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Metal / Amebix "Redux" Preview
« on: July 14, 2010, 06:08:10 AM »

Amebix on this recording are Rob "The Baron" on bass and vocals, Stig on guitar and Roy Mayorga on drums.

Metal / Lost Art of the Black Metal Poem
« on: December 01, 2009, 06:21:47 PM »
My knowledge of musical theory is extremely limited, so this may come off as a bunch of non-sense, but I think I'm onto something.

One aspect of many early black metal releases that I have not found in recent releases is the presence of brief, semi-ambient tracks that usually explore a central theme with minor variations, explorations, and developments on that theme, while always returning to it, sometimes with a new realization or take on it. You might call them interludes, but that isn't quite adequate. Where most quality metal plays out like a journey, or a story, and most shit metal is a disorganized mess, these tracks feel more like musical poems. They serve not as an adventure for the mind and spirit, but rather a period of quiet contemplation after the adventure (or between adventures), where the logical and rational mind attempts to frame the experience of the adventure into a unified whole within the spirit and mind. It seeks understanding from the experience.

Three of the strongest examples of this "metal poem" are many of Burzum's works (The Crying Orc, Naar Himmelen Klarner, much of HliūskjŠlf, Decripitude I and II, etc),  Xibalba - Carchah (this track feels very influenced by the aforementioned Burzum songs), and  Isengard - In The Halls And Chambers Of Stardust The Crystallic Heavens Open.

Other bands that make a lesser use of these techniques: Summoning, I Shalt Become, Beherit, Gorgoroth (Sorg).

Am I totally off, or has anyone else noticed this use of song construction? If so, what are some other notable songs in this style?

Interzone / Sonic Vocalizer
« on: November 17, 2009, 05:50:15 PM »
This band was reviewed in issue #1 of Heidenlarm (http://www.anus.com/metal/about/zine/). The description piqued my curiosity, but there is very little information out there and no downloads I could come across. Does anyone have any information about this project?

Interzone / Leben ist Kampf
« on: November 05, 2009, 10:14:45 AM »

Modern society teaches to avoid stressful situations (conflict in any and all forms) to prevent the mentally, emotionally, and physically strong from rising above the weak. This creates a perfect labor and consumer force of individuals who cannot even stand up to each other and admit their actual convictions and ideas. While training us all into a uniform and mediocre mass, they simultaneously tell us that the individual's greatest concern is itself, and that is must do everything in it's power to gain more material wealth at the expense of everything else.

This mixing of desires manufactures a neurotic population with little want or ability to do much besides buy things and pleasure themselves. They seek to avoid all conflict while simultaneously attempting to work as much as possible to accumulate objects and the means by which to pleasure themselves. What we end up with is a population of people who, tired of the rat race, simply do nothing, bored and wasting away, or devote all of their time to it, creating immense amounts of pressure on themselves and either self-destructing or widdling down into nothing.

One has to wonder what would happen if those who saw through the rat race, didn't give up, but instead worked against the tide to change the current state of things. Imagine a population with a clear goal in mind with their priorities straight. Or better yet, a legion of hessians who, rather than sitting in their rooms and feeling sorry for themselves and in despair for the state of things, were out in the world, educating others, creating culture and ideas worth having around, and feeling positive (I know this is a foreign term to most of us here) about life and their role in it. Hmm...

Metal / Necrophobic
« on: October 21, 2009, 06:05:39 AM »
The Nocturnal Silence is fast becoming one of my most played albums, and I like Darkside quite a bit too. Is their material post-Darkside worth it at all?

Interzone / What, no miracles?
« on: October 04, 2009, 07:49:42 AM »
What, no miracles?

Jack and Jill spent some days with their friend Simon on his small sailboat. One morning they woke up to find the boat was sinking.

"What in the world are we going to do?" Jill asked.

"Don't worry," said Jack, "Simon's very ingenious."

Simon called to them, "Come on, we've got to abandon ship."

Jill was alarmed, but Jack reassured her that Simon wouldn't let them down.

"We're only a hundred yards from shore," Simon said. "Let's go!"

"But how are we going to save ourselves?" the couple wanted to know.

"We're going to swim for it, of course!" Seeing Jack's look of disappointment, Simon asked him what was wrong.

Jack said, "I was hoping you could find a way of translating us directly ashore, without our having to get wet."  - Daniel Quinn - "Beyond Civilization"

This is some wise advice I wish I could get everyone who wants to "change the world" to read. Getting humanity out of this self-destructive civilization/culture isn't going to be something that just happens overnight. The sinking ship isn't within jumping distance of the shore. You've got to immerse yourself and swim through the waters of society to get to the shores of "a new tomorrow".

Metal / Idjarn
« on: September 12, 2009, 07:49:59 AM »
Can anyone tell me what album this is from?


Interzone / Unabomber's Possessions Auctioned Off Online
« on: January 11, 2009, 05:41:16 PM »

A San Francisco court ruled that the writings and possessions of Theodore Kaczynski, the famed Unabomber and enemy of internetseverywhere, will be sold online to pay restitution to his victims' families. Ah, the irony.

Meanwhile, the world at large continues to block any sense of understanding or rational thought.