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Metal / Atheist-Unquestionable Presence
« on: November 13, 2004, 12:53:47 AM »
Does anybody know if the Unquestionable Presence album is supposed to be re-released?  I ask because I heard Kelley Schafer say somewhere that they were going to have it re-released but I have yet to see it happen, so I'm not sure if I should buy it at a bumped up price because it's out of print (it seems everywhere I see it for sale it's at an increased price because it's valuable to obtain) or if they are re-releasing it I guess it would just be worth waiting for that to happen.  

So does anyone know if Unquestionable Presence is to be re-released?  

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Metal / Wyrd
« on: October 18, 2004, 07:34:28 PM »
Finnish black metal with epic and pagan influences.  Mid paced and sweeping melody gives the songs an ambient feel (at least the ones I have thus far heard follow this pattern).    

Site:

http://vargtimmen.cjb.net/

Some mp3's:

http://vargtimmen.cjb.net/

I'm looking for thoughts on this band as well as I'm new to finding them and I wonder if they are worth pursuing.  Thus far I'm sold on them as I'm really liking them thus far.  

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Metal / NOCTERNITY
« on: October 18, 2004, 07:01:19 PM »
Greek black metal band influenced by old Emperor, Burzum and Bathory.

No official site but here are some related links:

http://www.tartareandesire.com/bands/nocternity.html

http://hrefhead.tripod.com/nocternity.html

http://www.solistitium.com/releases/SOL040.html

Here is the only song clip I managed to scrounge up:

http://blackholemag.com/musicas/nocternity_enoria_preview.mp3

It sounds fairly decent.  I'm still on the hunt to see if I can find any post-1996 black metal that is worth while.  I stumbled on this band in the search and they have some potential but right now they still haven't quite broken from the mundane barrier (at least from what I can hear in the small sample, the 2nd portion has high promise though).  They have the promise for a more epic style I feel.  

If anyone has heard them before or has an album I'd love to have your thoughts on the band.  I wonder if it's worth pursuing.


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Metal / Windir (great viking metal!)
« on: October 14, 2004, 08:48:49 PM »
Just started listening to this Viking metal band from Norway and for those into great Viking metal I highly recommend it, it's called Windir.  Can't really compare it to anything as they don't sound like another band.  It's got some great ambience, great melody and a great Norwegian folk rhythm in my opinion.  

The band just recently disbanded because last January the founding member Valfar froze to death in the Norwegian mountains (I wouldn't mind going out that way actually).

Home page:

http://www.windir.no/default.aspx?p=news&lang=engelsk

songs:

http://www.windir.no/default.aspx?p=sound&lang=engelsk




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Metal / Heidenlarm (and thoughts on a new e-zine)
« on: October 14, 2004, 01:35:25 AM »
I rather enjoyed this e-zine and was disappointed to hear of its demise.  Is there anyway to get it, or something relatively similar to it, kick started again?

I was thinking that collaboration between some of the people here could get an e-zine kicking again.  My theory is that if there are enough people contributing in someway it will diminish slow progress to the e-zine as if someone where to be lazy there would be many other people to contribute behind him thus things keep moving forward.  I think that the magazine could be structured like a wiki where any and everyone can contribute in someway.  If not a wiki perhaps something similar could be created, any suggestions?

Some of my other ideas are that perhaps there can be some administrators of sorts, or a local mailing place that people can send any and every article or review they write in and the best get put down into an e-zine format, that way there would be an elimination of reliance on standard writers which seems to have been the reason the last e-zine didn’t work out.  My theory is somewhat Nietzschean in that “only the strong survive.”  It’s based on chaos.  I figure that in a system where any free-lance writer can contribute it will produce competition and healthy results.  Just imagine having your article being superior enough to reach publication! All one would have to do is write and put it down, send it in and then the best will rise to the top.  The problem here would be having stable editors and administrators to filter through the works, but I think that’s something that can be overcome.  

Eventually perhaps a more stable system will arise from the chaotic beginnings as the strong and dedicated writers would most likely rise to the top just like in nature and then a more stable magazine with an identity and strong voice can arise.  Think of this as being like the birth of the world and we (as contributors) are gods and titans vying for superiority.  I don’t know this chaos theory may work…it’s just a baby in my head though, just felt like plopping some stuff down for further discussion on kick starting another e-zine here at ANUS.

My strongest feeling though would be to make this a whole new kind of e-zine in the style of a wiki.  I have never seen something like that done but it could prove very useful.  But can it be done?

This e-zine should have articles on a wide range of topics concerning metal and neo-classical music:
                             
-music reviews
-thoughts on the future and evolution
-thoughts on improving the scene
-show’s/reviews
-stories/aphorisms/anecdotes
-philosophy
-activism
etc etc.

Well that’s all I have for now.  Comments/suggestions?

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