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Metal / Re: Decibel 100 best black metal albums
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:35:19 PM »
Venom was "Black Metal" back when the term didn't have meaning, but so was any band that wanted to label themselves as such. Much as how Metal lifers have adopted 'Hessian,' the Black Metal period took the name that was waiting for it.

Nitpicking aside, they're a solid Rock 'n Roll band.

That Decibel list is marginally better than expected from that awful magazine, but still pretty color-by-numbers.

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Metal / Re: Mille or Ventor!!
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:05:41 PM »
Kreator should get a standalone vocalist who is already interesting enough to not feel compelled to give a speech about how much more x city "rocks the house" than y city, or how we "all remember this one." Probably wouldn't hurt them to do a call-and-response gimmick that's shorter than the song they play after it once in a while.

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Metal / Re: anus.com top 15 death metal albums torrent!
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:37:01 PM »
Excellent torrent, will seed the living hell out of it.

Since the file hosting format in Audiofile is already very efficient, why not use torrents to host collections like this one, or perhaps even some essential live performance videos? I'll start putting something to that effect together.

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Metal / Re: Is black-metal vocals a version of guttural?
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:25:47 PM »
Somewhat of a tangent, but it's amusing that as a vocalist, I have a much harder time distinguishing between growls, rasps, etc. than I did before I knew how to do them. Think of it as the opposite of how most people an instrument, where you just "go for it" at first and then build of a knowledge of theory and learn to master more scales, in addition to a lot of ear training.

With vocals, I learned to breathe and not to destroy my ability to speak first. Then I just listened along to records and kind of just did whatever. Now I have no clue what I'm doing, but singing along to None So Vile doesn't hurt, so I'll assume it's working out pretty well.

Anyway, assuming guttural is basically the lower sounding style that Death Metal bands started using the in early 90's, I'd say Black Metal vocals are often more simple and higher pitched, but in many cases having better projection. Or creepy monk singing.... Attila.

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Interzone / Re: Need someone to take over Neoclassical Hub
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:21:11 PM »
I'd also be glad to lend a hand. You're referring to the DC++ hub, right?

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Metal / Re: Trends that appear to have died
« on: September 26, 2013, 12:26:03 PM »
Relying on a considerable amount of public transportation daily, (I'm not talking about amtrak here, that's for sure) I tend to be at the mercy of an mp3 player and lower quality headphones - though not earbuds, thankfully.

That being said, any physical format is a step up. CDs really are quite good for Classical Music and digitally recorded Metal, and obviously anything recorded analog sounds incredible on vinyl. Having a good stereo system is key, and I even suggest digging up or buying a cassette player if you have some tapes in good condition. (tricky, but worth it if you like 80's Death Metal!)

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Metal / Re: Sludge Metal
« on: September 21, 2013, 06:30:25 AM »
Crowbar are very cool, and Neurosis have stayed consistent after delving into this style.

I really like Acid Bath. Haunting Metal with the same cold and unsettling atmosphere as The Doors, or perhaps a pessimist version of Danzig's "how the gods kill." Their vocalist Dax Riggs now plays hit-or-miss indie pop, which is certainly better than passing it off as Metal, at the very least.

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Metal / Re: NWOBHM, Doom: Best Of
« on: June 28, 2013, 01:47:55 AM »
I certainly love Pentagram. Also on the older side of things, I consider older Uriah Heep to be Metal. Listen to Rainbow Demon and Gypsy!

Black Sabbath, definitely. Candlemass on first two albums are superb. I also agree on Angel Witch and Judas Priest's Sad Wings Of Destiny. Iron Maiden's debut is flawless. I had always avoided having a "favorite song" until I heard Phantom Of The Opera. The perfect romanticist blend of early punk and progressive rock.

Motorhead are rock n' roll but it still never hurts to mention them in any discussion whatsoever!

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Metal / Re: New "Old School Death Metal"
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:44:04 PM »
Morgengrau and Cruciamentum are great. I got to see the latter this weekend at MDF, and thanks to the semi-coherent hired goons that made up the venue security, I only caught the last song. (last show, too?)

