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Audiofile / Danzig
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:40:06 PM »

Glen Danzig - Black Aria (1993, SendItz)

Metal / Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 02, 2013, 04:38:16 PM »

This is pretty bad news considering how integral Hanneman was to Slayer.  I guess I saw it coming because he hasn't played/seen other band members for almost two years now.  It is going to be a solemn June 6th when it roles around this year.

Interzone / Sikh Temple Gunman Part of WN Hardcore Band
« on: August 07, 2012, 06:55:25 AM »

Wade Michael Page, the man accused of killing six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, was a member of a white supremacist band called End Apathy, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and in a 2010 interview about the band had expressed disappointment with a “sick society.”

On MySpace, the band’s most popular song is called “Self Destruct,” posted in 2006. Many of the band’s lyrics, where intelligible, express a generic sense of alienation. A few lyrics from “Submission”: “Compassion is a weakness,” “adapt to the trying times or pay with your life,” “refuse to think for yourself, you want to be led!” “Unable to see the big scheme / you could care less what it means / you don’t deserve to be saved / Submission! You’re a slave!”

An interesting development in an otherwise standard mass shooting.

Interzone / Colorado Batman Massacre
« on: July 20, 2012, 05:19:50 PM »

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes left different impressions on people he encountered in life. At the University of California, Riverside, where he graduated with honors in neuroscience in 2010, he's remembered as brilliant.

"He was an honor student, so academically he was at the top of the top," University Chancellor Tim White said at a press conference. "He really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us, graduating with highest honors."

But back in the northern suburbs of San Diego, where Holmes grew up, friends came and went from his house all day. His father, surrounded by police, left for Denver early Friday morning.]

Interesting that these shooters are exclusively the quiet, marginalized, white male, aspergers nerd types.  I wonder how long it is going to take for the media to find his manifesto and start a witch hunt over its contents.

Metal / World Wide Metal Band Distribution Per Capita
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:27:58 PM »

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Interzone / Metalheads make a lot of music
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:08:13 AM »
Sadly enough, metalheads, in my experiences, are at least ten times more likely to play an instrument or compose music than fans of other music.  Real fans of classical and jazz music might get close.  Participation in a scene might not be as twenty years ago but you'd be hard pressed to find another fanbase that has more people that have picked up a guitar/bass/drums at one point.  How many listeners of rap music have tried to mess around on a sequencer before?  Metal seems to inspire a desire to try to contribute that other genres do not.

Interzone / Kubrick and Nihilism
« on: September 14, 2010, 04:18:40 PM »
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with the indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

After reading this quote from Stanley Kubrick, I started to think about the works of Kubrick and their relation to Nihilism.  A great deal of his films seemingly deal with various ideas compatible with Nihilism such as the indifference of human values on the universe as a whole (Barry Lyndon), the Ubermensch (2001), and the problems with modern egalitarian society (A Clockwork Orange).  While not every idea of his falls into nihilist thought, it would seem the overarching goals would.  Is it possible he is the most prominent modern nihilist director?