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Interzone / Re: Non-Metal
« on: February 19, 2005, 12:45:53 AM »
I have no great love of popular music outside metal, for the most part.  Listening to cheesy pop works about as well as anything.  I suppose you could try Univers Zero, sounds like death metal written for older instruments.

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Metal / Re: Post-2000 albums
« on: November 23, 2004, 09:22:21 PM »
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I found Decrepit Birth to be a much less focused and powerful version of what Disgorge was trying to do.


I think DB (and DoF actually) are more "melodic" (in the style) but structurally complicated, Disgorge are relatively more straightforward in terms of songwriting but more spazzed-out to the point of being nearly random in their riffing.  Disgorge  doesn't really convey much of a feeling for me.

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Metal / Re: Metal master's thesis
« on: November 20, 2004, 04:16:12 PM »
Well, he did lay out the appeal of radio metal pretty clearly, if with an overly positive spin.  

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Metal / Re: Post-2000 albums
« on: November 20, 2004, 04:08:42 PM »
If you really want to stretch the definition of "brutal death" out I think most of the death metal I listen to could be called brutal.

As for the Suffocation style, a few of my most listened-to post-2000 releases are those by Deeds of Flesh and Decrepit Birth.  Disgorge seem underestimated compared to other bands in the style but I never entirely got into them.  Brodequin never quite struck my fancy but they're not really worth singling out to criticize, either.

Actually, my one "what the hell?" band off of that list was Wyrd.  I heard Vargtimmen Pt. I for the first time recently and I can only wonder... why do people like this band?  Boring, repetitive and one-dimensional.

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Metal / Re: Post-2000 albums
« on: November 16, 2004, 06:16:08 PM »
If we're talking about black metal I'm drawing a complete blank.  Seriously.  Maybe something will come to me later.

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 16, 2004, 06:09:29 PM »
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As you said yourself, it's probably the best to come out in years, so that's gotta be worth something,  


Eh, you got me mixed up with somebody else, my assessment was:

"The guy doing the interview seems smart and articulate.  As for the music, it's about par for course as "good" modern black metal goes: there's nothing conspicuously wrong with it but I still don't think it's worth bothering with. "

...which still stands, although I've sort of warmed up to them.  If somebody held a gun to my head and forced me to buy a 2003-2004 black metal album I might get "Genevieve"... if I couldn't find the latest Blut Aus Nord or Deathspell Omega in stock.  

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Metal / Re: Seeking opinions?
« on: November 11, 2004, 06:15:19 PM »
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Moonblood
Deathspell Omega


They fall into that large class of modern black metal bands that I can't seriously fault people for listening to yet am not really fascinated with myself.

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 11, 2004, 06:12:52 PM »
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 As for the Sort Vokter and Demoncy comparisons, I can't even comment.  :o  :-X


Not Sort Vokter, not even just a leeeetle bit?  Yeah the Demoncy connection is, uh,  more tangental...

Creativity/innovation/quality/whatever is more a matter of what they're playing than what device they're playing it on, and what VC's playing has just not floored me with its innovation.  They look good when you're stacking em up against other minimalist black metal bands, but in a larger context I don't think they're nearly that big of a deal.

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 11, 2004, 01:04:18 AM »
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Yes, you could turn it all around, or you could do the logical thing and listen to the music for what it is, not worrying about what kind of cereal they were eating while recording.


Absolutely, I completely agree.  Btw, weren't you just praising this band up for their unique ideology and condemnation of Satanism 5 minutes ago?  

I don't want to argue about what sounds trebly and what doesn't, but at the very least VC have a recognizably "black metal" guitar tone.  It's not that far out of left field.

I wouldn't peg VC for completely ripping off any particular band but I'm quite sure I've heard slow repetitive minimalist riffs + simple fast drumming on a black metal album before.   It's definitely "remotely close" to Darkthrone or Burzum or Sort Vokter or Demoncy ('Joined in Darkness'), not to say there aren't important differences just like those bands are different from each other.

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 10, 2004, 09:16:15 PM »
Well, you could turn that around.  Who praises this band without mentioning that they almost never do interviews, they have "alleged" ties to ELF, etc...

I'm listening to the album right now.  Saying that this is completely original and unique is sort of pushing it.  Maybe it's original and unique among other constantly blasting minimalist ambient black metal albums.  

If I hadn't read about it I never would've guessed that there was any complicated contraption behind the guitar sounds.  There are other bands that have gotten unique sounds without really odd set-ups, at least as far as I know.  It generally sounds like a trebly black metal guitar with some ambient effects (possibly keys) in the background.  

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 09, 2004, 06:05:52 PM »
And I thought the whole world had gone mad.

About the only thing Genevieve has going for it is the way the band's reliance on the guitar tone makes it closely resemble "real" ambient music at points.  And you could argue about how much of an achievement that is.  Or how unique a quality that is.

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Metal / Re: Seeking opinions?
« on: November 07, 2004, 03:39:31 PM »
Anaal Nathrakh - I've tried listening to Codex Necro a couple times, it sounds good for about a track-and-a-half then I stop caring.  Br00tal, anyway.

Arckanum - Kampen can cure insomnia

Mysticum - the overdriven industrial drumming is a neat idea but I thought the music as a whole was sort of plain.  Given the fact that the band has made their album available for free, you might as well see for yourself.

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 05, 2004, 12:48:48 PM »
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You mean either emissions or fossil fuel consumption,


Yeah, I got a couple of wires crossed when I was typing there, "emissions" was what I wanted.  I figured that using this... thing probably wouldn't be much more hypocritical than complaining about clear cutting while chopping down a Christmas tree.  I sort of assume it's putting off emissions, it seems like such an obvious thing not to comment on.

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Metal / Re: North Houston band seeks bassist
« on: November 04, 2004, 06:10:31 PM »
Is anyone else having trouble with the website?  I'm still seeing "page cannot be displayed".  :/

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Metal / Re: Velvet Cacoon Interview
« on: November 04, 2004, 06:09:29 PM »
I imagine the amount of fossil fuel put off by a musical instrument would have to be negligible.  

As for novelty: little warning lights were going off in my head the first time I read about their production techniques, but the hilarious thing is that their guitar tone isn't all that different from what you'd hear from any other black metal band.  I was more put off by their artificial "veil of mystery", although I suppose that's better than trying to be scenesters.

The guy doing the interview seems smart and articulate.  As for the music, it's about par for course as "good" modern black metal goes: there's nothing conspicuously wrong with it but I still don't think it's worth bothering with.

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