Welcome to my nightmare, I think you're gonna like it.

Quick update!
I'm home again to pick up my stuff (like.. my bed for example xD) and the next week we're moving in! The rent has been paid, we've got our keys and so on. The apartment is just waiting. Whoop!
This means I won't update much this weekend because I'll be quite busy. But there's a few things I can tell you:
1. I'm now officially going to the Iron Maiden concert in Gothenburg. Had to queue for 45 minutes but it's worth it. :) I think my brother will be thrilled.
2. Just finished watching Alice Cooper's Theatre of Death and my face is basically like this: *_* Great DVD - the only thing I can complain about is the sound at some parts - when Alice swings around his microphone too quick and such, there's a screeching sound. That's the only bad thing. The rest is just awesomeness - I couldn't help smiling at parts I'm familiar with from the show at Sonisphere this summer. I miss it.
3. Raubtier live on Saturday! Will tell you more about it next week. :)

University this spring

I've just applied for the university courses this spring!

These are the ones I'd love to take:
1. Early languages 7,5 points
2. The origin, development and use of writing 7,5 points
3. Medieval celtic kings and heroes 7,5 points
4. Orientation course in indoeuropean languages 7,5 points

The last date is the 15th of october though, so I might change my mind like a thousand times.. Haha.

These courses seem really interesting though!

Speaking of university, I have a ton of welsh to study this week - it's both very interesting and fun, but also hard.

Something to pass the time

Got this list from here, translated it to english and here we go!

What do you listen to the most at the moment?
Hmm, the last week it's been a lot of Cinderella, Raubtier, Airbourne, Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P..

Mention one song that makes you sad
Oh.. hard to say just out of the blue. But I guess Alice Cooper's "Love's a loaded gun" is pretty sad.

Favourite band/artist of all time?
This is very difficult to say. I have a couple of ones: MALICE MIZER has a special place in my heart and so does Moi dix Mois - but I don't listen to them that frequently anymore. Rammstein, Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper are among today's favourites.

Band/artist you just recently discovered?
Hmm. I just recently started to listen to W.A.S.P. and Cinderella even though I've told myself to give them a listen a lot earlier, haha. Oh and Airbourne as well.

Best female voice?
Whoa, hard one. I usually don't like to listen to female singers because I don't find their voices as interesting or beautiful as male ones. But Tarja Turunen has a rather nice voice...!

Best male voice?
THIS IS SO HARD. It totally depends on my mood! Till (Rammstein), Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, Whiplasher (Deathstars), Bruce Dickinson, etcetcetcetc! So hard to say who's the best since they all work perfectly on me when I'm in different moods.

What musical genre do you listen to the most?
Metal? Haha. And some other stuff.

What do you listen to when you want to become happy?
Something upbeat or something with witty lyrics. Like Voltaire, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper and so on!
But then again... I also like to listen to some very angry music if I'm pissed off or in a bad mood in order to ger back to a normal and happy mood. So it depends I guess. :)

What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
Hmm. Classical music, some of Alice Cooper's calmer songs and some celtic folk music.

What do you listen to when you cook?
Whoa, it depends on what I'm cooking, and on what mood I'm in. xD Anything metal is great!

Last concert?
The Haunted in August. :)

Who or whom do you listen to the most right now?
Alice Cooper, Raubtier, W.A.S.P. etc?

Have you ever dated a musician?
Haha, well no, not really.

What do you think of classical music?
It's wonderful! Really relaxing and soothing. Also great to put on when you have to study.

Do you listen to music in foreign laguages?
Yes of course! I listen to music in swedish, english, german, japanese, spanish, gaulish (!), finnish, etc. I love different languages in music, in my opinion it gives the songs a completely different spirit!

If you were an instrument, what would you be?
A bass. Or perhaps a harpsichord.

Your favourite soundtrack?
Uuuh, does Pirates of the Caribbean count? ;)

Put on a song that ends this list nicely
Well, the song I'm listening to now is a great one. ;) Alice Cooper - Lost in America!

"Hollywood is here"

Well hello! Today I bring some pictures. We went to the city today to have a little look at the recording site of the Hollywood version of "The girl with the dragon tattoo". It was rather nice and we got ourselves a long, good walk.
Ta-da! Without the fluffy hair. It's been annoyingly windy here today so I decided not to go with fluffy hair since the wind would ruin it.
Autumn is here...!
Uppsala, with the cathedral in the background. :)
Here we go! The site where they are filmning. We couldn't see that much but it was fun to see it at least.
A tired Otto.. Haha x)
Police etc. Haha!

