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Interzone / What's Recording a New Album Like? (Tips, ect)
« on: July 16, 2011, 02:28:07 PM »
My roommate recently recorded some music at a professional studio for the first time.  It isn't finished yet because the other guy lives out west, but I did get an earful about how it could have been done more efficiently had he known more about the process. 

Does anyone here have advice to help up and coming musicians make the most of their time in the studio?  I can direct exact questions to my roommate later on, since we won't be speaking until at least later tonight.

Practice is an obvious must.  But what else?  What are some common mistakes metal groups make that can be avoided?

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Metal / Great Solo, Ambience-Driven Metal
« on: July 16, 2011, 02:19:59 PM »
This is where Windham Hell really shines.  The riffs definitely take a back seat to the leads:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME-KIRvr3tI

Just one example among many.  They were definitely on to something.  And it's a shame Leland apparently couldn't find a replacement for Eric.  Moribund suggested another Windham Hell record was all set to go - this was several years ago - but either the recording process never took place, or the guy was flat out lying.  A damn shame at any rate.

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It's nothing brilliant, but it gets the job done.  I'm talking about:

Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Grave - Into the Grave
Massacre - From Beyond

I find them to be fun listens.  Nothing special, but useful nontheless.  Cianide probably fits in there as well.  I want to mention Autopsy but they might have just fallen ass-backwards into the stuff of legend, great as they are.

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Interzone / Topics Missing Around These Parts?
« on: July 16, 2011, 01:25:48 PM »
The title speaks for itself. 

There are a lot of smart people here, but maybe some are too shy to speak up and ask for a new direction of conversation, while others are too bashful to admit they have useful knowledge to spread.

Either way something must be missing given how quiet it gets here.

Mention what you'd like to hear about - or better yet, start a topic if you're knowledgeable - and we'll all benefit.

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Interzone / How to rip off 80's King Crimson (A Fun Program)
« on: July 16, 2011, 12:45:37 PM »
http://www.sembeo.com/media/Matrix.swf

Just drag your mouse across the squares.

1000 points for whoever recreates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO2BIf12xnQ

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Metal / Is BURZUM Patterned off of Anything?
« on: July 15, 2011, 03:05:31 PM »
I don't mean in spirit.  Did Varg get his sound from any documented source that you guys know of?

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Metal / New MORBID ANGEL Album to be Released on 6/2/11
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:31:31 AM »
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French label Season Of Mist has just confirmed to BraveWords.com that the as-yet-untitled new album from Florida extreme metallers MORBID ANGEL will be released on June 2nd and is being described as "something between the bizarre and their classic sounds."

http://www.bravewords.com/news/156441

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Metal / Srping '11 DANZIG Tourdates Confirmed (US, UK)
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:28:54 AM »
APRIL 29 Fri. - LAS VEGAS, NV.- HOUSE OF BLUES
30 Sun. - VENTURA, CA.- VENTURA THEATRE

MAY 2 Mon. - SALT LAKE CITY, UT. - GREAT SALT AIR
3 Tues. - BOULDER, CO. - BOULDER THEATRE
4 Wed. - KANSAS CITY, MO. - VOODOO
6 Fri. - AUSTIN, TX. - STUBBS BBQ
7 Sat. - CORPUS CHRISTI, TX. - CONCRETE STREET
9 Mon. - ORLANDO, FL. - HARD ROCK
10 Tues. - ATLANTA, GA. - CENTER STAGE
11 Wed. - ASHEVILLE, NC - ORANGE PEEL
13 Fri. - RICHMOND, VA. - THE NATIONAL
14 Sat. - SAYREVILLE, NJ - STARLAND BALLROOM
15 Sun. - ALBANY, NY - NORTHERN LIGHTS
17 Tues. - BALTIMORE, MD. - BOURBON ST.
18 Wed. - WESTBURY, NY - WESTBURY THEATRE
20 Fri. - PITTSBURGH, PA. - STAGE AE
21 Sat. - COLOMBUS, OH. - ROCK ON THE RANGE
22 Sun. - MILWAUKEE, WI. - THE RAVE
24 Tues. - GRAND RAPIDS, MI. - ORBIT ROOM
25 Wed. - ST. LOUIS, MO. - POPS
27 Fri. - ALB., NEW MEXICO - SUNSHINE THEATRE
28 Sun. - TEMPE, AZ. - MARQUEE THEATRE

