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Topics - Jim Necroslaughter

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Audiofile / Argus
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:38:29 AM »

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Audiofile / Enthroned
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:34:14 AM »

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Audiofile / Witchblood
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:30:38 AM »

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Audiofile / Wardruna
« on: December 30, 2014, 12:43:34 AM »

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Audiofile / Entrench
« on: December 30, 2014, 12:23:54 AM »

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Audiofile / Ripper
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:43:45 AM »

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Audiofile / Personal Device
« on: December 27, 2014, 11:41:51 PM »

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Audiofile / Cemetary (SWE)
« on: June 07, 2014, 12:44:41 PM »

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Metal / Variations of Black Metal
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:45:55 PM »
I was going to write an ode to black metal but I think instead I'll pose a question, see what others say, and maybe weigh back in.  First of all I was thinking about the curiousness of how black metal, a truly elaborate and monumental art form, grew out of the grimy underground.  My first knowledge of "undergound" was punk/hardcore/grindcore, trashy shit like Black Flag, GG Allin, Napalm Death, Anal Cunt, mohawk-style punk, that kind of thing.  There are some diamonds in the rough but you get the idea.  It's kind of trashy.

Now, death metal and black metal both have roots in the trashy grime as well, and although death metal did rise to impressive heights with some albums, I think black metal soared the highest.

But here is the real question:  if something like Oath of Black Blood and Old Morning's Dawn can both be considered black metal, what is it that links this wide range of expression?  I think progression of techniques are part of it, but behind the sound, what is it that holds the variations of black metal together?

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Interzone / The way things are - The way things ought to be
« on: February 16, 2014, 10:29:15 PM »
As far as reality goes, there is no 'ought' and there is no way things should be.  Reality operates according to unchanging principles.  Let's rightfully acknowledge that.

But now let us talk about people and people-stuff.  There is no 'way' that people 'are.'  People will adapt to their surroundings.  I've seen it too many times to be told otherwise.  Low expectations result in low character, high expectations result in high character.  Challenge someone and they rise to the occasion.  Let someone off the hook because 'that's the way things are,' and they persist in their folly.

It is in this way that I say:  let us be 'unrealistic.'


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Audiofile / Satan (UK)
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:01:20 PM »


Satan - Life Sentence  (2013, SendItz)

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Interzone / Omens
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:43:19 PM »
Talking about the resurgence of foxes, bobcats, and wolves in the other thread, I know I have seen a resurgence of foxes and coyotes in this neck of the woods as well.  They always existed nearby, but they were never this visible or audible.  Foxes in backyards are something I never witnessed until the last 2 years.  There is a disturbance in the Force.

I read that a month ago a bizarre sea creature washed up on shore and now in retrospect they wonder if this wasn't caused by the same seismic shifts that caused the typhoon.  They claimed the same sea creature washed on shore somewhere preceding that other typhoon that happened several years ago.  I remember I read that one of the indigenous tribes noticed bizarre behavior from the birds and knew that it meant typhoon.  The fish exhibited strange behavior, so the birds exhibited strange behavior, so the tribe acted accordingly.  The tribe took shelter and survived while the oblivious tourists met their fate.

This all makes perfect sense.  Clearly, omens are real.  Once again, most modern intellectuals don't have the least understanding of how primitive or ancient people think.  It is clear that myths do not attempt to explain nature in the sense that science does, which is what is so un-creatively assumed.  It is, rather, that "myths" are stories or concepts that use aspects of nature within the story or concept to explain facts not of a natural order, but a logical order.

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Interzone / Is Reality synonymous with Nature?
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:29:05 PM »
I say no.  Reality does not stop at nature.  Nature falls under the heading of reality, but they are not synonymous.  Reality includes the option to challenge nature, tame nature, divert nature, and amplify nature.

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Interzone / Storytelling
« on: July 05, 2013, 03:52:01 PM »
Before the written/recorded word, stories were passed on by word of mouth.  The Iliad, The Odyssey; there is roughly a 300 year gap in between when Iceland was settled and when the sagas were written; obviously in between that time, the stories were passed on verbally.

It is easier to remember a story that is extraordinary than a story that is ordinary.  In order that the stories might be passed on from one generation to the next, the oral versions of these stories were probably embellished. 

Imagine you're lost in the woods, you set up a base camp and you want to go looking for food, but this is unfamiliar territory so as you go exploring, you leave signs along the way so that you might find your way back to base.  Similarly, the old storytellers left extraordinary clues to themselves and to future storytellers, in the form of fantastic embellishment such as trolls, dragons, talking horses or superhuman feats, so that they could navigate the story from beginning to end. 

At least this is my hypothesis!  When you have points A-B-C-D, it is easier to navigate than if you only have points A and B.  Once the stories were finally written down in books, the elements of fantasy had become an integral part of the story and so they stuck.  Memorization works better not when you memorize verbatim but when you memorize the big bold A-B-C-D points, and the in between stuff seems to fill itself in on its own.

The reason that there are fewer and fewer bold storytellers is because people have forgotten that a story is first and foremost an oral tradition.  Rather than storytellers we have "writers."  Writers work first and foremost with the written word.  William S Burroughs for example, is a very bold writer, but basically incoherent as a storyteller. 

Plato was right that books and the written word essentially weaken us and make us less bold.  We become reliant on the word.  The old storytellers were both bold and coherent.

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