Brave Mysteries Contest

I've been sitting on this for a while; had a lot of stuff going on, and wanted to make sure I put the effort into it that it deserves. We at Hammer Smashed Sound have arranged another great contest, this time with our friends at the outstanding label Brave Mysteries.  There is a great package up for grabs, including Burial Hex's Book of Delusions LP (sooooo good, so very, very good), and the four newest cassette releases that the label has put out: Celestial Joy, by Horrid Red (I won't even begin to tell you how amazing this album is, you'll have to see for yourself), the self titled Rose Croix cassette (defiantly original, beautiful, and dark martial industrial-ish), Sylvester Anfang II's Levend Op De Brandstapel & De Braderie CS, and the Wormsblood CS Black & White Art for Man & Beast (which I wrote about here). Nate has also decided to include a completely exclusive set of 3 Burial Hex patches made from the same hand-cut blocks used to print the prayer-flags that came with the die-hard edition of the Book of Delusions LP. You can see this great package below:


I want to make this one a little more challenging, so what I'm asking is that, instead of telling me this or than random thing, tell me (in the comments section of this post) in a sentence or two, tell me what darkness means to you. Take it in any direction that you want, but keep it brief, and try to take it at least a little seriously (because this is the internet, ya know - very serious business).

The contest will run from now until the evening of February 9th, at which time a winner will be chosen at random. If you leave an anonymous comment without including your name and contact info, your entry will not be counted and will not be entered.

So have at it. We will see you on the other side.

37 comments:

Nick - Blackened Slugs said...

Darkness to me...that abysmal feeling that churns in your bowels and permeates your soul. It sends shivers through your spine and excitement to your heart via sound, sight or otherwise.

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Todd said...

Darkness is a longing for a void to be filled, that can never be filled. Nothing you attempt will ever bring light into that space. It is there in your soul always.

Anonymous said...

darkness is fighting your wives cancer
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Alberto Álvarez said...

Darkness is to allow the starvation of the White Wolf /x

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Unknown said...

Darkness. This is the space in between, from second to second existence drifts in and out and passes through a limitless void of darkness. This passage marks all things, the all-pervasive absence. By existing everything creates its own darkness, its own non-existence. The most permanent feature of the universe is that the vast majority of everything is its absence, a darkness of time. A blackened void that is at once creation and anti-creation. We struggle to create light with the thrashings of our meat, but most forget that casting light is also casting darkness.

Anonymous said...

Darkness is a void of infinite potentiality. Thought, perception, and all corporeal things exist only by contrasting the all-encompassing darkness upon which they are built.

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mj said...

discomfort. fear of oblivion or uncertainty.

Austin Cairns said...

Darkness is the unknown frontiers of the eternal void.

Yog-Sothoth said...

Darkness is something infinite, beyond our mere human understanding. It is a juxtaposition of the ideas, morals, and world we know with our innermost feelings. It is an ancient and primal state of being that lurks within our tortured psyches, suppressed by fear and lack of understanding. It is our true capacity for acting as atavistic beasts of Nature, and it waits to be unleashed so that it may ravage the whole of existence, hence reclaiming the cosmos from illusions and hopeless deceit, and liberate us from the myth of "order."

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Patrick said...

Darkness is.






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Anonymous said...

Darkness can be located in the left side of the human brain. This is the place from where magic, poetry and all artistic ideas come from...

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Shawn said...

Its the buffer that keeps me happily separated from most of the people I interact with on a daily basis.

Rev. Mike said...

First, darkness is sensed as an absence. Then, darkness is imbued with a presence.

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martin said...

darkness, moves.

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Bastard Son Of The Earth said...

Darkness. A movement without a seep of positivity and thus seeks pleasure in the dark. Without the seeking of pleasure in darkness or when blinded to see beauty in void it will become nihilism.

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I Am a Lake of Burning Orchids said...

There is only darkness when there is light, therefore darkness only exists in opposites; the most vehement illumination will always have equally aphotic shade.



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Anonymous said...

Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived. As the shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance; dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom of superstition.

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Mundus Senescit said...

"All I want is blackness..blackness & silence"

Darkness is absolutely human. No matter what,humans tend to be dark. But in a way of "stepping on dead bodies",as we say in my country.
Now, to me it feels more like an opposition to all that false lights which are believed to be the right & only path to becoming full as a human. So all of you people,come to the dark side;we have cookies!!

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Vincent Como said...

Darkness is the threshold of an infinite potentiality. Like the paradox of Schrodinger's cat, Darkness is a reality unto itself, obscuring/embodying all it contains until something therein can be accessed through our simple human senses.

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j said...

a cloak which allows one to get away with taking a big steamy shit out in the open and be less likely to end up with some dumb "sex-offender" ticket/citation, for simply having to go. It's a lot of other stuff too...

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Thanatos said...

Darkness is a region hidden into the human mind. When it comes to surface, you can hardly control it, cause it is not familiar with the subject alone. But it can give productivity to the person. Even if it leads to places unexplored.

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Krzysztof Pietraszewski said...

After one, recently watched movie the darkness is for me a horrifying metaphor of the Holocaust.

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Luka said...

Suddenly extinguished,
taken away without warning.
I was abandoned,
left in the darkness
trying to survive
searching for any glimmer
on the distant horizon.

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Anonymous said...

The Darkness believes in a thing called love.

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Anonymous said...

Darkness is listening to Sutekh Hexens 'Luciform' on too many psilocybes.

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Cosmo said...

darkness is that long shadow on the lawn, indicative that suns go down.

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Alex said...

Darkness is the unknown. It is that which mankind struggles to understand. My obsession with darkness bleeds over into my obsession for extreme music because of its tendency to venture into unique and untapped modes of thought. Darkness contains the most beautiful and profound of all things.

Abhishek Hazra said...

Darkness is feeling suicidal in bright light.

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Industrie Chimère Noire said...

darkness is what happen at the end

dgg said...

Darkness is the ancient force that teases our imagination with mystery, awe and dread.

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Media Tree said...

Five years of planting trees in the northern Canadian shield.

CLVB said...

Darkness is density, unlimited in its spacial grasp and unfettered by temporal limitations. 'Tis the coalesce of discomfort, sorrow,and willingness to let the a vast abysmal vagueries of all consume you.

Carl said...

Darkness is simply the absence of light. What that light may be (literally or metaphorically) is in the eye of the beholder.

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Moobeat said...

Darkness is what seems like reality but is skewed just enough to be plausible.

Zack

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Anonymous said...

Darkness is that uncertainty we all know is there but try to block out.

Savvy

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Mark said...

Darkness is humanity and our pentient for unmitigated atrocity.

Also its Charlie Murphy.

SludgeSwan said...

Darkness is thundering silence, pure and free of stains, a state in which no duality exists - just the deep black. It is in all of us, but only few have the bravery to explore it in its fullest, reaching a level of understanding that goes beyond all we can articulate with words - shunyata - voidness.

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