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Metal / Re: The Dyatlov Incident-Progressive Metal
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:00:49 AM »
Welcome to DMU. Expect and embrace the wave of criticism that will come.

Your songs show promise in their live form, and I believe studio time will allow their strengths (which are primarily in your ability to create rhythmic texture and atmosphere/ambience) to shine. I believe your interests would be best served by working on song structure - increasing your ability to use dynamics, transitions, etc. to create your effect of choice will allow you to write more ambitious and memorable songs. It's an ongoing process, which I know firsthand from my own musical endeavors, but if you keep at it, your music will benefit. I suppose it boils down to forming a musical voice - the more you know what you want to bring to your works, the easier it is to implement.

With that advice in mind, I do want to see continued work from your band; developing ever better material will, beyond being an end in its own right, bring you steady income if you keep applying yourself, and I believe you've reached a good point from which to apply yourself further (bizarre phrasing aside).

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Interzone / Re: Berserk
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:54:54 AM »
All I know of Berzerk is the original anime's soundtrack, which counts as one of the many notches in the belt of Susumu Hirasawa. While he uses standard pop structures in that OST (and for the vast majority of his work), I do think he has more than enough musical knowledge to appeal to this board's synthpop fans.

I believe I tried watching the anime (dubbed) when I was still in high school and discarding it for something unknown to my present self, for reasons that are also unknown.


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Interzone / Re: Obama: Pot no more dangerous than alcohol
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:39:58 AM »
From a pharmaceutical stance, using relatively raw, untreated cannabis as opposed to purified extracts of the various chemicals contained within seems risky and prone to dangerous side effects.

More relevant, perhaps, is that the marijuana subculture (a distorted, moaning image of which becomes apparent when you watch Hollywood "stoner" media) is one that treats the stuff as little more than the pleasure lever in a Skinner box. If there's a meaningful, mind-expanding use for marijuana, it's not what your average person wants.

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:18:24 AM »
I think the 'obvious' recommendation after one has listened to Sacramentum is usually Slaughtersun by Dawn, which plays around with much of the same style. They play lengthier songs, and although I'm not intimately familiar with the album; what I've listened to seems to have an overextension problem that keeps it from being top tier. Witchcraft by Obtained Enslavement is also worth a spin if you like this sort of metal - aesthetically it runs a bit closer to Emperor.

Anyways, I can't really think of many albums that indulge in polyphony and counterpoint as much as Sacramentum. One part of this is that making substantial use of the technique requires some music knowledge beyond what a lot of black metal does. Another possibility is that in substyles closer to traditional heavy metal, the urge to regress or otherwise streamline would be far more difficult for musicians to control.

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Interzone / Re: Widening income disparity
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:17:44 AM »
In the future, there will be no humans. Whether the mass of the universe gets turned into computronium or not is still up for debate. This "might be" (read: is) an oversimplification.

The income gap kind of spits in the face of the idea of treating people of unequal physical/mental capacity equally, but denying that some elements in society intend to perpetuate the gap or even deliberately worsen it is a mistake; even accepting it and/or participating in it is better.

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Metal / Re: Power Metal
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:41:53 AM »
Well, it wasn't just them, at least as I understand it. There was a parallel scene in the USA doing similar things to a heavy/speed metal base - acts like John Arch era Fates Warning come to mind.

One gap in my understanding is why the 'European' style evolved to become faster and arguably more aggressive when much of the other aspects of it moved closer to normal pop/rock music. Then again, it might not be that different from all the other times people created various "mainstream" variants of metal.

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Metal / Re: Death of the stereo?
« on: September 28, 2013, 05:27:58 AM »
There's two converging trends here:

1. The average person never really cared about music for music's sake, so they don't have a reason to spend substantial time and money on a high quality audio system

2. Miniaturization is making low end audio equipment better. A smartphone with a cheap pair of earbuds and access to online radio, while not exactly great, still provides better sound quality than what options we had even 10 years ago (higher bitrates, better psychoacoustics, more consistent access to the internet).

For now, all I can really say is that even audiophiles should expect big changes to how they consume music in the future.

