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Metal / Summoning - Anno Mortiri Dominii
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:28:04 PM »
Anyone heard this Summoning demo? The earliest output I had heard prior to coming across it is Lugburz. It is really good stuff, very different from their later output. I suppose you could call this real Austrian black metal. Even if the later stuff is better, this has some quite insidious melodies and rhthyms.

Forgot to actually link it, it is quite short, only 5 songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70X_Ux1nmAU

Metal / Black metal technique: Immortal and Emperor
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:23:51 PM »
I happened to come across some very interesting videos on youtube, some of which you may have seen before but which I felt I should share nonetheless. The first, in two parts is a tutorial by Ben Ash, currently a guitarist for Carcass (since this year). The videos are a breakdown of the guitar technique employed by both Demonaz and Abbath throughout the career of Immortal. Unlike a lot of similar videos you see on metal subjects, Ben Ash has both an understanding of orthodox music theory as well as an appreciation for phrase in metal and as a result his breakdown is very complete. You will also be able to see what brought on Demonaz`s RSI (if it wasnt obvious already). Excellent videos.

The second video is Abbath doing one of those guitar website tutorial things which is unique in that Abbath is not exactly a virtuoso at his instrument (though I am a fan of his right hand /no homo). Plus he is a really funny and genuine guy. There is only one song played from the older material, in this case Battles in the North, but the rest of the stuff is quite enjoyable too, especially in light of the second Ben Ash video. Unfortunately, nothing from Blizzard Beasts in played in either.

Last one is Emperor demonstrating some tracks. Linked because they play I Am the Black Wizards and Inno A Satana and there is an immediately appreciable contrast between that and later stuff even if you mute the sound. All of these, but especially the Ben Ash videos, are recommended viewing for people wanting to get into playing black metal but are great even if you are not interested in anything like that.

Metal / bitterman reviews on Metal Archives
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:02:39 PM »
I linked one of these on the frontpage and that post was swiftly deleted. I hope it is alright to post about these on the forums though. Since September the 2nd bitterman, widely known as an intrepid commentator on the front page, though sadly less visible nowadays, has been posting delicious deconstructions of some modern metal and some older waywards `classics` in brutally honest verbiage. These are all ridiculously funny, though he suffers sometimes from repetition and I hope he adds a review of something good as well to even out all the negativity. A personal favourite is his Meshuggah review, but here are all of them to date:


Interzone / Your Morals: A Quiz!
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:54:50 PM »
By now I hope a lot of you are all familiar with the work of Jonathan Haidt in moral psychology. For those unfamiliar, he is the author of an excellent book on the underlying differences between Liberal and Conservative approaches to morality. With academic and scientific rigour, The Righteous Mind is probably at least as significant as The Bell Curve and is a must read. The data for the research that led to the book was drawn from a number of sources, but a big one was an online questionnaire. I thought it might be interesting to try it out and post our scores, maybe metalheads show some kind of trend? I will post mine later once we get one or two going.


The website does not ask for e-mail confirmation, though it does require registration. There are a number of tests on the site for those who wish to explore this more deeply, the one I am talking about is the first one in the list. The fundamental assertion is that morality consists of a number of moral foundations (five or six) and that Liberals favour harm/care and fairness over the others (loyalty, authority, purity) with Conservatives showing more of a balance.