JUNE 10-12 DONNINGTON PK, UK DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

http://www.danzig-verotik.com/danzig/tour.html

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Metal / Kerry King Joins MEGADETH on Stage for First Time Since 1984
« on: October 26, 2010, 12:37:57 AM »
Here's a video with the explanation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Ig6y0kojI&feature=related

And here's a video of the actual song - Rattlehead - with much better sound quality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qbSO0Lbmo

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Danzig, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust, Marduk and Withered are scheduled to perform on & at:

OCTOBER

25 Mon. ALUQUERQUE, N.M. SUNSHINE THEATRE
27 Wed. LITTLE ROCK, ARK. THE VILLAGE
29 Fri. SAN ANTONIO, TX. SAN ANTONIO LIVE
30 Sat. HOUSTON, TX. WAREHOUSE
31 Sun. DALLAS, TX. PALLADIUM


NOVEMBER

2 Tues. KNOXVILLE, TN. VALARIUM
3 Wed. LOUISVILLE, KY. EXPO FIVE
4 Thur. BUFFALO, N.Y. TOWN BALLROOM
6 Sat. DETROIT, MI. ROYAL OAK THEATRE
7 Sun. CHICAGO, ILL. CONGRESS THEATRE
9 Tues. MINNEAPOLIS, MN. CABOOZE
10 Wed. FARGO, N.D. VENUE
12 Fri. DENVER, CO. OGDEN THEATRE
14 Sun. SPOKANE, WA. KNITTING FACTORY
15 Mon. SEATTLE, WA. SODO
16 Tues. PORTLAND, OR. ROSELAND
CALIF. Dates TBA

http://blackestoftheblack.com/

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Metal / DM/BM Groups on the Verge of Creative Sucess
« on: July 31, 2010, 10:51:55 AM »
I was hoping some people here could provide band names and links to artists who seem to be on the brink of releasing something great: their current material is good, but there's a little more work to be done before it becomes legendary.

One I've been playing a few times per day is Necronaut's "In Dark Tribute" featuring a (or some) members of "Dismember."  The second track sounds like a great continuation of "Autopsy," although I wouldn't be surprised if it's a cover.  Whatever the case, very promising.

http://www.myspace.com/necronaut666


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Metal / GENE HOGLAN'S Instructional DVD Now Available
« on: June 09, 2010, 09:14:06 AM »
Preview

http://www.hoglanindustries.com/main.php?lang=en&page=News&node=News

I'm not drummer but I do enjoy some of this guy's work, and I appreciate the way he describes it for what it is.  Might be worth watching for a few out there.

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Metal / New AUTOPSY Material Coming Soon
« on: June 03, 2010, 08:34:27 AM »
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Having just completed their comeback appearance at the Maryland Death Fest, since originally laying the band to rest over 15 years ago, it is time for Autopsy to embark upon a fresh spree of brutality.

A new EP, entitled The Tomb Within, with artwork from renowned horror/fantasy artist Matt Cavotta, will be released on Peaceville Records in August 2010. Furthermore, a new studio album (the band’s fifth) will be released early 2011, to be called 'Macabre Eternal'.

It can also be announced that Autopsy will be infesting European shores in August with 2 very special & exclusive headlining shows, at Party.San Open Air festival & Norway's Hole in the Sky festival.

BAND STATEMENT:
"As many of you know, for years it has been repeatedly stated that Autopsy was over with and done for good. While that was indeed true for a long span of time, it is no longer the case. Autopsy has come to the solid realization that the time is now right to resume their mission of gore soaked death metal brutality and to fulfill this mission with maximum intensity. Make no mistake about it, Autopsy is not about reliving the past, basking in nostalgia or riding on efforts from years long gone. The band is hungry to devour fresh minds and souls and has been amassing an arsenal of new and deathly material to unleash upon those who also hunger for such brutality.

