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Interzone / Re: Why most metal forums suck
« on: November 26, 2007, 06:48:32 AM »
(2) Find people with nothing better to do than spend six hours a day on forums to moderate your forums. These people will quite frankly be fucking losers. How can they not be? Anyone else is doing something great. Look for the forty-year old burnout who is on disability and has an alcohol or drug habit, and make him moderator. It will be the best thing going in his life, and he'll be really excited to exercise his authority in trivial ways. What do you care? The only people he's going to beat up on are the minority who say something controversial, or behave oddly.

Six hours is probably an understatement. I have no idea how the hell some people can get five to ten thousand posts on an internet forum within a few years. Maybe it's a bad assumption, but I always assume that the people with the highest post counts on a lot of these forums probably barely ever leave the house or do anything constructive.

Interzone / Re: Waste of time
« on: October 16, 2007, 05:24:10 AM »
Reading can be one of the greatest wastes of time. First is the immense amount of bad reading material out there. Secondly, you will forget the contents of a book you're not all that interested in. Thirdly is the loss of touch with reality which comes from excessive reading. And of course, knowledge can provide an inferior substitute for one's own personality or instinct, like a vine strangling a growing sapling.

I'd agree that reading excessively can do this. It happened to me a couple of years ago when I was really burned out from trying to absorb too much knowledge in addition to my other responsibilities, while not paying enough mind to my instincts as you mentioned. The lesson I learned was to only read compulsively until you have a fairly clear set of values and goals, and how to best apply them in the world around you (meaning it is time to become your own protagonist); after that reading can be saved for times when you need to research specific details. It can be extremely difficult to become balanced when devoting as much of your free time as possible to improving the mind, body, and soul. But ultimately, I find the process to be more rewarding than giving up and just resorting to something like drugs or entertainment to fill the day.

The ideal is to find the right kind of lifestyle that will allow me to balance them all for the long-term... which isn't always easy.

Interzone / Re: Non-meaningless social activities
« on: October 03, 2007, 11:21:35 AM »

If that was directed at me, I'd like to point out that I certainly don't only socialize with fellow musicians. I get a lot more real friends from my biking and poker-playing hobbies. What I meant was, I don't find many people to converse with about music outside of other musicians. I agree that most groups have an equal amount of retards in relation to the amount of smart people.

It was a general observation.

But overall I'm glad to see that most posters in this thread realize that sitting alone at home listening to Burzum and reading Evola is only going to get you so far in life... you do need to go out and try to accomplish things even if you do encounter a lot of idiots along the way, and not use those idiots as an excuse to not do anything.

Interzone / Re: Non-meaningless social activities
« on: October 03, 2007, 11:00:17 AM »
Most metalheads can't find balance. Either all they do is drink, do drugs, party and exchange STDS while listening to Dying Fetus or some other over rated death metal band, or sit alone in the dark, listening to Summoning or some other over rated crappy black metal band, while typing out threads that differentiate themselves, the enlightened, from the rest of society.

The older I get, the more I realize this is true. I think many people who are a part of certain subcultures tend to set up a false dichotomy between "the normal masses" and themselves, but fail to realize that besides some superficial differences such as taste in music or style of dress, any subculture has just as many people that are either braindead or transparent enough that they're like a living stereotype. Intelligent people with leadership qualities aren't restricted one one specific group such as "metalheads" or "classical musicians". I've often been surprised by how many people with certain interests parallel to mine are comfortable just sitting around and watching cartoons or playing video games, and equally as surprised when seeing other people engage in some very socially acceptable activities, but do so for good reasons such as not wanting to waste time inside in front of a television.  

Ideally, you should be able to talk to anyone regardless of the situation and be able to extract enough information from them to determine whether they're on the right track or just a waste of time. From my experience, the situation matters little and there will likely be just as many of both types.

Metal / Re: ANUS Meeting: Mostly Mozart Festival
« on: August 10, 2007, 04:32:10 PM »
This sounds good; I'm there.

Metal / Mirai mentions failure of modern values
« on: June 29, 2007, 03:09:42 AM »
From: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1563717/20070628/index.jhtml


Mirai Kawashima, the frontman for Japanese experimental black-metal band Sigh, is pissed. He's not mad that the band's U.S. dates with Mayhem were canceled when Mayhem drummer Hellhammer broke his hand, or that Sigh's U.S. headlining shows were nixed because they were improperly booked. And he's not even upset that Sigh's seventh studio album, Hangman's Hymn — one of the most innovative, unusual and brilliantly assembled extreme-metal discs this year — will be dwarfed in sales by some upcoming release by the next metalcore flavor of the month. No, Kawashima's rage has more to do with his generalized disgust for the values and beliefs of modern man.

