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Interzone / Metal Hall author spotting
« on: March 27, 2008, 01:24:25 PM »

Metal / Resurrection posts merchandise
« on: January 24, 2008, 03:50:25 AM »
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Metal / Summoning and Graveland
« on: December 03, 2007, 07:28:39 AM »
I don't listen to as much music as I used to, since my stereo died and it's just not as much fun listening on a computer because you have to sit there and the screen is right in front of your face. Across the room it sounds terrible.

The recent stuff from Graveland and the last three Summoning albums have been on my mind when I do listen. I like what they are trying to do, but I think it fails. Summoning becomes maudlin and goofy like a Disney medeival exhibit, and Graveland is too repetitive sometimes. They want to make the keyboards work in metal, but what keeps fucking them up is the metal-ness of the drums and vocals and loud guitars. If the keyboard leads, what do guitars do? Play along?

I think metal might consider dropping so many chords, since they use the same chord shape (E5) and it doesn't add much except sometimes when you need the heavy. Melodies on guitar could be really effective, especially with keyboards added, and if the drums became more like older industrial music, where it was like a cymbal and a bass going in the background. Bass guitar could even harmonize like it does in Iron Maiden.

As someone who is a weekend musician (and not very good) I am not the person to do this, but I thought maybe others are trying and could use these perspectives.

Metal / Hessian Successes
« on: September 28, 2007, 03:29:26 PM »
Her classical music biography leads with the cities whose orchestras she's soloed with, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Budapest, among others. We also learn she was a child prodigy who made her solo debut at age seven and has worked with numerous famous conductors - Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Placido Domingo and Charles Dutoit to name a few. Hailed as “the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation,” her instrument is one of the most important in the world, the “ex-Soldat” violin made in 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu.

Yet like any young woman who came of age in the Nineties, violinist Rachel Barton Pine is equally inclined to talk about the musical loves of her life far from the sonatas and concertos she practices and which constitute her current professional life. She may have intensely researched the musical relationship between Johannes Brahms and violinist Joseph Joachim for her GRAMMY-nominated 2003 Cedille recording "Brahms & Joachim Violin Concertos," but when she says, "They jammed together all the time," we can see her rock sensibility shine through. She can reel off a list of her favorite rock bands -- AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Van Halen, Slayer and Megadeth -- as readily as she can talk about these 19th-century composers.


Rachel Barton Stringendo - Classical Covers of Metal Songs

Metal / Slayer - live concert video Aug 25
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:33:11 PM »
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Metal / Social networking sites screw artists
« on: August 21, 2007, 01:10:51 PM »
Musicians look at sites like YouTube as platforms to deliver and broadcast their music to an audience. Yet, through overly broad license terms musicians inadvertently give companies an interest in their posted works, which may deny or limit future revenue streams or their ability to control the commercialization of the works.

There is no way to predict how an overly broad license may be exploited. History provides a valuable lesson that once someone has the rights to exploit a work, they do not easily let them go. All we need do is look at litigation stemming from recording contracts where an artist disputes a label's rights to works for uses that may not have been anticipated at the execution of the contract.

Web sites out of tune with musicians' rights

Good warning, although I'm not sure what they'll do with 500,000 bedroom black metal and emo bands.

Metal / Rock music is mostly country
« on: August 14, 2007, 03:11:07 PM »
A poor Southern white boy who brought black music into the mainstream, Elvis Presley made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop.

He was not the first to blend country with blues, but Elvis was the one to smash through the social conservatism and segregation of the 1950's and get white kids to shake their hips.


Huh. I guess they dropped the "rock is blues" line and admitted country is the dominant influence.

n Memphis the two African-American newspapers, The Memphis World and The Tri-State Defender, hailed him as a "race man"--not just for his music but also for his indifference to the usual social distinctions. In the summer of 1956, The World reported, "the rock & roll phenomenon cracked Memphis's segregation laws" by attending the Memphis Fairgrounds amusement park  -- during what is designated as "colored night."

That same year, Elvis also attended the otherwise segregated WDIA Goodwill Revue, an annual charity show put on by the radio station that called itself the "Mother Station of the Negroes." In the aftermath of the event, a number of Negro newspapers printed photographs of Elvis with both Rufus Thomas and B.B. King ("Thanks, man, for all the early lessons you gave me," were the words The Tri-State Defender reported he said to Mr. King).


What is rock music, politics or product or art? It's not all three.

Metal / Black metal cat predicts patient death
« on: July 25, 2007, 01:31:54 PM »
Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. "This is not a cat that's friendly to people," he said.


Metal / Metal albums sell strongly for decades
« on: July 17, 2007, 02:21:22 PM »
Now that the '80s and '90s are ancient history, what albums are people still buying from those decades?

The short answer is that, above all, people are buying vintage Metallica, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns 'N Roses and, well, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

AC/DC's "Back in Black" (1980) last year sold 440,000 copies and has thus far sold 156,000 this year, according to the Nielsen SoundScan catalog charts.

