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Metal / Re: Shane Bugbee interviews Behemoth's Nergal
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:27:10 AM »
Some people really take their time developing their worldview from intuitive but inarticulate rebellion against modernity to a conscious conservatism... Nergal seems to be on the right track though.

That was my way of exploring classical music as well. This Emperor set will cost a LOT more than my collection of 300+ classical vinyls did in its entirety.

Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:51:57 AM »
This is bad, and to some extent unnecessarily so.

VV could have dozens of better musicians stand in line to fill in the vocals, he'd only have to ask in a facebook update. This applies to some other (canned) instruments and the production as well.

Emptiness is the best song here by far. Still too poor a rendition to really warrant a re-issue. The worst is 'Ek fellr', a song so impotent that, if anything, it shows why European culture deserves to die. Inbetween are some songs that swiftly develop to a point where the melodies are left to drone on idly for far too long -any variation merely superficial- and then they end.

The old Burzum pieces usually had at some point a dramatic change of perspective that proved there were realms unknown to mindtravel about. That was music for brave, adventurous people, whereas the new songs remain cosy cardboard trompe l'oeils at best.

VV apparently lost his ability to construct songs that gain relief as they progress. The youthful spirit is definitely gone; it looks like ideology has taken over. At least they put the full album on YT themselves, the background image saying: 'Burzum - using music to promote European culture'. There's nothing more to it either.

This album is a lazy, cynical, self-conscious piece of propaganda. I'll take Brett Stevens' praise as I did with World Painted Blood.

Metal / Re: CD degradation
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:10:19 AM »
The PDO 'disc bronzing' phenomenon aside, none of my hundreds of 1983-1993 cds show any sign of internal degradation. Should I expect shit to happen anymore after 20+ years?

Another factor could be pickyness of equipment. I once had a Kenwood set that wouldn't play half of my 80s cds, whereas my current Philips probably plays communion wafers if I let it.

Metal / Dead: H.R. Giger
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:07:15 AM »
H.R. Giger, whose horrific, biomechanical art-style defined the world of Alien and Prometheus, passed away yesterday from injuries suffered when he fell down his stairs at his home, according to sources.


Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:41:57 PM »
NiDHOGG uploaded another rarity: http://youtu.be/_SKjmL72WGE

Interzone / The media is retardation.
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:55:17 AM »
Haven't the UK tabloids been like this since they were conceived? Maybe their misleading, hysterical, alarmist habits have entered 'quality' media.

I don't really follow the news, and I miss no information of value. If there's an Ebola outbreak in my town I'll hear of it soon enough. In hindsight, I could have saved myself tens of thousands of hours of reading news in my life. It was useful until a certain phase of development, learning to read and all that. After that it became just a habit.

Interzone / Re: The 'Domain' of Man
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:21:44 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, 10:06:42 AM »
The power of art certainly isn't in meta-data.

Metal / Re: Imposition - Memento Mori (DM.org user composition)
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:13:15 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, 03:16:05 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, 11:50:38 AM »
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, 03:42:43 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, 08:05:20 AM »
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, 11:58:59 AM »
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:

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