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Metal / CARCASS Reunion North American Tour Dates
« on: August 03, 2008, 07:13:23 PM »
I'm not sure if this message is redundant, but surprisingly it seems as if this information has yet to be shared on these forums:

Sep. 05 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Sep. 06 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Sep. 07 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
Sep. 08 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Sep. 09 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sep. 10 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Sep. 11 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
Sep. 13 - Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
Sep. 15 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Sep. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
Sep. 21 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

They are performing on the other continents, of course: http://www.myspace.com/carcass

You can avoid Ticketmeister's extra fees for select performances here: http://carcass.outerloopmanagement.com/

If anyone is interested in meeting up prior to the NYC show, send me a PM.

Interzone / Trolling
« on: December 21, 2007, 07:45:54 AM »
 Why Troll?

Trolls are people without pretense who enjoy poking holes in the people who are trapped in pretense. Ideotrolls do this to advance an agenda, namely "reality," in a modern society where it has gotten too easy to go into denial. Ideological trolling pokes holes in that facade and it is to that end infoterror.com is dedicated.

Reality as modern people see it is defined by social pretense. We assume certain things are fact and attack anyone who dares state that the emperor has no clothes. This is why trolls are anonymous. We know that the largest segment of society wants us to die for simply having realized these basic truths of reality. Most people prefer to be in denial.

This denial is protected by social pretense, like "morality" or "progress" or "status." Any time some upstanding member of the community is shocked their daughter is caught smoking crack, or is horrified by some realization from science or philosophy, social pretense is punctured. Social pretense is what protects the individual from critique.

In crowds, we love it because it makes our deficiencies sacred cows that cannot be slaughtered. If any troll rises up and points out the principle that makes us see our deficiencies, we want that person dead. Trolls however serve a useful purpose in that they re-introduce us to reality, and when we see reality, we have a chance of acting on it and producing a non-failing society. Our current society is failing, but it violates social pretense to say that. We keep polluting, going to tedious jobs where we accomplish nothing of value, chasing material solutions to our inner emptiness and living in the ugly commercial-symbol-ridden cities we have made. We are all miserable and none of us trusts society. At best, we get some kicks from feeling superior to others.

Civilizations like this die out because no one is committed to reality any longer. We live in this world of politeness where no one defecates or dies, and where everyone is "equal," and only bad people disagree. As humanity breeds out of control, uses up resources, and kills off anyone intelligent enough to see that we're living in our own techno-feces in ugly cities with ugly passive aggressive people, we come closer to again facing reality.

However, our society is designed around avoiding reality. We think it's more important if most people think they want something, than if it's actually what they need. This is expressed in our sacred cows of democracy, capitalism and equality. We like to think we endorse religious freedom, but really we only accept religions that please the crowd by telling them that if they sign here, they'll become immortal.

It's very immature. In fact, it's pathetic. Anyone with an IQ over 120 can look out at this society and see that it is essentially talking monkeys with car keys out of control, enforcing a fantasy world because they can't handle reality. Your society sucks. It produces nothing great, and in the name of making us all equal, it makes us equally miserable. Except for trolls.

Trolls are underworld insurgents. Because you the crowd have suppressed reality, you have created a false reality that floats on top of the physical reality in which sane people live. Yes, I called you all insane. Trolls connect the worlds by pointing out the contradictions in your "progressive" illusion. You claim that you know better, and are morally ahead, and trolls will force you to confront your real motivations: gaining status by putting other people down, stealing all the money you can, and hiding your perverse deficiencies with layers of pretense.

In the underworld, such motivations are recognized as real, because all we have in the underworld is reality itself. We don't trust the rest of you. We do trust our sense of realism, and we like it, because that way we do not become useless, neurotic, self-obsessed first world people with nothing of significance to do in their lives. Having reality to struggle for gives us meaning, even if we don't have BMWs.

We know you hate us because we are free of the neurosis. It is a devil's bargain to suspend reality for the comfortable world of your own mind and the products you buy. This materialist outlook saves you from criticism, but because you get no feedback from life, you drift farther and farther away from the meaning that comes from struggling to achieve something in life. You become useless, and hate yourself, and you hate us for telling you that.  

