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Interzone / Re: The 'Domain' of Man
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:21:44 PM »
Ugh classical is even worse. If I see another non-german speaker use "fantastiche" to a Schubert song, I'm going to step on my own testicles.

Where did you see that being used? The unnecessary use of german language seems to be a thing among liberal intellectuals here. In any case I'm all for stepping on others' testicles.

Interzone / Re: On the function of art
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:06:42 PM »
The power of art certainly isn't in meta-data.

Metal / Re: Imposition - Memento Mori (DM.org user composition)
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:13:15 PM »
Listening to Noumenon, I imagined there were several songs played simultaneously, their respective melodic values cancelling each other out so that melody can hardly be perceived. I see how it's supposed to tie the EP together, but that feels kind of forced. This song made me want to listen to Den Onde Kysten...

Metal / Re: Imposition - Memento Mori (DM.org user composition)
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:16:05 PM »
I like this EP a LOT. The ambient track aside, this material is full of potential where it's not already excellent. I'd especially like to hear the ideas in 'Seppuku' developed (quite) a bit further. It's really just the first half of a song. WHERE THE HELL WILL IT LEAD?

Interzone / Re: Coursera introductory classes on Classical music
« on: November 30, 2013, 07:50:38 PM »
Just a couple of lectures in, these courses have already been very helpful for me. Thanks a lot! Highly recommended.

Metal / Re: Decibel 100 best black metal albums
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:42:43 AM »
I think that aside from the omissions already mentioned, Summoning and Zyklon-B should be included too and rank somewhere in the top 50.

Interzone / AIDS: the benefits.
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:05:20 PM »
Greeks self-inject HIV for money

'HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission to drug-substitution

Al Jazeera

Interzone / Re: The Case Of The Mysterious Shoe.
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:58:59 PM »
Speaking of London foxes... I'd never seen one from close by until I spent an afternoon in Highgate Cemetery earlier this year; the visit rapidly turned into a wildlife safari. Foxes there aren't all that skittish; you can spot them running around all the time, jumping from stone to stone, pooping on Marx's grave, etc. They probably use tombs and open graves for shelter. Appropriately for such a place, we stumbled into a dead specimen as well. And the squirrels feast on the flowers left by mourners:

Interzone / Roger Scruton
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:39:32 PM »
He mentions metal in an essay called 'The Decline of Musical Culture'. He rejects metal for its aesthetics, including the 'anti-harmonic' power chord, then goes on to prove this 'ugly' music is also morally objectionable by quoting Nirvana lyrics.

However, this is an understandable slipup by an otherwise very interesting thinker. Like other cultural-conservatives, it's mostly common sense you'll hear him say. I suspect that in his writings, he constantly feels the need for abstract frameworks of 'logic' to subject his otherwise clear intuitions to, in order to make it count as 'philosophy'.

Metal / Re: First Gravity Roll blast Beat ever in death metal?
« on: November 17, 2013, 09:08:15 PM »
Not exactly DM but still...

Interzone / Re: Beethoven - Große Fuge, op. 133 (Takács Quartet)
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:27:01 PM »
Already more than familiar with the intricate and twisted music you mention, I've re-listened all the quartets. It's mostly that I find the G.F. hard to digest in itself, and that I adore the individual movements of opp. 130 & 132 but fail to get the big picture. G.F. was supposed to be the finale to 130, but it feels an era of musical development is missing between them. My cd lists it as the finale of 130, with the later finale following it. Kind of absurd.

Interzone / Re: Beethoven - Große Fuge, op. 133 (Takács Quartet)
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:44:11 PM »
If I have divined the secret of any Beethoven piece, it sure isn't op. 133. Those late quartets still elude me...

Metal / Re: King Diamond and face paint
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:48:08 PM »
The acting out of this 'Wild Hunt', or a similar march of the dead, was a common tradition in Indo-European communities. Traces of it can be found in current day celebrations, most prominently in remote regions of the Germanic countries.

Perchten are associated with midwinter and the embodiment of fate and the souls of the dead.

Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly in the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and whips and bells.


Main traits:

-Anticipating winter solstice
-Young men masquerading as the deceased/demonic
-Wreaking havoc at night, making a lot of noise, frightening the citizens
-disciplinary action towards the bad/immoral

The Germanic männerbunde's rites of initiation should be well documented by serious historians, and I'll post here if I find out more.

I think the metal facepaint relates to primitive masque-cults like those mentioned above, where the wearer of the mask was supposed to become or get possessed by the deity/demon/whatever the mask depicted. Not as an atavism per se, but instrumentally. It's a device for inner transformation, to de-humanize, to unlock inhuman powers, to contact the gods, etc.

Metal / Re: King Diamond and face paint
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:41:51 PM »
Not sure if this is common knowledge here or anywhere, but there are some old traditions in Indo-European culture that that uncannily resemble certain traits of metal culture.

In some Germanic communities, the tradition of representing the Wild Hunt at winter solstice had black-clad young men, face-painted to resemble the dead warriors, run amok through their villages at solstice night- screaming like beasts, punishing those who misbehaved that year.

Another aspect of the rites of passage for males was that, at certain age, boys would be 'abducted' from their homes to live in the woods in feral conditions for some time, as they were prepared to re-enter society as responsible men. I don't remember the exact sources for this, but one author even mentioned the young men weren't allowed to cut their hair during this period.

If someone can point me to relevant studies in English I'd be much obliged.

Metal / Re: anus.com top 15 death metal albums torrent!
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:34:01 AM »
My ISP blocks the original URL. If you can't reach it try this one:


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