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Metal / Re: AT THE GATES U.S. Tour Dates Announced
« on: July 14, 2008, 06:48:25 PM »
I'd go if they were coming near me -- mainly because of Municipal Waste. Excellent thrash band, kind of like D.R.I. updated for the 21st century, although not quite as good.

They're DRI with a lobotomy- and that's not a good thing.

Metal / Re: Here's a "Lemmy the Movie" Trailer
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:41:15 AM »
I appreciate the fact that he's getting broader recognition for his contribution to metal, but from these segments I get the feeling that this documentary ultimately has more to do with the commentators and filmmakers than the subject matter.

It may well be how it is edited in the preview so as not to give away too many classic Lemmyisms and the like- also, they are trying to rope in people who know who Steve Vai is but are unfamiliar with Motorhead (as hard as that is to believe)

Metal / Re: Heavy Metal Affects Lab Mice
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:31:56 AM »
Those mice will probably vote for Obama too.

Metal / Varg welcomed by Norwegian Mayor
« on: July 08, 2008, 09:22:48 AM »

The mayor of Bø, a municipality in the county of Telemark, Norway, has told the Norwegian newspaper Telemarksavisa that he was pleasantly surprised by the news that Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) — the former BURZUM mastermind who is currently serving a Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous) — has chosen to take up residence in the village. Vikernes has purchased a small farm in Bø, where he will move in with his family after he finishes serving his sentence.

"We want Varg Vikernes to feel welcome in Bø and we expect that he is going to establish a normal life here," Mayor Arne Storhaug said. "Of course, I have my own thoughts on what Varg Vikernes has done, but once he has completed his sentence, he is welcome to start afresh here. We want to open the door to all those who wish to live in Bø and this includes Vikernes. We will, of course, expect that he, like everyone else, will follow the rules. These are serious crimes that he has committed, but at the same time, we will do whatever we can to make it possible for Vikernes and his family to build a new life here."

Although Varg was recently denied parole, he is allowed to leave the prison regularly to walk around Tromsø, Norway (where the prison is located) and visit his family: his mother, his wife, a one-year-old son and a fifteen-year-old daughter. Varg's wife is also pregnant and they are looking forward to the new addition to their family.

"I'm ready for society — and I have been for many years," Vikernes told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in a brand new interview which was published this past Sunday (July 6). "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family. My mind has never been in prison; I think all the time about what I should do on the day that I am released."

He added, "I have barely seen my son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up. I miss my family. And I look forward the day that I could work on my farm, create music, write books and be with the wife and kids around the clock — and live a normal life. I have received tremendous support from my family. It means a lot."

Vikernes is serving a 21-year sentence, the maximum that Norwegian law allows, for murder and setting fire to three churches in 1993. Having spent the last 15 years behind bars and after serving two-thirds of his prison time, he has become eligible to apply for parole.

Case workers at the Justice Ministry fear that Vikernes will be unable to adjust to life on the outside after his years in jail.

In denying his parole for the second time, the Justice Ministry emphasized that Vikernes escaped from prison in 2003 and that he has ties to neo-Nazi groups.

"I haven't been in contact with them for a long time. Police security services know this," Vikernes previously told the VG newspaper.

Interzone / Re: A place to form a Hessian state
« on: July 07, 2008, 07:10:42 PM »
Looked into it- the only hook is that you have to agree to preserve it, and that is sadly expensive.

Those guys are third-stringer lefty douchebags.

Metal / Re: Metal-themed restaurant KUMAS
« on: June 15, 2008, 06:55:43 PM »
Holy shit that all looks really tasty. I love over the top burgers.

Metal / Re: Bolt Thrower on Artistic Hiatus "Indefini
« on: June 14, 2008, 05:02:57 PM »
I thought the latest one was a fresh approach actually. It surprised me. Why not one more tour of the states before closing up shop, goddammit?

Interzone / Re: 1349
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:42:53 PM »
Anyways, the members of Averse Sefira don't exactly have a great taste in metal bands. I remember after their set a year ago, they couldn't stop praising Goatwhore, a band that was playing with them.

I got the same kind of feedback from them in Albuquerque (the drive sucked, but the tour didn't hit Texas), though it was along the lines of, "great guys, very professional, good to tour with"- notice anything missing from that appraisal?

Metal / Re: Mortiis
« on: June 01, 2008, 05:36:14 PM »
Throne of Ahaz

Only the first one; the second LP was a clunker.

Metal / Re: Mortiis
« on: May 31, 2008, 07:02:22 PM »
Mortiis did Black Metal a massive service in his contributions to Emperor. And write a song this great and then mock Immortal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz-73S_XOCs

Metal / Re: Averse Sefira
« on: May 17, 2008, 02:25:29 PM »
DSO is indeed marketed to hipster indie folks, though it isn't as pervasive as Xasthur (probably because it's not nearly as basic).  

B.) it's been central to the work of Averse Sefira going all the way back to Blasphomet Sin Abset, released a year before Deathspell Omega had so much as formed, which makes it awfully difficult to ascribe the influence to DSO, ya dig?

Much agreed. A lot of people forget that more than half of DSO's career was as a Darkthrone variant while Averse Sefira was releasing albums like Battle's Clarion. Some people have pointed to Funeral Mist and late model Deathspell when comparing AS's music but I don't really hear it. They sound nothing like Funeral Mist, and their long-cited influences of Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Immortal (and I guess early Emperor too) are pretty clear in their current work.

Interzone / Re: What is a hipster?
« on: May 11, 2008, 04:30:36 PM »

I'd be temped to say that the crusty 2-track black metal fan is a hipster, no?

Yes indeed. Xasthur fans are invariably hipsters.

Interzone / Re: What is a hipster?
« on: May 03, 2008, 09:09:53 AM »
The only thing we all say here is "I liked their early stuff better" since most bands do their best work early on.

Metal / Re: Immolation / consistency
« on: April 30, 2008, 07:04:32 PM »
That is true, and it is why Immolation have always consistently produced good albums, but their lack of symbolic communication causes them to consistently fall short of greatness.

I think they are great, but I see your point. One thing Immolation has always needed is more connection to abstraction in their concept- they have already reached it plenty of times in the music itself. Their "no-frills" CD booklets point to this as well. Semi-unrelated, I did manage to get a copy of the limited "Shadows in the Light" LP- that is the nicest single edition of their work.
BTW- Legion is an unrealized suicide letter, which is why it proves to be the high-water mark in Deicide's bloated career (save for the first album- that is also classic).

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