The surgical instruments are being sharpened and a pure death metal assault of the most horrific order is underway as you read these very words.

On behalf of the band, thanks goes out to all who relented and simply would not allow this beast to remain in the grave. Your persistence will be met with unspeakable and unapologetic sonic atrocities. Let the blood flow...."

http://www.peaceville.com/autopsy/

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Metal / Study Reveals the Science Behind Horror Movie Sound Tracks
« on: May 30, 2010, 10:06:15 PM »
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Researchers have cracked the mystery of why horror-flick music causes goosebumps.

Freak-out film scores, from the screeching violins in the shower scene of "Psycho" to the two thundering notes played over and over as sharks attack in "Jaws," have one thing in common: they mimic the cries that wild animals in distress have used for millions of years, UCLA researchers said in a study published this week.

Scientists call these cries, screeches and screams "non-linear vocalization" and say they are louder, higher-pitched and more sudden than normal noises animals and humans make.

Animals make the disturbing noises in emergencies to warn of danger or cry for help, and all land vertebrates may be hard-wired to respond.

The study used computers to analyze the soundtracks to iconic scenes from 102 of the most popular films of Western cinema, determined through on-line polling.

Horror movie soundtracks were chock full of disturbing "non-linear" sounds, the study published in the journal Biology Letters found.

The original 1933 version of "King Kong" pioneered the terrifying technique by tampering with recorded animal sounds to make them even more unpredictable and disturbing, researchers said.

Until now, filmmakers probably didn't understand the science behind what they were doing, the study's lead researcher, Professor Daniel Blumstein, told The News.

"I think they've been doing it instinctively," he said.

Blumstein jokingly worried his findings will be put to evil use by future film-makers.

"They're going to manipulate our emotions in more complex, devious ways," he said.

LINK

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Interzone / Libertarians and the Environment
« on: May 02, 2010, 01:16:47 PM »
I admire figures such as Lew Rockwell and Alex Jones. This is simply because they never stop in their pursuit of uncovering and spreading horrible truths.  Hats off to them for that.  But their take on human population and the environmental toll its needs pose are laughable.  I touched on this earlier HERE.  But it seemed a bit out of place so now we have this thread.

As luck would have it, Lew Rockwell himself recently posted a rather lengthy treatise that exposes the clear humanist, short-term thinking nature of his stripe of Libertarians.  

They understand the economy in terms of maximum production, but they're unwilling to own up to the ramifications of far too many people demanding far too many products.  To them every human is sacred and simply cannot be denied the right to a life of excess, even if this policy makes existence miserable for everyone in the long run.

Below is a snippet of Mr. Rockwell's ideas followed by a link to the entire piece:

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MCDONALDS: I've always admired McDonald's. It put restaurant dining within the reach of the average American, and made cross-country travel less of a culinary roulette. But these days, the gold on those arches is looking a little bit green.

For 15 years, McDonald's put its hamburgers in styrofoam boxes, and no wonder. The containers kept the food hot, clean, and dry, and the foam even absorbed grease.

Styrofoam was a wonderful invention, as anyone who's ever held a paper cup of hot coffee can testify. Light, strong, cheap, and insulating, styrofoam was a consumer godsend. So naturally, the environmentalists – whose declared enemy is the consumer society – despised it.

The Environmental Defense Fund persuaded McDonald's to ban styrofoam as "bad for the environment." By this, they do not mean the customers' environment, since paper leaves a hamburger cold and soggy much more quickly than styrofoam.

The environmentalists say that styrofoam doesn't biodegrade. But so what? Rocks don't biodegrade either. Why should we mind styrofoam buried under our feet as versus rocks? Because styrofoam is manmade, and therefore evil, whereas rocks are natural, and therefore good.

Non-ecological factors may be at work, however. Edward H. Rensi, president of McDonald's U.S.A., said the company can "switch to paper and save money." And if the customers don't like it? What are you, a spotted owl murderer?

I'm impressed by his grasp of history, but his understanding of science along with his view of the future is troubling.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/anti-enviro.html

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