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Metal / Old Morning's Dawn - first thoughts
« on: April 25, 2013, 04:51:38 PM »
From what I collect - and deducing from the discrepancies between the ripped version and what the trailer sounds like - we've yet to hear the release as it actually is. In the meantime, you might want to use the trailer to calibrate your equalizers.

First impressions were rather underwhelming. Less dynamic phrasing, more of a stoic approach akin to the last Lord Wind. Dangerously Van Haleney riffs reminiscent of LMHSYF and Stronghold at times. There are lots of aesthetic choices here which seem like a step back from what was done on Oath Bound, ie. merging the atmospheric thickness of their Minas Morgul/Dol Guldur era with some of the more crowd pleasing elements of their later works in a way which was actually more conducive to telling a story. (I've always felt that it was the only album on which they actually managed to uphold a narrative from point A to Z).

Then again, after a third run some of the less immediately catchy tracks seem much more solid, which reminds me of how the latest DCD album actually started making sense as a whole after some time.

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Interzone / Ambient gabber parallels
« on: March 26, 2010, 11:59:27 AM »
99,9% of gabber music is admittedly braindead and manufactured for chimps with 2-second attention spans (no hyperbole here). This song, among others by Atari Teenage Riot, uses bouncy hardcore techno aesthetics mixed with generic Slayer riffs inserted into a punkish frame of composition.

The effect is surprisingly good: there's lots of ambient layering going on in the background, which reminds me of Beherit's "Demon Advance" in terms of how they manage to uphold the fluidity of diverse components intertwining with each other. I wonder whether it's a coincidence that Marko Laiho made a career as a gabber DJ.

After all, it's not as ridiculous as one might think. Alec Empire, the guy behind ATR, collaborated with Justin Broadrick's Techno Animal, whose first release was a masterpiece of its kind. It's a pity that Empire didn't take a hint. ATR exploring depth of sound via Dischargesque ambience rather than mainstream "rebellious" themes could have proven interesting.

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Interzone / Use social networking to your advantage
« on: February 07, 2010, 12:17:11 AM »
www.livemocha.com

Livemocha.com is a social networking site geared towards reciprocal tutoring in foreign languages.
Signing up for a course gives you an intuitive manual, tests, assignments and feedback from other users.
If you're a college/university student, you finally get a good excuse for procrastinating.

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Interzone / Neofolk that doesn't suck
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:47:18 PM »
Disillusioned with metal, I've been on a neofolk and martial industrial binge last year, looking for inspiration (then springtime and Beherit came, but that's another story).
Most of the people here probably know that neofolk basically sucks and usually serves as an "alternative" version of mainstream popular music - equally boring, but the lyrical "message" sounds cool and rebellious. It's quite surprising that the most popular neofolk acts are absolutely tedious, while there's quite a lot of interesting stuff going on in the underground. After all, Burzum, Immortal or Darkthrone are household names in the black metal community - while neofolkers clinge to crap like Death in June.

Enough whining, let's get to the recommendations.

Neun Welten
http://www.myspace.com/neunwelten

Instrumental violin+guitar. It's not Andres Segovia, but the general idea seems somehow similar.

Changes
http://www.myspace.com/changesfolknoir

These guys - who served in a local militia instead of living a hippie life in the 60s - are apparently Rolling Stones contemporaries who restarted their career in the early 90s. The bad part is that you can hear their best songs on their MyAIDS site, so don't bother with the rest of their ouevre.

Triarii
http://www.myspace.com/triariiheadquarters

This is positively great "fascist propaganda". Brass, snares and kettle drums bordering on kitsch - organised into short epics which relate to the experience of European interwar conservative revolutionaries. It's very metal once you notice that Triarii steals from Bruckner like Burzum does.

Pantheon Legio Musica
http://www.myspace.com/pantheonhq

Majestic romantic Roman music translated into a popular format. Lord Wind and late DCD fans will probably enjoy it.

Any more ideas?

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Metal / Folk "metal" without the rock
« on: November 19, 2007, 08:28:07 AM »
I've been wondering whether anyone here could recommend some folk bands/releases which keep in line with the "adventurous" outlook of metal while keeping the usual rock stylings out. Obviously, I don't mean Finntroll, Windir or anything else from the viking metal heap - more like Lisa Gerrard interpreting Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson.
To shed some more light on the matter: the only songs from Storm's "Nordavind" album that outlasted the initial hype were the minimalist vocal tracks; Isengard's "Hostmorke" managed to age in a more handsome fashion, but still, "Landet og Havet" stands out as the shortest, yet most evocative song on that release.
The ambience of Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnas comes to mind, but aside from that... I'm in the dark here. Any ideas?

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