posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

lean and hungry look

the nephilim who sprang from union of angel and woman

the heroes of old the giants and magicians

hammering fist and light feet

appear here appear there

here then nowhere

oh this grotesque beauty

if you can see

all these bones you find in the future

you fools they are dragon bones!

nephilim killed them all

strode this world like it was a dog

swift as a black death

harder than white winter

harder than man

moving unchecked where they will

kill without touching them

they never feel it till its too late

a thought harpoons the mind

a feint a parry a thrust without movement

such graceful killers

almost invulnerable

i wonder how this creation has gone wrong again and again

how could this have come from some pure and innocent god?

who made these sirens and slatterns that did such bewitch angels?

whence came angels could be seduced by women?

are we to imagine these things come not from some strange malice?

why were no limits put on these things?






36 Responses to “the great beast”

  1. avatar
    . | 9 March 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    the cosmic balancing act never reaches full equillibrium
    with so many different factors involved, it’s delirium
    in the mind to suppose we can figure the true solutions
    the gods were selfish and left us out of their think tanking
    and cursed us to extrapolate the mysteries of the Beginning
    so we crafted magic and art and music as the next best solutions
    to appease our yearning minds and give ourselves a sense of satisfaction
    even though we’ll always yearn in the flesh, always short of resolution
    to the questions that plague us and add to our mortal frustrations

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 March 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    The balance ,
    that is lifes real trick. It’s not the embodiment of waverin…washing up against shoreline to shoreline. You stand naked in a field. The sun drenchs the moisture from the vessel that you are temporarily inhabiting. The balance, screw the ying and the yang…the this and the that. Harmony only can occur way it is truly directly in the middle. Is it balance than? Does good trump evil? Maybe on your block, maybe in your town…yet evil and treachery presides in ….balance. But this world we often refer to as being so small is in fact beyond enormous. Can a man or woman place their arches, their very toes onto every particle of sand or soil. Swim every body of water, climb every rock or scale to each and every summit?
    No…because balances will not allow it by its own intrepid definition. For what you can do , others cannot. For all the you have acheived ,others have acheived greater or worse.
    Balance…how long can you stand on just one foot.

    Darrin JK

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    Tanya | 9 March 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh, the infamous nephilim, perfect fodder for the creative mind. I know who has been attempting to influence or perhaps infiltrate your mind. It’s no place for SK. Be careful…dear creative genius. You are justified to question the mythology. Peace

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 March 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    something started a month or so ago — just sketched out/thought…

    questions always seem to come back answered into faith or delusion? who knows why; I quit asking. but the universe, being energy, it seems to me: an elongated explosion of sirens layered in songs purposefully staying just far enough away from anything complete in understanding, instead heard with wonder still within reach — and [earth] is part of that music combining into the stars and they are above us always twinkling back the vibrations/songs and that is what is meant to be forever so we can always look up? because the only thing I can never imagine is energy stopped… then no universe, and that would mean no heaven? maybe, but I don’t think so.

    why is like asking, who’s driving this bus…(?) but if you wait a minute before you do, then comes to mind… how about all those other buses out there? is this suppose to be a demolition competition? maybe, but I don’t think so. and then there is no reason to ask – just live.

  5. avatar
    Chaotic Embrace | 9 March 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I set fire to all that is around me, just to watch it change shape and color.
    I drop objects from great heights to bare witness to their impact.
    I tease the liquid hounds as they lap up another drop or two.
    I watch the impatient people scatter about as bugs on a flat surface.
    I am no longer shocked by the violence and debauchery on the telly.
    I stand guard at the gates of heaven properly disguised as hell.
    I kill the most interesting man in the world because he bores me.
    I embark on an adventure yet I never leave my stoic position.
    I embrace chaos because it contains no boundaries.
    I am no legend thou stories have been spoken of my deeds.
    I wish for world peace but all I smell is the vile stench of deceit.
    I am not a politican yet I garner your support with my beliefs.
    I am a lonely when I am within a crowd of so many.
    I am nothing more than something to squander on a bet gone bad.
    I am plain and simple , complicated and enlightened.
    I am who I was never meant to be.


  6. avatar
    colette | 9 March 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    All aspects of humanity, all aspects of ourselves, all aspects of our experience, growth, then life flashes before mind’s eye and with the last breath I guess we know. The less we live in fear, the more I suppose we know. Some challenge.

  7. avatar
    Boriah | 9 March 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Blame Krishna Govinda and all those. Pray to Dave Lee Roth and there wont be no more malice in the world but tons of sex and partytime babeeeeeeee!!!

  8. avatar
    hellbound heart | 9 March 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    ah, what a world we live in
    love always……

  9. avatar
    Linjo | 9 March 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Interpretation will always be open to corruption eg who needs to be told the ten commandments, only the feeble minded. That is funny Boriah!. on a lighter note Steve, my younger bub (19) is seeing New Order tonight in Sydney. I gave him a bit of a history lesson! x

  10. avatar
    Bernadette Keys | 9 March 2012 at 10:18 pm #


  11. avatar
    danny | 10 March 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I am a farce of a mockery of a sham.
    I am youth entangled in lost innocence.
    I am white ash on a cold fire.
    I am a handful of shade in Phoenix.
    I am the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
    I am the seafoam and the swell.
    I am easily persuaded by defective grenades and sex.
    I am my most comfortable when drinking beer by a river with Hungarians.
    I am a bankrobber who robs chapter 11 banks.
    I am a leper who who votes every other leap year.
    I am Jesus on the cross with a smile on my face.
    I am solitude in the winds of urban crime solutions.

