the book in less than 24 hours (a day which included sleep and work - but I have to admit, I did read a little at work), I had such a hard time putting it down! The main character Angie discovering her personalities and what happened to her, while trying to adjust to being 16 and going back to normal life.

I thought that this was just a regular YA book, and I have mostly outgrown that type of books, but this didn't contain a lot of.. ''teenage-ness''. But this was a psychological mystery! So I really loved it. But I wouldn't recommend it for young teens - this book is not for the fainthearted. If you like crime shows / novels, plus psychological stuff, this is definitely something you need to read!

Click here to get the book!
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