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Interzone / Re: Definition of masterpiece is relative
« on: November 29, 2008, 03:28:32 PM »
Use master morality. The term masterpiece, like nihilism and nationalism, should be reclaimed from the crowd. Don't let a diseased civilization own any great ideas. That's like letting the swine trample the pearls into the mud.

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Interzone / Re: Wikipedia deletes ANUS, again
« on: November 28, 2008, 01:38:29 PM »
Apparently, in order to edit "the encyclopedia anyone can edit," you have to be an established member of the community and agree with the same values as everyone else, objectively. Clearly they don't have Wikipedia's best interests in mind.

Or, they understand democracy doesn't work because it introduces conflicting values that battle with and tax the social fabric / vision statement. So, they elect for exclusivity, segregation and an authoritarian check against common people with different values.

Modern society's pseudo-democracy dictatorship of quantity is exactly the same: Pleasant Illusion is the majority enforced, not universally-agreed-upon, goal. Hard Reality types create conflict, so these are kept silenced, shunned and segregated.

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Interzone / Re: Temperments of the Composers
« on: November 21, 2008, 02:55:45 PM »
If you can accurately decode each composer's music type, does it consistently map to their individual personality typology? There seems to be a potential new discipline developing here where a budding musician's quality might be predicted, based on personality, even before they first learn music. Although alarmingly un-democratic, if perfected and instituted, you have a method for filtering non-artists from wasting everyone's time making noise. And, you have a method for identifying and promoting those who are likeliest to create excellence in music.

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Metal / Re: Metal Without Words
« on: November 18, 2008, 10:24:47 PM »
Metal could evolve closer to classical with less vocals and less percussion, more strings, maybe the occasional brass and keyboard. Minimizing vocals would help curtail the mall metal mimicry of death metal. The proliferation of percussion keeps metal a rock-and-rollish flavor of sound and less of a clearly distinct art form.

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Interzone / Re: Ueber apt band names
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:49:58 PM »

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Interzone / Re: quick question about Chuck Schuldiner
« on: October 30, 2008, 02:12:53 PM »
I met him 20 years ago on the Leprosy tour. We were hanging around the stage exit talking to one of the band members when Chuck showed up. He looked to me, cast me an unsettling smile, then noticed my girlfriend beside me. He then frowned, looked down and stormed off without a word. It is memory of these details that has me convinced the new information is a sad, ugly truth after all.

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Interzone / Re: A point of clarification
« on: October 22, 2008, 04:39:34 PM »
I'd caution against new-and-fresh reasons for aesthetics and instead council for purpose. The gothic, medieval, pagan and barbaric atmosphere will continue to be appropriate for the metal arts because history and tradition are eternally relevant to listeners. Complementary to this past-gazing, sometimes nostalgic aesthetic, is one that looks ahead. Industrial and thrash pulled this off by illustrating the cold, dark horror of the present and future. A pessimistic ahead-gazing, rooted in mass enslavement to the inhumane modern machine system and the psychotic, unnatural alienness of the thoughts behind modernity's invention, is just as relevant for black metal listeners.

deathandhell.com describe this deeply pessimistic ahead-gazing in an abundant archive of online fantasy literature.

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Interzone / Re: It's un-metal to only criticize.
« on: October 08, 2008, 06:05:28 PM »
It seems like the only western country where empirical evidence is in a struggle against religion for mainstream acceptance outside of the scientific community. While I certainly cannot say if the U.S.A is becoming more or less religiously conservative I can say that America appears to have a real problem with religious bigotry in general society.

You are describing an official state religion that has resulted from Christianity progressing through its Reformation, into Enlightenment, into secular humanism and the existing lifecycle phase spreading like AIDS across the planet called postmodern Americanism. Trendy nu metal is a tiny side effect of the overall decay popularly called progress.

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Interzone / Re: It's un-metal to only criticize.
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:27:54 PM »
Crtitique is useful when it is accompanied by goals for problem resolution. Else, we're left with detailed whining that leaves us all depressed.

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Interzone / Re: The Content of Character
« on: September 18, 2008, 05:17:21 PM »

Nonsense. Our cultures are a product of us - of our blood and tribes !


Nope. Check out "Genie: the feral child". If everything was contained in genes and biological traditions, then we would have expected this girl to develop something akin to European, or at least humanistic behaviors. She didn't.

Culture and personal makeup are a connected circle. Without one, the other does not exist.

I disagree that a lone, isolated feral child without contact with others of her kind proves that culture's source is an empty vacuum. We need a case study where several such feral individuals and their offspring over generations are observed. But then again, man's own history is such a study. A uniquely cultured society is after all about the consensus exhibited by a group of shared heredity, not by a solitary person out of contact with like kind.

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Interzone / Re: What is Beneficial to humanity?
« on: September 10, 2008, 03:12:55 PM »
What's wrong has been explained. Your ten points are an attempt to look at the side effects. They are not ten empty labels for the cause of what's wrong. I don't think side effect reform is the best or the only cure available.

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Interzone / Re: What is Beneficial to humanity?
« on: September 08, 2008, 03:43:08 AM »
Humanity led itself increasingly astray over time from chief competitor among other competing and evolving lifeforms and toward total domination and increasing degrees of self-awareness. The latter part, it seems, is akin to the biblical partaking of the forbidden fruit. The result is that modern man consciously positions himself and self-image at the center of the universe. Since the universe does not revolve around mankind's existence, anthrocentricism is a type of self-deception we moderns affirm with one another and pass along to the next generation. Nonetheless, our societies today are founded with a self-deceptive, anthrocentric, me-first orientation which when put to the test, fails to square with objective reality as it really exists. With the preceding concept in mind, your ten points could better be answered.

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Interzone / Re: Spikes, gauntlets
« on: September 03, 2008, 02:24:10 PM »
The word you may be looking for is bracer. The spikes are just 60 penny or smaller construction nails. For DIY, you need some metal ring grommets. Fasten them to the punched holes in your leather bracer and push the spikes through.

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Interzone / Re: Military Training
« on: March 10, 2008, 04:27:37 PM »
The best way to get the warfare basics from the military is to sign on, do your initial 6 weeks Basic Combat Training, then find a way to quit during the final physical fitness training test just prior to graduation.

You'll get battlefield first aid, nuclear/biological/chemical, lots of basic rifle marksmanship and qualification, hand grenade, AT-4 or LAW rocket, grenade launcher, medium machine gun, claymore mine, road marches, physical fitness, applying tactical camo, using all sorts of combat communications and bivouac camping and familiarity with packing your TA-50 and load carrying harness gear.

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Interzone / Re: Elitism
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:06:33 PM »
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Clearly this man has never roared down the 405 in a cherry red Corvette, with a fake blonde's silicon boobies lolling over his arm as he snorts another blast of mysterious white powder from the ashtray, thinking about his stock options and how he'd look on a cross.


Materialism and populism are not the elitist spirit being endorsed. Unfortunately, it seems the contrarian crowd of serfs will forever invariably conflates the ideas. It is best to dismiss their bleating.

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