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Metal / Averse Sefira: hype or reality?
« on: February 06, 2010, 04:18:43 AM »
We should probably start praying at the altar of Averse Sefira or something.
Off-topic, but I never exactly got the hype of that band either. Definitely doesnt touch any of the classic pre-96 stuff and it doesnt strike me as being as heads above the modern scene as they're constantly made out to be. Maybe their live show sets them apart or something...

Interzone / An oral history of ANUS.com forums
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:27:04 AM »
For the real old-skoolers, I was focusphere...if anyone remembers, lol.
Yup I do. Those were the aether days and before, right?

Metal / Demiliche's Nespithe needs re-editioning
« on: October 14, 2007, 02:16:15 AM »
I find it amusing that 'Nespithe' was dirt cheap about 12-18 months ago. Didn't it get reissued as well? I'm sure if you were to search you could get a cheap copy still. Just not in the most obvious places.

Metal / Early Sodom
« on: July 15, 2007, 10:06:29 PM »
This thread is about everything before Persecution Mania (which I enjoy).

After trying a few times over the last few months I've decided that this is utter crap. It sounds like a mish-mash of ideas centered around "rock attitude" and ill-directed spirit. There's something there, but I do not find it worthy of celebration. At all.

From what I can tell this is a classic case of the historical importance vs meaningful art debate. Of course the two terms are not mutually exclusive, but in some cases they are diametrically opposed.

Do people actually enjoy this or is it some kind of personal charade? ie. "I have to like this for what it is." (Misdirected idealism?)

I may try again at some stage, but my quality detector isn't picking up anything so far.

Thoughts appreciated.

Metal / Golem - Dreamweaver
« on: April 12, 2006, 03:32:39 PM »
I haven't heard the early works of this band so I can't use them as a comparison, but I think that with this album Golem were onto something.

For Death Metal this is particularly dreamy, thus I'm guessing the band were at least somewhat versed in the early Norwegian Black Metal scene.

The album itself is often mechanical in aesthetic, at times reminding me of 'TWttG' era-Blut Aus Nord, but it has a different atmosphere. The album induces images of a soul lost amongst a mechanical society, surrounded by articificiality, terrifyingly alone. I think that it serves to remind us that no matter how far we distance ourselves from Nature via technology there will always be beauty for the one who seeks it. Thus, it recognizes the lasting nature of Beauty, worshipping it as an eternal form. The wandering, dreamy melodies seem to emphasise well the pursuit of Beauty, contrasted ingeniously against raging dissonance that serves as a symbol of obscurity that veils its form.

Of course, you could also interpret this as the perception of the beauty inherent amongst Chaos, but this doesn't quite fit with the sonic qualities of the album.

Mayhaps the album doesn't reach the rare occurence of perfection, but I must say it provides a good building block for someone wishing to further Death Metal as art.

Feel free to add some thoughts of your own on this album/band, but please avoid moron posts in the vein of 'this sucks' or 'great riffs, man.'