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Metal / Re: Winter Moon - British Black Metal
« on: January 28, 2009, 08:15:04 AM »
A reason would be welcomed.

Interzone / On Negative Capability
« on: January 28, 2009, 04:59:57 AM »
The ability to recognise and enjoy one's surroundings or situation, or an object or visual experience distant from one, without the need to explore its meaning or purpose, without any hint of "symbolism" on one's own part: "... when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason" - John Keats, 22nd December, 1817.

It is disputable whether John Keats was a "good" poet.  Personally, I like his work, and I feel that it is far superior to the work of any of the more "radical" British Romantics, i.e. Shelley, early Coleridge & Wordsworth, &c.  I would happily say that the deliberate search for purpose in either an abstract or physical ideal or object is detrimental to any work of art which could hope to portray said ideal or object.  Poetry, therefore, would be against Realism.  Is there, by this revelation, room for both Poetry and realism simultaneously?

Metal / Re: Winter Moon - British Black Metal
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:18:49 AM »
Yes, I wrote track 6, recorded it, then suddenly realised how much it sounded like Burzum.  Completely unintentional, on my part, I hadn't even listened to that album for about a year.

Yes, the intro is just me noodling about.  You are, most probably, the first person to realise that.

Interestingly enough, I only have Bathory's "Blood Fire Death", and own no Enslaved albums (I've only ever heard "Isa", didn't enjoy it much, and haven't bothered to track down their earlier material).

Thank you for the criticism.

Metal / Winter Moon - British Black Metal
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:29:56 PM »
Traditional, Raw Black Metal.  Two demos (one short, one full length) available for download on the website (see my signature).

Any comments or criticisms welcomed (Edit: so long as you give a reason).

Edit: I would like to make a point that the musical style has changed somewhat in the month or so that I've been writing and recording new material.  Melody, harmony, and a certain hint of the Baroque pervade much of what I am currently writing.  The primitive, and, at times, simplistic, nature of "Odes" has been replaced with a refinement which I am developing a greater taste for, an attempt at incorporating more elements of the Classical and "Neo-Classical".  Should anyone be remotely interested, I would be more than willing to share any number of samples and full songs.

Metal / Re: Moyamoya Disease [Progressive Black Metal from Sweden]
« on: January 26, 2009, 12:25:48 PM »
I enjoyed it.  Not especially my favourite style of Black Metal, but there is most certainly promise in it.

The intro to "Obsolete Ways" is fantastic.

Metal / Re: Blackmetal and Failure
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:48:55 AM »
I have perhaps three or four Black Metal albums released from 2000 onwards - one Emperor, one Graveland, one Carpathian Forest (not that great, to be honest), and the "Fenriz Presents..." compilation (hence the "three or four", all of which were recorded in the 80s to 90s.

I completely agree that the quality of the music produced nowadays in the Black Metal scene is not nearly acceptable enough - it has become far too much of a trend in itself, to play Black Metal.

Interzone / Re: The maturity of a seven-year-old
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:40:56 AM »
Good God.

This is, quite possibly, the most pointless thing I have ever seen in my life.

Would anybody care to produce a reason as to why these are made?

Interzone / Re: Class conflict in metal
« on: January 26, 2009, 07:35:31 AM »
Coming from a financially upper middle class background, having had a Classical education, and holding significant estates in Devon - ergo, being, for all intrinsic purposes, upper class - I have never, until recently, been under the impression that Metal, of any kind, is associated with the lower classes.  It had never crossed my mind that metal had been a part of that whole class divide nonsense, indeed.  I knew, of course, that early metal bands (Black Sabbath spring to mind instantly) came from lower class backgrounds.  However, the bands of the early Norwegian Black Metal scene were, as far as I know, middle to upper middle class.  Look at Akercocke - an obvious sign that Metal is not simply music for the "brutes" of society, as friends of mine have so politely put it.

Conversely to my own class background, a cousin of mine has most notably taken the appearence and affectations of a member of the lower/lower middle classes.  He, too, listens to Metal predominantly.  I find it interesting, however, that he is more inclined to listen to the heavier, more aggressive, and more popular styles of metal.  Bands like Hatebreed, early Slipknot, Korn, etc, feature on his list of favourites.  He was, at one time, an avid fan of Children of Bodom, but, unfortunately, that foray into European Metal ended rather abruptly after the release of "Are You Dead Yet".

It is my belief that Metal, being so diverse a musical genre, can engender interest in any individual, regardless of class.  However, when it comes to subgenres, there can be clear class distinction.  I tend to find that the more eloquent and better educated fans that I talk to tend to listen to the more technical/musically interesting bands - Decapitated, Emperor, Dream Theatre, etc.  Black, Death, Progressive, Power Metal.  Those with lesser intelligence (or, perhaps, those who simply choose to have an inability to type proper English or use correct grammar, syntax, vocabulary, brain power, etc) tend towards what I would dub the reflections of popular music - bands like Slipknot, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, who are most certainly "mainstream", and far closer, musically, to "traditional popular music", if such a thing exists.

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