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I definitely want to see more live performances. So far I haven't seen any major metal bands that I actually worship and local scenes seem to be full of inbreeding. I have seen the modern incarnation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner's 4th symphony and it really was a bit overrated (I honestly can't sit still that long). Kraftwerk on the other hand hit me like a 12 gauge blast to the cerebral cortex. I loved it and would highly recommend seeing them live!
This is just weird. Why would Ildjarn break a decade of hate-meditation to record tracks that aren't even his, but are based on earlier compositions of Nidhogg, only to have them released on a label that only cares about money. Why didn't he consult Nidhogg, why would he re-record these tracks rather than write new material of his own. Also, how did Nidhogg not recognize the tracks where his initially? He just said it doesn't sound like Ildjarn.
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:58:39 AM »
Oath bound has moments of greatness next to plodding disaster.
Old Mornings Dawn while excellent, isn't really a metal album.
Agree. Summoning is top-tier epic synth music along with Ildjarn-Nidhogg - Hardangervidda.
If this is a rule, Poles are the exception, they were the most powerful Slavic nation for a few hundred years, vassalizing and conquering nearby tribes, then when it finally got partitioned in the late 18th century the conquerers had to deal with constant uprisings. The Poles after gaining their independence again fought back the Soviet horde, then in WWII they got over run by the Soviets and left for dead by their so called allies, then after the soviet era the have utterly rejected all Russian political advances.I think that a basic set of civil liberties, like national sovereignty is something that a nation who desires such things to earn and conserve by their own hand. I don't see any reason to believe either is rooted in Utopian dreaming.The truth of the matter is that many slavs (as far down as Yugoslavia) never had a problem with being a part of a larger empire (to whom Russia is like an interfering bigger brother that ultimately has your best interests at heart).
This is true. They are very much their own people and have unfortunately had assholes either side of them throughout their history (a fact which if anything made their cultural identity even stronger).
Ironically though, an old friend of mine, who happens to be a very proud and patriotic Pole actually went to the trouble of learning the Russian language, which he maintains is purely out of interest and respect. I don't know if this attitude is all that common though.
As for Ukraine, Belarus etc. Who can even tell them apart from Russia?
I know what you mean about cats and people. Recently I've had some massive losses, not that I'm one to put it out there but it truly was remarkable just how many 'caring' people were revealed not to be. The cats on the other hand seemed to see right through everything. A shaved head after so many years - they didn't even notice (you are NOT your shaved head!).
I think that a basic set of civil liberties, like national sovereignty is something that a nation who desires such things to earn and conserve by their own hand. I don't see any reason to believe either is rooted in Utopian dreaming.
I agree with that if it is the case. But as Dylar mentioned, it simply isn't (or hasn't been) for the Ukraine. The truth of the matter is that many slavs (as far down as Yugoslavia) never had a problem with being a part of a larger empire (to whom Russia is like an interfering bigger brother that ultimately has your best interests at heart). It isn't until more recent times that every group within a nation had the idea to put their identity above all else. Call it a gut feeling, but I think liberalism very much encourages that.
Ascetic zeal - beware of hubris.
Being an ascetic in the West really isn't an option. Not one in a million would achieve it, as things currently stand.
I agree with this. Stripping away all earthly possessions is incongruent with this modern life. It would completely miss the point for most people. Generally I try to let what I need rather than want be my guiding star. Of course there's always the chance that I get those two confused or argue that "a little indulgence is necessary every once in a while".
I'd also add that the Russians have pretty much been an imperial people since the day they first emerged into conscious existence as a nation, while the Ukrainians have pretty much always been a subject people. That's one of those iron truths of history, and it's why Ukraine has no real history as an independent state: it is and has always been an appendage of the Russian Empire.
I used to think it was fair that every nation should have the right to it's own identity, but now (and especially with this situation) one would have to question whether that is even the case; don't all struggles for 'rights' seem as though they were inspired by some utopian dream originating in liberal mind-set?
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:09:50 AM »
Any thoughts on the crisis that's unfolding at the moment? I was trying to find some information but so far all I've come across is the big media and rantings by the everyman about how Russia is taking advantage of Ukraine's instability and of course that, we, the morally-good democratic countries of the world can't allow this to happen.