  12. avatar
    Lenny Vegas | 10 March 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Steve: I foresee the greatness of some freaky beast…ommmmmmmm..
    Random child: (interrupting) dad, so hows about some crisps?
    Steve: goddammit! (shouting off stage) I told your mum there’s some in the fidgey
    Steve: (Back in the dark and serious netherworld)its most freaky… ommmmmmmm…

    this will ‘prolly get me banned but Dude Steve (no offence), as a bassist, would you rock this if you weren’t so dark and serious?

  13. avatar
    danny | 10 March 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Dear Mr K

    As an avid Church fan since the mid 80s I often wonder what went wrong with GAFix. After the breakthrough success of Starfish in the states the world appeared to be your oyster. You were destined to position yourself in the stratosphere of rock royalty. Lead single Metropolis was a good tune with radio appeal. Where did it all go wrong? Fwiw, it seemed like outside the hardcore Church base few gave the record a chance. It does have its flaws…but its much better than most give it credit for. Even among fans its the red headed step child.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 10 March 2012 at 9:28 am #

      even when we were mediocre we were better than most
      but nevertheless it was still mediocre by our own standards…

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 March 2012 at 11:57 am #

      If u don’t mind Steve….

      Danny- at the time of the release of GAF , I was the DM of a large music and video chain in the Chicagoland area. Arista mass marketed to all of my stores enough marketing material, promo cd’ s and prep for the upcoming concert at Navy Pier on June, 23 1990. I ensured displays were built and GAF was being played in my stores , sales were increasing. Than as fast as we started to market GAF – word came down from my corporate offices to pull the window displays and store displays and transition over to the next Arista release. and Arista were in bed together. I fought tooth and nail to keep up the displays because I knew that there would be at least 3 singles dropping from that cd. I got in huge trouble and I told them , SoundWarehouse- to go fuck themselves because they didn’t understand that Rock radio was thriving and alternative bands were on an uprise. I went on to a different large competitor which eventually put out of biz that shit fuck company I once worked for. So , I will sum it up to :

      Arista dropping the ball badly- patience is always needed on a follow up big release (Starfish).

      Richard was in an incomparable position, he was younger than the rest of the guys and for some stupid reason, was expendable- being replaced by a fuckn drum machine. Richard was a fantastic percussionist with incredible torpedo snare skills. Management should have assisted Ploggy with whatever obstacles that were existing in his life, if they did GAF would have been more organic and not as cold and mechanical.

      Yes, members of the church did have side projects growing from their meteoric rise, but I do not believe it contributed to the ‘failure of expectations’ to GAF. And I can hear the chatter out there that when Jay replaced Richard, the excellence of that tour and the following release , P=A , would never have been achieved. I totally disagree, Richard was a fantastic drummer and his contributions to Priest would have been just as amazing as the remarkable work that Jay did.

      Timing, that’s the biggest downfall. America – the largest music market in the world was changing overnight. There was still the Rock/Pop acts that were succeeding like INXS but the culture of the music was changing because cinema was incorporating the ‘Seattle grunge’ into their soundtracks and soundtracks were huge sellers in that era. And , easily, at least 3-5 songs off of GAF could have jumped off the big screen into the radios and cassette players of American youth- another fuck up by Arista and management. THINK- DONNIE DARKO and UTMW.

      GAF is a GREAT FUCKING RECORD !!! I would love to have TIM take those original tapes…add the reverb that was taken out by the incompetent producers/engineers and redo the entire percussion of GAF. TIM has the talent to do it ( and he would love the challenge) . But I can understand fully that Steve, MWP, and PK want to forget that era, that album should have sky rocketed the church into the stratosphere.

      But, they are where they are…in our hearts …the greatest band on this planet !!!

      Love all u guys,


      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 10 March 2012 at 12:53 pm #

        richard lost interest in drumming , music and the church
        nothing or nobody couldve changed that

