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Metal / Re: New Jersey Death Fest - Oct 16-18
« on: September 09, 2009, 11:49:26 PM »
I've never seen an American death metal band live - so I guess I'll just go to at least one of the shoes.

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Interzone / Hessian Experience
« on: August 11, 2009, 06:38:44 AM »
I have a few questions aimed at Hessians/Metalheads whom live in North America. I am an immigrant to this country (escaping military service because according to the values of my country, I would have been hung a long time ago) and am prepared to live in the USA in New Jersey. I have a done a little bit of research on NJ and it's quite a nice state and I have actually chosen a house to rent in Clifton until I manage to buy a place.

One thing that has been on my mind is, what car should I purchase? I want something modest, sturdy because I plan to take it on trips and won't baffle me with it's lack of quality. I was told American cars are not the ones I should have in mind, yet more or less - Japanese, what's your take on this?

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Interzone / Re: Write a metal review for ANUS?
« on: August 11, 2009, 06:15:25 AM »
Are you serious? Does everyone who read some nihilism assume they are part of an elite?

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Interzone / Re: Society is hardest on young women
« on: August 02, 2009, 03:11:11 AM »
I had written something, but Dunkeldood hit the nail on the head.

I hear lack of a father figure can have quite the drastic effect on a child's development, especially a girl's.


And on the topic of tattoos, I highly doubt there's anything worth getting inked into your skin that couldn't be printed on a t-shirt or coffee mug and have the same importance. There's nothing "cool" or "awesome" enough that some kid could have put into their skin. What would drive someone to do that, despite how clearly stupid and regrettable it would be to any reasonable person?

Tattoos are only had for their novelty, or because someone had something 'big' happen in their little life that they need to remember it by having some metal shot into their dermis. People get tattoos because it gets them attention or makes them feel important. Not because there's any actual cultural significance. They see the outer form, but no function for tattoos whatsoever.

Tattoos belong to bikers, sailors, circus freaks, prisoners, holocaust victims, and people who live in tribes, not scrawny hipsters and soccer moms who lead otherwise boring lives.

If you want a nice piece of visual art tattooed onto your arm, good for you. But the original piece is still elsewhere, and presented in a much better way, so why even bother? Skin is an ugly place to display any kind of worthwhile art, that's why artists paint on canvases, and that is what photography was invented for.

Not all of the ink will come out either, that should teach someone the importance of thinking for the future. Scarred 4 lyfe yo.

http://www.ktla.com/community/photos/ktla-bad-tattoos-gallery,0,3161175.photogallery



from http://www.latfh.com

“Oh, you want proof I took Honors English in high school? Here, check out this unbelievably pretentious tattoo I got.”


If someone has a good reason to get a tattoo besides some effete individual's self-important reason, I'd really like to hear it.


Regarding the tattoo issue, well it depends on who you are really to make such a stern judgement on things. Ofcourse, if you've been seeing people with tattoos as ridiculous as these, you will only find a lack appeal in body art in general.  Personally I wouldn't mind getting something meaningful as a tattoo, I would guess in a way it is superficial, but getting something like "Beyond Good & Evil" on your upper arm would be nice.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: April 14, 2009, 11:56:21 AM »
I recently purchased 4 albums by Purgatory,Crionics, Azarath and Obscenity. They're all European Death Metal acts which have cultivated a rather large audience in Europe. Let me recommend each album by order of preference.

Purgatory: Cultus Luciferi - The Splendour Of Chaos

This is by far the most eloquent, momentous and enjoyable album I have purchased since the beginning of last year. The formula here is paradoxically, not so reminiscent of quality death metal in the sense that this band fuses Thrash with rather invocative death metal, reminding me of the early 90's. The duration of the individual tracks fail to span more then 5 minutes, yet Purgatory manage to keep the album very interesting using basic formula - a multitude of tremelo riffing, memorable palm mute picked riffs, blast beats and versatile singing. Their approach to songwriting also reminds me of Zyklon in a way, in the sense that they don't follow the general formula (Verse 1, chorus 1, verse 2, chorus 2) type approach, yet maintain it's simplicity by brilliantly implmenting interesting breakdowns. It is obvious what Purgatory are trying to produce - extremely energetic, pragmatic death metal to minimize meainglessness. The lyrical content is completely blasphemous and intelligable, making Cultus Luciferi sound like the soundtrack to the apocalypse. Highly recommended.


