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Metal / Re: War metal
« on: October 30, 2008, 06:27:13 AM »
agreed on Blasphemy being amazing. the fact 'Blood upon the Altar' was released in '89 makes it all the more impressive, and causes one to wonder how black metal might have developed had this more percussive, harmonic side of it been as influential as the melody-centric Scandinavian approach. i've been looking through other so-called war metal, but so far the majority of it is shit, and the remainder is mediocre. i'm downloading Goatpenis now, and i'll give Bestial Warlust a shot as well

We Hope You Die: both Marduk and Antaeus pander to a warlike image, but their music alstylings are fairly standard for black metal. as i mentioned above, the stuff that's called "war metal" is generally focused on drums a lot more than black metal generally is, and the riffing is... well. i have no education in musical theory apart from one university class on the ethnic musics of cultures around the world. so the only way i can describe it is by saying that the drums almost sound like the lead, with guitars building a harmonic "cushioning" around each sequence of drum hits. it's almost like rock, in a way(simple, rhythm-centric, wears its intentions on its sleeve), but constructed in a way that makes it hostile to everything rock exemplifies; it's ugly, atavistic, filthy, and violent

Interzone / Re: Archaic video games
« on: October 30, 2008, 05:15:20 AM »
Mechwarrior 2's music was some of the best i've ever heard in a game

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 26, 2008, 03:11:56 PM »
you're right. for some reason i've always thought of all European countries - apart from the British isles and Scandinavia - as being either west or east. so the 'scene' i was referring to was, i guess, actually northern. i've been finding a lot of rewarding music from the area, particularly Lithuania

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 26, 2008, 07:44:14 AM »
- The Meads of Asphodel
- Skyforger

the first is musical gibberish, kind of like Arcturus without the aesthetic cohesion. the second, from what i've heard, is quite good. the Eastern Europe black/folk metal scene deserves a lot more recognition than it gets

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 25, 2008, 05:38:44 PM »
well, seeing as i'm not yet familiar with Moonblood (as opposed to the other two) i'll just listen to them instead :p

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 25, 2008, 12:42:10 PM »
isn't Nargaroth the guy who was called out as knowingly, but not admittedly, making imitative music and more-or-less directly copying Burzum photo poses, as well as lying about the release dates of his material and his interactions with various black metal figureheads?

Interzone / Re: I need to talk.
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:18:13 AM »
:p not all pets are bad - and not all are good. i used to have a monkey who'd regularly shit on people after she got on their shoulder. i've yet to smell a more offensive, pungent stench

Interzone / Re: Archaic video games
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:16:13 AM »
Black & White was also pretty interesting as a microcosm of society. funny how you could only be a "good" god by endlessly and exhaustingly pandering to your believers' every desire comfort and laziness - doing things practically inevitably made you "evil"

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 24, 2008, 05:12:16 AM »
i enjoy Nattens Madrigal, but i wouldn't recommend it to someone exploring music as an art form. i've heard their full catalogue(minus the film soundtracks) and find Shadows of the Sun to be their best, but even it suffers from that same forced feeling, which creates a very incongruous feel - but less so than anything else they've done, except possibly Themes from William Blake's the Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Interzone / Re: I need to talk.
« on: October 23, 2008, 09:18:16 PM »
i've often been tempted to divorce myself from the rest of my species as well. but really, it's just another form of escapism - apart from the threat of overdose, how is doing that any different from being a pothead? i once heard, or read, or was told that 'the easy thing to do is rarely the right thing to do.' pithy advice, but i've found useful for my own personal experience of being alive. it's easy to cut tthe world off. it's a lot harder to try to effect a change in the world around you

as for actually dealing with the morons who comprise the vast majority of humanity... well, i don't know. i've found it quite helpful to think of them as pets more than anything

