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Interzone / Re: Is this band unretarded?
« on: May 28, 2008, 02:20:40 PM »
Haven't heard Tulus, Hail of Bullets, or Dead Infection.

Wolves in the Throne Room seemed like they would be good at first. Turns out their ambient intros were better than their actual songs which seemed to just melt and congeal into a few minutes of monotonous mediocrity. The drums are just continuous blasting, but  don't create that rhythmic cadence we associate with ambient black metal. Often this is because the blasts are interrupted with useless fills or just don't fit the riffs well. The vocalist is also prone to burst into clean vocals occasionally which show creeping influences of emotive hardcore. This assessment is based almost entirely on Diadem of 12 Stars. It has a few shining moments, but they get washed over by all the filler. Their next album The Two Hunters sounded a bit more promising but I've only heard small portions of a couple tracks.

Summoning is great and seems to be a parallel to newer Graveland. I think they put too much emphasis on their LOTR influence, though. My favorite songs of theirs are on Stronghold, which is where they stray farthest from that niche, despite a few lyrical references. I think that their approach and sound is a fertile womb for the future of black metal. It's something that needs to be elaborated on with more intensity. All that aside, I enjoy their music greatly and listen to them often.

Necrophagist is a great of example of how too much emphasis on technical prowess can ruin a band. As musicians they are great, but their compositions are bland and devoid of any high meaning. No point wasting your time on this band.

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Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: April 06, 2008, 03:27:53 PM »
INTP. I always seem to get that whenever I take one of these. The descriptions always describe my personality really well too. While many contemplate the uselessness of such tests and how they can really guide behavior into fitting into their guidelines, I see them as a way to highlight one's strengths and weaknesses.

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Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:18:30 AM »
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I assume you're talking about people choosing mates and not the evolutionary term?


What's the difference? Sexual Selection in an evolutionary sense refers to specific traits being passed on because of the carriers being selected by mates usually for that trait. A lot of traits start off as mutations and don't become common unless they prove desirable in a survival situation or are seen as attractive. Example: Blonde hair. What the original poster is highlighting is the issue of the common man making poor mating choices thus leading to offspring which reflect these choices.

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Metal / Re: Metal: anti-emotion
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:38:50 PM »
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Is racism an emotion? If it is then NS-BM is as faggy as emo shit.


I think we've already established what we are talking about is "emotionalism" not just emotions. Racism isn't an emotion anyways, it can be motivated by emotion but it's definitely not one.

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Metal / Re: Metal as modern mythology
« on: February 18, 2008, 01:07:41 AM »
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Strange you mention Joseph Campbell.  I remember reading The Power of the Myth several years ago and just last night took another look at it.  It seems very interesting, but I'm not sure where metal fits in...I should probably read it again.


Try out Hero With A Thousand Faces. His concept of the heroic cycle is extremely compelling. Campbell's take on mythology is definitely refreshing, and it the philosophical concepts he explores can be applied to countless situations.

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Metal / Re: ANUS reader torches church
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:36:59 AM »
How do you know he read ANUS?

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Interzone / Re: Classical guitar
« on: January 31, 2008, 03:00:22 AM »
I want to learn classical guitar technique but apply it to electric bass. Should I just try to get the right hand positioning and fingering right and then transpose some classical guitar tabs?

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Interzone / Re: Our Animal Brothers
« on: January 15, 2008, 01:53:41 PM »
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i can respect people that are kind to animals and such, especially in a world where they are dominated and tormented by a renegade mutation of a chimpanzee (humanity). but i think having 'pets' is just an extension of that human domination of the animal world and overall it's something i don't want to be associated with.


I somewhat agree, but it is possible to have a symbiotic and not exploitive relationship with an animal. It usually leads to coevolution. If overdone it creates animals that depend on humanity to live. If there is abuse, it is obviously not a healthy relationship. Also the Chimp and Man share a common ancestor, they are not directly related. So you need to work on your misanthropic insults a little bit.

Canines definitely pair well with humans. For hunting and protection they can be indispensible. A dog also benefits from the shelter, stable source of food, healthcare, and companionship a human provides.

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Interzone / Re: Our Cultures
« on: January 01, 2008, 05:49:08 AM »
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There were advanced cave civilizations in nearby Scandinavia, and German forest people at the same time. Do we place more importance on cities, or on culture?