Obscenity: Where Sinners Bleed

One listen through this album put me off to be honest, yet after 2 or 3 more - this band is quite misunderstood in it's practice, and very much worthy of attention. The music here is simply brutal death metal with Azagthoth/Hammett style soloing, which has been done before. The influences here are completely obvious, as unlike Purgatory, Obscenity don't exactly place emphasis on originality. Cannibal Corpse style death metal, only much more articulate and technically pleasing. There is also to some extent, quite a bit of Dimebag Darrell here in it's catchiness and palm mute, chugging riff technique, but no real groove. The music is very much percussion based (as with most of the newer death metal bands) and flows rather well despite it's sometimes immature formula. No nonsense death metal which interestingly executes a mixture of more popular Heavy Metal acts, while giving a respectful nod to Monstrosity and Malevolent Creation on the way. I enjoyed this very much. Recommended.


Azarath: Diabolic Impious Evil

A disappointment, considering some of the members involved here. For starters, it is generally understood that Behemoth is mainstream, boring death metal. Yet the drummer Inferno, is no boring man. Infact, he is one of the most talented and skilled drummers when it comes to speed and keeping the music interesting. Unlike Derek Roddy, this machine keeps things interesting all the time - and perhaps a little too interesting to the extent that the intended aesthetic of the music fades away. Azarath is simply, unintelligent and overly satanic music which reminds me of Cannibal Corpse in their lyrical content. Although there is no gore here, it is very childish anti-christian/misanthropic death metal. Deicide seem like a bunch of 160 IQ geeks compared to this lot, and if that isn't saying much, I hope this does:

Feel the pain, you bitch
I cut through your flesh
Kneel down, holy bitch
Take the punishment
Feel my whip, you whore
I want all your blood
Suffer, holy whore
You will die, you slut

Whip the whore!
Whip the whore!


Track 1: Whip The Whore (As you could have guessed).

Honestly, there are more than a few moments where the music needs appreciation- keeping the obscence, juvenile blasphemous lyrics aside - the music is very down to earth and enjoyable in that sense. There are no brilliant moments, but altogether this is a very raw album, to a certain extent pleasurable - which will certainly impress a few people, as well as detract others.


Chrionics: Neuthrone

The worst album of the lot, even though the first few seconds of the intro track seemed to pave way for a brilliant record altogether. There is absolutely nothing special or worth listening to on this album whatsoever. A complete and utter disppoinment in every sense of the word. The music is incredibly mundane despite it's over the top, intended to be acceleration and pace. This is exactly Vader and Behemoth without the interesting moments in them, the songs are long, unchanging and do not give in to anything worth memory or a second listen. The guitar riffs lack any form of texture, the drums, despite being well played, are also incredibly boring, bass is completely inaudible and the vocals sound exactly like those of Peter from Vader. Avoid this album and band, as well as the other Polish death metal act "Hate", which retrieves the same formula and is equally uninspiring in it's cliche and unoriginality.


I hope you found these reviews useful.

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Metal / Re: purists
« on: October 09, 2008, 03:29:52 AM »
(If this has been brought up before, i apologize.)

The main question i want to ask is this:  Is metal really stagnant or have fans of quality metal simply refused to change their own personal notions of quality in order to accomodate a completely new approach to music? 


Do you think its possible that something much better could be occurring right under our noses and we just fail to see it due to our own rigidity? 