- From http://www.infoterror.com/internet_activism/why_troll/

Metal / Act Now (Or Be Seen For What You Are)
« on: December 21, 2007, 05:21:13 AM »

1. Those who are too selfish to spend five minutes a day believing in anything. These people are self-destroying.

2. Those who can act. These people dedicate their time to posting this to blogs and forums, and then post a link back here:

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We at Corrupt.org don't think democracy has us on the right track. Populist movements fail because they succumb to decadence and lose vision of a Whole that is greater than the individual. The end result is usually environmental destruction, civil war, decreased intelligence, etc. Everyone from Plato to Spengler to [url=http://www.corrupt.org/data/files/unabomber/]Ted Kaczynski[/url] knew this.

Subsequently, we're trying to get the word out on logical alternatives to democracy. We've currently opened up our merchandise department, which offers "End Democracy" bumper stickers.



You can get these at the [url=http://www.corrupt.org/act/merch]CORRUPT merchandise page[/url]. The sale is non-profit and does not put any money in CORRUPT's pockets. These are the people who brought you, among other things, [url=http://www.hessian.org/]Hessian Studies[/url] and [url=http://www.anus.com/metal]The Dark Legions Archive[/url], the net's oldest underground metal resource.

If you can't spend the time putting this message around the net, then you're not serious about your "beliefs." You're posing. You're making excuses. You're being selfish. You're a parasite and you're expecting us to keep socially supporting you while you do nothing. Is that the future you want? Oh, you didn't think of that... you only thought of yourself, and you think that's cool because actually, you don't believe in anything. You're drowning in your own despair and you lack the balls to admit it.

Metal / Translating The DLA
« on: December 17, 2007, 01:30:14 PM »
We're fortunate enough to have a diverse group of people who frequent these boards. We here at the ANUS HQ are calling on all those who have a working knowledge of another language to help translate some of the articles on the DLA to their respective tongue. While the "Opinions" pieces are probably the top priority, insofar as they're useful "cut-and-paste" Infoterror material, the reviews, interviews and the"Philosophy of Metal" piece should not be neglected either.

It would be best for volunteers to chime in here, so that kinsfolk are able to establish contact with one another and take on assignments without any foolish overlap.

Metal / Corrupt T-Shirts
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:17:03 AM »
...are now available here.

They look like this:

Cost is $12 within U.S. and $17 international (which is reduced to U.S. price for subsequent t-shirts).

These would be a great way to promote ANUS/Corrupt at metal concerts!

Metal / CORRUPT Supporters Vandalize Rutgers Campus
« on: October 25, 2007, 09:56:52 AM »

I'm surprised there are a few idiots out there willing to put Hessians at risk of further stereotyping. Aviator sunglasses were so 1986!

Interzone / Chaos Reigns
« on: October 24, 2007, 11:18:04 AM »
All of mundane reality is ruled by Chaos. I've pieced together an incongruous montage dealing with chaos theory. Feel free to read from the top down or the bottom up:

Excerpts rom the "Opacity" blog by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan:

61  Aesthetics & Religion [Platonicity & Empiricisms]: Two Interesting Thinkers –In More than One Respect

Religion has very little to do with “belief”; it is an indivisible package of aesthetics, ethics, social-emotional commitments, and transmission of κηρύγμα, a set of customs and rituals inherited from the elders. Indeed the complication of “belief” is mostly a Western Christianity type of constructed problems, and a modern one at that: ask an Eastern Orthodox monk “what he believes”, and he will be puzzled: he would tell you what he practices. [I discussed the “amin” in an earlier note].  Orthodoxy is principally liturgy, fasting, practices, and tradition; it is an ornate religion that focuses on aesthetics and requires a very strong commitment. “Belief” is meaningless; practice is real. What we now translate by “veneration”, προσκυνει is literally bowing down to the ground a very physical act [Note that I am not partaking of the current debate on religion out of disrespect for almost all the participants: aside from being journalistic in the worst bildungsphilistinistic sense, particularly when they talk about “probability”, most are not even wrong].