Wacken next year

In 2011 I'm going to attend my first Wacken Open Air ever. (or at least I hope to do so, I'm saving money like crazy) I'm going together with my friend Emil and perhaps some others as well - depending on if they will have the money or not.

However, since this year's festival recently ended there's not much to say about next year, except for six bands (there will be quite a lot more, haha). So far the bands are:

Blind Guardian
Suicidal Tendencies

The bands in bold are bands I'm interested in seeing. (Mayhem mainly because of their very interesting story. I'm not too fond if their music.)


As you might have noticed I've been a good student today, haha. I studied welsh for about 6 hours today (=brain dead afterwards) and now I feel really proud of myself. Tomorrow it's time for some more studying and then it's finally weekend!
Other than that, I finished all my Werock reviews for this month. Raubtier's album kicks ass~ (and tomorrow it's money-time! I'm gonna get myself some new clothes, haha.)

Dych chi'n hoffi coffi?


This picture shows my day in a nutshell. Bleeeeeh.
(+ some music by Cinderella, Iron Maiden and Raubtier to accompany me)


Third post today. Haha. I'm in a blogging mood, it seems?

Tonight I discovered an interesting band. The german inustrial/gothic metal band Stahlmann. My first thought was: What... this sounds like Rammstein?
But I guess I've changed my mind a bit now. I'm still not sure what to think about them, but they're worth a listen. Click here to give them a listen. The music is quite alright and I'm definitely going to give them a chance (I mean, what the hell. I love industrial metal in german... Ditching them because they sound similar to Rammstein feels a bit weird.)

That's it for today. Now I'd better go to bed since I have an important lecture tomorrow. Good night!

Maiden returns to Sweden

I just heard that Iron Maiden will come to Gothenburg among other Scandinavian cities next year. I spoke to my brother and he's also interested, so if we get our hands on a few tickets next week when they are released, we'll most likely go!

It was great to see them live at Sonisphere and my brother's a long-time fan so I don't want to miss out. Now off to listen a bit to The Final Frontier, which I've not had enough time to listen properly to. Now feels like a good time to do so ;)


Just ordered Theatre of Death and tomorrow I'll get my hands on Skriet från vildmarken, woho!

Music and thoughts.

I'm back in the caravan, listening to some great music while thinking through an upcoming project at WeRock as well as longing for the 22th when Raubtier's new album will be released. 11 days until we get access to our apartment, YAY!

Oh and yes. "Sverigedemokraterna" entered our parliament yesterday and I'm greatly ashamed. 10 percent of the voters in my hometown voted for them. I can't even begin to describe how annoyed and disgusted I am. I wonder how the hell this could happen? The upcoming four years is something that I won't be happy about at all. Right wing plus xenophobes... Moving back to London feels quite tempting, haha...

I leave you with two great songs fit for today's mood!

Eluveitie - Inis Mona

D'espairsRay - Gärnet


I'm so looking forward to this. It's been a while, Mana!

Crüe and the election

Today I'm staying at my grandmother and grandfather's place, it's both great and boring since there's not much to do here really. So I'm currently spending my time listening to good ol' Mötley Crüe! I also got my laptop a new little wallpaper.

Just love that image...! I mean just take a look at Mick and Nikki! They look completely insane, haha.

Today's the swedish election. As long as the xenophobic party "Sverigedemokraterna" doesn't make their way into the parliament I'm quite fine (even though I don't agree with the current government). But there's a risk.. I can't understand how anyone would vote for them but appearantly a lot of people agree with their views, which in my opinion is disgusting. If they enter the parilament I'll honestly be ashamed to be a swede. Bleh!

Home.. or what?

Currently writing from my "main" computer home in my parent's house! Feels odd to be back in my room again. o_o Tomorrow we're going to visit my granddad who turns 85. That's my main reason for going home again.

In just two weeks I'll be back here again! That time for two reasons: 1. I'll collect my stuff to take back with me when we move into our apartment, 2. Seeing Raubtier live. Can't wait!