First of all, the scope of bands one has to address has increased substantially during the last decade, extended MTV promotion since the 1990's and such has allowed the development of package metal music (Cradle and co.) to fit the general impression of the music, yet promote its superficiality and turn it exactly into what metal supposedly opposes - conformity. Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Killswitch Engage are all part of the same magnificently condescending trend that covers up for ALL metal music. Ofcourse, there are a few bands still releasing top notch material (Eternal Darkness, Limbonic Art) but it is usually a question of their authenticity.

Personally i let no single thing run my life, so i am probably less rigid than most here. Personally i found the first 1:36 of Dimmu Borgirs "Serpentine Offering" high quality music, although the rest of the song is disastrous, and the band is generally needless, i would say they'e quite intelligent as individuals and promote their "War On Christianity". Although i despise metalcore, I could listen to some Meshuggah due to the appreciation of the bizzare time signitures which freak me out.

 Aesthetic communicates to listeners through experience, thats how MTV targets listeners. Give me something like Bleed, and although i completely recognize it is bullshit music, the resilience of the guitar riffs, awkward yet controlled drumming and one syllabul vocals create a focused, agressive atmosphere i admire.

So what is art? Most of us would like to create so much in our minds, to make ourselves feel naturally more important, whether its through philosophy or music. Do Hessians still listen to Metal when in love?

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 09, 2008, 03:02:02 AM »
Here are a few I'd like to know more about:

Limbonic Art - A Legacy of Evil: Their earlier material is truly well worth the time and money and i suggest it to anybody. Not too sure what this album has to offer.

Ophiolatry: Anyone for this? I heard about this band at college, any suggestions?

Malevolent Creation - The Will to Kill

Peccatum

Bak De Syv Fjell

Darkmoon

Suggestions are much appreciated.

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Metal / Death Magnetic?
« on: October 07, 2008, 12:33:47 PM »
When Hessians are confronted by your average moron, ages of musical isolation from the mainstream creates, at least for some of us - a lack of argument. Is there such a thing as a "return to forum" after years of plastic musical attribution? Regardless of Metallica, would the same be applicable for a band such as Morbid Angel. Most bands seem to lose track of their art, how many of those actually ever do breakthrough once again?


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Metal / Re: TOM ARAYA tell-all book
« on: August 14, 2008, 03:34:44 AM »
I don't even think Araya really believes in God, i can see why he's still saying he goes to church (and might go as well) with all that, not to create disruption and destroy his family. If i were to be interviewed and i acknowledged that my familly would one day read that interview, i would refrain from speaking about religion and if asked, i would say i was a believer - either than or watch my familly fall apart and suffer eternally - it's not so easy a situation for someone like Araya.

Hypocrisy? Easy for most to say, only him and his bandmembers know the truth behind his faith - and if they accept working with a christian - then fucking hell they carry the same title he does; if it was true. Araya isn't christian even if he says he is, were i come from, professors who would speak about their religion and its disgusting nature would sometimes publicly fast and say words of prayer in public.

Its something Americans don't understand, i believe, but in 3rd world countries, religion is literally what can make the stupidest, most selfish and financially unstable people - completely humble control freaks who would go great lengths for their faith. The christian virus only demonstrates a portion of what religion could do to humans, if you ever study the religions of the world - eating flesh and blood and praying to a dead man who is the son of a creator who forces you to fast, pray and suppress your spirit doesn't sound half as insane as some of the other religions out there.

Call it what you will - making a comfy living out of effectively trashing and denying a religion you ultimately confess to believe in and embrace is hypocisy pure and simple.  What Araya actually, technically believes is irrelevant - he admits he is a practicing Catholic and that is enough.

As far as the third-world and it's myriad quirky beliefs...let's just say that is why, for all it's short-comings, I much prefer the first-world thank you kindly.





