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« on: May 31, 2013, 10:13:36 PM »
The new Burzum has been getting quite a bit of coverage on Deathmetal.org. For what it's worth, I think it's probably the best thing Vikernes has put out in a while (and I liked Fallen quite a bit). It's like a less demonstrative followup to HliūskjŠlf, which is interesting because to date the newer Burzum stuff has been quite a bit more demonstrative than the older releases. It's pretty laid-back contemplative, which makes sense given its genesis in soundtrack music, but it's definitely more compositionally involved than mere sonic wallpaper.

The new Summoning is excellent, like all of their releases, but that's already been discussed heavily here. I'm sort of excited about the new Graveland. Will Stronger Than Death was great, Spears of Heaven was mediocre like a lot of his post-Following the Voice of Blood stuff, but the Cold Winter Blades EP showed him branching out into newer sounds in an interesting way. I hope he keeps the momentum going for the new full-length. Maybe the longer gap between releases (outside of the remastered versions of Creed of Iron and Memory and Destiny) will have given Darken more time to write epic tunes.

I've actually come around to some of the post-Following Graveland. Immortal Pride, Cold Winter Blades, M&D, Dawn of Iron Blades and Fire Chariot of Destruction are all pretty solid albums, and the Raise Your Swords! EP is decent. I still feel like Creed of Iron, Spears of Heaven and The Fire of Awakening are pretty boring though.
Hopefully the new version of Fire of Awakening adds something to it because that album especially is lacking in creative content. It actually made me stop following Graveland for a few years and I've only recently come back home.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn - Norse-Svartfraed -LTD- 2CD
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:08:59 PM »
Isnt this pretty much the same music as Ildjarn-Nidhogg CD? Also, does anyone know when those Season of Mist re-releases are due to be released?

Interzone / Re: White Nationalism
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:22:20 PM »
Is there anything of enduring value that has come out of decades of white nationalism?


This is the one thing of enduring value that white nationalism has given us: unintentional humor.

Metal / Re: Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 27, 2013, 04:16:01 PM »
Jeff Hanneman was a wicked alcoholic; he died of liver failure. He also abused cocaine for years which I'm sure didn't help. Look at nearly any candid photo of him and you'll see he usually appears completely trashed and/or is holding a beer.

He actually had an endorsement deal from Heineken as well as the usual guitar/amp/string companies, which meant he probably had access to an unlimited supply of free beer.

It's too bad what happened to him but this is what happens when you don't take care of your body.

Metal / Re: The Chasm
« on: May 27, 2013, 12:15:29 AM »
I thought Deathcult was promising but had serious aesthetic flaws; thankfully, they corrected most of them over the years and are now at the top of their game with Farseeing. It's a long and rocky road to victory I guess. Win or lose, The Chasm always get respect and I eagerly await any new music they might create.

Interzone / Cormac McCarthy & modern literature
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:56:29 PM »
Never heard his name mentioned here, but Cormac McCarthy seems like the sort of modern writer that might be appreciated on these forums. Stylistically similar to Faulkner, conceptually more influenced by Conrad and Melville, but probably the best "semi-mainstream" American writer currently active. Anyone else read his books? The Road and No Country For Old Men get the most press, but Blood Meridian is definitely his masterpiece.

Are there any other suggestions for good modern writers I'm missing out on? I've already read and enjoyed Houellebecq, but aside from that I can't think of too much. Thomas Ligotti was impressive but maybe that's more my own personal preference than anything else.

Metal / Re: Classics of Finnish Death Metal
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:48:48 PM »
Belial's "Wisdom of Darkness" is really quite excellent.

Metal / Re: Education
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:04:14 PM »
I studied the liberal arts and found it lacking in focus or rigor. Most of my knowledge of the classics comes from out of class reading, especially once I began to realize how much of the canon I was missing out on. Even so, I had to enroll in an Information Technology program at a nearby vocational school after finishing my Bachelor's to have any hope of decent employment. Many of my classmates at that school had unused bachelor's degrees as well.

Interzone / Re: Goodnight sweet Europe
« on: May 26, 2013, 06:58:09 PM »
Democracy is just a pit stop on the road to tyranny, and this is a perfect example in action.

Metal / Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:44:11 PM »
The early music comparisons caught my ear, to hear some very similar examples of this style check out "Orient-Occident" by Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI ensemble.

Metal / Re: Good electronic music
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:32:39 PM »
Most people here already seem to agree on Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Autechre and Biosphere.

I also enjoy Brian Eno's ambient music, Aphex Twin (especially Selected Ambient Works series), Murcof, Four Tet, Amon Tobin, Portishead, Coil. Many of the more mainstream-sounding acts like DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Shpongle etc have some really brilliant spots in their catalogue along with (usually) some throwaways.

Metal / Re: DEP is stupid music and not metal
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:33:26 PM »

Metal / Re: Metal in 2012
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:32:48 PM »
Sorcier Des Glaces is planning to release a new album "Ritual of the End" later this year!

Interzone / Re: It is time to reign women in.
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:30:51 PM »
As a younger woman myself, I can agree that most women need reining in - actually, most people do. The average person is a shallow idiot.

I might also add that the trendy "career woman" thing is a result of Westerners living in an industrialized capitalist world. What we call "gender roles" developed in a pre-industrial world where everything was physical. As men and women have bodies suited for different physical jobs, the gender roles developed according to that. There was really no concept of a "labor market" that needed single women in it. Men would hunt for food and plow the fields, women would raise the kids and do the less physically demanding jobs. For a woman, the idea of "having a career" was unattractive, not because women were more virtuous at that time or any retarded bullshit like that, but simply because work needed a relentless physical input that was beyond the strength of women. But in the modern industrial world, getting women out of the home and into the workplace is no big deal. The shit called "work" is done in centrally heated offices, in front of computers. In this push-button world we live in, male strength is simply not needed in the high-income jobs. Women can do these tasks just as easily. Hence, career women and feminism.

I'm pretty sure we'll revert back to our older gender roles if the modern world goes crashing down, though. Scourge put it pretty well.

I don't know, I work a physically intensive job and there are plenty of women who I work with who can do it as well as long as they're in decent shape. I think the real reason many women began working in the first place was because of economic necessity - as the standard of living continues to fall for most in the Western world, having a household where only one partner works is just impractical. Both partners needed to be bringing in income to fund the suburban McMansion, expensive oil, skyrocketing college tuition for kids, etc against mostly stagnant wage levels.

Interzone / Re: Should labels reject Nazi music?
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:20:35 PM »
I would reject Nazi music, but not music by Nazis.

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