Blessed Offal is one to hear, for sure. Increasingly great Death Metal in the vein of Incantation and maybe some older Finnish bands. They're also from Boston, where punk/hardcore influences are often to be found even in the most intricate of Metal. This is subtle for them, but adds a much more aggressive effect to the already cavernous riffing.... imagine being blindfolded and punched in the stomach repeatedly in a sewer tunnel. (unless you're into that kind of thing!)

Hopefully they'll have a full length out soon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMV3UjoUedE

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Interzone / Re: Maryland Deathfest: Who's Going
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:03:40 PM »
Shallow or not, socializing with folks who post here between bands sounds better than milling around and watching the smelly crust punks who keep sneaking in. I'm the shorthaired fellow in the Nunslaughter shirt and what appears to be Steve Irwin shorts.

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Interzone / Re: White Nationalism
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:17:10 AM »
Do any of you actually feel any pride in being the same colour as that mass of people who are the same colour as you? I mean, knowing what most of them are like, and how they behave, do you feel any real kinship?

I am guilty of splitting grammatical hairs when it comes to the term pride. Clearly, it is illogical to immediately be proud of one's self over the race that they are born into. Celebrating and preserving their culture is often the act that the ethnic idea of "pride" refers to, though - whether or not all others within the group may adhere to these values. Admittedly, this a way of life that one could rightfully be proud of.

Nationalism could be seen as the act itself of continuing a culture's traditions in the way of land, order and civilization. It is also a fairly specific term often used in a far greater sense of the word.

Yet again, it looks like simple words have gotten in the way of a concept that has outgrown them!

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Interzone / Re: Maryland Deathfest: Who's Going
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:20:49 PM »
I'll be there for the duration of the festival. My flight is getting in around 11 AM, so I'll probably just be hanging around the Sleep Inn where I'm staying until heading to the Derketa show. This is my first time at MDF, and it would be good to meet up with some DLA/DMU Hessians.

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Metal / Re: Cut Your Flesh And Worship Satan?
« on: May 19, 2013, 10:44:29 PM »
As stated already, Black Metal takes the concept of mythic narrative even further than previous incarnations. More often than not, it seems as if the band members themselves are projected through the music into what I personally like to call "amplified beings," or the embodiment of a (generally brutish or malevolent) nature within their being/personality.

One good example might be Evil of Marduk. By all accounts I have heard, Morgan Håkansson certainly does take his music seriously onstage and off, but of course has an "outside" human life just as anyone. However, Evil would then solely be the demonic, war-scarred guitarist for Marduk, brought in and out of this plane during set rituals.... Performance, Recording, ect. This is at least one major function of corpse paint, "stage names," and the like.

In that respect, Dead and arguably Euronymous are examples of the danger that lies in this exploration.

I know little about Antaeus more than the CYFWS album, but one could probably assume such a general outlook. Ultimately, it comes down to the music itself. This is, like many things, all observation.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:00:52 PM »
NON
Blue Cheer (yeah this should be obvious, but I'm wondering what album I should start with)
The Mentors

NON are arguably the pinnacle of aggressive electronic music. I suggest a compilation of their more gripping material called Easy Listening For Iron Youth. Also, their album God and Beast is essential, especially the closing track.

Just start in chronological order for Blue Cheer! They manage to be both heavy and fun, like a slow Motorhead in that regard. 

Speaking of fun, it's hard not to find The Mentors hilarious. Their music is obviously silly, but enjoyable in moderation. Their You Axed For It! & Up The Dose double album is worth having around. Despite his eventually fatal alcoholism, El Duce was the finest troll that that world of daylight has ever seen.

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Metal / Re: Group project: metal esoterica
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:46:30 PM »
I'd like to know what Absu is carrying on about.  What is the connection between Sumerian and Celtic mythology?  How much artistic license is being taken?  I'm not really familiar with Celtic legend.

From what I can tell, Absu will release a cycle of albums and EPs based around a specific pantheon and set of tribal lore, and then repeat as such with that of a different culture. I don't believe they necessarily have a direct correlation in the grand scheme of the band's discography, though I wouldn't be surprised if Proscripter began to create (or reveal) thematic links between them.

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