Metallica's self-titled 1991 album is altogether the second-biggest selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era, which began in 1991. "Metallica" sold 275,000 copies last year.

Still, many albums that are consistently revered on critic top-ten lists of the '80s and '90s have not sold much. Joy Division's "Closer," the Smiths' "The Queen is Dead," My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless," and R.E.M.'s "Murmur" all sold 12,000 copies or less last year.


That's amazing, how strong metal albums are. The population wants metal. The hollywood music industry does not.

Metal / Lighten up (so you can get serious)
« on: July 12, 2007, 02:16:44 PM »
I was at a godawful (and really, the word "god" belongs in that sentence) metal forum earlier today where people were posing horribly. They had this thing about their forum, like a mental block, where if a topic did not sound like profound basement warrior material, it was ignored.

The funny thing was that some people wanted to talk about some things not fully related to what was going on, but they were afraid to because someone else would show up and say, "Compared to me, you're just a fool." Their serious tone wasn't about the topic at all, but how they appeared to each other.

That's some form of pretense that is every bit as useless as listening to Insane Clown Posse and buying a Jaguar with chrome wheels. Metalheads in general need to lighten the fuck up about themselves, and get more serious about creative change to the world. There's a ton of shit you could be doing to make this world better, but as long as you think only of yourselves, you're paralyzed and you become more shit on the sidewalk of modern life.


Metal / Vinyl sales rise, in part due to metal
« on: July 05, 2007, 01:36:21 PM »
Independent labels producing punk, metal and other "outsider" music prefer the vinyl format as a kind of rebellion, Ignizio said. Fans of those genres
defiantly tell the world, "We're just still gonna buy records, I don't care what everyone else is doing," he said.


Metal / Detox from mainstream?
« on: July 04, 2007, 09:49:50 AM »
I've noticed that many people who get into metal start out really confused over simple things. They do not understand the idea of not being moral, or of worshipping power or destruction, or why you would live a life other than the job/TV that most people endure.

I think a detox period might be necessary, where people don't watch TV or talk to normals for about a week, and then clarity can come. It won't in every case (stupid people, priests, fools) but it is at least possible, where when people's heads are full of TV and the conversation of others it is not going to happen at all.

Metal / Churches burn in France
« on: July 03, 2007, 06:19:54 PM »
Seven people were taken into police custody Thursday (June 21) in connection with a series of attacks on Christian sites in Brittany in northwest France, according to French media reports. The detained individuals range in age from 20 to 30 years, but no further details regarding their identities have yet been released.

A shadowy anti-religious group with links to heavy metal music has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which included burning down the 16th-century Chapel of the Cross (slideshow) at Loqueffret near the remote tip of Brittany (France). The doors of the chapel were forced open, and several original polychrome statues were destroyed, according to Expatica.

Members of the group, which calls itself "True Armorik Black Metal", or TABM, describe themselves as "extremist and anti-ecclesiastical" in a letter sent to local newspaper the Telegramme, which published excerpts on Thursday.

"We are going to strike again, again and again," warned the letter, in which the group's acronym is scrawled in blood-red letters over the image of an inverted Christian cross.

Graffiti of the letters ABM was found at nine Christian sites desecrated in recent weeks. Police previously believed the letters signified Aryan Black Metal, a Satanist movement which has links to heavy metal music, paganism and far-right politics.

Eight other Christian shrines — six roadside granite crosses and two fountains — were torn down or smashed last month in an area of the Finistere department near the popular holiday resorts of Benodet and Concarneau.


Metal / Feeling
« on: June 26, 2007, 03:53:27 PM »
This one represents a small struggle for me.

I know that De Mysteriis Dom Satanas is not an excellent album in theoretical terms, nor is it even that far from the heavy metal that inspired it, but I find in this there is something undefinable.

Black people might call it soul, but I call it feeling: how hundreds of details of rhythm, tone and structure (phrase change within song) add up to a coherent whole, like a language unto itself.

The feeling to this album is incomparable. It exists nowhere else except maybe in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, but without the apocalyptic urgency of distortion and pummeling arhythmic drums.

I cannot say this CD is heavy metal. I cannot say it is rock. It is something else. It aims to be something else. It does not want to join the crowd.

Yet on the other hand, my rational mind tells me that feeling is a logical thing, a summation of those same hundreds of details into a single symbol or expression of truth. When you love a girl, you are finding an equal, a breeding partner, a friend, someone to respect and so idealize.

So feeling might be rational, but not linear in the sense that writing computer programs or solving mathematical problems are. It is more like a geometry in which two or more convergent tendencies can exist as once, an expression not of "a balance" but of the many degrees of that balance.

Either way, incomparable is this feeling, and so this album.


Metal / Kataklysm not yet failing
« on: June 08, 2007, 04:41:36 PM »
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM sold around 900 copies of their 2006 CD "In the Arms of Devastation" in the United States during the seven days ending June 3, 2007. The album's total U.S. sales now stand at just under 19,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


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