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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:40:46 PM »
Varg reminds me of Wagner in a way. Hit a stride somewhat early on and then gradually decayed artistically. Preoccupation with racialism is an amusing synergy as well.

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Metal / Re: Whatever happened to Crimson Massacre?
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:28:16 PM »
Good question. I too have been wondering the same. That debut showed potential but it definitely was not the masterpiece it was heralded as by the burnt out underground observatory. Too many moments of "was that really necessary?" and tough guy vocals.

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Metal / Re: How Slayer re-invented the postmodern world
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:19:28 PM »
Hell Awaits the greatest album made and the perfect intersection between every relevant branch of metal. If someone were to ask me "What is metal?" THAT is the album I would show them.

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Metal / Re: Profanatica - Progenitors of the Omni-Riff
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:15:56 PM »
I think the key to Profanatica/Havohej is that the music is body music like punk or hip hop. It's something felt not something intuited. John Gelso has stated that he feels black metal is at its best when it's close to punk. I can't be that far off he he. But really, their music has more to do with movement, motion, aggression violence, mockery in dance than it does "Romanticism of darkness and reality." I honestly to this day cannot figure out why it is praised next to stuff that meets the standards of artistry upholded by ANUS etc. Etc.

I'm discussing their entire disco. Not just the latest album which I believe is great.

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Metal / Profanatica - Progenitors of the Omni-Riff
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:39:39 PM »
Profanatica has never been a band that writes songs. Profanatica's entire catalog almost entirely consists of different arrangements of the same musical ideas. Essentially they figure out a pattern for songs, which aren't songs in any real sense, and insert which ever interchangable (omni) riff is most appropriate. This isn't to say that they don't add new ones to the catalog. But it accounts well for the fact that Profanatica has never written true songs yet they somehow clearly communicate something to the listener. The most prominent example I can think of is the medley featured on Grand Masters Sessions which sounds like a complete work if one didn't know better. I think devising a compositional method that can restate musical ideas in new ways that can convey entirely different meanings than what was stated originally is brilliant if unintended. I can't think of a good correlation to literature since words are to exact making the reuse of full sentences awkward when taken out of context.

There's probably a writer and thinker out there better than myself who can state this more concisely than I can. Admittedly I came across this observation months back and didn't bother writing down my thoughts so this is coming out very approximated and incomplete but whatever. Have it.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:10:34 AM »
The latest Profanatica release disagrees. Less is more. Some still get it.

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Metal / Re: Nunslaughter - Angelic Dread
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:07:30 AM »
I like this. Thanks for the upload. The vocals are an improvement over past releases, notably the previous one.

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Funny enough, I bought a collection of 8 LP's of Beethovens music for about $6.50 ohhh maybe 2 years ago now.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 05, 2014, 01:12:47 AM »
I think what you meant to say was that Tolkien told a timeless tale. If you really believe what you said about Tolkien I would suggest that your read his letters and the works of Shippey. Nothing about Tolkien is modern! :)
Regarding  the Burzum, I appreciate your candor, but I respectfully disagree with you.

I respectfully disagree of course. For example, the Trilogy of Books centers around the story of an inexperienced nobody named Frodo who heeds a call to adventure where he ventures deep into the unknown and accomplishes some great feat. The inexperienced unknown and unlikely character can be anybody of course. For Tolkien, Frodo and the shire were devices for the English Middle class. The details are besides the point. The story of that unknown and unlikely hero is a feature that is not found in Epics such as Gilgamesh or Beowulf. Certainly Greek literature such as the Illiad focuses on individuals of prominence. The tale is truly unique to this age.

I can go furtherand discuss the challenges and obstacles villains of these works represent challenges which are specific to their place and time of origin but I feel that the first example is sufficient. I think it goes without saying that history is contingent and the myths of Beowulf may once again be relevant to us. But for the time, we aren't at the mercy of a harsh and unforgiving environment during the dawn of a new civilization.

RE: Burzum

To each their own. It fails to inspire me the way earlier burzum's ambient explorations could.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 04, 2014, 08:39:52 PM »
In the Lord of the Rings, tolkien tells a modern tale, one relevant to the day and age that made him. He outlines a choice he hoped his generation would make. It's easy to miss if you get caught on the symbolic language of the past used to tell it. I suspect that Tolkien's story would have been better understood in his day, than ours.

I don't really care about Varg's blog or his beliefs. They are very, very amusing. His post prison work is the musical equivalent of digging up corpses.

Strictly as music:

Abridged version - Fuckin' boring.


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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 04, 2014, 02:14:33 PM »
The faux medieval pieces are in poor taste. Nostalgia for a people and a time you were never part of is not a healthy attribute. I am delighted that the album drops them for most of the run time. However, it is not very compelling or inspiring on the whole. Varg is indeed lost in a world of his own creation....

I might contrast this to DCD since the comparisons are obligatory. DCD unified the lineage of Western musical traditions. To parse a famous quote: DCD is the living music of the dead, (New) Burzum (Lord Wind et. al.) is the dead music of the living.

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Bolt Thrower are a bunch of humanists and it shows in their lyrics once you realise it. What you get out of music is what you get. Some wish to convey truths, some wish to convey experience, some wish to convey meaning. Opinions abound, if you can support what you hold in high regard with well formed and tempered perspective, you're all right. You don't have to accept this websites interpretation to contribute to the search for quality.

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Metal / Re: News
« on: May 17, 2014, 06:01:41 AM »
Good calls. Crow's contributions to Amerika are almost always gems. His prose is well developed and unique in that it is immediately identifiable. A quality that is sorely lacking in contemporary writers.

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Interzone / Re: Denigrating science to inflate the religious ego
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:19:25 PM »
Must be nice to be the one doing the banning for once, instead of being banned or outright ignored elsewhere. Having control over a dwindling online community as opposed to be outted of all the rest. ANUS spent its life cycle in total hostility towards other online communities, its dissidents, its contributors and its host civilization. A deconstructionist, reactionary pseudo-conservative, dystopia. You are the perfect heir to the throne. I shouldn't have been hostile to you. You aren't dragging this forum down, you are an almost perfect embodiment of it and its ideals. Good bye Crow.

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Interzone / Re: Denigrating science to inflate the religious ego
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:46:11 PM »
To the first, science is actually the most humble discourse humans have ever attempted to understand "reality" - and certainly far more so than religion.

If science were practiced this way, it would be great.

It is, but there's also a lot of solipsism. The same thing happened to the Greeks and after hitting critical mass, it collapsed and was absorbed, refined and integrated into another method of Human investigation, the one we are discussing now. It's a matter of time before Empiricism is brought back down to earth. The only thing that would prevent this action is the barbarism noted in this thread, since all things are contingency.

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Before we dramatize this... let's consider context and how to make something positive out of it.

This would be great, if it were possible.

It's been communicated on multiple occasions that the one rule of your house was that your guests had to be kind to one another and could not attack or insult each other. If they did break that rule, you'd sick your dog on them. That's not really true though, is it? If a guest shares a thought that the dog doesn't like, the dog bites. Like his first reply to this thread which is one among NUMEROUS examples of the dog attacking your guests when they didn't break your cardinal rule. We've also learned from this thread that two guests conducting civil and charitable conversation can provoke your dog if the dog doesn't like the manner or content of that conversation.

We know you like your dog, but nobody is going to want to come over to your house anymore if they have to walk on eggshells. Especially if the "do as I say not as I do" principle remains with regards to behavior.

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