For my first post I wanted to clarify more about the purpose of this blog than what the “About” section details. If you want a simple description of what Into the PanDOOMonium is about, go ahead and check that out. However, if you are one to think “tl;dr” all the time (because, I mean come on, we all can get a little tl;dr at times) then I would suggest that you stop reading right here and go check out another blog. This one is not right for you. I am not going to simplify my writings for an audience that just wants to get their information and leave; this isn’t a newspaper. For those of you that want to get more out of your articles and want to engage critically and thoughtfully about your music then stick around. I think you will like what you will read. But before I begin that, an explanation about what this blog does is in order.
Into the PanDOOMonium is, of course, a play on the Celtic Frost album “Into the Pandemonium.” I know, clever right? The album is not my favorite Celtic Frost record, nor is it their best (that title belongs to To Mega Therion, but we all know their first two EPs are supreme) but the album title works perfectly to connect two major aspects of this blog: music and literature. Throughout my education I was taught to look extensively at literature, be it extremely close readings of a few lines in a poem to larger social/political/whatever connotations the text might have. While I was studying, I kept noticing a connection between these interpretations and the music that I loved and I could not stop thinking about how I could apply my skills analyzing a text to the music I loved. Then it hit me: why not use these skills when I listen to music? Why not do some close “reading” (or, perhaps in this case, listening) to a few passages in a song or ponder over what the album is attempting to convey through its atmosphere. After all, music, like literature, is just another form of art.
However, music is different from literature and should be analyzed using different methods. What works to interpret a novel might not work to interpret an album. Therefore, my methods for writing these articles are going to be different from what I would do in graduate school. I’m not being graded on the accuracy of these articles, nor am I (probably) being peer reviewed by experts in the field, so these articles will most likely not have as much evidence to support my claims. These articles are going to be more introspective and are more concerned with what the music means to me than what I think it means to others. Do not be surprised if you completely disagree with something that I say, as the way that someone experiences art is different from another. I will, however, strive to present the strongest argument than I can make in my articles to prove my points.
The other aspect to the title that is important is the word pandemonium. For those who have not had the pleasure of reading Milton’s Paradise Lost (seriously, go do yourself a favor and read it), Pandemonium is the capital city erected by Satan and his legion of demons in Hell after being thrown out of Heaven by God. Pandemonium is where Satan delivers his first speech in the epic poem and it’s where Satan and his fallen angels agree to “make a heaven a hell, a hell of heaven.” It’s the place where serious discussion occurs between the demons; it’s a place of thought and decisions. And it’s in hell, so that is pretty awesome. Therefore, choosing to name my blog after Satan’s home not only reinforces the connection between music and literature that I want to emphasize, but it suggests the concept that this blog was meant for critical thinking and serious discussions. Also, Milton is an amazing poet and one of my first articles you will see will be a brief look into Milton’s “Satan” and similar depictions of what scholars call the “Miltonic Satan” in heavy metal, so stay tuned for that one.
With all this being said, not everything in this blog is going to be so elaborately focused and critically analyzed. I fully intend to write some rather simple reviews, conduct interviews, and create some terrible top 10 lists that I just love to write down, so don’t be afraid that all the writings in this blog will be so serious. There is a time and place for complexity and there is a time and place for simplicity. Now, the time in the night has come where I leave my home to sit at some sleazy bar and subject the fellow patrons to the musical stylings of Blackie Lawless and Phil Lynott, so I hope that this article helps explain the purpose of this blog and the kinds of things you will be reading in the future. If this made you more confused, well, tough shit. I got beer to drink.