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Metal / Re: If you still read or use these forums post here
« on: December 22, 2015, 08:19:04 PM »
I read/use these forums regularly.

Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: December 14, 2015, 06:29:01 PM »
I'd definitely recommend Vinterland's Welcome to my Last Chapter.  Abigor's Nachthymnen is also great if you haven't listened to it already.  They both capture the freezing melancholy atmosphere of bands like Dissection and Sacramentum.

My initial impression of Welcome My Last Chapter was that Vinterland really abused the typical emotional / epic chord progression. That chord progression, combined with copious blast beats, gave the impression of something grand and climactic, urgent and epiphanic, but the music came across as one-dimensional and somewhat empty. Their emotion seemed to lack a point or a context.

I have not heard Nachthymnen, so I cannot comment on that album, but I would recommend the song "Universe of Black Divine" from the first Abigor album to fans of Far Away from the Sun. I think that that song is very well structured. I have heard the rest of VerwŁstung but I don't remember much about it, other than thinking that some of the songs were disorganized and / or too emotive. I would like to listen to that album again.

Regarding Far Away from the Sun, I think very highly of tracks 1-3 and 5. I have found the other songs to be less inspiring and I usually get bored during the second half of the album; the other songs are good, but maybe not of the same caliber as the listed ones. My tentativeness in writing off the other songs suggests that all of them attain at least some level of quality, and that this album deserves more exploration, but I do think that the four aforementioned tracks as an EP might be more fulfilling than all nine as an album. Perhaps it is a question of organization: "Obsolete Tears" usually sounds flat and uneventful to me, but that might be because it follows the blistering and emotional "Cries from a Restless Soul." Furthermore, one of the aspects that I like about the first few songs is their fury and momentum, but the album seems to lose some steam after track 5. Some of the later songs sound tired at times.

One of the only albums that has captivated me in a way similar to Far Away from the Sun is Witchcraft, by Obtained Enslavement. The two albums have different spirits and styles, but they share a majestic character, a certain fury (not unlike a snowstorm), a sweeping melodiousness that does not degenerate into the stereotypical, and some songs that are as smooth as butter.

Audiofile / Re: Evoken
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:19:18 PM »
Evoken - Promo 2002 (2002)

Evoken - Promo 2002 (Senditz)

Audiofile / Obtained Enslavement
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:00:39 PM »
Obtained Enslavement
Obtained Enslavement MP3s

Obtained Enslavement - Centuries of Sorrow (1994) [ CD $20 / Discogs ]

Obtained Enslavement - Centuries of Sorrow (Senditz)

Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft (1997) [ MP3 $9 / Discogs ]

Obtained Enslavement - Witchcraft (Senditz)

Obtained Enslavement - Soulblight (1998) [ Discogs ]

Obtained Enslavement - Soulblight (Senditz)

Audiofile / Re: Requests/Report Dead Links
« on: July 11, 2015, 05:12:44 PM »
I would like to request Fanisk - Noontide.
And maybe Withered Earth - Forgotten Sunrise.

edit: Looking for the original master of Skepticism Stormcrowfleet.

Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:46:53 PM »
Hessians behold! I have crafted a piece of music, and I desire your feedback.

Download here (MEGA). Includes gp5 and rendered mp3 files. I still have no access to musical equipment, so enjoy the computer's flawless performance :P

black/death metal "epic":

I enjoyed this quite a bit!

Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:15:57 AM »
Incantation - Onward to Golgotha. Just as splendid as when I first heard it. This album has that eternal quality about it. The best of the best!

Interzone / Re: Is our society worse for smart young women than men?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:21:00 PM »
Thanks for initiating this topic; it crosses my mind often. In my experience, sane women are more rare than sane men these days.

I think that the answer to your question is yes, Dinaric Leather. Men have collapsed. They have largely morphed into either hyper-macho jerks or skinny nerds. They lack respect, honor, responsibility, integrity, and other important values; they are the opposite of proper role models. These common male personas pressure women to act unnaturally. Romance decays in turn and women retreat into hardened shells, fearing further disappointment. The societal expectations for women have also changed; more schooling, work responsibility, etc. Motherhood has been devalued, and maintaining the home and caring for the man are shunned.

When men are worked to death, anger and vigor build within them; when women are worked to death, their spirits wither. They fold under all of these pressures instead of blooming into beautiful creatures as most of them would uninhibited. They become men, they become whores, they become lifeless robots, and they become aggressive, pretentious, bitter liberals. Women do what they can to survive, I think; they are resourceful in that way. Men will die on the battlefields, but women must survive. Their current status is a reflection of the times, and I think that with a healthy society they may return to their equilibrium state of beauty. Or maybe not. Darkness is upon us.

Some thoughts on why women are more affected than men:
*They are more emotionally-geared thinkers, which is a virtue but leads to easier brainwashing
*They want to nurture things, by their nature; unlike males, they are not capable of active participation in sustained warfare and rebellion

Interzone / Re: It could be worse.
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:54:54 PM »
Indeed, communication with some people is exceedingly difficult. To deliver a message, one must play many games including jumping through hoops, walking on eggshells, and flowing through filters. Weaklings create this terrible amount of trouble to protect themselves from feeling insulted, awkward, uncomfortable, inferior, etc. (feelings that they choose to feel, often based on arbitrary constructs) and perhaps to prevent themselves from hearing the hard truths, the things that they do not want to hear. This is an incredible handicap for straightforward people, honest people, and anyone who simply wants to communicate ideas.

