MPH noise on Party 934 paid homage to the harvest season and because the show is not only filled with metal, punk and hardcore, but also the useless information I have stored in the dark corners of my brain I remembered to research more on the Cult of Demeter and Autumnal Equinox, which, as it turned out traditionally, Friday’s show day represents the seventh day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the secret rites in the Telesterion began. These were part of the initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone. The cult revolves around the myth of Demeter’s rescue of Persophone from Hades. She did this by coercing Zeus to intervene by causing a drought that threaten human’s ability to worship Zeus.
So, it because the centerpiece of this week’s show celebrating the harvest and forthcoming autumnal equinox by emphasizing songs that although they don’t directly reference Demeter or the folklore make use of many of the same kinds of references the cult might have used themselves. There’s a heavy emphasis on new music this week (noted in the playlist after the jump) as well as a few good requests which helped push the sonic diversity of MPH noise further and resulted in some good listener feeback.
It is shows like this that I miss having the extra hour or so in programming because I could have explored the imagery even further and probably found songs directly referencing the stories themselves, etc. and included them, but in some ways, I’m glad the hour restricted me from going too crazy programming things and probably gone even crazier.
I didn’t mention it on the show, but I’d be remiss in the post if I didn’t remind you that the harvest theme should be explored in your own life. I could go all foodie on you and suggest you try to stick to concepts such as Michael Pollen’s thesis on eating food but rather I think it more important at this moment to remind you to share your own bounty with others. Donate you time, your food or even just your extra pocket change to your local soup kitchen or food banks. I’ve worked with one associated to the Unitarian Universalist congregation not far from my apartment and it was one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences I’ve had as a volunteer. If you don’t know where your local food outreach resources are located both there are both government and religious led ones in almost every town, so I’d start with whichever of the two you are more comfortable with. Beyond that there are a few national organizations such as FeedingAmerica.org or head over to the Food Network’s website where they also list some of their partner not-for-profits.
Revocation “the Gift You Gave” self-titled (2013)
Alove for Enemies “the Harvest” the Harvest
Arsis “Choking on sand” Unwelcome (2013)
Defeater “No Shame” Letters Home (2013)
Will Haven “Harvesting our Burdens” Voir Dire By Request
Envy “Mystery and Peace” All the Footprints…
Scarred “Empire of Dirt” Gia Madea (2013)
Heaven Shall Burn “to Harvest the Storm” Antigone
Amon Amarth “Deceiver of the Gods” DotG (2013)
Gorguts “Ember’s Voice” Colored Sands (2013)