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Metal / Re: Site Changes
« on: August 17, 2006, 12:26:36 AM »
Immolation, Immortal, and Impaled Nazarene.

The rest will follow tomorrow.

Metal / Re: Site Changes
« on: August 16, 2006, 07:34:15 PM »
Ildjarn's done. UPDATE: There were still some spelling errors, so the link below is second draft.


I also fixed the tracklisting for DFN, some spelling errors, and meta-data such as release years. The reviews I left intact. ;)

By the way, the class "black_metal_review" is not showing properly on Firefox.

Next targets: from Immolation to Intestine Baalism.

Metal / Re: Site Changes
« on: August 16, 2006, 09:20:06 AM »
I'll do Ildjarn's page and fix some errors on song titles.

Metal / Re: Site Changes
« on: August 14, 2006, 07:48:34 AM »
Agreed. It's a matter of the time to do the HTML, and since it's up to me to do it (apparently) it becomes a question of spending time either writing reviews or fixing technical stuff.

Out of manpower? I am fairly competent with CSS and HTML.

Where do I enlist?

Metal / Re: Site Changes
« on: August 13, 2006, 09:41:37 PM »
It's a pleasant surprise that you finally decided to have an uniform look with reviews. Also your main site ANUS could benefit from the same kind of treatment for the articles.

Metal / Re: Hessian.org / Hessianism - Translations
« on: August 12, 2006, 10:37:54 AM »
Ok, UTF-8 it shall be.

I have finished the job, excluding the music guide for now. EDIT: Nevermind.

Check your PM 0113581321345589.

Metal / Re: Hessian.org / Hessianism - Translations
« on: August 12, 2006, 08:43:37 AM »
Neat idea.

Finnish translation of the whole site is on its way.

Which encoding should I use: ANSI or Unicode or UTF-8? Anus standard seems to be Unicode, so I am currently using it.

Audiofile / Cartilage
« on: August 09, 2006, 10:29:12 AM »
Cartilage MP3s

"Cartilage are the better half of Swedish-style death metal, tending toward the heavy and epic simultaneously with the musical and intricate, far beyond split album mates Altar who are relatively boring. Interesting structures and intense rhythms."

Cartilage - The Fragile Concept Of Affection (1992)

Cartilage - The Fragile Concept Of Affection (1992, Mediafire)

Metal / Re: My Ambient Music
« on: May 30, 2006, 10:18:59 AM »
Sorry about the ear-piercing sounds :-/

You have misunderstood me: there wasn't particularly ear-piercing sounds, but the less-succesful disharmonic parts made me feel nauseous (usually due to too long duration). This is due to biological reasons, as the human body usually dislikes hearing tunes that have no particular harmony.

Perhaps the headphones I'm using aren't giving me the whole story because when I was recording it didn't sound too bad, nothing headache worthy. I'll admit I mixed this pretty quickly with basically no adjustments to the sound. In the future I shall work towards trying to balance all of the volume of the different sounds out.

It's good to have a pair of good quality monitors which play the intented audio with high-fidelity. Headphones (especially the cheap ones) usually clip away frequencies from the low and high end.

I guess my next goal is to create some music that has some actual progression and doesn't feel like the passages are stuck together with sticky tape but instead feel like they are welded together.

Remember to have a solid artistic vision! Art is the medium of impression and expression, remember that.

Again thankyou very much for sharing your thoughts on my music :)

No problem.

Metal / Review
« on: May 26, 2006, 06:28:11 AM »
The full version of Dark Cloud Traveller certainly wasn't a disappointment, but it was quite different from what I had expected (both in good and bad). There are a few issues which I will address later.

Surprisingly Dark Cloud Traveller album starts with a very distinct rhythmic track which contemplates upon the Earth-boundness of existence and draws raw energy from a simplistic and primitive drumming/bashing. After gathering enough resonance for the forthcoming journey, the second track kicks in and carries the listener to the unknown planes of the mystical Dark Cloud Traveller.

Dark Cloud Traveller begins with a fantastic intro section, which almost feels like journey into the heart of a gigantic tempest: the swooping winds are mercilessly tormenting the ears of the protagonist, while the soaring sound of the low distant thunderstrucks are looming on the background scenery. When this phase fades away, well, everything what happens next goes beyond even my wildest guess..

