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Interzone / Conformal Cyclic Cosmology
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:25:11 PM »
Roger Penrose explains his emerging theory of conformal cyclic cosmology
Short version: Roger Penrose is promoting a view of cosmology similar to the eternal recurrence. The two driving principles are a reinterpretation of entropy and the observation that in the absence of the Higgs Boson the universe lacks a natural metric, thus any concept of distance or time becomes meaningless. In light of this, the state of the universe at the beginning of the big bang is identical to that as time approaches infinity. The universe is self-sustaining and cyclic... maybe.

I was quite happy to find a serious attempt at driving physics forward on this topic without resorting to string theory shenanigans.

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Interzone / All Non-Africans Part Neanderthal
« on: July 19, 2011, 08:08:01 PM »
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Damian Labuda of the University of Montreal's Department of Pediatrics and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center conducted the study with his colleagues. They determined some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals, but only in people of non-African heritage.

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Neanderthals possessed the gene for language and had sophisticated music, art and tool craftsmanship skills, so they must have not been all that unattractive to modern humans at the time.
http://news.discovery.com/human/genetics-neanderthal-110718.html

...and no one of intelligence was surprised.

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Metal / World's First Black Metal Musical
« on: May 27, 2011, 01:39:10 AM »
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The shadows around the Lake Svartediket (Black Dyke) conceal the misdeeds of a whole town, misdeeds so dark that even God himself closes his eyes on them. This is the starting point for the world’s first Black Metal musical.

The drinking water reservoir Lake Svartediket in Bergen was until the 19th century the scene of some gruesome events. Thousands of unwanted children are said to have been drowned in the lake, and no one knows how many people have taken their own lives in its murky depths.

Svartediket is based on the true story of a small family that had to relinquish its new-born baby to the pastor at the inner end of the Isdal valley by Lake Svartediket. Aided and abetted by Bergen’s most notorious midwife, ‘Matja the Slugger’, he is said to have killed hundreds of children and sunk them in the lake. The audience follows the family’s fateful struggle against this hitherto unknown murdering couple in Norwegian history …

Black metal is one of today’s most theatrical styles of music. At the same time, it is international – with Bergen as its capital.

One of the main actors, Kristian Gaahl, is a Norwegian black metal vocalist, best known as the former frontman of Norwegian bands Gorgoroth and God Seed.
http://www.fib.no/en/Product/?TLp=387473

I don't know that anything really needs to be said about this.  The idea speaks for itself.

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Interzone / Charles Murray: State of White America
« on: April 05, 2011, 11:11:49 AM »
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/WhiteAm

Charles Murray gave a speech and Q&A regarding his most recent analysis of White America.  I found it quite fascinating, as is to be expected from Murray.

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Metal / Revisitation (Crushing Idols)
« on: February 20, 2011, 06:38:07 PM »
In light of this suggestion:

We revisit the full catalogs of bands in the past, and figure out which of these albums really are essential, and which ones could go away and we wouldn't miss much.

Looking at the Dark Legions Archive of bands, how many of these are truly worthy of praise?

To start in the Black Metal section, does anybody have any legitimate defense for the inclusion of any of the following:

1) Black Goat
2) Dimmu Borgir
3) Marduk
4) Mortiis
5) Ophthalamia
6) Pervertum
7) Watain

Just to start.

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Metal / Ne Obliviscaris mini-Q&A
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:13:20 AM »
I was recently able to engage in a small Q&A with the vocalist of the band Ne Obliviscaris (Xenoyr).  The band is labeled as Progressive Black Metal, but really belong to the canon of bands who incorporate black metal elements into other forms of music (shoegaze/folk/indie/etc.).  Their demo, The Aurora Veil, received a fair bit of attention and almost unanimous acclaim. I suspect most will find this short conversation uninteresting, but I'm always fascinated to hear others on their own terms.  It's usually very informative.

-What do you feel is the artistic driving force or purpose of your music?

-An interesting question. We're an amalgamation of members from all walks of life, experiences and influences who can meet on a similar level to create a representation of who we are as people and musicians... The purpose essentially is for us to express ourselves our way and to share it with others, which hopefully people can relate to, and be inspired by. When I hear from people saying that our music helped them through a hard period in their life or that it inspired them e.g to become a better musician etc... its one of the most rewarding things.

-From listening to your demo, it seems very little of you music actually falls within the domain of black metal. Do you consider yourselves a black metal band or is this something that has simply been slapped onto you?