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Metal / Re: Best Of: In Retrospect
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:32:57 AM »
Of the albums on this list, I've only given listens at all to Sorcier Des Glaces' The Puressence of Primitive Forests and Beherit's Celebrate the Dead. I still enjoy both of them, and I probably should give some of the other titles on this list some attention.

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Metal / Re: Lykathea Aflame
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:44:33 AM »
It raises a dilemma. It sounds like the band couldn't decide whether they want to play progressive rock or straight ahead death metal, so they just began shuttling back and forth between them without much ability to write coherent transitions. They clearly have some talent for writing interesting melodic sections, and there are some sections where the drums take on an ambient texture and I understand why people like this band. On the other hand, when the aesthetic novelty wears off, I don't think there's going to be much to bite onto.

The way I see it, with some editing, the band could make an excellent half-ambient metal album with the material they have here. I'm not as sure about the more straight-ahead death metal/grindcore sections.

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Interzone / Re: A way to save endangered European tribes.
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:00:23 AM »
The problem with this proposal, as I see it, is that it comes with the risk of taking these 'tribes' and turning them into living museums, arresting any natural, healthy cultural development they could have from more "natural" migrations. Perhaps a better solution would be to promote the virtues in question that make these cultures so tempting, letting in people who are willing to adopt a "Celtic" lifestyle and mindset (although given the amount of people who'd just want some tacky "ethnic" trinkets and maybe a few of the more easily consumerized holidays, entry standards would have to be exceedingly high).

If you want to resettle people and make new nations, you'll have your best luck in places where borders haven't been drawn, but in these days that basically means extreme environments. On the other hand, getting a few endangered tribes interested in and committed to oceanic or space colonization would benefit the species as a whole. Probably worth noting that I'm a technophile who figures that a few of the gimmicky inventions we've put out recently could be re-purposed towards socially healthier aims.

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Interzone / Re: First lab-grown hamburger served
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:58:52 AM »
6 months later, mental barriers break down, and cognitive dissonance occurs. The more optimistic among us would think this was the opportunity to design the perfect food.

On one hand, this has the potential to reduce the resource footprint of the average human a bit. Now we just need to maximize intelligent output per capita...

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Metal / Re: Brutality
« on: July 20, 2013, 05:19:00 AM »
When I found out about Screams of Anguish, I was quick to appreciate it - it's got a high degree of melodic prowess that particularly appeals to me. When The Sky Turns Black was much more recently acquired, and despite being wrought from the same formulas, hasn't grabbed me. I think I just need to give it more time.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:35:45 AM »
I've listened to quite a bit of Manilla Road - everything from 1983 to 1990, and everything from 2002 to 2008. While the quality varies, they are consistently capable of producing at least some good content on each album - fans of heavy/power metal will definitely enjoy.

Crystal Logic is what I would call a "good" album - note that it wears its Black Sabbath influence as a badge of honor. I tend to prefer the band's mid-80's output, particularly The Deluge (1986) and Mystification (1987), which both incorporate substantial speed/power influence. The post reformation material is slower paced and has more varied song structures, but is less consistent - Spiral Castle and Voyager have peaks similar to the band's early work.

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Interzone / Re: Storytelling
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:28:44 PM »
Another example of this "story as literal journey" is in the Australian aboriginal idea of dreamtime, where apparently certain places are considered to have sacred power, and the land itself serves as a record of mythical history. I suppose that this tradition is stronger in extreme environments - the Australian desert is one, much of Iceland is as well.

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Metal / Re: Best Of Lists
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:20:17 AM »
The problem with creating "best of" lists is overdoing it. There is great joy, but little productivity in deliberating over which albums must fill an all-time pantheon of arbitrary length, even when we agree on what qualities are necessary. I'm personally rather ad-hoc about recommending metal, since I habituate a bit too quickly for my own good.

Deep in the crevices of ANUS's older metal site, I found a diagram with some value to the taxonomists. The way it links styles, describes them in some detail, and provides examples is something that would be very useful to presenting our thoughts. A replacement would need to be smaller and more concise, and the presentation obviously needs a bit of a boost, but the idea of presenting the list as less of a list and more of a journey is valid. It would take neophytes more time and effort to traverse such, but if they're genuinely interested in metal, they'll accept it.

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