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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: September 07, 2008, 11:33:51 AM »
Seeking opinions on Sigrblot - Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest) before wasting bandwidth.

Metal / Re: New FIFH compilation?
« on: September 06, 2008, 10:30:57 PM »
If you click on "Buy MP3 Album," you can access the tracklist:

1. What's the News (Demo)
2. Foolish Americans (Demo)
3. Prologue (Demo)
4. Peace Through Power (Demo)   
5. Holy War (Demo)
6. Ultraviolence   
7. Burn the Books (Demo)   
8. Intro (Demo)
9. Iranians On Bikes (Demo)
10. Life Inside Iran (Demo)

Metal / Re: Theory
« on: August 06, 2008, 04:47:43 PM »
What I think Satan would agree with is that dynamics is useful for softening the tense, contemplative, or passive parts of the piece, and blasting the anger and hate ridden or other such passion-dripping passages; or do so to emphasize which parts correlate with what feelings or environments. But don't follow a soft passage with a loud one of the exact same nature (i.e. play the riff louder - it doesn't reveal anything new).

Metal / Re: CARCASS Reunion North American Tour Dates
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:26:13 PM »
And the patient are awarded a cheap concert (~$30) without the baggage associated with Wiggen Open Air. Excellent news.

Metal / Re: Repetition
« on: July 31, 2008, 06:26:39 AM »
I suppose the continual reliance by metal on creating riff based music may be due to the prominence of the rhythm section in the music. The music thus is developed through the evolution of the rhythm (see some Suffocation, Sinister, and Spear of Longinus). In your previous examples, rhythm was an intrinsic component of the variations in melody and of relationships between vertical components of the music. In metal, drums and bass almost act as a sort of metronome, and I suppose since their sounds are so visible in the music metal chooses to develop those rather than the melody. I guess it might be a consequence of most metal musicians having only a background in listening to rock and other metal acts and not exposing themselves to music with a higher emphasis on the development of your kind of melody.

Then again, the greatest metal doesn't always hinge onto these riff-based forms. Even Suffocation developed their understanding of chord progressions in Breeding the Spawn. Riffs grew from each other and resolved. Then there's Demilich, a band that's the opposite of Sinister in that their riffs were what grew from each other, not rhythms.

Interzone / Re: Accessible Literature
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:37:54 AM »
These are some incredible sources.

Interzone / Re: Accessible Literature
« on: July 19, 2008, 11:19:38 AM »

The Project Gutenberg does the same since 1971
It lacks some of the content on the Wiki source. However, there are some essays that it has that the wiki source doesn't have, but that's largely a waste of time unless you're an academic (and like to waste time on such things).

Interzone / Accessible Literature
« on: July 19, 2008, 06:56:10 AM »
Despite its failure as an encyclopedia, I have recently found something of Wikipedia's that is good. The following link, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page, hosts a library of several works that are within the public domain of the U.S. It's a great source to promote literacy and learning, as it contains works from various authors, from Plato to Shakespeare to Schopenhauer.

Sure you can check out these works from the library, or buy the book on Amazon, but this is handy for those short stories, poems, and hard to find books. It's also handy for reading works (within the U.S. public domain) that are hard to find in a certain language.

Interzone / Re: We're not alone.
« on: July 19, 2008, 06:44:17 AM »
Showing people that something they thought was a demon was not is a good way to put more positivity into the world. Words get re-defined all the time, and there's a power in it.

Nihilism is perhaps the last great taboo: a Zen realism that sees things for what they are, an interconnected network of objects and forces that cannot be visualized in any static form. That scares the shit out of people, so we should show them a path through it.
I agree. Whenever relevant discussion arises, I don't hesitate to bring up such points, be it amongst friends, in class, or even with some family.

Obviously revelations like the ones in the article arise independently since there are plenty of smart people with potential in our time, but it can't hurt to talk with those around you and perhaps prompt some to arrive at the same conclusion and truly see reality for what it is, not through some contorted social or moral filter.

