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Metal / Re: New Burzum album announced.
« on: July 10, 2009, 08:41:01 PM »
Interesting quotes from the article:

"Music for me was something I was doing because I felt disillusioned after the Cold War and didn't know what I wanted with my life."

"Are you a racist?" "Yes. But I hate no one. Hate is irrational. Myself, I'm a rational person."

[About the upcoming album, to be released at the end of this year:] "It's going to be metal, and the fans can expect true Burzum."

"I've never been a Nazi, and is not one today either. It's bullshit that I've started racist organizations. If you're being worked against by the prison system, you're bound to be frustrated, aggressive, and easily influenced by other environments. What I did was an rebellion against those I felt treated me badly. It's stupid, but at the time it felt like the thing to do. You become pretty alienated when you live isolated and is worked against the whole time."

"But I have my clear convictions. I'm seeing that this country is going down the drain - and I'm trying not to go down that path myself. This is no longer Norway. We're in the process of being replaced by aliens, both culturally, religiously and genetically. Take a look at our population today, and compare with the one we had 50 years ago."


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Metal / Re: Dialectical materialism in metal
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:51:02 PM »
I think some would argue that it has already come and it is ambient/noise.

I agree, and innovators like Beherit claim that's also the future musical area of interest. The question is how much more we can squeeze out of that genre. I think the noise genre is artistically dead, save for a few genius acts like Claustrum. Ambient is also reaching a definite dead-end, but maybe we can do more to combine metal and electronic music, and even classical? Maybe something similar to Burzum's later two albums, but in smaller orchestral versions.

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Interzone / Re: Why ambient "music" is bad
« on: February 03, 2009, 04:46:38 PM »
I think what Metal Power is trying to say is that good ambient music doesn't attempt to mimic the world; it expresses it poetically. This is true for classical as well, although to a smaller extent (I'm not against programmatic music, but I don't deny that the most fulfilling classical music also is abstract in nature).

You don't want to sound like the world, you want the sound to express the world. Big difference!

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Metal / The importance of self-distance in art
« on: January 21, 2009, 06:05:10 PM »
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.

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Interzone / Re: The Wicker Man
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:50:28 AM »
The ancients, at least if we limit the discussion to Germanic pagans, had very strict social codes when it came to marriage etc. Reading Tacitus gives us a good glimpse of this. But we also read that most women walked around with very light clothing, lots of rituals involved nudity, and eroticism was part of the concept of love. The ancients weren't moral hypocrites about their own sexuality. All of this would be a big no-no for the Christianity to come, and would remain so up till the decline of the same. Then we got the hippie revolution and the neo-pagan nonsense, which is not really paganism.

To the movie, I'm not sure it promotes hippie paganism, but it clearly flirts with the idea.

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Metal / Re: Say NO to HATE MUSIC
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:24:33 PM »
What should I do with my Capricornus and Infernum CDs now?!

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Interzone / Re: The Wicker Man
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:22:21 PM »
The Pagan perspective on sexuality and love, which are the main themes in this movie, are quite liberal compared to the Orthodox Christian POV.

I like this movie a lot for its aesthetics, atmosphere, and playful narrative. It suffers from some knee-jerk, 70's revolutionary nonsense, but the essence is positive and uplifting. Very touching, if you're in the right mood.

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Interzone / Re: Atheism
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:19:33 PM »
My "problem" with atheism: it doesn't really matter if no deity exists. It doesn't necessarily change the function of spirituality or religion, which is not solely based upon the existence of God or gods. We could still have use of it.

Modern atheism is kind of a straw man argument (Dawkins, anyone?!) against religion, and is today ideologically closely connected to secular humanism, e.g. Judeo-Christian morality in a secular package.

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Interzone / Re: Archaic video games
« on: October 20, 2008, 09:14:59 AM »
The PC games I remember had a certain impact on me were two point-and-click adventure games.

Syberia: Lawyer attempts to track down a person to conclude her case, but ends up in a world of tales and mysteries to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. The graphics, soundtrack and story are fascinating. Hard to complete though.

http://www.gamingexcellence.com/pc/games/109/review.shtml

The Longest Journey: A young girl skips art classes to unravel the strange magical things taking place in every day life, and ends up defending an ancient world against destructive forces. Very creative, typically difficult, but contains a lot of exploration and mythological references.

http://www.longestjourney.com/

These games require fantasy, creativity and brains. Most games are mindless time wasters.

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Interzone / Re: World Peace
« on: December 28, 2007, 08:05:26 PM »
Swedish:

Jag spyr på Guds barn

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Sedes Impiorum for sale
« on: December 18, 2007, 04:57:17 PM »

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Sedes Impiorum for sale
« on: December 12, 2007, 06:48:12 PM »
No one's heard it yet, so we might be masturbating in vain.

I'm still waiting for him to start ripping. Agreed with oscar, we're not paying $20 for this.

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Sedes Impiorum for sale
« on: December 03, 2007, 05:33:43 PM »
Bingo, he wants to mail me a tape copy of the demo. I'll be able to record this on my computer and FLAC as soon as I get it.

He seems friendly so I don't think he'll charge us $20.

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Sedes Impiorum for sale
« on: December 03, 2007, 04:07:00 PM »
I've contacted the guy and asked him to FLAC it or mail me a CD-R rip for a cheap buck.

$20 is good, I can contribute with about the same, more than that is a fucking rip off.

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