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Interzone / Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:35:29 PM »
I'd just like to point out that the DLA review of Majesty and Decay is obviously from a different voice than the previous Immolation reviews.  This discrepancy is blatant and jarring and should not exist.  If the current reviewer(s) cannot bring themselves to accept and adopt the viewpoint established by previous DLA reviews, then the site should be left alone, as a coherent memorial to underground metal and its culture. 

I have not heard the album, but that is irrelevent to the point I'm making.

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Interzone / "Generation Next" & human extinction
« on: January 21, 2010, 08:55:41 PM »
Shouldn't the "Human Race" have quit before it started making bad people?

Nothing happens overnight.  Like Homo Erectus and the Neanderthals, our species is a dead-end branch on the evolutionary tree.  Unfortunately, we no longer have sufficient geographic isolation to evolve a new branch better adapted to reality which would out-compete "generation next," as homo sapiens out-competed the Neanderthals with better connected brains.  More than likely, the human house of cards will collapse entirely, leaving a huge niche for other species to evolve into, likely from the higher order apes (chimps or bonobos - if we don't bring them down with us) again, but maybe not - who can say?  This is a rather exotic flavor of hope.

Personally, I am convinced that we cannot, at this point, stop this collapse with conscious action.  The one glimmer of hope for human beings is that the coming environmental collapse will cull the vast majority of the population, but a few with exceptional strength, skill, and intelligence will hold out until the environment stabilizes.  These individuals will adapt to scrape by during the collapse, and then evolve to best fit the new conditions post-collapse.  This too is a strange path to the fostering of hope, and almost everyone will consider me deeply cynical.  They are incorrect.

Honestly, I don't think "the end is near," but you're going to want to consider leaving the city sooner or later...

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Interzone / Rural Hessians
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:07:39 PM »
Through the majority of its history, heavy metal has been primarily an urban (and maybe suburban) phenomenon, a violent reaction to the excesses of a modern reality expressed most explicitly in overcrowded, overpolluted urban areas.  Even with the advent of modern black metal in the early 90s, the increasing prevalence of natural themes is mainly reactionary romanticism, just like the satanism, epic battles, and graphic depictions of disease which had come before.  There were a few exceptions however, and it was these bands, such as Burzum, Enslaved, Ildjarn, and Graveland, which made me feel a part of the genre, rather than just a fan.  These bands created art which wasn't simply about the natural world, but of it.

I have had an attraction to natural and beautiful places for as long as I can remember, starting with picture books as a kid, tolerating Boy Scout bullshit in order to get outside, then becoming a rabid hiker, mountaineer, and photographer as soon as I could drive, all long before discovering quality heavy metal when I was 19 or so.  Since I was a teenager, friends and family accused me of being an "escapist," to which I always responded that I was escaping to reality, not from it.  Eventually the hypocrisy of that sentiment coming from a suburbanite such as myself became too much, so I loaded up and moved to rural Alaska.  In the town that I live in, the majority of the residents hunt and fish for their meat, grow many of their own vegetables, build their own homes and furniture, etc. etc.  While our different backgrounds make seeing eye to eye difficult, the whole area has an extremely liberatarian state of mind, which I've found I get along with quite well.  I don't think I'd say I "fit in" here or anywhere for that matter, but there's no question that it's far more fertile ground for me to develop and thrive than the suburbs. 

Furthermore, I feel that any new artistic movement in heavy metal is going to expand on the rural perspective of the previously mentioned bands.  The apparent similarity of my background with members of Wolves in the Throne Room was exciting for about two days, until I listened to Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Viking Ligr Veldi back to back with Two Hunters and realized WitTR simply aren't very good.  Too bad.


Long story short, anybody else out there living in rural areas?  Grow up there or move in voluntarily?  Urbanites who want to move out?  Utopian Hessians who want to pool some cash, buy 40 acres in Delta Jct. Alaska, and live happily ever after?  Thoughts?




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Interzone / Recent Photographs
« on: November 17, 2007, 11:18:30 PM »
Several people have expressed interest in pictures I've posted here before, so here's some more, from the last couple months.





Traveling upstream through the gravelly floodplain of a glacial river, the path ascends a small rise onto a former river terrace.  On this terrace one is immediately confronted with a inescapable sense of time travel.  Along both sides maples rise into a cathedral, mossy beards hanging several feet from each limb, ferns and other growth sprouting high up in the trees.  The stand is so ancient that the individual trees are often rotted through, and shaped by winter storms into ungainly shapes that appear to defy the laws of physics.  One is struck by all the catastrophies narrowly averted which allowed this forest to develop over the last several thousand years.  Time spent here is priceless.


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Metal / Summoning
« on: April 12, 2007, 05:29:55 AM »
                              




Flesh and Blood confirms all that is good in life, death, past, and future.  Discuss, or just leave it be.





Picture by me, 11/06, North Cascades, Washington

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Metal / NWOBHM, traditional metal, power metal
« on: March 02, 2006, 02:54:36 PM »
Somewhere in a recent thread, admin mentioned that he'd really like to reveiw the many bands from the more traditional metal genres that have advanced the art in the past.  Although I don't need detailed reviews of any of these bands, I'm almost entirely illiterate to these genres beyond Iron Maiden.  I would greatly appreciate suggestions of favorite bands / albums that have made a significant artistic contribution.

Note: please don't make a list of 87 bands with no ranking or anything.  Those lists are almost completely useless.  Quality over quantity...  Please keep suggestions to 5 bands maximum, and, if you would be so kind, describe why they are good / artistic / important.

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