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Interzone / ANUS makes its "Divine Intervention"
« on: March 25, 2010, 02:58:25 PM »
http://www.anus.com/zine/articles/prozak/belief_in_nothing/

What is this, remedial philosophy for high schoolers? Where ANUS used to strike out boldly and explore new territory (pre-2005), now it's circling around the same sad topics as if trying to lead us into them like callow sheep. It's like a parent trying to explain why we need to eat our vegetables. I can't help but be reminded of Slayer's epic fiasco Divine Intervention which basically ripped off their best riffs, dumbed them down and then put them into ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?-ish childlike songs. I hope ANUS grows some balls and starts writing for the select few who can get this stuff instead of trying to make a CORRUPT-style "baby food" version of difficult ideas. Who cares what the masses of asses think? This article is so bad it's unbelievable. Maybe I should have said it's more like the Metallica "black album."

http://www.anus.com/zine/articles/prozak/belief_in_nothing/

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Interzone / People know nothing of themselves
« on: August 09, 2009, 03:25:30 PM »
This article entitled "Ten things we don't understand about humans" provided great mirth this morning. As usual, it's the pretense of individuals afraid to look into their actual motivations, and instead substituting pleasant fictions. What, we might ask, is so bad about the truth about us -- especially since we can change us?

A small selection of the humor:

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Altruism

People still debate whether humans are genuinely altruistic by nature, but if we are, most agree it doesn't make evolutionary sense

Or the most obvious explanation: altruism is a great way to motivate others.

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Art

Sexual display, learning tool or form of social glue? Art still refuses to be pinned down

Or the most obvious explanation: art is another form of communication.

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Superstition

Many of us have superstitions odd, reassuring habits that make no rational sense but there may be an underlying reason for such behaviour

Or the most obvious explanation: it's just inverted logic, which protects our minds from reality.

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Dreams

Today, most researchers reject Freud's belief that dreams are expressions of our unconscious desires but if that's the case, what are they for?

Or the most obvious: like our thoughts right before sleep, dreams are making sense of the experience of the day.

I think the writers of this article are probably pretty smart; however, they're in the grips of social illusion and the result is unintended hilarity.

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Metal / D.R.I. tour dates announced
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:26:22 PM »
Thrash pioneers D.R.I. (DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES) will return from an official hiatus and resume live performances this November, starting November 6 in Tucson, Arizona. The band's last show in North America was September 2004 when a proposed winter tour was abruptly canceled by the news that founding member Spike Cassidy was diagnosed with colon cancer. He underwent surgery (a one-foot section of large intestine was removed through an eight-inch incision in his stomach on March 27, 2006), radiation and chemotherapy and is said to be winning the battle against the disease.

Confirmed dates so far:

Nov. 06 - Tuscon, AZ - The Rock
Nov. 07 - Mesa, AZ - U.B.'s
Nov. 27 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov. 28 - Portland, OR - Satyricon
Dec. 04 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Dec. 05 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Dec. 11 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
Dec. 12 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Dec. 13 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Dec. 19 - Annaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Dec. 20 - Hollywood, CA - Key Club

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until August 29 at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

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Metal / AVERSE SEFIRA postpones Central American dates
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:23:00 PM »

"Due to scheduling issues on behalf of the band, AVERSE SEFIRA must postpone their performances in Central America. We hope our supporters in the region will not be too disappointed. We appreciate the efforts of the promoters of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in working with us, and we are sorry that we could not honor the original dates as planned. AVERSE SEFIRA will endeavor to come to return to the region in early 2010!"

AVERSE SEFIRA is continuing to promote its latest album, "Advent Parallax". Released last year, the CD was produced by Tore Stjerna (WATAIN, IN BATTLE) and features original artwork from celebrated artist Jos A. Smith (BATHORY). On release, the band toured the U.S. with ROTTING CHRIST and friends IMMOLATION; their second tour of the country since signing with Candlelight Records.

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Interzone / Write a metal review for ANUS?
« on: August 09, 2009, 02:15:15 PM »
Here are a few:

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Wolves in the Throne Room - Any Album (π/10 stars)

I don't bother to specify an album because all of this band's albums sound the same. It's not bad if you like generic indie rock, wrapped up in a shoegaze/emo/metal mix, and then played twice and called a song. However, this doesn't particularly stir healthy feelings of being excited to live and do right. Rather, it makes me want to sink back into the couch, because when you listen to this enough, you hear how beneath all the trickery, it's the same shit as McDonald's, U2, advertising and political speeches. But if you like that essence in a weakened form, like an innoculation, maybe you'll like this. But if you do like this, don't tell me, because I'll think you're a fucking moron.

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Weapon - Drakonian Paradigm (√2 / 10 stars)

Holy shit, this Norwegian black metal stuff is hard. These riffs aren't like the rock, blues and punk riffs we all know. I can't understand how you'd get from AC/DC to this. But Venom, I understand that. And so you get an album full of old but bad heavy metal, like Venom or Doomstone, that bands along until the CD ends and you can go back to washing floors. It's not incompetent but very basic and you won't remember or care a month from now. But if you like repetitive, boring, easily-grasped music maybe you'll like this. I don't know why you wouldn't listen to the new Heaven and Hell instead.

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Katharsis - Fourth Reich (⅞ / 10 stars)

In my younger days, I made fast really pointless black metal with no melody or structure. I thought it was really cool, but then one day I broke my hip and could only lie on the sofa. The CD player -- infernal device! -- kept playing the CD again and again, in pointless circles. By the time my mother returned from market, I was begging her -- pleading and crying -- to take out my band's first CD and smash it into dust, to return it to the unformed aetheric void from which it originated. But then we had to do a new CD so we thought of a concept title considered clever in the orangutan cage, and put a dash of melody into our angry directionless songs and then made them four times as long. Hope you like it. I don't skateboard any longer so I won't be listening to it -- this black metal gig is just a way to have friends beyond the basement.

How am I doing?

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