Good observation. I was going completely by the anthropological definition of civilization which is characterized by urban centers, heavy stratification and specialization, centralized leadership, currency, writing, etc, etc. What it really comes down to though is that the word civilization gets thrown around to mean all sorts of things. Also once people are aware of its true definition, they make another mistake in assuming civilization is automatically "better" than the more "savage" societal types such as band, tribe, and chiefdom. I think just about any can serve their purpose but really civilization is the hardest to get right.

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Interzone / Re: Is democracy really the problem?
« on: December 31, 2007, 04:05:49 PM »
Nothing can really be distilled down to having a singular and absolute primary cause. There are many factors in any situation. The question you should be asking is not whether democracy caused the current situation, but is democracy really needed in order to have a healthy functioning society?

As for the realities of what is called democracy these days, those who don't vote are in fact participating. They are exercising their right not to vote and their apathy has a political impact. You also mention advertising, which just shows one of the many reasons democracy doesn't work. The majority of people are stupid and are easily fooled.

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Interzone / Re: World Peace
« on: December 28, 2007, 07:24:14 PM »
Deutsch:

Ich erbreche auf das Kind Gottes.



note: Wasn't sure on the gender of Kind, it's been awhile.

edit: Thanks, fixed.

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Interzone / Re: User reviews
« on: December 27, 2007, 02:50:18 AM »
Maybe these should be added to the site reviews, setup sort of like the way amazon and similar websites do it. Not sure if they should be automatically added like that, but you could use such a system but screen the reviews before they're posted.

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Metal / Re: Are Gorgoroth immensely under-appreciated?
« on: December 23, 2007, 05:33:48 PM »
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I'm still quite intrigued by the apparent use of the legal system to solve this dispute, as clearly none of these people own rights on the name "Gorgoroth" (which because of the LotR films is now back under copyright).

The trading rights to the name Gorgoroth are owned by New Line (part of Warner group), so expect to see the Gaahl version of Gorgoroth signing to Roadrunner (also Warner group) in 2008..!  ;D


It was settled in Norwegian courts so I don't think American copyrights have anything to do with it. The only way they could probably get into legal trouble with it, is the use of their name in America. Even then you'd need whoever owns the copyright to give a shit about it, or even hear of them.

Gorgoroth's been shit for years. Pentagram and Antichrist are great but I don't think I've liked anything else from them. That Ghaal guy seems remotely interesting (if only for his Nietzschean references and interest in shamanism; I can't stand the satan bullshit) but I'm not a big fan of his vocal work or the music as a whole while he's been part of the band.

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Interzone / Re: Where will ANUS/Corrupt be in 20 years' time?
« on: December 22, 2007, 07:18:33 PM »
I've actually thought of being a park ranger. Sure the pay is shit but it seems like the type of job that one would find much joy in, and puts one in a position to preserve culture and nature. Right now I'm working on my Bachelor's in Anthropology and that's one of the suggested degrees for becoming a park ranger. I'd like to do some work in archaeology, though. I think being a park ranger could be something I pursue later in life, or between graduation and grad school.

Another thing to remember is the non-profit sector. I'm sure the majority of such organizations aren't doing much but there has to be some good solid ones tackling real problems straight on.

An interesting side-effect of doing these sorts of work is the great likelihood of networking with others who pose great promise of ideological harmony. These people may not only agree with the social commentary of ANUS/Corrupt, but also have first hand experience dealing with this issues and are in positions to create at least a small bit of change.

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Interzone / Re: Our Cultures
« on: December 21, 2007, 09:24:27 PM »
You can't quite call a society a civilization until urban centers have developed. Until earlier cities are uncovered, Mesopotamia will continue to be held as the earliest site of civilization. I hear there are some promising sites further east, though, in modern day Iran.

One thing to consider: is civilization really a concept worth bragging about? While it has many advantages, there are consequences to go along with it.

Ancient Ireland is very interesting though. Her caste system, which bares great resemblence to the Vedic equivalent, seems to have a lot of merit. Roughly separated into Priests, Warriors, and the Common People. I think those three divisions are good simplifications of the roles of individuals.

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