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Messages - meganerd

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Metal / Re: Maryland Deathfest 2010
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:59:44 PM »
I'm strongly considering flying down for this.  Any locals have recommendations for good places to stay and ways to get around?

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Interzone / Re: Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 04, 2010, 12:53:48 AM »
Meganerd, are you referring, perhaps, to the implied criticism of earlier Immolation albums found in the review abstract?

...and subjecting them to criteria other than that used in the original reviews, yes.

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Interzone / Re: Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 03, 2010, 11:57:22 PM »

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This discrepancy is blatant and jarring and should not exist.

Please cite what is blatant and jarring, and for what reasons it should not exist.

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If the current reviewer(s) cannot bring themselves to accept and adopt the viewpoint established by previous DLA reviews, then the site should be left alone, as a coherent memorial to underground metal and its culture.

What is this viewpoint, and how has it been violated?




No. 

If reading the Immolation album reviews in succession does not immediately lead to agreement with my critique, then no amount of arguing on my part will persuade anyone.  When asked for specifics, I tend to reply with further generalizations: I observe the DLA going downhill, and I think it's unfortunate. 

Taking my post out of its intended context is not appreciated.

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Interzone / Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:35:29 PM »
I'd just like to point out that the DLA review of Majesty and Decay is obviously from a different voice than the previous Immolation reviews.  This discrepancy is blatant and jarring and should not exist.  If the current reviewer(s) cannot bring themselves to accept and adopt the viewpoint established by previous DLA reviews, then the site should be left alone, as a coherent memorial to underground metal and its culture. 

I have not heard the album, but that is irrelevent to the point I'm making.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: February 26, 2010, 05:01:17 PM »
I think Engram is better, since that's what everyone is comparing it to, but I still find value in Belus.

Other than a very rough correlation in time (it's been a year guys), I don't see any particular reason to compare Engram to Belus, though I certainly will agree that Engram is a more important album, and along with Gorguts, about the only thing that's come along since 1995 that really adds something substantial to the genre.  As for Belus, comparisons that come to my mind come from two camps:
 
-The bittersweet waning greatness camp (South of Heaven, Hammerheart, Sepultura's Arise, Panzerfaust, Battles in the North, Following the Voice of Blood, etc.)
-The recently mentioned false classics camp (Nattens Madrigal, Anthems to the Welkin, Eld, Dark Medieval Times, Drudkh's Autumn Aurora), all of which are good for "mood music," but not as freestanding art.

Placing this album in one of these two categories, or in a niche of its own (unlikely) is what will take some time, at least for one as "un-hasty" as me.  As far as expecting more from kings than from paupers, I'll only say that "disappointing" and "good" are not mutually exclusive.


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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: February 25, 2010, 06:12:25 PM »
Anyone else notice the structural similarity between "Quintessence" from Darkthrone's Panzerfaust to much of the material on Belus?  According to the Darkthrone liner notes, Quintessence was written by Varg for Darkthrone in 1993.  I always just assumed that was only referring to lyrics (like the latter half of Transylvanian Hunger), but I find the similarity here interesting.

Anyway, despite my initial impression of this album as disappointingly bland, I keep wanting to listen to it.  I don't recall having a reaction like that to an album before.  It'll take a couple months to form a defensible opinion on this.  I think it's worth keeping in mind though that alligations such as "over-long, directionless, boring, and inconsistent" could all easily be applied to previous Burzum works, even more often, I dare say, than other quality but lesser works by foundational bands.  


Edited for spelling

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Interzone / "Generation Next" & human extinction
« on: January 21, 2010, 08:55:41 PM »
Shouldn't the "Human Race" have quit before it started making bad people?

Nothing happens overnight.  Like Homo Erectus and the Neanderthals, our species is a dead-end branch on the evolutionary tree.  Unfortunately, we no longer have sufficient geographic isolation to evolve a new branch better adapted to reality which would out-compete "generation next," as homo sapiens out-competed the Neanderthals with better connected brains.  More than likely, the human house of cards will collapse entirely, leaving a huge niche for other species to evolve into, likely from the higher order apes (chimps or bonobos - if we don't bring them down with us) again, but maybe not - who can say?  This is a rather exotic flavor of hope.

Personally, I am convinced that we cannot, at this point, stop this collapse with conscious action.  The one glimmer of hope for human beings is that the coming environmental collapse will cull the vast majority of the population, but a few with exceptional strength, skill, and intelligence will hold out until the environment stabilizes.  These individuals will adapt to scrape by during the collapse, and then evolve to best fit the new conditions post-collapse.  This too is a strange path to the fostering of hope, and almost everyone will consider me deeply cynical.  They are incorrect.

Honestly, I don't think "the end is near," but you're going to want to consider leaving the city sooner or later...

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Interzone / Re: Introductions
« on: January 14, 2010, 05:57:19 PM »
 
Avid mountaineer,

Where do you live?


Will, 26, interior Alaska.  Surveyor / GIS tech / forester.   Occasional poster since just after the grizzly autopsy background photo days of anus (2003?).  I acknowledge this site as a major overall influence.  Aside from that, I climb mountains, am a hobby musician, enjoy reading textbooks, have an increasing interest in philisophical heathenry, and am irritatingly obsessed with Alaska.

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Interzone / Re: Office work
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:16:02 PM »
To break the tedium of computer/ work, I mounted a thermometer outside my office window.  Yesterday evening it dropped to -55F (that's below 0F) and today it's -15F with a 40mph wind.  As much fun as Pure Holocaust is, being frozen by icewinds does not constitute a healthy work environment.  I gladly return to Access databases and GIS mapping...  This is only tolerable though because I spend almost all my time from May - September flying, hiking, floating, and 4-wheeling around remote army training areas collecting field data (to be processed over the winter).


