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Metal / Eucharist
« on: June 22, 2014, 01:42:20 PM »
While the DLA doesn't outright condemn this band, it seems it is excluded from the 'pantheon' of greats. And yet, I cannot get enough of their first album 'A Velvet Creation'. Most songs are well constructed and are centered around a main theme supported by meandering but relevant explorations. The handful of shaky arrangements are overcome by the expert ear for melody on display. This release was light-years ahead of its contemporaries, including In Flames, Dark Tranquility, even Unanimated. Why 'A Velvet Creation' never became a household name among melodic death aficionados is beyond me, but it probably had something to do with the muffled guitar tone and the unstable line-up. This unfortunately meant that Eucharist's above-mentioned less-than-stellar peers provided the template for future melodic metal, killing a nascent subgenre before it could ever reach maturation (some might consider TRitSiO the zenith of this style, and it was clearly enormously influential on it, but I would say that album is more closely aligned with traditional death metal due to the preponderance of non-diatonic riffing).

While Eucharist's debut is an essential part of the collection of anyone even remotely interested in melodic metal, their second outing 'Mirrorworlds' is an interesting listen but not much more than that.

You can download the band's discography off of their website in MP3 192kbps:

Interzone / Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
I think blogspot/storage locker downloading is going the way of the dodo.

My computer has < 100 mp3s on the hard drive. I stream 95% of my music via Spotify or Youtube. I use what.cd if for some reason I want the files. Haven't used a blogspot download in years.

Will audiophile still be relevant in a year? What about 5 years?

Interzone / Live Eagle Cam
« on: April 05, 2013, 05:49:51 PM »

I know there's a lot of animal cams out there, but these guys aren't captive. If you're lucky you get to see the dad bring some prey back to the nest.

Metal / Death metal riff types
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:19:06 PM »
ITT we identify, and classify, and name death metal riff/phrase types. Other types of metal are fine too I suppose.

Please link to the riff on youtube (you can do this by pausing at the part of the song where the riff starts and right-clicking, then selecting "copy video URL at current time") to maximize clarity and learning.

Power Chord to Tremolo Phrase (feel free to help me name these)
Example #1: Obituary - Dying
Example #2: Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
Example #3: Infester - Excoriation Killz the Bliss

This extremely common death metal riff is takes a set of intervals, eg a melody, and creates two permutations: One played in power chords,  and one  tremolo picked. This riff creates contrast through a simulated change in timbre. I'm not sure who originated this riff style, but I'd like to know.

The Pedal Tone Riff
Example #1: At the Gates - Forever Blind
Example #2: The Black Dahlia Murder - The Window (WARNING: PEDOCORE)
Example #3: Kreator - Under a Total Blackened Sky

This riff style -- having its origins in speed metal but consummated by At the Gates -- is omnipresent in Gaythenburg melodic "death metal" and metalcore. It consists of a repeated note played at the lower end of the scale that alternates with various higher scale tones, forming a melody. Typically much less blocky and much more consonant than traditional death metal riffs, it's debatable whether or not this is death metal riff at all, but rather a heavy metal neologism.

The Gallop Riff
Example #1: Slayer - Raining Blood
Example #2: Sacramentum - Spiritual Winter
Example #3: Iron Maiden - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The gallop riff was widely used by NWOBHM and speed metal bands. although uncommon in death metal, it still crops up occassionally, usually as a nod to influences. Contrary to popular beleif, gallop riffs do not consist of triplets but of two sixteenth notes and a quarter note, or any proportional arrangement thereof. The this rhythm is be played on a lower tone in the register, serving as rhythmic and harmonic groundwork for a bar or two of melody interspersed symmetrically between gallops.

The Transmutation Phrase
Example #1: Suffocation - Breeding the Spawn
Example #2: Deeds of Flesh - Path of the Weakening
Example #3: Hacksaw to the Throat - Cascading Down (Ignore the name - this is some of the best post-2000 metal)

The transmutation riff consists of two riffs, A and B. Riff A can be divided into two sub-riffs, A1 and A2. Subriff A2, at the end of riff A's repetition cycle, becomes the basis for riff B. Thus, riff A transmutes into riff B. This technique is popular with 'brutal' death metal bands. If you know how to describe this technique in formal theory, do tell.

More to come...

Interzone / Conspiracy theories
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:51:54 PM »
Probably the dumbest, most asinine form of activism arises from this phenomenon.

I remember the old CORRUPT.ORG had a great article on conspiracy theories that admitted the mega-rich do exploit loopholes in the system to sway politics one way or the other, but emphasized the the fact that the problem is the people, not the elites -- does anyone have it saved?

Interzone / Anti-Semitism
« on: April 10, 2012, 07:39:12 PM »
I think he has good ideas. One on one conversation is the best way you can change minds. In the last few weeks I have "converted" numerous people into being aware of the Zionist plot as it relates to cultural decay. Ron Paul websites are where it's at nillas.
Why is it the Zionist's fault our culture is in decline?

Interzone / ANUS.COM, why do you want to kill me?
« on: April 06, 2012, 09:19:50 PM »
I've never taken an IQ test, but I found a site that matches your SAT score with different IQ scores and it came up that I have an IQ score of 111. My question here is, why do you want me to die?

I'm not dumb. My teachers always have said I'm a good writer. I'm just really bad with math and shit. I love reading, but I must admit, I probably play videogames more than I read.

I love life, and I know I have something to give back to the world, no matter what you guys say. I walk dogs for a local animal shelter and am an all-around a nice guy.

Not that I'm concerned I'll be the victim of your idiocide. Good luck convincing all those +120s to kill their friends and family.

I come here for smart discussion with fellow metalheads, but honestly, what the fuck is up with this genocide shit?