"I hate 99 percent of the people on this earth," he said in a soft voice. "I hate weak people who have to cling to fairy tales like religion, and I hate greedy people that have nothing more than making money in their head. I just want all of them to die."

Metal / Re: Metalheads and Media
« on: June 25, 2007, 03:57:32 AM »
Metalheads need to spend their time:

(a) reading
(b) being effective
(c) physical, real activity

Too much TV and directionless, productionless internet use makes anyone a useless parasite.

In general something like this should be the standard. We are all only human at this point and cannot achieve 100% adherence to any ideal, which makes it even more important that during the hours in which we are awake, with energy and freedom of decision, to choose productive things.

If you're implicitly supporting the currently unhealthy society by patronizing its useless entertainment when other options are available, you're only hurting yourself in the long run.

I've lost count of the number of people (metalheads or not) who have told me things like "oh yeah TV, sucks but I just watch the Daily Show and Simpsons re-runs because they're funny". These people are choosing self-imposed limitation.    

Metal / Re: June 6 - Hessian Holiday: National Day of Slay
« on: June 06, 2007, 04:45:00 AM »
Is this going to be an annual event?

Metal / Re: Averse Sefira tour
« on: June 01, 2007, 07:05:02 PM »
Averse Sefira actually sounded much better opening for Emperor in NYC tonight than they did on April 1st. Different songs this time included Decapitation of Sigils, Transitive Annihiliation, and The Nascent Ones.

Metal / Re: Metal as a reaction to The Enlightenment
« on: May 25, 2007, 02:40:06 AM »
It is important to remember that the enlightenment didn't necessarily start out as a "bad" movement, but was transformed from an elitist movement to a popular one. Before the French Revolution, the Enlightenment was mainly a few groups of disparate aristocrats and intellectuals who were immersed in some of the philosophical movements of the time and began to communicate through letters and such to question the functioning of the society around them in Europe (kind of like what internet outlets like this one now do on a global scale). Historians generally distinguish between this earlier phase and a "popular" enlightenment after the revolution, where the printing press had made mass amounts of brief pamphlets and even pornographic materials available which mocked the church and social institutions through a satyrical medium (political cartoons of the time). Clearly, a brief pamphlet or comedic text with pictures is much more accessible than the full works of earlier authors which were only available in limited quantities due to a limited base of individuals who could actually read through them and understand. The original premise of having small groups of individuals with intelligence and leadership qualities trying to point out that the church and other institutions had become decadent and were in need of reform is much different from the later bandwagon mentality which came as soon as there was a market for small publishers to "cash in" on Enlightenment ideals.

So maybe within this context metal can simply be seen as a reaction to the downward momentum of modernity in general. The Enlightenment, like metal, only started to decay as it gained more populist tendencies even though both started out as fairly esoteric movements (funny how this seems to be a recurrent theme over the past couple hundred years in various forms).

Metal / ABSU - New Album Coming Next Year
« on: May 18, 2007, 01:59:31 AM »
ABSU: New Lineup, Album Details Revealed - May 17, 2007  

Drummer/vocalist Proscriptor from the mythological occult metal outfit ABSU has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"After five years of silence, I am pleased to announce the new lineup of ABSU.

"It was a difficult task to replace both Shaftiel and Equitant after being together for nearly 11 years, but now is the time to carry on. Here is the new reorganization of the band:

* Proscriptor McGovern - Percussives, Mellotron, Voices & Lyrical Magick
* Vastator Terrarum - Guitars, Bass Guitar, Analog Synthesizers & Backing Voices
* Aethyris MacKay - Guitars, Bass Guitar, Analog Synthesizers & Backing Voices

"We have begun composing and arranging the material for what will be known as the self-titled album, simply called 'Absu'.

"In 2002, four out of 16 tracks were written; two of them we're keeping while the other two we're abandoning.

"We will begin recording in the latter part of autumn 2007 or early 2008 anticipating a release before June 2008 for Osmose Productions/The End Records."