-We have some black metal elements, although you are correct, not a lot of our music actually has a great deal to do with it, we're all over the place really. We started being called prog black when we first started I think... I was doing more "black" vocals then also...even then we didn't have that much more of a black influence than we do know. I think it has just stuck with a lot of people, although when the album comes out I believe that will change quite quickly. Could possibly be too much of an effort for people to argue the point simply over defining a band's genre, hah.

-Following from that, what do you feel is the impetus for your inclusion of black metal elements?

-Mainly from me I think... I started the band with the idea of having us more black metal orientated than we currently are. My first musical love is black metal, so I've always wanted that darker element otherwise I just wouldn't feel at home... so I think there will always be that influence in our music whether to a small or large degree. The other guys have such diverse tastes in music so we will never be a "black metal" band.

-What does black metal represent, if anything, to you?

-For me in short, black metal represents raw, dark, aggressive emotion... an all consuming atmosphere...
I don't necessarily relate it to something negative though, instead I find it as another avenue for like-minded people to express their darker emotions in a constructive way.

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Interzone / German Politician Declares Multiculturalism a Failure
« on: October 16, 2010, 11:08:09 PM »
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Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

...

A recent survey showed that more than 30% of Germans believed Germany was "overrun by foreigners".

The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for the social benefits.

...

Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, CSU, said about integration that it was "obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder".

"'Multikulti' is dead," Mr Seehofer said.

BBC Article

Gee, I wonder what kind of comparisons to past political figures will be made?

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Metal / Seed of an Idea
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:00:13 PM »
This is a rough sketch of an idea that's been forming in my head.  It's nothing radical, and not at all without flaw but I thought I might be able to spark some discussion with it.  Heavy / harsh criticism welcome.

/*Edit 1: After 4 posts
-Keeping Profanatica over Havohej
-Agreed about Demilich, not sure how to fix
-Fallen Angel of Doom seems more primitive to me, but Varathron was sort of a place filler, so I think I'll put Demoncy*/

/*Edit 2: 11 Replies
Category change for death metal
adding Dismember and Infester
Refocusing attention on black metal*/

/*Edit 3: Relistened to Asphyx, forgot how good they are.  Switching them with Infester, who I think are somewhat overrated*/

/*Edit 4: Slight restructuring of the black metal section*/

Quote from: Death Metal
Greatest (synthesis):

       Blessed are the Sick - Morbid Angel

Impending Doom:

   The Rack - Asphyx
   Dawn of Possession - Immolation
   Severed Survival - Autopsy
   Chronicles of the Shadowed Ones - Morpheus Descends
   Journey Into Mystery - Dream Death

Violent / Direct:

   Enjoy the Violence - Massacra
   Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
   Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation
   Piece of Time - Atheist

   Like an Ever-Flowing Stream - Dismember


Chaotic:
   Obscura - Gorguts
   Legion - Deicide

   Final Holocaust - Massacra
   Inbreeding the Anthropophagi - Deeds of Flesh
   Pierced From Within - Suffocation

Contemplative:
   The Red in the Sky is Ours - At the Gates
   Unquestionable Presence - Atheist
   From Wisdom to Hate - Gorguts
   Ritual of Infinity - Morpheus Descends
   Soulside Journey - Darkthrone

Mystical:
   Onward to Golgotha - Incantation
   Sorcery - Kataklysm
   Nespithe - Demilich
   Slumber of Sullen Eyes - Demigod

Nihilistic Hardcore:
   Master - Master
   Horrified - Repulsion
   Horsecore - dead horse
   Mental Funeral - Autopsy
   Schizophrenia - Sepultura

Quote from: Black Metal
Greatest (synthesis):
   Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum



Decrepit:
   INRI - Sarcofago

   Det Frysende Nordariket - Ildjarn
   The Oath of Black Blood - Beherit
   Remains of Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul - Mutiilation
   Filosofem - Burzum

Primal:
   Profanatitas De Domonatia - Profanatica
   Ugra Karma - Impaled Nazarene
   Worship Him - Samael
   Fallen Angel of Doom - Blasphemy
   Joined In Darkness - Demoncy

Sublime:
   De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas - Mayhem

   Pure Holocaust - Immortal   
   Transilvanian Hunger - Darkthrone
   Blood Fire Death - Bathory

