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Interzone / The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
« on: April 03, 2013, 08:54:09 AM »
Google translation:

Rock City Institute's first coming school music education in the Netherlands started with 'Metal Factory, a specialized metal discipline. Since its inception in 2009, this vocational training Summa College (formerly ROC Eindhoven) successful in training young talent. Acts as Rochelle, Dirty Denims and Black Bone have known nationwide venues already know how to find. With the 'Metal Factory initiators believe Thijs Louis and Ivo Severijns a gap in the national music to fill.

"There is a large group of musicians in the Netherlands, which is purely on the music genre Metal and subsequent subgenres targets and because of the style bound playing techniques and musical ideas hardly find a place within the current pop music education. In addition, there is a clear demand from the professional market for this particular type of musicians. Indeed, the cash flows from the Metal scene are highly relevant to both the national and international music industry. "

Eindhoven ("Rock City") has historically been a cradle of the metal scene.
Thus, for example Dynamo years an internationally known festival.
Rock City Institute sees it as a unique opportunity to be the first and only training in the Netherlands, calculated in Dynamo, that as an organization 'talent of young people high on its agenda, this specific target group facilitation with MBO music.

The Metal Factory will serve as a new specialization for the three-year vocational training Artist Music start. The study his vocals, drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. The teaching team will consist of experienced professionals from the metal scene, such as Floor Jansen (ReVamp, Nightwish},
Stef Broks (Textures), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and Johan van Stratum (Stream Of Passion).

On Saturday 20 April from 11:00 to 15:00 a special open day at Metal Factory in Dynamo, Catharinaplein 21, 5611 THE Eindhoven. Then then begins at 16.00 the second edition of the Courts Grind metal festival in the great hall.


At least the name Metal Factory is fitting since they will be teaching kids how to make money creating a cheap commercial product and calling it metal. It's not the "Metal Art Academy" you may have hoped it would be. It's not hipster central either, it's more like the Disney channel of cheesy goth rock and metalcore.

History Channel presents a new series about classical composers.

These composers forever left their mark on our cultural heritage. They defined European traditions through their music. But how European were they really?

It has long been a theory that Beethoven had Moorish ancestry. And last year researchers discovered that Mozart had African relatives just a few generations before he was born. For hundreds of years these men were seen as the cultural ambassadors of a highly traditional era. But how much could their African roots have shaped their musical genius? This is what CLASSICAL COMPOSERS AND THEIR ROOTS will examine. Shot on location in Europe and Africa this series will explore the long lost connection between European classical music and African culture. Emmy® Award-winning documentarian Hanz Wilderberg will take you from the peaceful savanna steppes of Africa to the wild nightlife of urban Germany to present you with conclusive in-depth interviews with historians, musicians, activists and other experts.

Episode one: Beethoven
Episode two: Mozart
Episode three: Vivaldi
Episode four: Schubert


Interzone / 80% Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:58:48 PM »

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.


In its defense, the NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years. And that the number of students needing remedial courses to do college work has declined slightly — by half a percentage point overall.


The students can't read? Too bad, at least 40% more kids are graduating. Isn't that great news? Just think of all the opportunities those kids are getting that they otherwise would have never had.

Interzone / Fist of Jesus
« on: February 24, 2013, 11:07:40 AM »
The Spanish, who in the past who produced a small gem like El Dia de la Biesta, are working on a new blasphemous movie that will surely cause millions of christians to protest at embassies while burning the Spanish flag. To help raise money for their movie they have released this short film to give people an idea of what they are working on.

The first three minutes are boring but keep watching, it gets better later.
Fist of Jesus

Interzone / China acknowledges 'cancer villages'
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:52:04 AM »
The latest report from the environment ministry is entitled "Guard against and control risks presented by chemicals to the environment during the 12th Five-Year period (2011-2015)".

It says that the widespread production and consumption of harmful chemicals forbidden in many developed nations are still found in China.

"The toxic chemicals have caused many environmental emergencies linked to water and air pollution," it said.

The report goes on to acknowledge that such chemicals could pose a long-term risk to human health, making a direct link to the so-called "cancer villages".


The BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing says that as China has experienced rapid development, stories about so-called cancer villages have become more frequent.

And China has witnessed growing public anger over air pollution and industrial waste caused by industrial development.

Media coverage of conditions in these so-called "cancer villages" has been widespread. In 2009, one Chinese journalist published a map identifying dozens of apparently affected villages.

In 2007 the BBC visited the small hamlet of Shangba in southern China where one scientist was studying the cause and effects of pollution on the village.

He found high levels of poisonous heavy metals in the water and believed there was a direct connection between incidences of cancer and mining in the area.

Until now, there has been little comment from the government on such allegations.


A reminder why you should only buy American or European cancer products.

