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Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro

Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro 

Little Black Phillip and Fernando Ribeiro, poet, author and lead singer of Portuguese metal band Moonspell // (c) Napalm Records

He is best known as frontman and lyricist of Portuguese dark metal band Moonspell. However, Fernando Ribeiro has also made a name for himself as a writer. His latest is also his first fictional book “Senhora Vingança” (“Lady Vengeance”) and contains two ruthlessly dark short stories. Yet, prior to that he explored the manifold facets of pain betrayal, hope and healing by means of poetic verse.

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen

The moment you find yourself wishing you’d be a guard, so you could raid his cell: Maniac // Press shoot for Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War” (2000) // (c) Season Of Mist

PAST INTENSE // When a band is called Skitliv (shit life), you can hardy expect bubble gum pop music. Their debut album “Skandinavisk Misantropi”, however, is next level shit – so dark, it may cause self-destructive behavior and long-lasting feelings of emptiness and frustration. A true masterpiece, created by none other than Sven Erik Kristinansen aka Maniac, former vocalist of black metal legends Mayhem.

 

Tiny Monsters And Giant Antlers: The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing in Munich

Tiny Monsters And Giant Antlers: The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing In Munich

The Irish elk (megaloceros giganteus) stood about 2.1 meters tall at the shoulders and carrying the largest antlers of any known cervid – a maximum of 3.65 meters from tip to tip. Unfortunately, this beauty went extinct about 11,500 years ago. // (c) AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK

DAY WALKING // In every city there are obvious sights to see and places to go. And then there are secret spots and hidden gems. “The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing” in Bavaria’s capital Munich is one of them, especially for taxidermy enthusiasts.

The Story Behind The Song “Black” by Pearl Jam

The Story Behind One Of The Saddest Songs Ever Written: “Black” by Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder used to be close friends with Johnny Ramone and is president of a Ramones fan club // (c) YouTube

SOUNDS OF SILENCE // “I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky. But why can’t it be mine?” How can one not be touched by these words? They are the final lines of one of Pearl Jam’s best-known songs, “a sad tale of lost love”, as Rolling Stone Magazine once called it.

Hard Facts, Naked Truths And Dark Secrets: Type O Negative’s Peter Steele

Hard Facts, Naked Truths And Dark Secrets: Type O Negative’s Peter Steele

6’8”, muscles, fangs: In 1996 a journalist described him as a mix of The Kurgan, Glenn Danzig and Count Dracula, but Peter Steele insisted that he looks like Jesus Christ // Press Release (1995) // (c) Roadrunner Records / Joseph Cultice

PAST INTENSE // It’s been almost a decade since Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk better known as Peter Steele has left this mortal coil. To this day the former singer and bass player of American Goth metal legends Type O Negative is dearly beloved and distinctly remembered by many.

 


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AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a blogazine for those who find inspiration, pleasure and beauty in darkness. Who search for it in music, art, fashion, literature, places and other people. Who pay attention to obscure details and dare to take a deeper look. Who enjoy being different, but find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a mindset, a cross-referencer and a common denominator – beyond cliché and niche, genre and gender, limits and boundaries. It unites and invites those who share a passion for everything AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK.

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AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK was founded by Anja Delastik. While studying at university, she started writing for a goth music magazine and was appointed editor after completing her master in literature and art. Later, she began working for various mainstream lifestyle magazines and eventually was named editor of German Cosmopolitan. Today, she works as a freelance creative consultant, author and journalist for different publications – and has just curated her first group exhibition for a contemporary art gallery.

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