Two thinkers stand out: the pagan apologist Libanius of Antioch (friend of the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate) who attacked Christianity for the very same reasons he would defend it today against such philosophasters as Dawkins –its destruction of the old practices, the abandonment of the accumulated mysteries, it simplistic move away from classical erudition. And, mostly, its belief. Libanius was a formidable orator, the last Greek purist in Syria. More on him, later. The second one is Saint John Damascene one of the fathers of the Greek Church, the one who attacked the iconoclasts and to whom we owe the restoration of icons.


51 Distortions and Cultural Contagion

Peter Bevelin commented on the previous note linking it to the “fallacy of silent evidence” –survivorship bias [cf. glossary of The Black Swan]. He sees the compounding consequences of such distortions on cultural formation. Replication compounds distortions since new distortions will take place at every step;  we lose track of the original and the true. Distortions have Fat Tails. [It resembles the distortions in Merton’s cumulative advantage].

Indeed things, Peter, are far worse. Dan Sperber’s model of contagion that I’ve tried to explain to anyone who could listen to me is that things do not replicate without an agenda. These are notes I took after a long Sunday afternoon conversation at Deux Magots.

The anthropologist, cognitive scientist, and philosopher Dan Sperber has proposed the following idea on the epidemiology of representations. What people call “memes,” ideas that spread and that compete with one another using people as carriers, are not truly like genes. Ideas spread because, alas, they have for carriers self-serving agents who are interested in them, and interested in distorting them in the replication process. You do not make a cake for the sake of merely replicating a recipe—you try to make your own cake, using ideas from others to improve it. We humans are not photocopiers.

The idea of Sperber (counter the ideas of Blackmore, Dawkins, and other people who wrote on this before him) is that memes don’t resemble genes. The comparison is naive, too naive –one of those naive analogies. Culture has no DNA; it does not replicate mechanically like genes –errors in replication are neither independent nor random: they are, I repeat, self-serving; self-serving! [Ref: See Sperber’s Explaining Culture. For Dawkins, see his foreword to Susan Blackmore’s book on memes. Luckily it seems that Dawkins and Blackmore have been cured of the meme theory].

49 How Can You Tell a Cultural Philistine?

I received plenty of questions about the Bildungsphilister in my Black Swan Glossary. Trivial: someone commoditized in his knowledge and tastes, lacking idiosyncratic traits. Say someone who likes Matisse because it is the thing to do and, when he travels, makes sure to visit Impressionist galleries arts museums in order to be sophisticated (true someone may be genuine in his love of Matisse but it should come from personal trial and error, after disliking the sculptures of the third floor, not because the vagaries of the auctioneer’s hammer. The same Bildungsphilister would have scorned Matisse before it penetrated our consciousness). Or someone who tells you that he “loves French literature” and then announces that his favorites are Flaubert, Sartre, Camus, literally authors commonly selected in a French literature class (there are thousands of French authors so you know that it is not his taste that is driving him, but that he is following a script and borrowing his selection from general accepted guidelines. It would be different is he said Modiano, Cesbron, Déon, Vian, Allais, Bove, Gary, and Elsa Triolet. No two people have the same tastes so why should someone be exactly lined-up to the common canon?). The Bildungsphilister has a pathological vulnerability to cultural constructions. The same applies to the philisto-academic: he just follows topics used by others, ranking them by importance, without a shade of intellectual independence. In fact in academia the great dominant majority of workers are Bildungsphilisters, with a small minority of persons in possession of a brain on their own. It is even more widespread among philosophers: In fact I am still looking for a philosopher who could explain to me why the problem of induction is called “Hume’s problem”, not Huet’s problem.

So I find it always suspicious when someone’s erudition matches the common culture, with minimal variations. Or when someone’s bookshelves match the Penguin classics section at Heathrow airport. Typically they a know a few things but they are not truly driven by intellectual hunger. They might do well in school because they focus on the curriculum, given that they have no taste of their own.

A Scientific Approach to Chaos

The role of the mind in interaction with this world. It works through analogy.

