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Interzone / Re: Chuck Schuldiner: The Pity Party Never Ends
« on: December 14, 2006, 04:15:12 AM »
everywhere else praises him more than he deserves though, this is a balancing act

plus only faggots get offended by stuff like this so it's win-win as far as i'm concerned

Metal / Re: Apocalyptic Science Fiction
« on: December 07, 2006, 09:08:19 AM »
(Again, taken from my review elsewhere - note this refers only to the first of the series):

I got Herbert's classic Dune expecting to find the archetypal sci-fi epic, a grand, gritty, futuristic, gimmick-free tale of strife and conflict. That, I certainly got. Twists and turns abound, this has plenty for any reader who likes an exciting, fast-moving, intriguing plot. Rife with treachery, an array of diverse characters lock horns in a variety of ways with palpable tension and sometimes dire consequences - plots within plots within plots develop.

What I didn't expect, however, was such an emphasis on religion and mysticism, on culture, on ecology and landscape, on inner discipline and wisdom, often insightfully reflecting upon the nature of humanity. Nor did I expect such an undercurrent of beauty flowing beneath the brutality, be it in the landscape, in the people, in the mentality of individuals. Arrakis is a deadly world, yet it holds its charms too as certain characters note - in a beautiful sunset perhaps, in a simple silence, or in the richness of Fremen culture. Necessarily hard and uncompromising in their ways, the Fremen, residents of their harsh and dry Arrakis home, are swept up by the dream of a more habitable world, where water falls from the sky, where greenery isn't swallowed by the vast sands and lakes are more than just wishful thinking. A young boy born a future-seeing prophet, hardened by intelligence beyond his years and a sensation of terrible purpose, unable at times to keep his own frailties at bay as he teeters on the fine line between liberation and ruin. An ever-complimentary contrast of harsh violence with gentle beauty is what most makes this story special, epitomised for all to see by Gurney Halleck - an ugly, ruthless killer, with the mind of a poet and a talent for song.

Metal / Re: Apocalyptic Science Fiction
« on: December 07, 2006, 01:53:36 AM »
(Taken from my review elsewhere):

Walter Miller's A Canticle For Leibowitz is a highly recommended read. It's a post-apocalyptic novel written in the fifties, centering around a monastic order who attempt to preserve what little knowledge remains of the "ancients" (Miller could conceivably be referring to our own age). It is separated into three parts, each concerned with a different time period.

Whilst in many ways the book arose out of its time, it remains a meditation on timeless themes, which is reflected in the fact that many of his ideas prophesised the way the world and humanity has developed and continues to develop since the time of writing. Whilst the underlying theme of the book is to my eyes the cyclic nature of history and mankind's inclination to repeat its mistakes, it also encompasses quite profound examinations of such themes as the nature of faith, the conflict between faith and science, death and plenty more.

Miller has an uncanny way of seamlessly shifting from humour to profundity and vice-versa, and writes with intelligence, charming wit and elegant simplicity. All in all this is a truly insightful, funny and occasionally deeply moving read that nobody should miss out on.

Metal / Re: Bands better than icons in a style
« on: November 19, 2006, 11:09:16 PM »
In my opinion Deeds of Flesh is better than Suffocation & Graveland is better than Bathory (where their styles overlap).

Yes to the first, but the only Graveland album I rate more highly than "Hammerheart" is "Thousand Swords", the more Bathory-esque Graveland stuff is inferior methinks.

Pagan Altar do own Witchfinder General, too.

Metal / Re: Revisionist History.
« on: November 14, 2006, 04:42:28 PM »
The *best* stuff on Show No Mercy (and all other albums of the period for that matter) always tended to be the stuff furthest removed from Venom, so there's no praise warranted in my book regardless of their influence.

Metal / Re: Music versus Message
« on: November 14, 2006, 04:31:49 PM »
In much of extreme metal lyrics act almost as a honing device, at least for me. Whilst the music's conceptual foundation is always interpretable to a degree, lyrics iron out certain ambiguities and allow the listener to glean meaning in more detail. It depends on the work in question as to whether this adds to or detracts from its quality - sometimes in losing ambiguity one also loses beauty, but too much ambiguity ends up being meaningless.

Metal / Re: Criticism of this Metal Site
« on: November 14, 2006, 04:20:07 PM »
All of those are true, but this one is especially true.  If it the same guy on metal archives, he thinks Ride the Lightning, None So Vile, and Left Hand Path all suck but then thinks the Chasm is awesome.

Aye, what a total asshole. He even has the audacity to claim that the Earth orbits around the Sun as well!

Metal / Re: Negativa - Chaos in Motion on myspace page
« on: October 22, 2006, 10:28:06 AM »
I'm gonna sit on the fence until an album comes out, 'cause I can't make up my mind.

