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Metal / Sorcier Des Glaces Snowland MMXII teaser
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:35:59 AM »

Seems to just be similar production to the most recent effort. I will probably get hold of this simply because the Purressence of Primitive Forests was a disappointment for me.

Metal / Lost inheritances
« on: December 27, 2011, 06:17:12 AM »
I'm interested in certain widely listened to albums in the metal community, the influence of which has yet to be inherited, or may never be fully inherited. I can make this idea clearer by explaining what it isn't. For instance, Suffocation are probably the most imitated band in death metal, and for good or ill, their style has been fully assimilated into the hearts and minds of metallers the world over.

Atheist, despite being unique, have had their influence fully assimilated into the style of death metal despite there not being any band that I can think of who play it with the same competency that early Atheist showed.

The same can be said for both black metal and viking metal Bathory. Both styles were taken to another level by the Norwegians and others and Bathory's influence seems to have run its course so to speak.

Here are some examples of what I am talking about. Feel free to suggest others:

Obscura, Dimension Hatross, Hvis Lyset tar Oss, Minus Morgul and Dol Guldor (maybe).

Take Dimension Hatross. Gorguts, Immolation and Atheist are all obvious successes to Voivod amongst others, but I still feel that metal has failed to fully take notice of the unique approach to the genre that Voivod had. And I think one of the reasons was the period in which it was released, when the focus was shifting from a predominantly 1980s style speed metal to the death metal of the early 1990s.  

Hvis Lyset Tar Oss effectively killed black metal outright by raising the bar to a level that no one else could reach including Varg himself.

Summoning are debatable. I do not think the world needs more bands playing like them, but I do not feel that their ideas have been taken by others and transformed into something new in the same way that the Norwegian heavy weights have been.

So why has their message not been heard? Is it even a bad thing? Maybe these albums stand as proud anomalies, with only a few antecedents explaining their origin and no worthy successors.  

Metal / Fuck Morbid Angel
« on: December 08, 2011, 03:59:59 AM »

Metal / Burzum - From the Depths of Darkness
« on: October 21, 2011, 07:32:54 AM »


Just when the state of Burzum could not get any more depressing Varg has gone and pulleda  George Lucas on us re-recording classic tracks 'the way they were meant to sound'. To be released late November.

The Coming (introduction)
Feeble Screams from Forests unknown
Sassu Wunnu (introduction)
Ea. Lord of the Depths
Spell of Destruction
A lost forgotten sad Spirit
My Journey to the Stars
Call of the Siren (introduction)
Key to the Gate
Turn the Sign of the Microcosm (Snu Mikrokosmos' Tegn)
Channeling the Power of Minds into a new God

Metal / Physical Music Collections
« on: August 15, 2011, 03:21:59 AM »
I seem to remember a short article on the importance of physical music collections on the old hessian.org site. They are a physical, historical record of hessian culture along with all other old merchandise, gig tickets/posters, photographs etc.

I try to maintain a fairly large collection of CDs within financial constraints, and limit downloading. It's important not only as a personal record of my musical growth over time but also as a record of hessian history, whether it be albums as common as Reign in Blood or rarer black metal entities.

The problem with this is that if not unchecked it can devolve into a magpie mentality of obsessively acquiring more for the sake of more and kidding oneself that it will actually bring meaning to one's existence. It can quickly turn into mindless materialism that in every other aspect of my life I detest, and I detest seeing it in others. I find this to be a particular problem in the age of downloading simply because it presents a free, easy alternative to collecting music that people until recently did not have. It is also not the case that people still go to their local record store and maybe talk to some friends in the process, a couple of clicks on amazon and a bunch of albums are on their way to your doorstep.

Does this mean the magic has all but left the art of collecting music? I'm not interested in how big your collection is or what you have in it, but if you do collect records/CDs do you see the danger of slipping into this inherent conradiction. Should music collections simply be abandoned for the sake of a digital alternative?

Metal / BBC proms
« on: August 07, 2011, 03:37:38 PM »

Metal / Classic album nights
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:34:26 AM »
A growing number of music-lovers unhappy about the way album tracks are enjoyed in a pick-and-mix fashion have decided to take action.

The rules are strict. No talking. No texting. You must listen to every song on the album.

Classic Album Sundays treat our best-loved records like great symphonies and are being set up in London, Scotland and Wales.

Groups of music fans sit in front of a vinyl turntable, with the best speakers they can afford, dim the lights and listen to a classic album all the way through.

This monthly club in north London is run by Colleen Murphy and for her it is a strike against "'download culture", the sense that music has just become an endless compilation of random songs used as background noise.

"Everyone, stop multi-tasking, sit down, open your ears and do some heavy listening."


Looks interesting. A metal equivalent would be well worth attending. Much like a book club for music, maybe with discussion and evaluation after each listen.