A Lorenz attractor:

"The I with which I see God is the I with which God sees me." - Meister Eckhart

Ask anybody what the physical world is made of, and you are likely to be told "matter and energy." Yet if we have learned anything from engineering, biology and physics, information is just as crucial an ingredient. The robot at the automobile factory is supplied with metal and plastic but can make nothing useful without copious instructions telling it which part to weld to what and so on. A ribosome in a cell in your body is supplied with amino acid building blocks and is powered by energy released by the conversion of ATP to ADP, but it can synthesize no proteins without the information brought to it from the DNA in the cell's nucleus. Likewise, a century of developments in physics has taught us that information is a crucial player in physical systems and processes. Indeed, a current trend, initiated by John A. Wheeler of Princeton University, is to regard the physical world as made of information, with energy and matter as incidentals.

Metal / ANUS-wide Meeting, 2/10
« on: October 07, 2007, 11:28:59 AM »
Those of us in the NYC area would like to invite ANUSians from across the world to participate in a group meeting on the weekend of February 9-10. The event will be highlighted by a celebration of the arts on that Sunday, during which members will attend a performance of Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle" at the Avery Fisher Hall, followed by the Rotting Christ/Immolation/Averse Sefira concert at BB King Blues Club. The days prior will be characterized by smaller local outings throughout the tri-state area.

Flights from the West Coast start at around $300. In return, you will have the chance to meet with a potentially large group of like-minded folk, an event that is sure to contribute to your confidence in the potential of our motley crew. You can visit Ground Zero, or the Met. You can disrupt the set of a film production.  Visit Princeton University in central NJ, where you can gawk at pompous douchebags who are even more out of touch with reality that an inner-city crackhead. Finally, we hope to invite the members of Averse Sefira to join us at Bartók that Sunday, if they are able to get to NYC in a timely manner.

This is not a remarkable, "chance-in-a-lifetime" type of event. It is, however, an opportunity to find the social support you need in a world that ceases to amaze with its stupidity. Many are unconvinced that ANUS operates at this level, and we hope to debunk this misconception.

We are willing to accommodate as many persons as we can in each of our homes. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

P.S. Apologies for the general incoherence in presenting this event. I do not claim marketing to be my forte. Read behind the lines, and see this mesage for what it is.

Metal / "End Democracy" Bumper Stickers
« on: October 07, 2007, 10:58:43 AM »

Metal / Washington, D.C. Meeting 11/2-5
« on: September 20, 2007, 01:55:23 PM »
In order to satiate my faggy treehugger inclinations, I will be in Washington, D.C. between November 2-5th, attending PowerShift 2007 (http://www.powershift07.org/). If anyone else plans on being there, or resides there currently, let me know if you're interested in meeting up. It's important for there to be at least a few conservationists present at these sort of functions, as they provide the perfect opportunity to share information and opinions with those who might be more receptive to the idea that we are indeed approaching a time where radical action needs to be taken in order to preserve the human race.  

For college age visitors to these boards across the U.S., I recommend seeing if your campus' environmental club is planning on attending. Registration for the event is amazingly cheap: $20 until October 1st (and $40 after this deadline). Please dissociate the gimmicky nature of the event with the opportunity inherent!

Metal / ANUS/Corrupt Hessian Meetings in NYC
« on: August 09, 2007, 03:52:37 PM »
We are hoping to have a few more Hessians join us to attend a performance of Mozart's "Requiem" at 8pm on Friday, August 24th at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Third tier seats cost $35. There will also be a free performance of traditional Chinese music at the plaza an hour before the concert. If we are able to gather enough attendees, perhaps an earlier meeting will be considered, to allow for some socialization.

Hessian attire is mandatory: younger persons seldom attend these events, and it would worthwhile to bridge the connection between metal and classical for those generations who dismiss the former as "noise". Causing moral outrage among yuppies is an added bonus.

We ARE the intellectual and spiritual elite; society is on the cusp of recognizing the fact that it is the peculiar, iconoclastic spirit that has maintained high culture.