Metal / Re: Power/Progressive Metal: Not just for Pedophil
« on: October 18, 2006, 05:42:00 AM »
Fates Warning download

Take note folks, Fates Warning were the best band in the genre by a good distance.

Metal / Re: Sacramentum
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:07:35 AM »
Eternal - 99%

Few years were better for black metal than 1996. Ildjarn and Falkenbach both arguably reached their creative peaks, and quality albums emerged from such bands as I Shalt Become, Blut Aus Nord, Avzhia and Nokturnal Mortum. Varg, too, nearly tapped into his best form with the mist-cloaked “Filosofem”. As if this wasn’t enough, Summoning’s “Dol Guldur” was also released, still hailed almost uniformly as a triumphant masterpiece ten years after its conception. If black metal was baking, ’96 would already have been a veritable feast. With that in mind, it’s very easy to believe that Sacramentum set out unscrupulously with the sole intention of spoiling us. A work of unflinching hope and beauty, “Far Away From The Sun” is the crowning cherry, the work before which all previously mentioned albums must simply kneel and admire.

Sacramentum’s debut full length is an ambiguous, dense piece, full of subtlety. Very little sticks out at first, and the few parts which do initially grab one’s attention end up being the least interesting and long-lasting (see parts of track 3). The perfect, glossy production allows everything to wash together effortlessly into a meditative ambience, a hypnotic dream, causing time to virtually cease existing during a focused listen. Indeed, the album is centred around fantastical journeys across mystical landscapes, out of time, out of consciousness, dreams and memories and ideals, paradoxically shown to be ways by which reality acquires it meaning. Sacramentum allow that which is usually beyond consciousness to infiltrate it; they bridge that great gap, and the result is truly inspiring. Their dreams resonate with passion and wonder, expanding the limits of the world and uncovering all of its majesty. One can’t help but fearlessly embrace all being when presented with such freedom of mind, such possibility.

Sacramentum express an almost childlike joyfulness, upliftingly light in the purest of senses, despite conjuring images of the sun’s absence or impending absence. Celestial harmonies surge and glide like shooting stars across the night sky, blending into one another as if colours in an especially beautiful sunset. Throaty growls float over the top like the moon’s reflection upon nightly seas. Such tranquil images are undeniable despite the frantic drumming, growls and soaring guitars – a twinkling light is shone upon everything that was once dark with such peaceful appreciation and delight that it’s impossible not to be swept away by the band’s vision.

Voicing themes of the eternal, and yet acutely aware of not only the future’s endless possibilities but the inspiration for the future provided by the past, Sacramentum play with time as if it were built around their rhythm. FAFTS is in fact at its most powerful when nostalgia and hope are merged into the present as one. The emotion becomes almost palpable in tracks 5 and 6 where this theme most clearly occurs; infectious and moving beyond words. “A voice from the past will follow me until the day I die.” Looking back to best move forward, light in darkness, dreams in reality, tranquillity in chaos, so many of life’s most profound paradoxes, all beautified with flowing ease. This is the underlying power of “Far Away From The Sun” – each and every complicated and troublesome aspect of the world is made so simple, and so beautiful, that all fear drifts away, all discomfort is forgotten, and all that remains is the tranquil contentment of having fully opened one’s mind to the wonder of life in all its guises.

Metal / Re: Individuals
« on: July 24, 2006, 09:23:37 AM »
lol, i thought you liked drudkh?

Metal / Re: Canonical Metal Collection
« on: July 15, 2006, 04:15:20 PM »
Helstar is good, but not necessary.  Same goes for Candlemass, except they're even further from the mark.

I'll go with that.

Metal / Re: Canonical Metal Collection
« on: July 15, 2006, 04:09:01 PM »

Cynical got those listed. The big three are all NWOBHM Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Priest and Maiden might be considered NWOBHM, but definitely not Sabbath.

Anyhow, here's some traditional stuff which might be deemed necessary:
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
Bifrost - Pagan Reality
Blitzkrieg - A Time of Changes
Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding, Skunkworks
Candlemass - Epicus Doomus Metallicus, Nightfall
Confessor - Condemned
Death SS - The Story of 1977-1984
Fates Warning - The Spectre Within, Awaken the Guardian
Fireaxe - Food for the Gods
Helstar - Nosferatu
Holocaust - The Nightcomers
Legend - From the Fjords
Pagan Altar - Volume 1
Satan - Court in the Act
Solitude Aeternus – Through the Darkest Hour
Witchfinder General - Death Penalty

Metal / Re: Canonical Metal Collection
« on: July 15, 2006, 02:42:11 PM »
ah, i suppose srp hasn't given them his seal of approval

Metal / Re: Canonical Metal Collection
« on: July 15, 2006, 02:07:05 PM »
Necrophobic and God Macabre, perhaps? I forgot to mention Beyond the Wandering Moon as well, that's better than at least half of what's on the current list methinks. Dol Guldur, too.

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