Interzone / Toronto declared ‘sanctuary city’ to non-status migrants
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:57:11 AM »
Toronto has made history by affirming itself as a “sanctuary city,” the first Canadian city with a formal policy allowing undocumented migrants to access services regardless of immigration status.

On Thursday, City Council passed the motion by a vote of 37 to 3 that also requires training all city staff and managers to ensure Toronto’s estimated 200,000 non-status residents can access its services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officers for detention and deportation.

The vote puts Toronto in the same league with 36 American cities, including Chicago, New York City and San Francisco that already have such policies.


Although undocumented migrants — often visitors overstaying their visas or failed refugee claimants dodging deportation — have been able to use city services such as library and public transit without hassles, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has not been consistent in other areas.

“This is a historic moment because we are saying we are a sanctuary city and that anyone who is in the City of Toronto will be able to access all the services the city offers, be it in the areas of health, in the area of parks, in the area of library, in the area of health and safety,” said councilor Joe Mihevc.

“That is the kind of city we want. We want to open our arms to anyone who comes here while they are here.”


However, councillor Minnan-Wong, a vocal critic of the motion, said undocumented people are illegal in Canada and do not deserve government services.

“We shouldn’t encourage them. We shouldn’t help them. We should not facilitate them. They are an insult to every immigrant who plays by the rule to get into the country. They are an insult to every immigrant who is waiting to enter this country legally,” said Minnan-Wong.

“It sends a message to the world that it is okay to break the law to come to Canada and it says that the City of Toronto is an accomplice to this lawbreaking.”


What a lovely looking people. It must feel really safe sleeping at night knowing that they are there to make important decisions for you.

Interzone / Deskjobs 140 times dirtier than kissing your toilet seat
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:58:22 AM »
Or "Why everyone always has a cold around christmas"


Go out they said. Socialize they said.

Canada almost ready for progressive society but racists ruin it for everyone

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes — but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documents show that focus groups and a Bank of Canada team reviewed a series of currency images intended in part to reflect the diversity of Canada’s population, particularly the country’s varied ethnic character.

Images that were considered included a Chinese dragon parade, the swearing-in of a new citizen, Toronto’s annual Caribbean festival, children of different ethnic backgrounds playing hockey or building a snowman, and a person in a wheelchair playing basketball.


The images that were finally approved for the reverses of the five new bills — the last two denominations, the $5 and $10, are being released later this year — lack reference to Canada’s diversity of ethnicity, culture and colour.

The final images that were chosen all appear in the original 2008 lists. The $5 note will show robotic arms built for space programs and the $10 note, a train. The $20 note depicts the Vimy Ridge memorial in France, while the $50 has a picture of an icebreaker. The Queen and prime ministers occupy the fronts of the notes.

An earlier, uncirculated version of the $100 note, illustrating the theme of medical innovations, showed a female medical researcher with distinctly Asian features. But later focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity, prompting the bank to erase the Asian features in favour of a Caucasian-looking woman.


Damn you racist Canadians! Damn you all to hell!

Interzone / Mind control is real
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:20:18 AM »
In terms of symbolism, this is up there w/ 9/11, maybe even exceeds it.  That's what has people rattled - the symbolism.

I'm probably the only one here who thinks that, like 9/11 and the McJoker movie theater shooting, this is a false flag operation.


Interzone / Metal blog commenters more likely to be African-American
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:14:25 AM »
White people are less likely to be gay, according to what could be the largest ever study to calculate America's lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender population (LGBT).

The Gallup survey, released this week, was based on interviews with more than 121,000 people, and showed that 3.4 per cent of adults considered themselves a member of the LGBT community.

According to the survey, conducted between June and September, 4.6 per cent of African-Americans were LGBT, along with four per cent of Hispanics, 4.3 per cent of Asians and 3.2 per cent of Caucasians.

Overall, a third of those identifying as LGBT are non-white, the report said.

Demographer Gary Gates, of the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, said: 'Contemporary media often think of LGBT people as disproportionately white, male, urban and pretty wealthy.

'But this data reveals that, relative to the general population, the LGBT population has a larger proportion of non-white people and clearly is not overly wealthy.'


Ah, another media distortion. White men who have been to prison already found this out the hard way.

Metal / Question for Conservationist
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:48:51 AM »
Would you rather listen to a new Burzum album or an old Lugubrum album? ;)

Metal / Interview with Euronymous, Beat Magazine, 1993
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:08:56 AM »
Lest we forget.

"It has always been a lot of cliches in metal, and not even the metal- society has taken it seriously. When it then comes someone who is serious about what they are doing, everyone is shocked. Black Metal is meant to be serious, not because other shall take us seriously, but because we are serious. It is talk about religion, and we praise the evil and we belive blindly in a godly creature just like a christian."