Pardon my lack of understanding crow, but why did you ban Imposition? Please correct me if I am wrong, but to me it seems that you banned him because he insulted you. I worry that your (re)action might have proved his point. Certainly an alternative to expunging him from the forum was discussing and reasoning with him why his classification of your behavior was incorrect, so why did you not choose to do that instead?

This begets a question: do leaders need to justify their actions to their subjects? Part of me thinks that the answer is yes, because:
*If the leader cannot explain the reasoning behind his actions to others, then perhaps he acted personally, emotionally, idiosyncratically, or in another manner that is in discord with nature/reality.
*A leader who spends the time and effort explaining these things fosters in his citizens a care and desire to further the well-being of their society, as well as a continued trust and belief that the leader will steer the society to prosperity.

The only reason for the contrary position that I can currently conjure is that of the mandate of heaven, in which the ruler possesses a divine virtue. Perhaps wisdom of this origin cannot be effectively transmitted via language, meaning that only the leader himself can understand why his actions are virtuous. This argument is not sitting well with me right now because it demands a sort of blind trust.

Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:33:19 PM »
Laid down and gave my attention to Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black last night, and I really enjoyed it. Some thoughts, upon first listen:

*The manner in which the tracks are arranged works very well. Start with the most blasting and straightforward track, and allow the album to open up as it progresses. Track 4, the synthesizer one, is a well-situated and pleasant break from the metal aesthetics.
*The creative (sometimes almost wacky) elements of timbre and rhythm always augment the songs, instead of acting as random distractions.
*The atmosphere is strong and dark, yet the riffs and structures remain tangible and exciting (compare to many modern bands that try to be atmospheric...boring).

Interzone / Re: Strength Training
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:25:42 PM »
How to Get Strong and How to Stay So, by William Blaikie

Quote from: Preface
Millions of our people pass their lives in cities and towns, and at work which keeps them nearly all day in-doors. Many hours are devoted for days and years, under careful teachers, and many millions of dollars are spent annually, in educating the mind and the moral nature. But the body is allowed to grow up all uneducated; indeed, often such a weak, shaky affair that it gets easily out of order, especially in middle and later life, and its owner is wholly unequal to tasks which would have proved easy to him, had he given it even a tithe of the education bestowed so generously in other directions. Not a few, to be sure, have the advantage in youth of years of active out-door life on a farm, and so lay up a store of vigor which stands them in good stead throughout a lifetime. But many, and especially those born and reared in towns and cities, have had no such training, or any equivalent, and so never have the developed lungs and muscles, the strong heart and vigorous digestionóin short, the improved tone and strength in all their vital organsówhich any sensible plan of body-culture, followed up daily, would have secured. It does not matter so much whether we get vigor on the farm, the deck, the tow-path, or in the gymnasium, if we only get it. Fortunately, if not gotten in youth, when we are plastic and easily shaped, it may still be had, even far on in middle life, by judicious and systematic exercise, aimed first to bring up the weak and unused parts, and then by general work daily which shall maintain the equal development of the whole.

The aim here has been, not to write a profound treatise on gymnastics, and point out how to eventually reach great performance in this art, but rather in a way so plain and untechnical that even any intelligent boy or girl can readily understand it, to first give the reader a nudge to take better care of his body, and so of his health, and then to point out one way to do it. That there are a hundred other ways is cheerfully conceded. If anything said here should stir up some to vigorously take hold of, and faithfully follow up, either the plan here indicated or any one of these others, it cannot fail to bring them marked benefit, and so to gratify the author.

Advice and motivation from the late 19th Century on the fundamental importance of maintaining physical vigor and health. A bit repetitive, but stirring. Worth reading, if not skimming.

Read it for free here or here.

Interzone / Re: Vis Comica
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:45:44 PM »
Sr.Aquiles, you have managed to distill some of the magic of life into words. Bravo!

There is wisdom in a smile.  Although, only a fool can really laugh. I am a fool. I laugh at everything, even when i do not laugh.

You describe me very well here.

I often have hysterical bouts of laughter about things that no one else finds particularly funny. I will laugh uncontrollably for five minutes or so (not like a psychopath, don't get the wrong idea), and usually some quality of my laughter makes everyone else laugh too. My laughter spreads like wildfire. I have found that this is a good quality of mine.

Though I do wonder, am I strange for laughing so much, or are they strange for not seeing the humor?

The mascot of this thread ought to be the fool from King Lear, I think...I always felt a strong affinity for his character.

Audiofile / Re: Requests/Report Dead Links
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:07:33 AM »
Thank you very much, fenrir.

Interzone / Re: How forums work.
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:56:03 PM »
Humans have reached a point where they take their very survival so much for granted, that all they can think about are meaningless, silly things, that have no relation to anything real. Which is exactly why they can ask questions like: what is the meaning of life?
They actually, amazingly, no longer know!

This is wisdom if I have ever seen it. Absolutely profound.

Bah, what frustration. I feel so much fondness toward this forum, and daily I read the genius comments with bouts of ecstatic glee, yet I have nothing to contribute beyond "Great comment, I agree!" Were this forum a physical community, my labor and my commitment would speak louder than my words do now. I utterly support all of you and your maxims perennially ring true to me.

The above paragraph ended up having quite a bounce to it, how nice.

Audiofile / Re: Requests/Report Dead Links
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:23:14 PM »
Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma
Zpoan Vtenz - Gimę nugalėt

mp3 preferred, please.

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