Under "favorites" I would like to list a site called Reptile's Metal Zone, but alas, it was taken offline some time ago. While it suffered from an extreme case of Death and Mayhem worship in addition to several unfair dismissals of worthwhile bands like Immolation, it had a strong emphasis on romanticism and high-mindedness, and represented elitism as a good thing. I hypothesize that its author or authors may have ceased to maintain it based on the rise of nu-black-metal (although they managed to praise Cradle of Filth in one review, and were equally unhealthily fixated on Emperor as they were on Mayhem). One great thing about the site that now in hindsight I wish I had saved was a hand-drawn comic strip parodying the trend that many call "ballcap metal." If I had saved any of that valuable original material, I would maintain a metal website just so that I could keep a memory of that site online.
As far as "my own site" goes, I fear I have found my assessments of metal releases too fallible in the past. I have been too engaged by form to notice its inevitably accompanying content. Thus, I now make it my task to move backwards in time as much as possible so that I can find the more whole and meaningful precursors of modern empty forms in order to establish which aspects of form uniquely bind themselves to certain meaningful units of content.
I find this exercise (not so much post-structuralist or deconstructionist in my view as it is simply an attempt at structuralist analysis in an eternal or timeless context) vital in the search for meaning, enjoyable in terms of amateur musicology and just plain discovery of metal, and sometimes frustrating
because I practice music and composition, and now must constantly keep raising my standards. But I digress.
Other sites (outside of the obvious
(no doubt already known around these parts) appeals to me as a pure document archive.
- I've looked over the Velvet Cacoon web presence in its various locations
, but I feel confused about why they should keep their technology surrounding the dieselharp so secret if it can in fact constructively deal with diesel fumes (and I'm pretty sure that's what it's supposed to do, right? I mean, if they are ecofascists as they claim to be, then they would not make an apparatus to create
pollution but instead one that deals with
it). I am guessing they might be waiting on a patent, perhaps? At any rate, I welcome any kind of web presence that might discuss the value of making metal music that entails less of an ecological footprint.
- I still occasionally visit Doom-Metal.com
, but I no longer use it as a resource to find new music. Once in a while, it yields a productive resource or two; if I want to know, for example, if any kind of doom or death act will be coming anywhere close to where I live, they have a reliably updated set of concert listings
. It also contains a bandlist
which can provide valuable resources about many worthwhile older bands such as diSEMBOWELMENT
. There are also sound samples for each band. Overall, the site provides a valuable archival resource if not necessarily an ideologically sound one (they don't filter out shit
- Oh, yeah, and then there's this
and its companion
. If anything, I'd rather he focus more on the In-God Camera project than the shirts (unless, that is, that project will be absorbed into whatever he is doing right now with the old drummer).
I'm currently content to leave it at this. With so much shit out there and the desire to direct my energies toward creation rather than endlessly wading about in the septic tank of internet, it has worked best for me to find more with less. DJing for a few years at a local radio helped develop this perspective, also. After having a metal music director who lumps shit like Cradle of Filth in with, say, Monstrosity, and a "local scene" packed with useless bands that do nothing but waste energy, paper and plastic, I can only conclude that less
really is more
. The elite exist with (see: Demilich) or without (see: Immolation) pronounced internet presence.