Metal / Re: HIPSTER METAL a blight on reality
« on: October 23, 2008, 09:07:36 PM »
a few of Satan is my Stewardess' statements do seem to assume too much, too quickly, about the band's intentions and motivations. but i'm still inclined to be on his side - the negatives of this band outweigh the positives. their ideology is typical feelgood schlock, and their music adds nothing. the only positives that can be made in their favor require a lot of convoluted argumentation(as seen already), and even then, they're fully in the realm of possibility. by which i mean, they're like anything else - things "maybe" getting better is not enough for any intelligent person to form a loyalty. a woman's husband "might" stop beating her three times a week after twenty years of marriage, but not because she simply wishes he would. add to that my own experience that *nothing* has ever been improved by becoming trendy, and i have about as much objection to slitting these musicians' throats as i do any mascara-laden weeping sweater-whore who touts rainforest conservation while wolfing down a big mac. the music's banal, the message is half-formed -and that's if we're being nice, really- and there'd be no reason to mourn them as musicians were they to die tomorrow. the worse thing that can happen to a realistic and balanced ideology(as is the case in the approach to nature displayed on this site) is for it to become assimilated by iwimpy diots. a half-assed approach is nothing more than a form of backstabbing, and it wounds more deeply and permanently than any honest opposition ever could

Interzone / Re: It's un-metal to only criticize.
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:48:56 PM »
if the problem being criticized exists outside the self, what good would self-criticism do? i'm not saying that 'you must always criticize yourself first' is a fallacious statement. but it is, in the absence of any supportive argument, a moralistic one

Interzone / Re: Archaic video games
« on: October 21, 2008, 07:18:14 PM »
Wasn't the last thread on videogames locked because the admin deemed them an incredible waste of time?

Anyway, Planescape Torment is the only game I feel comfortable endorsing here.


The game begins with the protagonist, known only as The Nameless One, waking up with total amnesia. He soon finds out that he is immortal; if he is killed, he will simply reawaken in the same body. He sets out on a quest to regain his lost memories, and discover why he is immortal. As the game progresses, he slowly remembers events from his many previous lives. He discovers much about the personalities of his previous incarnations, and the great influence they have had in the worlds and people that surround him

The key philosophical theme of the work is presented as a question several times: "what can change the nature of a man?". This question considers the possibility (or impossibility) of changing fate; many characters in torment are fighting against their natures, or against what seems to be an inevitable fate. One example is Nordom, who, despite being a modron (a hive-minded species) is developing a personality of his own.

Selfishness is also a very present theme. The Nameless One has, in previous incarnations, been so committed to understanding his condition that he has been willing to sacrifice everything and everyone on that quest. Many consequences of this can be discovered through the game..

this. the only game i've ever played i can honestly say approaches(if not "is") art. and the only one that actually affected how i live my life.

Interzone / Re: It's un-metal to only criticize.
« on: October 21, 2008, 07:14:48 PM »
^ why?

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: October 21, 2008, 12:41:32 PM »
Consvming Impvlse: S.V.E.S.T.'s 'Urfaust' is great, but i find it's one of those albums which causes you to think it's better than it really is for a while. the composition is very good, but it wouldn't be nearly as impactive if not for the ridiculously immersive production. i love it personally, but it strikes me as being far more enjoyable than it is significant

agreed on Wolves in the Throneroom - it's dogshit. i could simply say it's boring, but that would tell nobody anything except my taste in regards to it. on a more objective level, it's just completely effortless decoration. about as notable as a "beach sounds" mood relaxation cd

wizard: Malevolent Creation is good, from what i've heard. not VERY good. but above average. it starts to all sound the same after about 20 or 30 minutes, though

Peccatum is... well, Ihsahn's adventurous, i guess. that music just tries too hard to convince you of its own elegance, instead of simply displaying elegance. everything i've heard by them, i'd forgotten within an hour

roshan: Agalloch is like Wolves in the Throneroom, but add a moderate degree of compositional talent as well as a good ability for atmosphere(which, granted, isn't all that exceptional to have). ok stuff, enjoyable at least

Keep of Kalessin is as noted above. fun, mindless junk

[edit: if you read what i said about Sunwheel before, ingore what i said - i confused them with Fanisk, somehow]

as for Wyrd, i've only heard 'Heathen,' and only once; it seemed decent at first listen, but also reminded me of Skyforger - in a way that made me want to listen to them instead

i have a slight preference for Belketre over Vlad Tepes, but they're both excellent

cmargir: i rarely ever find death metal to be nearly as enthralling as black metal, with a very few obvious exceptions(Monstrosity, Morbid Angel, Konkhra as a guilty pleasure, Demilich, Massacra, etc). so as a disclaimer, i'll say i'm not a connoisseur of the genre; however, Abramelin's self-titled release made an excellent first impression and more. i listened to it several times over within the couple of weeks after first hearing it, but i haven't in a while. the fact your mentioning the album makes me want to re-familiarize myself with it, however, suggests that it is, at an absolute minimum, certainly above average

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