Epic / Majestic:
   Dol Guldur - Summoning
   In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor
   Vikingligr Veldi - Enslaved
   Far Away From the Sun - Sacramentum
   Burzum - Burzum

Ritualistic:
   Drawing Down the Moon - Beherit
   Scarlet Evil Witching Black - Necromantia
   Bathory - Bathory

   Engram - Beherit

   To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost

Traditionalist / Nostalgic:
   Det Som Engang Var - Burzum
   The Celtic Winter - Graveland
   

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Interzone / Ultimate Reality
« on: July 06, 2010, 10:00:54 PM »
Recent article:
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when we escape the barriers of our own consciousness, we can perceive reality as it is, which has aspects of the infinite to it. When we perceive the infinite, and its earthly conduit the highly-ordered thought or thinker (genius), we achieve a transcendent state in which we realize life has purpose and our own deaths by fitting into this purpose make sense. In this transcendent state, we are both realist (perceiving tangible cause/effect) and idealist (recognizing the patterns of cause/effect that are not visible), and many thinkers dance around this state of mind as Nirvana, seeing Ultimate Reality, having clarity, Plato's forms, etc.

The interesting thing is that old school Hindu thinking takes that even further: consciousness is not our own. We are all little slices of God's intelligence, or to be more scientific about it, the intelligence that "is" the universe whether conscious or not, and it is our quest to discover it and enhance its degree of organization so that we can outpace its entropy and constantly create new objectives, goals and struggles to keep our minds active.
I'm not sure what is meant by escaping the barriers of our own consciousness.  One cannot do that.  We understand Ultimate Reality by inference.  There is no method of directly perceiving it, or if there is I am completely ignorant of such a thing and would love for someone to clue me in.  Barring that, I'm in agreement with the general notions of Transcendental Idealism.

This idea of of the universe being, or being constituted of, intelligence seems like a product of projection to me.  I have more objections but I feel I should hold them off until someone can at least clarify what is meant and why this is believed.

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Metal / Ronnie James Dio Dead
« on: May 16, 2010, 03:08:08 PM »
Heavy Metal icon Ronnie James Dio has recently NOT died of stomach cancer, despite rumors to the contrary started by notably reliable source Wikipedia.
Blabbermouth Report
Digital Journal Report

Quote from: Wendy Dio
I am at the hospital and Ronnie has NOT passed away!!!! He is not doing good, but he is not dead.

I will let you know if anything changes.

Thank you for your concern.

Update:  OK, he's dead now.

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Interzone / Identical Twins and Homosexuality
« on: May 05, 2010, 07:29:34 PM »
Quote from: Conservationist
No two things in nature are equal.
Not even identical twins, it turns out.  They can vary in their epigenetic systems, which can alter things like hormone levels.  Hence, why there are cases of identical twins where one is homosexual and the other heterosexual.

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Interzone / Liberal Logic's Greatest Shits
« on: May 03, 2010, 08:44:46 PM »
I thought it might be fun and informative to share various instances of Liberal Logic insanity.  Think of it like a sports blooper tape... only more retarded.

Here are two of my favorite examples:

Sherry Wolf gives a lecture on "Sexuality and Socialism"

Henry Louis Gates (yeah, him) examines whether or not Nobel Prize winner James Watson is a racist.

Feel free to give more examples, add analysis, make yo mama jokes, etc.

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Interzone / Discrimination
« on: April 25, 2010, 10:30:28 PM »
Bisexual men sue gay group, claim bias

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Three bisexual men are suing a national gay-athletic organization, saying they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in the Seattle area two years ago.

The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series.

Anti-discrimination has now officially reached maximum hilarity.

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Metal / Belus Lyrics (English)
« on: February 03, 2010, 09:03:23 PM »
Stolen from someone on the Metal Archives forum.  Not perfect, but good enough to get the idea:
"[Instrumental]

"A thunderbolt strikes the walking stick,
strikes the head of the worm with a stone,
meets the garden like a flash;
He is the branch of an oak. "

The Death Of Belus

The magician climbs on a tree,
To find the old pain of the earth,
is it in the peaceful autumn
with the sax, he cuts the heart.

The leaves of the oak tree falling to the ground,
the magician calls the spirits.
The leaves of the oak tree falling to the ground,
the magician sings his spells.

The growth takes place in the linen,
the sacred oak spirit
the wizard saves the world peace,
Fertility, solar energy in his hand!

