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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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Metal / Re: Reign In Blood
« on: December 20, 2007, 01:52:38 PM »
Since South of Heaven's release, I have considered Hell Awaits Slayer's pinnacle achievement. On a bell graph, their performance over time would resemble an ideal capacitor's rapid charging to peak followed by a gradually declining energy discharge. Or, short steep curve on the left with a long gradual decline on the right like viewing a vertical slice of seaside mountain range.

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Interzone / Depression
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:21:44 AM »
One common way to take out computers on the internet is the denial of service attack. It is very simple: you flood the machine either with raw data, as in mail and port bombing, or you hit it with hanging questions that force it to think. Each one is no big deal, but when a hundred thousand of them hit, the machine becomes neurotic and cannot tell real data from garbage. As a result, it slows all data down (equally, thank god!) and for all practical purposes goes offline. Something similar happens to both humans and our species as a whole with depression.

First, we deny depression as a species. We are obsessive about diagnosis, analysis, documentation and medication of our problems. Even obscure maladies like anal warts receive reams of focused attention by high-trained and high-paid specialists, conjecturing and thinking and experimenting. In this we can see the old truism "less is more", because the storm of interest in depression in industrial nations has, like a wind blowing papers in a constellation of chaos, ignored what's at the center of the event: depression is brought on by feelings of disconnection from the world.

Depression

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Metal / Re: Metal as European Romanticism
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:56:14 AM »
It seems like some new members have joined bringing discord with them. The hopeless ones are almost invariably those who will not stay their contentious impulses until after they fully understand what the local culture has learned. That's rarely intentional disrespect, mostly it's foolishness. For those who would prefer to learn what the local culture knows and not waste everyone's time, the main website has a lot of original material to get you up to speed:

The History of Heavy Metal Music
The Philosophy of Heavy Metal

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Interzone / Apolitical
« on: December 10, 2007, 02:33:40 PM »
A friend of mine said that in his city, having a big political opinion is normal. The people I know have political opinions, and they get mad when I say I do not have one, as if I was cheating. I'm not. I do not believe politics will solve anything for us, and I think it's a big distraction that works really well at keeping us from seeing the truth.

Why I'm not political has become a topic of some heated discussion among my friends. When they first asked me about it, I had no good answer, except that I thought politics was bullshit. Of course, you get laughed at if you say that, so I thought about it and made a list, and here are the reasons I do not believe in politics.

Apolitical

Promises are cheap. Performance has value.

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Interzone / Cynicism
« on: December 09, 2007, 01:45:43 PM »
How nice it would be to be numb, we think sometimes, as in the current era, those who notice more and can think farther into the future are punished for this ability. To be aware, and to connect the dots on the map of this society's future, is to notice an oblivion into which we inexorably walk. Even more, it is to be aware of history as at least recently a giant chronicle of failures.

Even more, it is to note how in nature, there is never "freedom" from competition for survival. Species wipe themselves out all the time. And even if we are the only life in our corner of the universe, there is nothing to say life is not developing elsewhere. We are expendable; there is no religious, moral or historical reason why we, humanity, or we, any specific group within humanity, must survive.

Cynicism

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Interzone / Superstition
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:21:01 PM »
Our world is at constant war with itself and the things that it constitutes; ravens catch mice, winter kills autumn, the sun descends and darkness surrounds us. According to the philosophy of idealism, all physical appearances in our world are manifestations of abstract ideas that can be torn apart or combined into endless formations and shapes. Like the guitarist balances between different chords and the painter uses white on green colour to give birth to trees with his brush, we're able to create new things out of the old and replace something corrupt with a working idea.

Superstition

See also dialectic and Theory of Forms

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