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Interzone / Re: Tolkien
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:46:49 AM »
The elves are Welsh
Are you kidding me? It's got to be the Finns right?

Was kind of thinking of the Celts/Britons (had to keep it within Britain). I suppose Finns works a lot better, but yes I was in fact kidding you.

Fantasy dwarves almost always having broad Scottish-ish accents is very funny to me for some reason.

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Metal / Re: Best Music Journalism 2013 at Red Bull Academy
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:33:19 PM »
Welcome to the big boys club, you finally made it and it didnt even involve selling out. Well maybe a little, but imagine what you could do if you sold out a bit more? Today, Red Bull Music Academy, tomorrow the Jerusalem Post.

(Really out of place to see it imo).

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:22:52 PM »
I think this band is one of those bands that is so intensely and deeply embedded in its own vision that very few people can form in themselves the desire to want to understand it and figure it out.

...also its really loud and distorted.

It is only meant for a few people, at most 1/4th of humanity at any given time, in reality a lot less. The roadblocks of metal were deliberate and served their purpose well. Problems always occured from the outside-in.

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Interzone / Re: Tolkien
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:16:39 PM »
Quote
is it more so the dominant attitude of an era filtering through the work of an artist.

I believe so.  He was a linguistics teacher.  A great writer.  But his thinking definitely did not escape the attitude of his own people at the time that he lived . Even reading LOTR as a teenager I rolled my eyes at finding some of these things buried in the story.  Even the geographic distribution of Numenor being the "isle of the west by the main continent" , and the land of Mordor being to the South-East of it.  Then you have Sauron recruiting dark-skinned minions from more primitive Eastern/South-Eastern cultures.  Come on...


Come on... what exactly? I dont see any problem with these at all, hell they give the story a bit of colour. The dwarves are Scots, the elves are Welsh, the hobbits peasant englishfolk, just like the movies! Where else would you recruit dark skinned minions anyway if you lived in the North and dark skinned minions were rare?

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Metal / Re: Power Metal
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:10:13 PM »
Seriously though, there's got to be like a top 5 power metal albums list for some old-school death/black metal purist (for when he's in a weird mood and might secretly want to spin a bit of power metal).

Iced Earth - "Night of the Stormrider" (original mix, not the crappy remaster)
Blind Guardian - "Somewhere Far Beyond"
Helloween - "Walls of Jericho"/"Helloween"
Manowar - "Hell on Wheels" (still lots of filler, even on their live albums, but there's about 15 classic songs between the 2 discs)

Those 4 albums are the pinnacle for each variation of power metal:

thrash metal style (Iced Earth)
epic orchestral style (Blind Guardian)
speed metal style (Helloween)
heavy metal style (Manowar)

Round it off with Adramelch from Italy as a 5th then, as just power metal. Irae Melanox should make it to a top 5 of power metal albums easily. Nothing in it is just extraneous cheese, even if it is a bit melodramatic. 1988.

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Interzone / Re: "The poor": kill them
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:22:26 AM »
I bet you're South American.
Man bite your tongue...

The post he was responding to was satirical, made to annoy.

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Interzone / Re: Tolkien
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:17:10 AM »
Uh but what about the scouring of the Shire?

After the journey is done, those simple hobbits return great warriors and heroes, and find their homeland invaded.

Then they cleanse it. This was removed from the movie entirely, not even hinted at. Frodo just comes home. The scouring is one of the most important parts of the book in my opinion. So no, it isnt the old-liberal Whig/Tory kind of values at all, but the spirit of -what would be called here- an almost pagan heroism (even though Tolkien was Christian).

The simple hobbits did have something the rest lacked maybe, but it wasnt their simplicity itself was it? None of the hobbits were recruited for their ability to grow turnips etc. but dragged into things they didnt think they could do... but did.

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Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:13:14 PM »
Not worth the time (Obscura the band). Dont bother. All crap.

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Metal / Re: What Band are you listening today?
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:32:55 PM »
Today I also have a hunger for Cenotaph's second album... and Morpheus Descends.

Me too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap6EIJHgkBY

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:20:45 PM »
Songwriting (structuring songs around lyrical etc. content) is all over the place though on this album. No duds, all great songs, but not as good in that department as say, Infester, Burzum, even Immortal. About half of the songs are just sort of Dissection-y when it comes to overall structure. To their credit, little feels incomplete, but this could have been a greater album than it was. The promise of Finis Malorum was, imo, not fully realized.

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Metal / Summoning - Anno Mortiri Dominii
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:28:04 PM »
Anyone heard this Summoning demo? The earliest output I had heard prior to coming across it is Lugburz. It is really good stuff, very different from their later output. I suppose you could call this real Austrian black metal. Even if the later stuff is better, this has some quite insidious melodies and rhthyms.

Forgot to actually link it, it is quite short, only 5 songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70X_Ux1nmAU

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Metal / Re: Sacramentum - Far Away From the Sun
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:22:03 PM »
The stuff to listen to after Far Away From The Sun is the earlier demo, Finis Malorum. Moonfog and Devide et Empera are glorious tracks that I think nothing on FaftS can really top (as an individual track). Moonfog especially has this beautiful extended melody that ends in the lower registers rather than just keeping on going higher like pretty much every single metal band. Beautiful, elegant, but a bit clumsy as it is both a demo and they were quite young musicians. Very glad to hear you have finally given the album a good listen dead last. More rewards await with more black metal.

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Metal / Re: Cryptic cover art
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:23:25 AM »
While I certainly appreciate your post and had not noticed the Engram cover at all until I read it, I cant help but wondering there was a bit of uh... chemical assistance here ;)

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Metal / Re: Obscura vrs From Wisdom to Hate
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:17:45 PM »
Fair comment.

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Metal / Re: Imposition - Memento Mori (DM.org user composition)
« on: December 25, 2013, 03:55:06 PM »
lol its a J O K E! Come on! Beethoven was a goddamn liberal after all.

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