But isn't really the satanic thing to deny the logical?

"Yes, in a way, but the human is nothing compared to the great cosmos. Scientists can't disprove the excistense of religion. No matter how hard you try, you can't explain the universe. You can't leave out a religious belief."

BURZUM doesn't exactly sound brutal, but creates the sound of fog and depression, the evil groundmood can be as well as important, explains EURONYMOUS. He is experimating with classical structures in his own band MAYHEM, but puts thundering speedy drums in the background.

ENSLAVED is another band that is experimating with classical elements. Their fifteen year old mainman - D. YMER - is really into GRIEG and CHOPIN.


Still feels refreshing to read these interviews after all these years. I wonder why.

Metal / Rearranging the track list of AoM and BatS
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:14:09 PM »
i think that those albums are too distinct, and with different goals, that they can't really be compared...maybe only in a stylistic comparison.


Point taken. My issue with Blessed is the flat and uninteresting production...From a wider scope, I would call Altars stronger because it is more logical in its execution. The songs make sense in sequence, the feral energy of the band as a unit is perfectly preserved, and the (perhaps unintentional) proto black metal influence really just pushes the album up to extraordinary heights. They flawlessly blended their inspirations together and produced an album which has stood the test of time strongly.


the incoherence of tracks 2 and 3 (they are unfinished/awkward)

That's just fucking crazy talk right there :)

I was thinking about this a short while back: if you could rearrange the track lists of those two albums what would they be? You can make it a double album if you want, or you can take your fav tracks and use them in one album and dump the left-overs in the other. You don't need to use all songs. You don't control production however, the first album has the production of AoM and the second the production of BatS.

Thought this might make an interesting topic, I'm guessing most people here still remember the metal genealogy chart from Headbanger's Journey and that it was discussed here.

Is anybody familiar with the video game series "Civilization"? Lately I was playing Civ 3 for a while, the "complete edition" of civ 3 comes with an editor. This is where the real fun starts.

Civilization has a tech-tree. You can invest in research and invent things. That way you can stay ahead of the competition and defeat them easier in combat because you have the latest units etc.

The tech tree is divided into four eras. This is what they look like:
Ancient Times
Middle Ages
Industrial Age
Modern Times

The challenge should be obvious by now: let's try to make metal tech trees spawning four eras! And yes, it would be possible to actually make this into a video game mod and release it. But atm I just think the challenge of making metal tech trees is fun enough.

To make things harder: you're not allowed to use bands or albums in the tech tree. The tech tree should simply focus on technical and aesthetic details, genres and subgenres, riffing technique and theatrics, etc. Philosophy is allowed as a tech but the timing of it's discovery should make sense of course (does the tech tree start with Nietzsche because he already existed, or does he pop up later when he is "discovered" by black metal bands?)

To make things easier: I'll let the forum decide what four eras should be explored. You don't have to make an era exactly 10 years, for instance "the seventies" You can also make it "late seventies and early eighties" since not enough happened in the seventies to make a tech tree last from 1970 to 1980.

Another cool thing: don't mention any genre you think is crap. Nu-metal, metalcore, glamrock, whatever you think should be ignored, just ignore it. They can be used as enemy AI. Play as a true metal tribe and go against weak metalcore barbarians, wouldn't that be fun?

If nobody can make a metal tech tree then I don't want anyone ever complaining about dumb video games again. Hur hur.

Interzone / Leftist elitists exposed
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:17:02 AM »

A macabre scene with racist undertones took place on Saturday when Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended a tax funded party for the powerful Stockholm cultural elite. The self proclamed "anti-racist" Liljeroth, who is currently in the process of removing press subsidy for the only nationalist newspaper in Sweden, declared the party officially started by slicing a piece of a cake depicting a stereotypical African woman.

Photos from the party at World Art Day have already been released on Facebook and are now going viral in social media.

The shocking photos show how several established left-wing members of the Stockholm cultural elite celeberate together with Cultural Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth when she slices and eats a cake depicting a black African woman with minstrel-esque face.

According to sources Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth was invited to declare festivities open by performing a clitoridectomy on the cake, which is visible in the above photo.

The events that unfolded at the party stand in stark contrast to Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth’s official political posititions. Publicly she advocates a strict hard-line approach against racism and when the nationalist newspaper Nationell Idag recently had enough subscribers to be granted tax funded press subsidy she immediately took action to change the country’s press subsidy laws.

- It is distasteful to support extreme newspapers, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth said according to the government publication Riksdag & Departement, and she promised to ensure that newspapers with ”racist” content would not receive any press subsidy in the future.

- Although this is a question of freedom of expression, we dont want taxpayers’s money to support this form of media, she further noted.

Why the taxpayers money should fund the infamous cake, however, was never explained by Liljeroth.


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