Then for the musical criticism. All the sections of Dark Cloud Traveller track containing harmonic playing are generally very well done, and the melodies are really wonderful. The disharmonic sections are not all as succesful. I would strongly advice against using very long parts of monotonic high pitched notes, as they are not very pleasant to listen to, especially for long periods of time. Seriously, my temple veins started to pulsate vehemently. :o

Instrumentally different parts shift into each other quite seamlessly, but the music as a whole suffers from the lack of a solidifying instrumental theme. Maybe it was your artistic vision to create something confusing and very difficult to fathom, but I don't think it serves art very well, when it is hard to find a central theme which binds the piece of art as a whole together.

The abundance of so many different intrumental themes also reduces the amount of motivic progress which can be processed within a song: as a direct consequence the song doesn't progress in a positive manner, but often jumps too quickly into the next instance before having processed it vigorously enough. As a side note: at times this feature makes the music feel like a very bizarre symphony, in a good manner though.

Overall I would say that your music is too verbose. (For a constructive example, try listening to Burzum's ambient tracks, as those have brilliant progress of motifs.) It definitely also needs more of slower parts and silence which will "soften" the intensity of the otherwise tense disharmonic parts. You could also consider panning down some volume to achieve this.

Keep making ambient. You have good potential, IMO. :)

Metal / Re: My Ambient Music
« on: May 19, 2006, 06:39:56 AM »
It almost sounds like a cross between Ildjarn's ambient compositions and Tangerine Dream's music: very nihilistic, but still reaches the LSD-induced space trips of TD. Maybe a bit more focus on the progress of song structures would serve well.

Good shit. Hopefully you will share the rest of you work with us, supposing that there is more to come.

Metal / Re: What happened to the Satyricon review?
« on: May 18, 2006, 11:29:28 AM »
It is not an uncommon phenomenon that people just disappear. Especially when we are dealing with societies which advocate eugenics.

*Choo, choo!* Train leads to chimney land.. ;)

Audiofile / Ildjarn / Sort Vokter
« on: April 15, 2006, 07:17:35 AM »
Ildjarn / Sort Vokter
Ildjarn / Sort Vokter MP3s


"In an attempt toward extremity Ildjarn make metal of the rawest, simplest, and most seemingly random elements in an industrial/techno beat structure with ambient melodic riffs to overlay it."

Ildjarn - Det Frysende Nordariket (1995)

Ildjarn - Det Frysende Nordariket (1995, Mega)

Ildjarn - Ildjarn (1995) [ CD $9 ]

Ildjarn - Ildjarn (1995, Mega)
Ildjarn - Ildjarn (1995, Mediafire) - Tape Version

Ildjarn - Strength and Anger (1996) [ CD $9 ]

Ildjarn - Strength and Anger (1996, Mega)

Ildjarn - Forest Poetry (1996) [ CD $9 ]

Ildjarn - Forest Poetry (1996, Mega)
Ildjarn - Forest Poetry (1996, Mediafire) - LP version

Ildjarn - Landscapes (1996)

Ildjarn - Landscapes (1996, FLAC)

Ildjarn - Hardangervidda (2002)

Ildjarn - Hardangervidda (2002, Mediafire)
Ildjarn - Hardangervidda (2002, Mega)

Ildjarn - Ildjarn-Nidhogg (2003)

Ildjarn - Ildjarn-Nidhogg (2003, Mega)
Ildjarn - Ildjarn-Nidhogg (FLAC) I II III IV

Ildjarn - Ildjarn is Dead (2005)

Ildjarn is Dead - 1  (2005, Mediafire)
Ildjarn is Dead - 2  (2005, Mediafire)

Sort Vokter

"After the black metal fanfare faded the one-person projects in aggressive ambient music emerged, including this tribute to the stylings of Burzum and the composition of Darkthrone, which features Sort Vokter's patterned mix of rigid beats and soaring, ambient, melodic guitar."

Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal (1997)

Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal (1997, Mediafire)
Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal (1997, Mega)

Sort Vokter - Folkloric Necro Metal (1997, FLAC)

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