"Absu" projected track listing: (in no particular order)

01. Night Fire Canonization
02. Girra's Temple
03. Amy
04. In the Name of Auebothiabathabaithobeuee
05. 13 Globes
06. Voor
07. Twix Yesterday, The Day & The Morrow
08. Between the Absu of Eridu & Erech
09. Those of the Void Will Re-Enter
10. Magick Square Cipher
11. Sceptre Command
12. Nunbarshegunu
13. Diversified Signs Inscribed
14. Our Earth of Black
15. Ye Uttuku Spells
16. …Of the Dead Who Never Rest in Their Tombs is the Attendance of Familiar Spirits…

Proscriptor added: "Lyrically, I am concentrating more on Sumerian-based occult themes of magick and mythology versus the Celtic aspect of my previous writings, which was heavily expressed on the last few ABSU studio albums. Musically speaking, the material will be quite similar to 'Tara', but with more of a '70s progressive/psychedelic texture within it. You will not be disappointed — trust me. I will be utilizing the first logo created by Equitant and Belgian artist Kris Verwimp will handle the cover illustration once again."

In other news, Osmose Productions/The End Records will re-release a remastered digipack version of ABSU's last studio album, "Tara", including the EP "In the Eyes of Ioldánach" as bonus tracks, in September.  



Metal / Re: Averse Sefira tour
« on: April 06, 2007, 04:10:36 AM »
Here's the setlist from NYC based on what I can remember. I'm sure it's similar for the entire tour.

Argument Obscura
Helix in Audience
Fallen Beneath the Earth
Battle's Clarion

It was kind of unfortunate that they were the opening band and only got about 30 minutes to play. The sound guy had the vocals way too low for the first couple of songs.

Metal / AIDS strikes again
« on: February 19, 2007, 10:36:29 AM »
According to The New York Post, Kelly Osbourne — daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne — made a stunning declaration at a London charity gig last night (Sunday, February 18) when she revealed that a member of her family has the AIDS virus.

The singer and actress, best known for her part in "The Osbournes", the reality show about her dysfunctional musical family, spoke at a benefit for the HIV-related charity Body & Soul.

Introducing a performance by the pop band SCISSOR SISTERS, Kelly fought back tears (photo) as she said the cause was special to her because a member of her family had been diagnosed with the disease. Photographers said Osbourne sobbed before leaving the stage.

Besides her 58-year-old dad, Ozzy, the frontman for BLACK SABBATH, her family includes mom Sharon, 54, sister Aimee, 23, brother Jack, 21, half-sister Jessica, 35, and half-brother Louis, 32.




Metal / Re: Its High Time To Act
« on: January 31, 2007, 11:16:11 AM »
I think the first post is assuming that by being conditioned by certain ideas, one can become a good musician and create music which somehow emobodies those ideas (or inspire another person to do the same).

Someone is already either a good musician, or it's just not in them no matter how much reading and selective listening they do. You really can't "condition" most people or even yourself to greatness in that respect. It's absurd to think that someone who has been listening to Mastodon and Black Dahlia Murder can sit around reading the reviews on a site like this for a few months, then pick up a guitar and create the next Pure Holocaust (most people who listen to stuff like that are probably into metal for the wrong reasons anyway).

This isn't an excuse for inaction, but a realization that the kind of people who will create great music are likely already attempting to do so and not posting on internet message boards.  

Metal / Gorgoroth frontman calls for more church burnings
« on: January 28, 2007, 03:21:46 PM »

According to the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende, the police in Bergen, Norway have launched an investigation into recent statements made by GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl regarding a spate of church burnings that took place in Norway in the early Nineties.

In an interview that some consider to be the highlight of "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", the acclaimed Canadian documentary which was broadcast on Norway's Lydverket NRK 1 this past Wednesday (Jan. 24), Gaahl stated about the string of arson attacks linked to the Norwegian black metal scene, "Church burnings and all these things are, of course, things that I support 100 percent and it should have been done much more and will be done much more in the future. We have to remove every trace from what Christianity and the Semitic roots have to offer this world. Satanism is freedom for the individual to grow and to become Superman. Every man who is born to be king becomes king. Every man who is born to be a slave doesn't know Satan."

Someone should send him a link to churcharson.com...

On a serious note, I was wondering if more burned places of worship would be a good thing on a symbolic level or should the servile members of the population just be left to their slave morality undisturbed?

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