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Metal / Re: So, there is black 'n' roll too, eh?
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:17:12 AM »
Ten Masked Men did a brutal death metal cover of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" but that's about the closest you'll get. That horrorcore shit is utter nonsense, one step away from Juggalo rap

Metal / Re: Power Metal
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:08:05 AM »
Fates Warning's classic albums "Awaken the Guardian" and "The Spectre Within" are essential, "No Exit" is decent too. Not sure about the other stuff.

Warlord is another great early band from the US, their "Best of Warlord" has pretty much their complete discography as all they managed were a few EPs before the guitarist converted to Christianity and became a theology professor. Excellent classically influenced leads with no unnecessary wank; really tasteful stuff. Nice vocals and the drummer went on to play in Fates Warning; he has tons of dynamics and tone for a metal drummer.

It's a guilty pleasure but Blind Guardian's "Nightfall in Middle Earth" isn't bad songwriting. Same goes for "Burnt Offerings" by Iced Earth; although every subsequent album by that band (and the band themselves) can fuck the fuck off.

And no one can forget the first four Manowar albums - before they fully committed to being self-parody, they had a Maiden/Priest-influenced sound with a nice Black Sabbath heavy groove underlying them.

If you're looking for that full on flower power, happy sound I can't help you; I've never enjoyed any of that Gamma Ray type stuff. To me it always sounded like Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" covered by a group of high functioning tweakers.

Interzone / Re: Education itself is the problem
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:10:06 PM »
Learning and education definitely are not the same thing. The educational system teaches obedience as its primary value, mainly because teachers have to spend an excessive amount of time on behavior management for the bottom 20% of students. The rest are forced to live by rules and regulations meant to keep the fuckups in check if they want to succeed. At the end of 12+ years of this, all a student usually knows how to do is follow instructions.

This is why you see so many students who go through high school and even college and are completely mystified as to what to do afterwards. "I did everything I was supposed to, now what?" I'm sure many of us have been there, too.

That Immolation album is straight garbage, I lost a lot of respect for Vigna, Dolan and co. after their last two. It double sucks because I love that fucking baldy, Bob Vigna is a genius.

They've definitely lost their edge.

Most of these best-of lists in recent years seem to be dominated by bands that sound like either Incantation or Havohej/Profanatica, bands I never enjoyed at all. I wonder if such a basic style is just easier to pull off convincingly or what. It's why I definitely give my vote to Summoning; a refined style like that takes much more care and dedication to do effectively than yet another "Onward to Golgotha" worship fest.

I would vote Condor, Summoning. October Falls - The Plague of a Coming Age was good as well.

Metal / Re: Top 10 Worst Crimes Committed by Black Metal Musicians
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:57:06 PM »
10. Alcest
9. Wolves in the Throne Room
8. Dimmu Borgir
7. Ihsahn's solo albums
6. Whatever the fuck post-black metal was
5. Later Enslaved
4. Later Immortal
3. Trendy Blasphemy rip-offs
2. Later Darkthrone
1. Alcest

Motherfucker, you beat me to the punch! Maybe replace one of the Alcest entries (your choice) with Horde - Hellig Usvart

Metal / Re: What Band are you listening today?
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:55:54 PM »
Today I am (finally) checking out Surgical Steel. I have to say I don't like it at all. It sounds EXACTLY like Heartwork. I actually have a soft spot for Heartwork because it was one of the first "extreme" metal albums I ever heard, but this album just feels like Carcass took their biggest selling album and tried to write something that sounded exactly like it. Pass...

Metal / Re: Similarities between metal and hip-hop
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:53:06 PM »
One thing I always liked about hip hop was the artist beefs. I've witnessed so many metal musicians, even good ones, afraid to criticize a peer's shitty work because they knew them/toured with them/used to be in a band with them etc. It would be awesome to see metal bands reaming each other for releasing shitty work (would take a lot of burden off of this site's writers) and might give bands a little more incentive not to suck balls; it'd be even funnier to see large fistfights between metal bands and their entourages in public places.

Metal / Re: bitterman reviews on Metal Archives
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:45:17 PM »
I like taking the piss on shitty music as much as anyone else but these just aren't funny at all.

Interzone / Re: What's a major label?
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:04:47 PM »
Most metal labels releases are supplied by one of the same handful of distributors (Caroline, RED etc) which are actually just divisions of major labels that serve the "underground" niche markets.

So Candlelight, Earache, Century Media, Nuclear Blast are all distributed by Caroline, which is a division of Universal. Metal Blade, Relapse, Megaforce, Southern Lord are distributed by RED Distribution (Sony division).

This is of course not unique to metal, most "independent" labels are corporate owned... Victory, Psychopathic, Rap A Lot, Tooth & Nail, Metropolis, G Unit, Mute etc are all carried in the same way. Generally speaking, if it has a printed UPC code on the back then it's probably not an underground release.

If you want to avoid supporting major labels any more than possible, download and/or buy secondhand.

Interzone / Re: Michel Houellebecq
« on: October 17, 2013, 10:59:47 PM »
I would just suggest anyone interested read Atomised. The Possibility of an Island and Platform were excellent as well but not quite as earth shattering. Haven't gotten to the new one yet.

I'm reading Public Enemies right now; it's a correspondence between Houllebecq and French left wing intellectual Bernard Henri Levy. They don't debate so much as humorously compare ideologies, reminisce and examine how their upbringings contributed to their current views.

Interzone / Re: Black Panthers
« on: October 13, 2013, 09:00:39 PM »
Their founder was a crack addict who was shot to death by a dealer he owed money to as he was leaving a crack house.

Metal / Re: Nachtmystium's Blake Judd arrested
« on: October 08, 2013, 06:08:20 PM »
This guy is a cocaine and heroin addict; the theft was to fund his habit. He associates with indie rock musicians and rips people off on merch deals. I've never even heard his fucking music but I'm sure it's blander than unsalted vegan Pho.

Cook County lockup is no place for some Naperville hipster man-child like this to end up, either. I know a couple folks who've been in there and people like Blake get fucking treated. He'll get out in a month or two with no shoes and a gaping anus. Who knows, maybe he'll end up getting stabbed to death by Latin Kings for scamming them out of some T shirts or something.

Blake, if you're reading this... here's a little song to cheer you up in there:

Metal / Re: Death of the stereo?
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:06:49 PM »
The thing you have to understand is, back in the heyday of high end stereo equipment(70s/80s), even then, people didn't buy that equipment because they were serious music fans. They bought it because 5foot tall speakers and a component system that took up half their living room made them feel cool and rich.

Metal / Re: Morbid Angel > Incantation
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:51:50 PM »
I couldn't even begin to compare them. I've never gotten what's the big deal with Incantation, most of their music sounds like undistinguished slop to my ears. The first three Morbid Angel albums are among the greatest death metal releases of all time (even though they fell the fuck off right afterward)and so far beyond what Incantation was doing it's not even funny.

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