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Interzone / Re: Activities of users of this forum
« on: December 24, 2009, 05:50:08 AM »
Goals:
short term - Record a bunch of music I've been sitting on for a long, long time.
short term - Get back into serious alpinism and expand into other wilderness sports like packrafting, sea kayaking, ski mountaineering, etc.

Medium term - Raise enough money to buy land nearby, build a decent sized cabin on it, and switch my diet over to food grown or killed on my own property.  This is a surprizingly reasonable goal in my part of Alaska, since land is often no more than $1000/acre and we don't have property tax or even building codes.
Medium term - Travel to Patagonia, New Zealand, and Peru (all Southern Hemisphere  - winters are long in Alaska...), and return to Northern Europe.

Long term - Become some sort of demigod cult icon of the north; express my worldview in a quasi-religious text (cough..troll the world...cough..cough....).  And perhaps most importantly, know when it is time to take my death into my own hands!


As far as accomplishments go, the one I'm most proud of at the moment is envisioning a life that I wanted to live, totally separate from what I grew up with, translating that vision to the real world, and making it happen without compromise.  That's nothing you can really show on paper, but I've known very few people who have been able to pull it off.

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Interzone / Re: Untamed Wilderness – Possibility or Mere Pipedream?
« on: November 19, 2009, 01:41:12 AM »
Viable wildlife populations and "de facto" wilderness (mainly public land which is far enough away from population centers and exceptional resource extraction hot spots) exist over the majority of northern North America (north of about 50 degrees latitude).  While I can't speak for Canada, in Alaska, even the majority of park lands and refuges are "managed" only in a very broad sense.  Hunting is restricted to subsistence users, and heavy visitor impact is restricted to relatively very small areas easily accessed by the few roads in the region. 

The concept of regions set aside for absolutely NO human activity, guarded by armed ELF members is about as natural as a row of cooling towers...  Having grown up in the suburbs, I can certainly understand the sentiment and romantic longing for such a place, but I feel strongly that this is an overreaction to the disease of modernity, with over-population at its root.

For anyone who feels the same way as the OP, please come on up and hang out for awhile - at least a year - NOT in Anchorage.  Living in an island of civilization in a sea of wilderness is a bigger paradigm shift than you realize, and it has been proven as a cure for pink frothy AIDS and various other maladies.




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Interzone / Re: Rural Hessians
« on: November 13, 2009, 06:39:37 AM »
It's surely significant that I grew up in a place within reasonable driving distance of some very nice natural areas (northeastern suburbs of Seattle if anybody cares), and with basket case parents who were constantly getting sick of each other, going for a drive and taking me with them.  "The woods" (as a metaphor) were always somewhere in my consciousness even if the only place I could walk to from home was a 7-11.  Po-dunk western Washington logging towns were more important to my childhood than where I actually grew up.  Someone with similar introverted, mildly anti-social disposition, but growing up in the Bronx, would likely find themselves with very different interests and activities.

And I guess I should mention that, although bands like Burzum and Graveland represent some sort of purity to me, any quality music with an anti-populist spirit will boil my blood walking alone in the forest at dusk...


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Interzone / Rural Hessians
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:07:39 PM »
Through the majority of its history, heavy metal has been primarily an urban (and maybe suburban) phenomenon, a violent reaction to the excesses of a modern reality expressed most explicitly in overcrowded, overpolluted urban areas.  Even with the advent of modern black metal in the early 90s, the increasing prevalence of natural themes is mainly reactionary romanticism, just like the satanism, epic battles, and graphic depictions of disease which had come before.  There were a few exceptions however, and it was these bands, such as Burzum, Enslaved, Ildjarn, and Graveland, which made me feel a part of the genre, rather than just a fan.  These bands created art which wasn't simply about the natural world, but of it.

I have had an attraction to natural and beautiful places for as long as I can remember, starting with picture books as a kid, tolerating Boy Scout bullshit in order to get outside, then becoming a rabid hiker, mountaineer, and photographer as soon as I could drive, all long before discovering quality heavy metal when I was 19 or so.  Since I was a teenager, friends and family accused me of being an "escapist," to which I always responded that I was escaping to reality, not from it.  Eventually the hypocrisy of that sentiment coming from a suburbanite such as myself became too much, so I loaded up and moved to rural Alaska.  In the town that I live in, the majority of the residents hunt and fish for their meat, grow many of their own vegetables, build their own homes and furniture, etc. etc.  While our different backgrounds make seeing eye to eye difficult, the whole area has an extremely liberatarian state of mind, which I've found I get along with quite well.  I don't think I'd say I "fit in" here or anywhere for that matter, but there's no question that it's far more fertile ground for me to develop and thrive than the suburbs. 

Furthermore, I feel that any new artistic movement in heavy metal is going to expand on the rural perspective of the previously mentioned bands.  The apparent similarity of my background with members of Wolves in the Throne Room was exciting for about two days, until I listened to Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Viking Ligr Veldi back to back with Two Hunters and realized WitTR simply aren't very good.  Too bad.


Long story short, anybody else out there living in rural areas?  Grow up there or move in voluntarily?  Urbanites who want to move out?  Utopian Hessians who want to pool some cash, buy 40 acres in Delta Jct. Alaska, and live happily ever after?  Thoughts?




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Interzone / Re: Activities for Hessians
« on: September 25, 2009, 03:59:21 AM »
GO OUTSIDE

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Interzone / Re: Come on, Leipzig!
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:16:31 AM »
The BBQ has just begun!

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