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 March 2012 at 3:19 pm #

          I remember meeting him in 84, 86 and I believe couple times in 88. I looked older than him, he had such a boyish charm. In 84 , we were only seperated by a couple years- it was ur first show ever in Chicago. He was on cloud nine. And the other times I had the opportunity to speak with him. He adored you, he loved playing drums in ‘ the church’ . I never will doubt ur knowledge of time and space and u r 100% correct on the unfortunate outcome of his career with you guys. During those years, so many bands, at the birth of their careers , came thru Chicago and played ‘The Cabaret Metro’ . But I will always remember his enthusiasm. It really stood out.
          I know this, he will always be etched in time as the original drummer, ( sorry Nick…if u by chance read this blog, u were a ‘turkey’). And last year when Tim absolutely nailed the entire Starfish album during PFP tour, I asked him after the show how challenging it was and he told me he loved playing the part of Ploggy for all of us, he did Richard proud.
          I lost a friend to drugs and alcohol, than eventually a horrific car crash. He was our drummer decades ago. And though at that time in my life, my music interests were so varied. I took him to see the second leg of the Starfish tour and Denny concentrated on Ploggy, and though Denny played speed/ thrash style. He thought Richard fuckn owned the snare !!!
          What seperates music from any other art form is , I am going to play Heyday and Starfish tonight b4 bed and I will transport myself back to that specific time and those many places – and relive it like it was ….now.
          I got an email from Rajani today, she is holding onto something for u, from me and my family. I hope u enjoy it as much as we do…its really no big deal- I thought it would make a great house warming gift.

          Have a great weekend Killer, I go back in the hospital Monday for another procedure in my cervical (C6/7) , last one on the 20th of Feb. really had negative side effects and I was pretty ill. Wish me some luck on this one, I can’t endure that/ this pain much longer…


          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 10 March 2012 at 3:45 pm #

            picking up the gift tonite!

  14. avatar
    foolonthehill | 10 March 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Man that’s solid!

  15. avatar
    danny | 10 March 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I appreciate your honesty…the Church…in my mind…were never mediocre…but I understand your position…i can only relate from a fans prospective…I wasn’t there…recording I assume can be stressful or what have you…and without sounding corny…the Church have never played the game or dumbed it down…that’s what has always attracted me to the band…they never insulted their audience…us Church fans…we are a loyal lot…50 years…peoples will still hear Almost yesterday…and it will be good…u never sold out SL…something to be said for that

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    danny | 10 March 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I see…it was a long time ago and I don’t mean to drag out old baggage, negativity, etc…I was just curious…and I understand bands are delicate…people change…blah blah blah…but it doesn’t diminish what was accomplished…

  17. avatar
    danny | 10 March 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I am happy for the rekindled success the Church has had…Peter Koppes and Dave Davies are the two most criminally underrated guitarists….your music will stand the test of time…you can be assured of that

  18. avatar
    DavidP | 10 March 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    costly are the answers you seek to these esoteric conundrums
    not costly in money but in commitment, consistency and sacrifice
    to remove the inferior so the superior can take its place
    how else are we to turn hate into love especially for our enemies
    how do we truly understand love without being exposed to its opposite

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      DavidP | 10 March 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      sometimes a parent will scold their child or deny them something out of love
      might seem harsh to the child at the time but it was for a greater good
      and they say suffering makes the soul stronger
      in going through difficult times
      there are great learning opportunities for the wise
      i think there is a limit placed on evil
      we dont see demons materialising in the street
      and dragging people down to the abyss
      all this evil exists because of the gift of free will
      jacobs ladder tells us that angels can fall and demons can rise
      mary magdalene shows us that from great sinners saints can be born
      without temptation there is no true virtue
      faced with temptation what do most people choose at any given time
      especially when they think no one is looking and they can get away with it
      maybe sometimes angels fall so they can go through the process of rising again
      with the aim of rising higher than before
      maybe there are other planets out there where their abysses are empty because
      all the inhabitants have awakened and they live in a utopian enlightened way

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 March 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Dude that photos channelling some serious goat of mendes overtones!

  20. avatar
    IncorrectPolitically | 10 March 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    What is a fortune if there is no one left to count it (-)
    What is love if lust is the reflection glaring from the mirror (-)
    What is an organization if no meetings are placed on agenda (-)
    What is the meanings of words if read backwards repetitively (-)
    I once understood the meaning of life for a moment I was immortal (-)
    I placed ambers of fury at the feet of my enemies (-)
    I danced with my enemies for my allies were tricked into sleep (-)
    I slept with steel mace and chains at the foot of my bed (-)
    Could this be the birthplace of the chosen one (-)
    Could one being change the script that already has been rewritten (-)
    Could the past have been reinvented to resemble the present (-)
    Could the pathway to righteousness be darkened anymore
    than the images we see when we close our eyes (-)

    Could you be dreaming -()-

    {} ¡~¡~¡

  21. avatar
    Once | 19 March 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Well…turns out that (as usual) someone has expressed my sentiments far more eloquently than I could..

    “LIVE THE QUESTIONS…don’t search for answers which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything.” — R.M. Rilke


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 May 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Poem: Why no limits? Good old free will, man.

  23. avatar
    knot | 6 December 2018 at 6:40 am #

    on the true significance of comets against the vanity of astrologers

    born in the midnight hour, breech et red marked
    lamb innocent, near blind, cailleach soul sparked
    13th September 1963
    mother can left hands rock her back to sleep?

    amber held in the soothsayers pocket
    speaks to animals, wears a gold locket
    shares a birthday with the marquis de sade
    unheed tantrums, ride the witches broom faw

    trees and herbs sing yon withered new moon light
    time to study every hour of the night
    and therefore your love is yet still a child
    gods gorm your will, a chara beguiled.


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