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Metal / Lykathea Aflame
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:44:48 AM »

A recent find of mine, various internet resources seem to have very high praise for the album. Normally, inconsistency in musical style through abrupt aesthetic change within a song makes me dismiss an album or band immediately, but this was too highly regarded to ignore, and I really enjoyed it.

What are the thoughts here on it?

Interzone / Lord Howe Island Walking Sticks
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:27:20 AM »

Seems good at first, but there is something perverse about species conservation of this manner. Hundreds of individuals bred in a captive population from the same two parents.

Metal / Coroner and Tech-Thrash
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:56:52 PM »
What are the feelings here on the band Coroner of Switzerland?

Also Technical thrash from bands like Coroner and Obliveon seems to be the genre best fitting intellectual styled lyrics. This stuff, especially material from "From This Day Forward" era Obliveon and late 1980's/early 90's Coroner, seems to be very consistent in it's approach; more complexity in song writing over standard thrash equates here with intellectual lyrics.

Interzone / Destruction Festival 2
« on: October 30, 2008, 09:32:12 PM »
Concert Review

After getting lost several times in the sordid catacombs of northern New Jersey, we arrived at Hartley's tavern in North Arlington, the chosen venue of the Destruction festival 2. Apparently it's the second one. The scenery of North Arlington in proximity of the taven was some of the crappiest architecture I've ever seen. A strip mall would have been refreshing in the cramped, congested streets of this town.

The bar was replete with what seemed to be genuine metal listeners, with the common baggy dark funeral shirt wearing stoner type notably absent from the gathering. Most of the females in attendance appeared as though they had spent their birthday money at hot topic preparing for the occasion and one woman, maybe 30 years of age, was wearing corpsepaint, which annoyed the hell out of me. I bet she thinks euronymous was a total bad ass. Cloothing with Beherit logos seems very posh amongst the New Jersey metal crowd.

Anyway the schedule went something like this:
March into the Sea
Witch Tomb
Prosanctus Inferi
Father Befouled
Full Blown Aids
Legions of Astaroth

We arrived during one of the first two acts, I'm not quite sure which because out of the first six bands only Father Befouled had anything individuating in their music, sounding simmilar to Mayhem's Wolf's Lair Abyss; phrenetic pulsating black metal that caught the attention of many. Prosanctus Inferi was also good but with no vocalist the performance seemed incomplete.

Seth Putnam and Full Blown Aids came on after an extended break in sets and managed to revive the event with their grinding punk music which seemingly undermined the banality of black metal imitation prevailing that night. Seth Putnam in his brazen malice was singular amongst the intentionally reserved and pseudo-morbid personalities taking the stage prior. A few anal cunt songs were featured in their set.

Legions of Astaroth put pig heads on small brass altars and burned incense.

Engorge have a solid and convicing blackened death metal sound that they execute well. They do however seem to take themselves far too seriously considering the content of their lyrics (song titled "kingdom of blackened sexual misanthropy"). If this is an attempt at satire, I'd say thier missing it.

Profanatica came on stage around 1am and despite only playing for 20 minutes and Paul Ledney's vocals being audible for half that,  were certainly the most profound act of the night. Ledney took the stage in sweat pants with long white socks on and a generic hoodie, a subtle mockery it would seem. Their echoless and frontal guitar sound tore away the fashion that black metal has become, providing content for an expression that is aestheticized and almost stupid. (Legions of Astaroth seemed Stupid) They managed to play five songs before the cops arrived and shut the bar down. 

Metal / Importance of packaging/cover art
« on: August 25, 2007, 09:00:42 PM »
From what I've seen, the death and black metal genres sometimes use extremely intricate and epic depictions as cover artistry, while other times there is nothing more than an image of rotting flesh, or a black and white "grim" photograph of a tree.

Without pointing out the obvious aspects of this inquiry, what effect does the cover art and pamphlet design have on the impact of the listening experience, if any? Or how important is it that a band design the packaging in uniformity with the sound? Can a poor and misleading design detract from the overall impact of the art?

I bring this up because there is definitely something much more rewarding in buying and collecting musics with the proper packaging instead of downloading MP3's or getting demo copies.

Metal / Noisecore
« on: August 13, 2007, 11:53:48 PM »

Interesting style of sound to look into if you can stand the complete anti-music of it. Presents a competent social idea and drives it home with blasts of noise chaos using traditional rock instruments, derailing the interest of anyone who doesn't understand the intent of its creation. In a way, the ultimate answer to the industrialization of entertainment.

Metal / Quebecois black metal
« on: May 11, 2007, 10:57:01 PM »
It would appear as though most black metal post 1997 exhibits the same redundant and rehashed concepts that made the originators in Norway great, however I observe the modern scene in Quebec to have many similarities to what happened in Norway in 1989-1994. The sound of Quebec black metal is unique enough to be credited as a subgenre, heavily laden with nationalist feelings that are transfered through a unique style of writing melodic passages that manage to evoke a cold and picturesque feel. While most bands from the area do not make metal worthy of individual mention, as a whole they deserve observation for staying true to the art and not dumbing down their music with self-pity and other new age agenda.  

A few interesting projects are
Brume d'Automne
Ciel Nordique
Héritage Mystique