The leaves of the oak tree falling to the ground,
the magician calls the spirits.
The leaves of the oak tree falling to the ground,
the magician sings his spells.

Here comes the burning power of the sun,
Here comes the ocean of fertile soil;
in the powerful magic wand of the magician,
living in the scepter of the king.



The River of Forgetfulness

While the sun and the moon dies
He embarks on a journey into a shadow of the sea.
The bear watched the funeral pyre.
The body is placed in a stone grave.

Behind a veil you can hear the crying of the earth;
the summer light disappears
Spirit of the Oak sails away
Winter and autumn prevail.

I will come back,
I will come again,
When the winter's spirit is weak.
I will come home

Under the earth, the hidden world
behind the clouds to the west,
End of the long boat trip,
where the winter and autumn keep dawning

It is cold and dark in the depths,
Where only shadows grow,
Where darkness creeps,
the darkest horror.

I will come back,
I will come again
When the winter's spirit is weak.
I will come home

The dead rest in white robes,
behind heavy, cold stone doors,
but if you listen to the Army of the Dead
You will sometimes hear the song

The dead rest in white robes,
behind heavy, cold stone doors,
but if you listen to the Army of the Dead
You will sometimes hear the song

I will come back
I will come again
When the winter's spirit is weak.
I will come home



The Return Of Kaimadalthas

Body of the oak tree spirit, magic wand.
Masked magician with the key
naked and white, in his grave
dressed only with the ashes of our world.

Along the walls, long, sharp spears.
On the benches, breastplates of steel.
He walks silently on tiptoe,
see the ashes of the fires on the ground.

I travel into the darkest depths, where everything is dead.

In the dark realm of the mountain,
The dead man sitting there silent.
Do not give up over fear,
but travel to the abandoned places of the world.

The roof is covered with shields,
Helmets, belts, knives and swords;
on the brown earth of the stone hall
a creature, the spirit of a woman.

I travel into the darkest depths, where everything is dead.

The magician's figure in the tree outside,
He hangs his head.
The cow, bleeding, hear them scream
the magician untied its knot.

The Wizard collects the gifts,
the pale dead have given him,
From old, dark stone tombs
He finds the most beautiful treasure.

I travel to Kelio
I travel into the darkest depths, where everything is dead.

Belt and chain mail, cakes and dresses,
Helmets and divine weapons,
Runes and verses, dried fruits,
the door is open to the grave!

By elves, weapons forged.
For the reincarnated dead
those who fight the wolf,
in a world that is now desolate.

I travel to Kelio
I travel into the darkest depths, where everything is dead.



Sword Dance

The hour of the winter has come,
when the wolf and the bear will rest.
tear down the skin, a mask
trample to tell the winter, "goodbye"!

Winter Spirit, thou shalt die!
Winter Spirit, bleeding to death in the snow!
Winter Spirit, I am of the summer!
Winter Spirit, here I come...

Fire and smoke, screams and noise;
The magician runs through the forest.
Use leaves and soot, sword and steel.
Soon the sun will shine from above.

Winter Spirit, thou shalt die!
Winter Spirit, bleeding to death in the snow!
Winter Spirit, I am of the summer!
Winter Spirit, here I come!

Fire and smoke, screams and noise;
the magician runs through the forest.
Use leaves and soot, sword and steel.
Soon the sun will shine from above.

Winter Spirit, thou shalt die!
Winter Spirit, bleeding to death in the snow!
Winter Spirit, I am of the summer!
Winter Spirit, here I come!



The Horse from Kelio

When the snow melts, we weep;
Winter has been defeated.
The oak spirit is free,
Summer spirits celebrate.

When the snow melts, we cry;
Winter has been defeated.
The oak spirit is free,
Summer spirits celebrate.

A spirit comes from below,
A Horse from the hidden depths
to prepare the people
For the earth's sorrow.

A spirit comes from below,
A Horse from the hidden depths
to prepare the people
For the earth's sorrow.



Awakening

On the first Sunday morning in the spring.
we can see the army again.
Finally ending the mourning.
A hare runs across the field.

On the highest mountain in the east
You can see the red sun.
You can see and enjoy the comfort,
You can see the summit give birth to the earth.

The sun has returned,
the oak spirit is reborn.
The power of the sun has returned.
Summer has arrived.



The Return Of Belus (The End)

[Instrumental]"

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Metal / Triptykon Artwork
« on: February 02, 2010, 09:26:34 PM »

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