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Metal / Re: Metal-like soundtracks
« on: August 31, 2012, 06:52:01 PM »
Hell, Carpenter is as metal as it gets, both as pertaining to soundtracks and cinematography. I recall reading an interview of his with a statement amounting to "I don't know much about music - I just press the buttons", which pretty much sounds like a punkish manifesto for the early Norwegian BM scene.
Not to mention that The Thing's merger of heroic manliness with isolationist bleakness was indeed one of a kind in its delivery.

Another idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfj5ZF-ECII.
Is it me, or does this sound like the intro from "The Celtic Winter" merged with one of the first three songs from "Hlidskjalf"?

Metal / Re: Dead Can Dance - 2012 Setlist
« on: August 25, 2012, 12:16:53 PM »
Well then, you should've been more specific from the beginning. This setlist actually does sound like honest suckage, although the "I'm a middle aged crooner and don't want to rehash my old fame" thing still stands, if you want to sympathize with the guy.
Playing mostly new DCD songs and a couple of Spiritchaser crowd-pleasers would make sense in that context, but selling their crappy solo stuff (which, well, is crappy and devoid of any serious worth, vide Gerrard mit Schulze) is another thing. Still, I tend to think of Toward the Within as a live rendition of their "creativity". Not the best, but honest, kind of like early Burzum demos.
From my experience, a live show is something completely different to living through what someone once recorded. If they weren't capable of delivering a memorable and meaningful show, then that was their problem.

Metal / Re: Dead Can Dance - 2012 Setlist
« on: August 25, 2012, 10:57:46 AM »
Beherit didn't exactly emulate its earlier works on Engram; NHV rather compiled them and infused the output with an entirely new sort of energy. The new DCD album is, in a way, similar. Sure, the old albums are classics, but touring isn't about the quality of output as much as conveying a feeling of wonder. It stands to reason that Perry would rather play his new stuff, regardless of its quality, rather than perform as a has-been and play all of the stuff everyone knows and can clap to.
A has-been burnout isn't exactly the best source of honest wonder, and given that Anastasis is more Spleen and Idealish than Spiritchaserish in its structure, DCD eschewing their older works to play something "dead that dances" sounds pretty good overall.
(Then again, the Beherit comparison was pretty arbitrary. I'd rather think of the new DCD material as a sort of CF's Monotheist. Much better than their "recent" output, and, all in all, you prefer its "industrial nu-metal goth" honesty to the retro-reconstruction of Triptykon).

Interzone / Re: Intellectually stimulating websites
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:37:09 PM »
Old Web 1.0 occult/weird sites are pretty stimulating if you're interested in spending hours on reading and traversing the labyrinthine navigation (which, nowadays, is in itself quite a rare experience).

kathodos.com - neoplatonic and ancient Buddhist source content, and lots of pissed-off commentary on mainstream Buddhism. The author sounds like a Chinese Schopenhauer impersonator. Insightful, amusingly hateful. Lots of swastikas and no interest in legibility or graphic design whatsoever.

vwsp.eu - site by some hippy guy who claims to have achieved enlightenment at some point - which sounds surprisingly credible, given that his writings are extremely esoteric and introverted in character. Once you get used to the language and come to accept and understand his definitions of "enstasy" and "pilgrimage", you'll find an abstract blueprint for any metaphysical journey. (Kind of like this site as pertaining to metal).

kheper.net - recap of esoteric traditions (gnosticism, interspersed with some vaguely New Agey content which nevertheless manages to be quite objective-oriented, rather than lovey-dovey.

These sites are reminiscent of a time when you actually immersed yourself in what your read over the internet, as opposed to jumping from medium to medium (Facebook, IMs, gay porn) while browsing Wikipedia. In other words: they're all based on a concrete concept which unveils itself over the course of reading; they're not just strips of information ready for syndication over teh interwebs.

Another suggestion: old ANUS.COM. Going back to 1999 or 2002 will find you quite a lot of gems. Same thing goes for all affiliated sites (e.g. heathen.org, hessian.org, and others, which you can find here: http://www.corrupt.org/docs/web_development/domains).