Really? I didn't join the forum for years because it was a circlejerk of idiots around a nucleus of good ideas.
Reply to you both - Yes. I know this, Conservationist. Well, I didn't understand that equal-divide-equal internet meme. Hmm.
The thing is, I always thought forums of all kinds were the enemy irregardless of what is being said. Social media produces social people... y'know, the salt of the earth types. Have you ever read Ellul, McLuhan, or Adorno? This is not conducive to an excellent mythic metal mindframe.
Ah, "whiny and pompous" was too harsh - the internet doesn't allow subtlety; another reason to stay away from forums! - I just think the place could potentially be so much the better for disposing of certain non-metal material and just being a place of metal excellence without all the, in my view, worn out social commentary which we all know regardless anyway. Let the music speak for itself. This is why I like deathmetal.org about one hundred times better.
I always thought Anus is a place that retards people in their own intellectual development to be frank. But thats why I don't post here, hehe. Seriously though, I really do appreciate all those experiences from the metal you guys have recommended.
Nonetheless, this is what I mean: Anus dishes out criticism that it cannot take itself, hence, why I cannot in good conscience like such a place. I get the feeling it goes round in circles too. And that it's followers carry a withering sickly malice against the rotten world that caged them, but they seek to disguise its own motives and lack of adventurous nature in metaphysical words like transcendence and so forth, rather than pervading the cack-expanse of their own emotional wasteland they find themselves in. Value is null, words are null, and they cover up an acute horror. And the way this place tosses around the word nihilism like its a plaything strongly aggravates my philosophical-emotional senses, especially considering how important a concept I find it according to whatever I've learned or experienced in life; which isn't much but perhaps I've seen something of it... because nihilism in practice can be a horrible thing, and if people really knew of its consequences they would fall silent, stricken, and could and would not speak of it to anyone.
Oh if only you knew. You'd weep.
"But suddenly the Mirror went altogether dark, as dark as if a hole had been opened in the world of sight. . . In the abyss there appeared a single Eye that slowly grew, until it filled nearly all the Mirror. So terrible was it that Frodo stood rooted, unable to cry out or to withdraw his gaze. The Eye was rimmed with fire, but was itself glazed, yellow as a cat's, watchful and intent, and the black slit of its pupil opened on a pit, a window into nothing."
– The Mirror of Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings