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Interzone / Deathmetal.org critique
« on: March 08, 2010, 09:49:47 AM »

It almost gives the feeling like no other new releases by existing bands or no other releases by ANY newer bands - good or bad, honest or disingenuous, sincere or fake, etc. - are ever good enough anymore to the standards of the DLA.  Is the DLA trying to give the impression that metal is dead or that they pretend or dwell on wishing it was 1980-something to 1990-something?  Sure, not everything being punched out today is all "good," but that shouldn't mean ignoring, let alone berating, what newer efforts by newcomers might still be worth a listen to either.

Where the fuck have you been?
Not to mention praise for newer acts such as:  Blaspherian, War Master, Disma, Birth A.D., and Cosmic Atrophy

All, with the exception of Disma, from Houston, outside of which there is a vast world, so lots of ground to cover, for example.

Metal / SLAYER Live in London - 8th & 9th March
« on: October 03, 2009, 11:55:49 AM »
They're playing two dates at the HMV Forum in North London.

Wed 25/11/09

Thu 26/11/09

Tickets available here (27.50): http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/5vuvlw

HMV Forum: http://www.forumclub.co.uk/whatson/whatson.aspx

Metal / Primal Origins of Sell-out Success
« on: September 02, 2009, 07:32:26 AM »
Researchers prove the argument that Rock music is made to pacify monkeys:

Snowdon teamed up with David Teie, a cellist with the American National Symphony Orchestra, to investigate whether humans were alone in responding emotionally to music.

In the study, 14 cotton-top tamarins were played 30-second blasts of music while the researchers noted any changes in their behaviour. The animals were played Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and a soft piano piece from The Fragile by rock band Nine Inch Nails, followed by Metallica's Of Wolf and Man and an excerpt from The Grudge by rock band Tool.

They then heard the specially composed monkey music.

The only human music that elicited any response was the heavy metal band Metallica, whose music had the unexpected effect of calming the monkeys.

A lecture by this British aristocrat was broadcast recently. He talks to a hall full of distinguished media and other professionals on the crises facing our world, addressing first the worldview that gives rise to the destruction of the environment, the area which the Prince is most concerned about.

He explicitly denounces values such as humanism and utilitarianism, dualism and positivism, and calls for the different branches of knowledge to be united in a more holistic, traditional view of the world we participate in so that our 'progress' is no longer synonymous for our increasing distance from nature. His stance on environmentalism is extremely broad, although he didn't really discuss the problem of overpopulation, which he has done in the past in line with very few other voices (one being his own father, who once made the very Death Metal comment that he would like to be reincarnated as some deadly virus in order to wipe out a large amount of humanity!). He goes on to talk about the commercial and consumerist layers of degeneration and how this leads to globalism and the anti/mono(/multi)cultural normalising of the entire world, suggesting instead a localism that would enable more sectors to interface with each other in order to mimic nature's (re)cyclical processes (the different sectors that affect waste management was an example given).

A fascinating lecture on a refreshingly large platform by the next in line to be the obsolete inheritor to a brokeback island. UK hessians will have no problems accessing this for the remaining time that the BBC keeps this file live: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lncxc/Richard_Dimbleby_Lecture_Facing_the_Future/

I have downloaded the file and uploaded it to megaupload, but it comes with digital rights management baggage that requires the acquisition of a license which will also subject the file to expiration much like the above link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H20IDY7H

Maybe somebody else could download this file and rip the video from the security shit or convert it to another format (hm, might try that myself), because I do think this video is worth preserving for reference and even inspiration.

"We must see that we are part of the natural order, rather than isolated from it. To see that nature is infact a profoundly beautiful world of complexity that operates according to an organic grammar of harmony, and which is infused with an awareness of it's own being, making it anchored by consciousness. It is an inter-connected, inter-dependent function of creation, with harmony existing in all things."

Metal / Heavy Metal's 40th Birthday?!
« on: July 06, 2009, 04:37:56 AM »
If I've got my facts right, the 20th of this month should mark 40 years since the first Black Sabbath DEMO was recorded, meaning the first time that a work which could genuinely be called Heavy Metal was committed to tape.

Does this sound like the most appropriate date for Heavy Metal's 40th birthday (rather than waiting for February 2010. Feels like (I)NDoS was months ago!).

If so, I suggest everybody work on whatever kind of commemorative media you can and press releases that build up to this event or are ready to go live on the day. YouTube videos, articles, posters and flyers. Web leaders (Deathmetal, Hessian, DLA, Metaleros...) could work on content related to the focus of their site.

I hope that all didn't sound too insane. What are your thoughts?

Metal / Obscura Composition Dates
« on: June 08, 2009, 05:52:04 PM »
You are correct, it took me some time to appreciate his work. He is nothing when compared to Vivaldi. Just because something is obscure it doesn't mean that it is the best work ever. Keep in mind that 1991-1992 classics are waaaaaaaaaay better(composed) than Obscura.

This reminds me of something I've wanted to ask: when were the tracks for Obscura composed? I've heard some demo tracks from 1995, apparently, and they're on the Demo Anthology that I had very briefly. I also seem to recall that some go as far back as 1993, although I could be mistaking these with The Edge of Sanity rehearsals. As you can see, I'm fairly confused on the matter, and though this probably isn't the right thread to ask, does anybody have the straight record?