Metal / Hesychasm
« on: May 18, 2007, 08:35:26 AM »
At the risk of creating a superfluous thread:

We are seeking a drummer to complete the lineup for our death metal band, which is based in the NYC area (more specifically, we are located in central NJ). This promises to be the best act out of our state since Symphony X!!! A demo tape is already in the process of being completed and will summarily be sent to record labels in the middle of the summer. Whereas a drum machine was employed for this task (with limited success, I might add), we wish to be prepared to enter the studio with a session drummer at the very least, if not someone who is willing to pursue touring in the near future.

That said, we hope to establish contact with interested persons. We have a few qualifications:
-Superior intelligence, as the lyrical content of this band transcends the subject matter most often entertained by current bands.
-Technical ability, endurance and imagination. I compose music with drum tracks already in mind, and more often than not the guitars and drums should work effectively to recreate the counterpoint exercises of Bach. Subsequently, as there is only one guitarist (and no bassist, see aforementioned qualification for admittance into band), I wish to ensure that sound space is tastefully manipulated, and that the two instruments complement each other correctly. Also, compositions are longer than the general death metal song, so endurance is a must!
-A sense of humor, as this is already a prerequisite for survival in our modern times, let alone for long hours spent together in practice, and on tour.

I will send the pending demo tracks to anyone who is genuinely interested in completing our lineup. As a slight indication of our sound: we employ elements from influences as far-ranging as Demilich, Voivod, early Deicide, early Sinister, in addition to incorporating black metal passages in the vein of Sacramentum and Immortal...some would say that there are even allusions to Ildjarn. European folk music is explored, and we forsee further development in this direction. While our aim will be to delve deeper into the reunion of black and death metal as envisioned by Immortal's "Blizzard Beasts" our sound is nonetheless original--counter to the trend of "if you like, try..." bands. Furthermore, we do not employ solos.

Ultimately, if you recognize the underlying reason for the current state of stagnation in metal as its inability to rid itself of "rock-isms" and acknowledge, as a connoisseur classical music, that the true origins of metal are to be found in a bygone era, then drop us a line!

Ou expectation will be for the chosen candidate to incorporate the suggested patterns already established for our songs and be ready to enter the studio with us as early as July. As we have yet to perform live and build a popular base, this might be necessary before now-capitalist record labels can consider producing our album. Such would be a slight obstacle, easily overcome.

Thank you for your time!

My email: speedmetal17@msn.com

Metal / Learning to Play Piano
« on: July 05, 2006, 11:16:13 AM »
Could anyone direct me to quality online sources that provide introductory exercises for playing the piano? I intend on digging up my Vivaldi prelude exercises from guitar, but the primary hurdle that I face is differentiating between my left and right hand; from guitar to piano, the complementary relationship is not isomorphic (although I suppose I do have a significant advantage over one with absolutely no musical training).

Metal / Re: The Root of all Evil
« on: June 22, 2006, 04:08:11 PM »

Richard Dawkins was a founding member of British Symphonic Black Metal band Bal-Sagoth

Metal / Humorous Misinterpretations of Lyrics
« on: May 11, 2006, 08:48:47 AM »
I'm sure that we've all popped a CD into the player for the first time and, in trying to appreciate the music as a whole (instead of observing particular sequences, or instruments as one would after a few more listens), one would just barely hear what is being said and respond with anything from a chuckle to a burst of laughter--for in exchange of the written lyrics, we have quickly attempted to fit in a logical phrase of the often indiscernable vocals.

My favorite reinterpretation of metal lyrics can be found on the Atheist "Piece of Time" album, in the song "I Deny."

What I thought I heard:
"Must God be such a whore, and why?"

What is written:
"It's God's way says your horrid wife"

Feel free to post any of your own misinterpretations; or if any oft-overlooked lyrics are genuinely absurd to the point of laughter, point it out!

As metalheads, we're part of a group of people who can enjoy our music with every facet of our mental faculties, whether it be in sincere appreciation, or in jest of human foibles and folly. That, to me, is the mark of strong character--when we can do the same at once. (Ever notice that your sense of humor is slightly different from those of "normals," who back away from any genuinely self-deprecating discourse and amusement?)

Have fun!

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