Interzone / Ambient
« on: November 24, 2010, 09:35:02 AM »
Looking for ambient music recommendations. I'm already very familiar with Dead Can Dance, a bit of Tangerine Dream and obviously later ambient efforts from black metal artists. Any thoughts?

Metal / National Day of Slayer
« on: April 22, 2010, 07:30:22 AM »
Don't know how many of you are on facebook, but in the UK a facebook campaign got Rage Against the Machine to Christmas number one, contrived as the campaign was, it worked. It could work for raising awareness about International Day of Slayer too. Invite as many people as possible to join Prozak's facebook group and make sure they know what its about. The internent is a useful tool, lets exploit it.

Metal / Piano Music
« on: December 22, 2009, 01:04:45 PM »
I've been listenning to and playing a lot of Chopin lately, namely his Nocturnes, and Mazurkas if i'm in the mood for something a little more bouncy. Not much is mentioned on this site about piano music as the focus is on orchestral music or classical guitar, I assume this is mostly down to the links with metal.
But I believe the piano is able to communicate more moods than any other instrument. The respective works of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Lizst for solo piano show that. I have always preferred the sound of a piano over a full orchestra on a basic level (maybe because I play it), but I feel that a good piano sonata can go just as far as an orchestra in its complexity and exploration.

(I'm not that clued up on technical language so you'll have to forgive me if my point seems trivial)

Metal / The rebirth of metal
« on: July 22, 2009, 08:02:13 AM »
We have discussed endlessly how metal should revive itself. I think we are witnessing its revival right now. The source, older seminal black metal acts. We've already had a promising release from Celtic Frost in 2006. Summoning have remained strong with every album as recently as 2006. Averse Sefira's Advent Parallax album was one of their best yet. Antaues have added a new track on their myspace which sounds very promising. Beherit's latest effort suprised us all and gives a new platform for balck metal to build on. Infernus finally won the legal battle over Gorgoroth's name and a new album has been anounced, shortly followed by Vikernes' release and subsequenty announcement that new material is on the way. (I am aware that we shouldn't get too excited by the last two examples until we've heard the results, but its promising all the same). And finally the hype about the "until the light takes us" film seems to be justified based on commercials and the descrptions given by the makers of the film.

Its not a full blown revival yet I know, but we already have a new platform to build from. And maybe many young hessians can find inspiration in these older acts showing many supposedly good modern bands how its really done.

Metal / Godflesh
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:28:23 AM »
Does anyone now where to get hold of the lyrics for the Tiny Tears EP usually found on the end of their debut album Streetcleaner?

Interzone / Conditions for Art
« on: January 02, 2009, 07:02:20 AM »

"Value of the middle of the path. Perhaps the engendering of ge­nius is reserved to only a limited period of humanity. For one cannot expect the future of humanity to hold at the same time everything that only very particular conditions in some past time could produce-the amazing effects of religious feeling, for exam­ple. This has had its time, and many very good things can never grow again because they could grow from it alone. Thus there will never again be a religiously defined horizon to life and cul­ture. Perhaps even the type of the saint is possible only along with a certain intellectual narrowness, which is apparently gone for­ever. And so, perhaps, has the highest level of intelligence been reserved for one single era of humanity; it came forth (and is com­ing forth, for we still live in this era) when, by way of exception, an extraordinary, long-accumulated energy of the will was diver­ted through inheritance to intellectual goals. This highest level will end when such wildness and energy are no longer cultivated. Perhaps mankind, in the middle of its path, the middle period of its existence, is nearer to its actual goal than it will be at the end. The energies that condition art, for example, could very well die out; pleasure in lying, in vagueness, in symbolism, in intoxica­tion, in ecstasy, could come into disrepute. Indeed, once life is structured in a perfect state, then the present will no longer offer any theme for poetry whatsoever, and only backward people would still demand poetic unreality. They would then look back longingly to the times of the imperfect state, the half-barbaric so­ciety, to our times."

Friedrich Nietzsch, Human All to Human

Was reading this the otehr day and it occurred to me that perhaps this more than anything explains the rise and fall of metal. Art never exists in a vacuum and it is not simply down to the people involved why such an art failed.

Interzone / Australia
« on: May 13, 2008, 02:58:09 PM »
Doing a bit of travelling at the moment, from the uk originally. Just wondered out of shear curiosity if there was anyone from australia here who knows of any aussy bands. I've never heard anything of an Australian scene in metal, but i thought it would be interesting to ask.

Interzone / Noise
« on: November 04, 2007, 07:46:58 AM »
I've been listenning to a lot of grindcore lately, along with ambient black metal like I Shalt Become. I've also been getting into Japanese noise artists like Merzbow. I was wondering if anyone could recomend some more extreme grind or black metal bands that fit this discription. I'm not so keen on electronic noise, more blasting drums or guitar feedback. Any thoughts?

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