Raubtier - Hjäteblod

Kärlek är som en vässad kniv,
i onda händer tar den liv


As I left the university today I noticed something was happening in Uppsala. Appearantly it was time for the shooting of some scenes for the Hollywood version of the famours Steig Larson's Millennium trilogy featuring Daniel Craig among others. As I kept walking I noticed a camera and a man standing by it. Just as I was going to walk past him he stopped me and asked if he could interview me about this whole thing. It was really random!

Watch it here.
For the record, I only said what I thought about the whole thing, that I'm sceptical towards the Hollywood version since I am convinced it can't be much better than the originals with Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. Hearing Lisbeth Salander speak english...? Nah.
Oh, by the way. I started my welsh class today. We're four people in the class, and I am the only swede. Interesting, hmmh.


Today's post I'd like to dedicate to the swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. I don't know if I've written about them before, but here it goes anyway. The following italic text is copied from wikipedia since I'm too lazy to write it myself.

"Eluveitie (pronounced El-Vay-Tee) IPA: [ɛlˈveɪti]) is a Celtic metal band from Winterthur, Switzerland. The band formed in 2002 and their first EP, Vên came out in 2003. The band then released a full-length album, Spirit in June 2006. In November 2007, Eluveitie was signed by Nuclear Blast. The first product of the collaboration, Slania, was released in February 2008. The album peaked at number 35 in the Swiss charts and number 72 in the German charts.
Eluveitie use traditional instruments amidst guitars and loud vocals. The lyrics are often in the extinct language Gaulish. Eluveitie is Helvetic Gaulish for "I am the Helvetian", referring to an inscription dating to the earliest record of the Celtic Helvetii tribe from what is now Switzerland.

Eluveitie infuses traditional Celtic folk melodies with Gothenburg-styled melodic death metal. Eluveitie uses traditional folk instruments in their music, such as fiddles, tin whistles and flutes, and hurdy gurdies. The traditional folk tunes in their songs have been drawn from various sources, such as traditional Irish reels. While many of their lyrics are in English, some are in the ancient extinct Gaulish language. All of the lyrics on their 2009 release Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion are in Gaulish. Their lyrics are based on texts written in Gaulish such as prayers, invocations of the gods and other spirits.

The funny thing is, I started listening to this band way back before I decided to take the courses in Celtic Studies. But as I've been reading and studied further I really understood how much influence the band has taken from the celts. Really interesting! For example, as I was reading one of my books a few days ago I found a few ancient gaulish texts that were roughly translated to english. And I realized those texts are used in some Eluveitie songs on Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion ("Brictom", "A girl's oath" and "Dessumiis Luge"). Quite random, haha!

Eluveitie - Brictom

Sunday music

Good evening.
Today's been a productive day - we've washed our laundry, cleaned the caravan and so on. Feels great! Tomorrow is studying time again, and on tuesday my first class in Modern Welsh starts. Yum!
Today I thought I'd blog some about music. I discovered a very interesting band yesterday called HAGGARD. Here's a song by them that I really like.

HAGGARD - The Final Victory

They also did a cover of two certain songs I've heard a long while ago: Herr Mannelig and Hijo de la Luna. Very interesting. I'd call their music something of a mix of power metal and symphonic metal? Hmm, I'm not too good at those classifications, but... It's reminds me of medieval times and sends chills down my spine so I figured I'd let you know about them anyhow.

However, I borrowed this book at the library yesterday:

I'm looking forward to broaden my metal horizons. Ehehehe. Even though there are quite some albums I've heard in there. This'll be interesting.

And for the record - my review of Tarjas' What Lies Beneath can be read at WeRock here. (Only in swedish though)

Last but not least, you should check out Otto's blog, all you swedes (since it's in swedish). It's located here: Inuti Nötskalet.

Hurr durr.

I can almost see the light in the end of the tunnel... About what? Oh I won't tell until I actually can see it ;P

Anyway. Today I voted in the swedish election! Great to not have to think more about it now. We also went to have a look at an apartment... Things are moving, that's for sure! I'll keep my fingers crossed, but hopefully we'll have somewhere to move into by the beginning of the next month!

Aaaand tomorrow I'm headed for Kulturnatten (transl: The Culture Night) together with Otto and another friend who lives here named Jessica. I'm looking forward to it, maybe I'll get the opportunity to get to know someone else here? That would be great.

