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Metal / The importance of self-distance in art
« on: January 21, 2009, 10:05:10 AM »
One of the reasons to why most metal past the late 90s is boring, is that it lacks self-distance.

Great masters such as Burzum, Mayhem, Immortal, Possessed, Havohej and Darkthrone had this thing in common: they included humour and occasionally self-satire, in art or surrounding their art. This enabled them to joke around with stereotypes (Varg's infamous interview with Norwegian press where he claimed he knew who burnt down the churches, is one classic example), but more importantly, it showed they didn't take themselves too seriously for their own good. It gave them a more objective view of the essence and direction of the genre.

Remember when Darkthrone began putting "True Norwegian Black Metal" on their record releases? This was to separate themselves from the clones that were already beginning to increase in number. Back then, it was probably a "unique" statement. When that didn't work, unfortunately at the same time when they lost artistic direction, they began mocking themselves and the genre (and now, sadly, they are truly nothing but a joke). Varg left the scene, and Immortal released a few technically brilliant works before fading into ancient status. Beherit spaced out into electronic music and later into experimental territory. But the clones, clueless as they were, took all of this True Black Metal business seriously, and today we laugh at bands who want to be "tr00." Why? Because they take themselves TOO seriously, forgetting the playfulness and the humour of the genre. They mimick their ideals instead of achieving them. They lack self-distance and, as a consequence, become obsessed with the genre itself. Nargaroth is one example of this, and Velvet Caccoon were people who even figured they could make cash on idiots who bought it.

I was reminded of this some days ago when I heard Carl Nielsen's fifth symphony. While Nielsen integrated modernistic aspects to his music, he later seems to have become irritated at much of the modern classical composers in general--and voila, we get his fifth, where he literally mocks these composers in a playful, creative way. Again, this is a man who had self-distance. He wasn't obsessed with art itself and thus could look beyond its limitations, recognizing hipsters.

If metal bands want to succeed at being artistically creativel today and come up with something original, they need to stop taking themselves and the genre too seriously. This doesn't mean the genre is a joke, that art doesn't carry serious messages, or that the metal genre should be anarchy rather than an artistic movement. But it's impossible to be serious if you've got your head up your ass and focus on trying to align yourself with the genre at every cost. Don't follow it - BE it.

Interzone / The Bluegrass Tribute To Metallica
« on: November 30, 2007, 09:17:54 AM »
Fade To Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute To Metallica. 30 sec samples:



Metal / For fans of Genesis and King Crimson
« on: August 22, 2007, 10:34:47 AM »

Ethnic, folk-inspired prog-rock from Sweden, similar to Genesis and King Crimson. Apparently their influence has been international, I recently discovered them.

Audiofile / Candlemass
« on: March 09, 2007, 07:59:22 AM »
Candlemass MP3s

"Heavily influential doom metal band that pioneered the post-Sabbath-clone innovations in doom metal which culminated in its early-90s surge in popularity."

Candlesmass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986) [ CD $11 ]

Candlesmass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986, Mega)

Audiofile / Mussorgsky, Modest
« on: January 14, 2007, 12:56:13 PM »
Mussorgsky, Modest: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Mussorgsky, Modest

Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel) / Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Megaupload)
orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
conductor: Riccardo Muti

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - Dénes Várjon piano (Megaupload)

Modest Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov
Opera in a prologue and four acts
Revised and orchestrated by N. Rimsky-Korsakov

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3

Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, a.o.
Chorus of the National Opera of Sofia
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
André CLUYTENS, cond.

EMI Classics 1967, 2002 (remaster).

Audiofile / Swordmaster
« on: January 06, 2007, 01:21:45 AM »
Swordmaster MP3s

"Extreme blasting black metal and oldstyle metal crossover in this surprisingly beautiful but savage style."

Swordmaster - Wraths of Time (1995) [ CD $5 ]

Swordmaster - Wraths of Time (1995, Mega)

Metal / Neoclassical Compilation Vol. 2
« on: December 20, 2006, 06:52:20 AM »
The Neoclassical Compilation Volume 2 is dedicated to the neoclassical tradition in music. This form of art tries to resurrect the ancient indoeuropean soul, through either modern instrumentation or classical compositional style. The end result is a brave attempt in reviving honor, tradition, and peace with the natural order. This compilation includes some of the top acts within neoclassical music, offered free of charge, to inspire and stimulate the soul and senses of the modern man.


Sponsored by CORRUPT.org - Remaking Modern Society

Audiofile / Roman, Johan Helmich
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:21:55 AM »
Roman, Johan Helmich: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Roman, Johan Helmich

Johan Helmich Roman - Drottningholmsmusiken (Megaupload)
This is a cult piece of Swedish classical music, well fit for royal occasions and such. It's highly recommended for those who enjoy fine art in subtle emotional expression (think baroque, but more pompous and aristocratic).

Audiofile / Wolfsheim
« on: August 30, 2006, 01:32:12 PM »

Audiofile / Aphex Twin
« on: August 13, 2006, 04:47:30 PM »
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Aphex Twin

Electronic landscapes with a touch of ambient.

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II Disc 1 - Disc 2 (1994, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - On (1993, Rapidshare)

Analord - Complete (2004-2005, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - drukqs (2001, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - Richard D. James (1996, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker (single) (1996, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - Ventolin (EP) (1995, Megaupload)

AFX - Hangable Auto Bulb (1995, Megaupload)

(Richard D. James) Bradley Strider - Bradley's Robot (EP) [FLAC] (1995, Megaupload)

Analogue Bubblebath 1-5 (1991-1995, Megaupload)

Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do 1 - 2 (1995, Rapidshare)

Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy (1997, Megaupload)

Richard D. James - Caustic Window Compilation (1998, Rapidshare)

Audiofile / Lustmord
« on: August 13, 2006, 04:34:42 PM »

Audiofile / Kilcrops
« on: August 13, 2006, 11:38:18 AM »
Kilcrops MP3s

"Similar to Canada's Dead Brain Cells (DBC), this band uses intricately paced technical lead guitar to suspend an atmosphere of precision and ambiguity around the listener."

Kilcrops - Javhé Karma (1996)

Kilcrops - Javhé Karma (1996, Mega)

Audiofile / Grassow, Mathias
« on: August 12, 2006, 09:32:36 AM »
Grassow, Mathias: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Grassow, Mathias

Dark, meditative ambientscapes for late nights, waiting for the morning sun to arise.

Amir Baghiri/Mathias Grassow - True North (Megaupload)

Mathias Grassow - The Nightquest Sessions FLAC I - II (Megaupload)

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