 




Naturally, what you might prefer is completelt irrelevant - and looking at things in black and white is completely stupid, and reminds me of democratic protestors all the same. Not to mention, Slayer weren't exactly blasphemous in the days when South of Heaven and Seasons came out to begin with.
Regardless, even if Araya is a real Christian, King and Hanneman are almost equal in terms of being hypocrites. I know i would never play extreme music with a serious believer - in addition, there are far better vocalists and bassists which could replace Araya to begin with.

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Metal / Re: TOM ARAYA tell-all book
« on: August 08, 2008, 08:30:47 AM »
I don't even think Araya really believes in God, i can see why he's still saying he goes to church (and might go as well) with all that, not to create disruption and destroy his family. If i were to be interviewed and i acknowledged that my familly would one day read that interview, i would refrain from speaking about religion and if asked, i would say i was a believer - either than or watch my familly fall apart and suffer eternally - it's not so easy a situation for someone like Araya.

Hypocrisy? Easy for most to say, only him and his bandmembers know the truth behind his faith - and if they accept working with a christian - then fucking hell they carry the same title he does; if it was true. Araya isn't christian even if he says he is, were i come from, professors who would speak about their religion and its disgusting nature would sometimes publicly fast and say words of prayer in public.

Its something Americans don't understand, i believe, but in 3rd world countries, religion is literally what can make the stupidest, most selfish and financially unstable people - completely humble control freaks who would go great lengths for their faith. The christian virus only demonstrates a portion of what religion could do to humans, if you ever study the religions of the world - eating flesh and blood and praying to a dead man who is the son of a creator who forces you to fast, pray and suppress your spirit doesn't sound half as insane as some of the other religions out there.

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Metal / Re: HISTORY OF PROGRESSIVE METAL book 2009
« on: August 08, 2008, 08:19:21 AM »
I would love to see the folks from this website tackle the subject of not only Progressive rock/metal, but of all metal. I suppose the many articles written regarding metal are already on this site, but to have it all structured and in an easy-to-read format like a book would be nice.

That is definately something that would be interesting to read, if Prozak could write something like that, defining the aesthetic, philosophical and political perspectives of metal (death, black, folk, thrash) it would be something to look forward to.

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Interzone / Re: Death metal with good bass
« on: August 08, 2008, 08:06:48 AM »
Quo Vadis' bassist Forest utilizes bass textures like few can, he fuses technique and melody much better than most and i haven't heard anything better -  try the track Dead Mans Diary or Silence Calls The Storm.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:39:34 AM »
Well I haven't been hearing anything new lately, simply because most of it reflects the descent of the genre in general, but Nox was actually impressive - Also try Myrkskog (although halfway through the album, you could get bored, its wicked fast and stays that way but it's well executed and egregiously well written for a band which seems to delve into the "riff salad" idea). Zyklons second CD Aeon was acceptable as well, they're probably more intelligent than most extreme metal bands anyways. Sickening Horror isn't a bad band either.

SAverse Sefiras' latest is also decent, i enjoyed that one.

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Interzone / Re: Death metal with good bass
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:28:15 AM »
Pavor - Furioso

You probably won't find more technically impressive bass playing (without being tasteless wank) in death metal.

Yeah these guys baffled me too.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: August 05, 2008, 06:43:35 PM »
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Some I'd never heard of, from an interview:

Spawn of Possession - Cabinet and Noctambulant
Augury - Concealed
Anata - Under A Stone With No Inscription
Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
Defeated Sanity - Prelude To The Tragedy

SoP is your generic tech death. All the soul of a Necrophagist, with slightly less wankery.

Psycroptic's only good point is that their drummer is in The Amenta, who are pretty decent.

I found Anata to be overrated, as hype i heard proclaimed them to be an ideal mix of technical and melodic death metal. "Under A Stone With No Inscription" was by no means a terrible album, but again, nothing really stood out. Enjoyable for a song or two.

Actually, The Sceptor of The Ancients is an album truly worth a listen, its one of the only technical DM albums i enjoyed.

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