Oh yeah and I finished my review of Tarja's album yesterday. Two more to write this month... (yes I'm a bit stressed because of all the other things I'm planning to do/all my studies)

So long!


Today I had my first lecture! It was really, really interesting! Although I had some huge problems finding the classroom it all went fine in the end. This first course is called "Celtic History and Culture" and ends the 20th of October, which means it's pretty short and I have loads of stuff to study. But it is really interesting!

Anyhow, this wasn't what I was supposed to write about today. I got myself an access card for the university and I suddenly realized how many damn cards I've got in my wallet! Take a look at these pictures:

First batch: A gift voucher for a mall located in my hometown, GAME (the store) bonus card, Kicks Club card (which is basically the place I buy all my makeup and hairspray... ahem.) and a Scandinavian Camping Card.

Second batch:
Three different library cards xD, the access card I got today and my CSN card (student card).

Third batch: Travel cards! The first one is the travel card of Scania, the second one is the Stockholm equivalent and last but not least we have the Oyster card from London. I have yet to get myself a travel card up here since I live in walking distance from the university.
Then, of course, I have my VISA, my ID and soon my driver's license. Pheeew... My wallet is stuffed.

Personalized calendar

Today has been a quite boring day I guess. Spent a few hours on reading some course litterature for tomorrow (because that's when my studies finally start and my first lecture as well... can't wait!). And now during the afternoon I, among other things, made my calendar a nice little front page as shown below:

I've been so sick of the boring calendars one can buy in the bookstore and so I bought one with a changeable front page, to personalize your own calendar and put whatever picture you want on the front page. I loved the idea and as soon as I go home to visit my parents and whatnot I'll print the picture and put it in my calendar.
Of course I had to make sure I bring some of my favourite artists with me everyday... ;)

Music, music and music.

New month, new music and so on. In case someone didn't know, I write some reviews every month for a swedish online magazine called Werock.se. Since it's a new month with new releases I decided to pick these ones up:

Embassy of Silence: "Euphorialight" - The debut from this finnish band.
Tarja Turunen: "What lies beneath" - And another CD from a Finnish person! Ex. Nightwish's singer has a wonderful voice and I decided to check her new album out.

Last but not least I'm also going to review Raubtier: "Skriet från vildmarken", but since the album nor album art haven't been released yet, I bring no picture. Sorry.
I'm hopefully going to see this band live the 2nd of october though! I'll get back to you later if I'll attend their gig. ;)

Since I'm still on the subject of music, I figured I'd tell you all to watch the documentary Global Metal. I just finished watching it and it got my attention due to the fact that Sam Dunn, the guy who made one of my favourite metal documentaries ever - Metal: A Headbanger's Journey - made it. Go check it out, it's definitely worth it! I enjoyed every minute.
Basically it's a documentary on the spreading of metal through the world and what it means to other cultures than just us "westeners".

Last but not least: I got my driver's license today. Finally. Am I proud and happy or what? ;D

I'm back

And once again there's been quite some time since my last post. Sorry about that. It's just that I've been really busy these weeks and my studies are starting as well. And I've been to emotional to write anything... ahem...
Currently I'm living in a caravan with my friend Otto while we are looking for a suitable apartment. It's sometimes really hard to stay strong and everything but I hope we'll manage to pull through. Today I feel a bit homesick so it's not too great but I guess I'll survive.

One thing that I've discovered these weeks is what I want to become in the future. And no, it's not a translator or interpreter. Can you guess what? Hint: I've been working at a place where these people work...
Yup! A librarian (or possibly someone who works at a museum). I know people are going to say: "What? Librarian? But that's such a waste. I mean, look at the salary?".
To be honest, I couldn't care less. I pick the job I find interesting and if I feel content with that choice, co-workers and so on, I don't really think the salary is a huge deal. I'd rather have this job than something with a high salary which I'd be utterly bored of.
I guess this is a step ahead. It's always easier to focus on something if I know exactly what goal it is, haha.

I'll get back to you the upcoming days. Now off to study a bit!

Katsu Jag går under pseudonymen Katsu, är 20 år gammal och kommer från Skåne men bor för närvarande i Uppsala där jag pluggar. Mina intressen involverar bland annat metal (och lite andra musikaliska genrer), fotografi, språk och spel. Detta lär dyka upp här och var i bloggen.
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