Metal / Re: Newer Graveland
« on: July 10, 2008, 09:45:43 AM »
I enjoyed all of his albums. I don't think any of them are "weak" though they do leave something to be desired. There's a lurking potential beneath and I'd really like to see it accumulated. Immortal Pride and Memory and Destiny came closest to doing this, I think. I believe what hurt Graveland the most was actually Lord Wind. I'm not knocking Lord Wind (I am glad the project exists) but I think Darken has divided his sound rather than attempting to transcend it. Lord Wind being the "pure" version of the idea and Graveland just being the "metal" version.
Are you saying that Graveland began as his original vision, but when his inspiration willed him to create Lord Wind Graveland was kept up just to "continue playing the metal version," so to speak? I think you're right. Perhaps the above comments, especially about his mastery in writing keyboard parts while lacking in the metal parts, further evidences that Graveland no longer serves his needs, that his truest visions are now better spoken through Lord Wind.

Metal / Re: Celtic Frost influences
« on: July 09, 2008, 01:35:38 PM »
The vast majority of Metallica's songs are verse/chorus arrangements of the most basic sort, where it's obvious that they never thought more than a riff ahead.  The only exceptions are "Call of Ktulu" and "Orion."
They are a verse/chorus band, but that last allegation is untrue.


I'm saying this in the same sense that the Doors are praised for their innovation. It may be true, but the only thing it does is make their albums listenable a few times more than a Beatles album. The same applies to my distinction between Metallica and Angel Witch.

Interzone / Re: Transcendental Art & 'Modern' Art
« on: July 09, 2008, 01:18:51 PM »
I'd take precisely the opposite position; visual art is easily made directly representational, so it's meaning is often unpacked easily.  Gifted visual artists bring subtlety to the table and are able to layer meanings within works.  The mere fact that we can unpack a meaning we like from a work doesn't make it good, especially when such an obvious meaning is encoded so obviously.  Again, this is just like any other ethnic gee gaw at Ten Thousand Villages, so why praise it?
I agree with your observations. Those same principles made Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious so great. Each and every listen rewarded the listener with something new as they uncovered different subtleties and nuances, each contributing to a clearer understanding of the work's meaning.

This is our problem, making things too obvious, crudely simplistic and tangible for everyone. It doesn't challenge them. Perhaps this goes to the 'knowing' vs. understanding principle, and such art is a consequence of people who don't truly grasp the immaterial principles and how they manifest themselves in nature. Thus we get these pieces of art that are simplifications of a complex concept that are more cartoons than elaborate works of art such as you mentioned. At best the above art could work as a logo or emblem, a standard for a tribe even. But this is not great art.

Metal / Re: Celtic Frost influences
« on: July 08, 2008, 05:47:15 AM »
Every Metallica riff is an Angel Witch riff.
Yes. But of course the difference is in their arrangements, which is one thing that makes Metallica, neoclassicists with their sights on the whole of the composition, stand above Angel Witch, a one riff at-a-time band.

Interzone / Re: Thrash versus Thrash Metal
« on: July 03, 2008, 07:32:06 AM »
Speed Metal that is not transitional (to Black/Death Metal) nor technical/progressive (a la Coroner, Voivod, Artillery, etc) can be largely forgotten.

How much speed metal can really be said to be transitional, though?  It's often argued that death and black metal were logical progressions from speed metal, but that argument doesn't really hold up chronologically or aesthetically. 
It does, though. Black and Death metal are more structurally and 'spiritually' complex than speed metal. Although hat by itsetlf isn't a guarantee for chronology, the fact remains that bands like Morbid Angel and Mayhem began playing rock 'n roll anthems with speed metal rhythms before manifesting their true identities. Black/death began with the speed metal prototype, but then diverged. It's much the same way speciation occurs - duplication of existing genes and inversions, conversions or mutations to create new genes/species.

Metal / Re: Morbid Angel - Formulas
« on: July 03, 2008, 06:46:51 AM »
I like everything except Domination, Gateways to Annihilation and Heretic. These I find dull, tedious and not as articulate as the others. Could this have something to do with Erik Rutan's presence on these albums? I know Trey is the main songwriter for the band but it would certainly explain why I enjoy Formulas Fatal to the Flesh but not these other albums.
Aye, Domination and the bunch are mediocre garbage. I can't say for sure, but Trey's brief acid expedition may have prompted a new source of inspiration for Formulas. He had to find it somewhere, I suppose.

Erik Rutan probably had nothing to do with it. Afterall, he was there for Domination, a style more akin to Rutan's borderline boorish character.

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