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Metal / Re: Recombinant
« on: April 27, 2006, 06:59:11 AM »
Abscido Aachen - Raw and hateful black/doom madness from the bedrooms of San Francisco! Buy now!

Eckebert Acerbitas Gloom - newly signed to Total Holocaust, this abomination of symphonic/depressive black/death styling was inspired of the garage lighting fixtures of hell! Order your copy today!

...perhaps I should work in promotions  :-X

On a related note, certain LLN bands had the right idea; utterly reject the formal "occultist/fantastic black metal" design in favour of a self created language.

Metal / Re: Selling out
« on: April 08, 2006, 10:16:05 PM »
There are two common factors that define the term "selling out".

Firstly, many bands seem to become conscious of what people expect from them, and also what others want from them. They broaden their appeal to achieve success, which is most often interpreted as either popularity and acceptance (factor 1) and financial gain (factor 2).

Money itself is not the determining factor despite the most blatant meaning behind the term "selling out", because metal albums generally do not sell. However, they wouldn't mind selling just a few more, as a bonus. So, referring to the first, they use the excuse that they are "maturing" or "progressing" and yet they claim that they are "going back/sticking to their roots", trying to hide an obvious regression and false integrity behind the fact that they are still metal in style.
They become something that "both you and your mother can listen to!", and also make some extra pocket money on the side.

Metal / Re: Immortal's Blizzard Beasts
« on: March 15, 2006, 04:46:08 PM »
this is entirely false.

Have you ever noticed that clicky sound that plays on the offbeat of the snare hit? I'm not referring to the bass triggers. It does not sound balanced in volume to the actual snare hit.

Metal / Re: Immortal's Blizzard Beasts
« on: March 13, 2006, 08:54:59 PM »
According to something I read a while ago, Horgh's drums were sped up during production. This kind of manipulation can alter the tone, which makes it sound clinical and machine like.

After viewing Mayhem's European Legions Live DVD, I can be certain that Hellhammer used a similar method. He uses triggers, but I'm sure the prerecorded drums have been doubled, for example, for every one hit of the snare, the trigger effect will play two.

Metal / Re: In memory of Quorthon <3
« on: December 22, 2005, 03:38:23 PM »
I was wondering what you meant by "gay" when the first image came up. It's not a bad design. That was until I saw the second.

The back print reminds me of a 2Pac shirt. Very "gay".

Metal / Re: Anything weird?
« on: November 29, 2005, 08:35:05 PM »
I've had recurring dreams, one of these is where I have found myself in a normal social situation, and all of a sudden my legs will bend both forwards and upwards until I'm floating in the air, upside down. Usually, I will tell the person I'm speaking to in the dream that its a physical condition I have, while at the same time I'm trying to hold myself down by backing against a wall. When I wake up, I usually walk around the house for an hour, aimlessly, and afraid, of what I don't know. The strangest thing is that during this dream I am aware that I'm dreaming, which is why I give the excuse of the "condition", and I can actually feel my legs physically twisting and writhing, trying to hold ground. This is when I wake myself up, which is probably the reason for my reaction upon waking. The mind can play strange games at times, most people have these problems in some form.

Metal / Re: Black Metal...Drying Up?
« on: November 29, 2005, 07:54:41 PM »
I disagree with this entirely. As much as I appreciate what Black Metal is and has achieved, both musically and conceptually, it has not reached it's end, nor it's peak. I am yet to find a band that has fulfilled the idea to it's most advanced end. In truth, most of the genre is a mess of ideas, from which newer bands can draw from and improve upon.

The problem itself is the "Black Metal" mindset, which seems to be a pyramid mentality; one side claims that BM post 95 is dead and has nothing left to offer, while the other can do nothing more than replicate earlier works, but with a dictophone recorder. The third side does not care and just wants to collect obscure stuff, and if it decides to write music, usually turns to the second side. Inside this pyramid is what black metal could offer, and it is being suffocated by all three external sides.