Black Thursday - February 14th 2019
The 20th Anniversary!
Blackentine's Day was first celebrated February 14th 1999. It is STILL not a recognized day on the calendar but more people know about it every year. It is a day that many people who are married or have a "significant other" generally do not get to celebrate because it falls on the same day as another well recognized day sponsored by your local florists, jewelers and of course Hallmark.
Day is similar to St. Patrick's Day in some ways, but you wear black
instead of green. You drink plenty of your favorite alcoholic beverage
and listen to music. However the music of Blackentine's Day is (or
should be) very dark, sometimes slow but never happy or party type
music. Doom or Goth metal is the preferred music however Death and
Black metal are also quite suitable if you can tolerate it. There are a
few great cds that don't really fit the mentioned genres that do have
some songs that will also work. The ultimate album of Blackentine's Day
is Black Sabbath's self titled album with it's title track being the
"official" song of the day.
Some of the best music to play on Blackentine's Day:
Alice In Chains - Facelift is the best one
Black Sabbath - any of the first 6
Any title from: Candlemass, Cathedral, Count Raven,
The Obsessed, Paradise Lost (95 or before),
Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Sentenced,
Trouble, Type O Negative or any other
Doom, Goth, Stoner or Sludge Metal music.
some black, crank up the Doom,
drink a few (or many) beers and enjoy yourself
on this great day that only comes around once a year!
If you are not a fan of the types of music mentioned and / or you don't drink...
then you will have to come up with your own version of Blackentine's Day.
But everyone can wear black!!
The Story of Blackentine's Day...
Blackentine's Day was started by Bob Blackentine of Baltimore 19 years ago. He found my web site and noticed that I liked a lot of darker music and some doom metal and contacted me about promoting the day. I liked the idea so of course I did. I have since gotten into a lot more doom metal and now kind of promote it as the unofficial doom metal holiday.
The 14th of February was picked because Bob was so sick of being bombarded by advertisements for the other day that falls on the 14th - which is kind of like society's way of rubbing it in that you don't have a significant other. You can't turn on a radio, tv or pick up a newspaper with out seeing ads for that day 3-4 weeks before it actually comes around. And with Bob's last name similar to the name of that other day it only seemed appropriate to call the day Blackentine's Day. So rather than dreading V Day every year we now have B Day to look forward to and just have another reason to do some drinking and listen to some great music!