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Interzone / Re: Counterorder.com
« on: July 13, 2010, 11:05:46 PM »
It would seem to me that the Obverse Observer is something more of a trans-humanist than a nihilist.  That and a priest.  From a short skimming of the website I have found that it lists very little convincing evidence to support their claims other than if you disagree with what has been written there you are wrong.

A humorous statment:
"They use agents as relentless apologists, advertisers, and salesmen to troll message boards, IRC channels, and anywhere else they can gain access to in order to push their agenda, which is simply elitist fascism in an ant-heap society (placing themselves at the top, of course)."

While I do not know if this website trolls at all it does seem to know all about pushing one's own agenda.  The only one that is acceptable is the one presented by the Observer himself.  Let us delve further.  The section The Problem with the ANUS (http://www.counterorder.com/beyond.html#32), for all of its fury about the ANUS "pushing" its own ideas and agenda it seems to do a fair amount of that itself.

I also find it odd that a website with such a trans-humanist sentiment would promote nihilism to begin with considering its definition.  For the sake of argument that definition being the denial of all value to life (that the universe has no "will" of its own, no agenda).  That seems to come into direct conflict with the trans-humanist idea of building the "perfect" human.  Now this is probably defended with such reasons as "why wouldn't you want to be as efficient as possible?" or "its all about the advancement of humanity."  This is a thinly veiled front for individualists, socialists, and anyone who cannot accept that they are not kings of the universe.  I say this because the only reason for wanting to "perfect" humanity (or anything for that matter) is out of a resentment towards an oblivious universe.  Resentment that terrible things happen to humans.  Resentment that humans do terrible things to each other, for whatever reason.  Resentment that these terrible things might happen to themselves and that they are affected by these events.  This suggests that the true goal of this ideology is to eliminate all human suffering so that our lives are all pleasant and our desires eternally fulfilled.  In short, Heaven.  This Observer is a priest after all!

Metal / Re: Appreciating Metal Vocals
« on: February 27, 2010, 04:44:53 PM »
The lyrics in a metal song, especially in death and black metal, are poems recited with music to make the album an experience rather than a pamphlet of the band's values.  I get the feeling that early metal bands wanted to emphasize the musical narrative of their songs rather than play supporting chords for a single vocal melody, so they simply yelled their lyrics so they would still be a part of the music but not the main focus.

Interzone / Re: Smoking pot makes you depressed for life
« on: January 03, 2010, 02:34:04 AM »
That's all well and good but people without willpower or organizational skills are likely to bring ruin to everything they touch.  If someone decides that they are going to structure their lives around inhaling a burning plant they probably have little of either.  Also, lets remember that doing certain things will yield certain results.  If your only goal in life is to get high, it doesn't surprise me that the person choosing this as the most important thing in his life would become depressed.  You may have had fun but nothing of any real importance was accomplished.  However, I can also see people who are successful in other areas of life such as carpentry, music, or government etc. enjoy a bowl or two of the ol' green every day and be perfectly happy with their lives.  Depression is most likely to set in when the smoker realizes smoking weed is all that defines his life and other than that he is useless.

I think that technique is largely misunderstood.  My theory is that every technique used in music is there to help bring about some kind of end.  It pushes the music forward (like a well placed sweeping pattern in a solo) or concludes a phrase (a Plagle Cadence is a good example).  Some have told me that the music that bands like Necrophagist Opeth and Messugga make that features flashy sweepy techniques or heavily syncopated rhythms is at least a good example for learning a certain technique.  I think this is untrue.  While they may incorporate the idea of the technique, they fail to understand how the technique can be used to progress their song into its next phase or cycle.  Because of this lack of understanding, their music meanders, cycles and ends.

Metal / Re: Question on technicality
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:19:06 AM »
In the Baroque era, to be considered even a half-decent keyboard player you had to be able to play Bach's concertos and fuges without a problem.  It wasn't considered a great accomplishment to be able to do this.  In fact, most keyboard players could dance technical circles around the music that Bach wrote.  The reason Bach became famous wasn't because of his technical ability on the organ or harpsichord, it was because of how he arranged his melodies into fantastic and thoughtful expressions.  Technical ability wasn't such a big deal then because players were simply expected to be able to execute the techniques the music demanded.  It was understood then that techniques weren't a end in of itself, rather a means TO and end.

Metal / Re: Best guitars to play black metal
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:00:15 AM »
The tone you produce while playing music comes 95% from how you compose and harmonize the melodies in the piece.  Tone quality does not vary that much between guitars.  What really determines the sound quality of an instrument is the skill of the person playing it.  The real benefit of a well made instrument is that it is easier to produce a strong, shaped sound so the player can focus more on the piece.

"The new guitar center exclusive BC Rich Jr. V is nice, too bad it has a Floyd Rose."

I don't understand why having a Floyd Rose bridge is a bad thing.  Having it gives you more compositional options.  Granted it makes tuning the guitar a bit of a chore but you'd have to tune it Floyd Rose or not.

Metal / Re: "Sexism" in extreme metal
« on: October 13, 2009, 08:54:59 PM »
"Women have a much stronger urge to compromise and to avoid unnecessary exertion, that's for certain. I definitely don't feel that this always stems out of a practical mindset, however. For instance, women are far more prone to sympathize with a criminal than a man is. Apparently in Nordic tribes land-owning men who desired to be heard in community decisions needed a wife to balance out his harsh, logical decisions with sympathetic consideration, so you can see how this stereotype extends far back into history."

Good point.  It makes sense then that women, for the most part, would avoid an aggressive style like metal.  Maybe the low numbers of women in metal is more due to lack of interest?

Metal / Re: "Sexism" in extreme metal
« on: October 13, 2009, 06:18:52 PM »
I think there are fewer women in music than men because women tend to be more practical than men are.  They use common sense.  Why get a bunch of people together to make noise for a few hours, prance around on a stage, and travel around?  What have you accomplished?  In the real world, the roof needs fixing, the kids need to get to school, and the lawn won't mow itself.  Looking at history this becomes more evident.  Why sail across the ocean?  You have a home here.  Why study what makes things stick to the ground?  It works without you knowing why doesn't it?  These aren't bad things, just a different thought process.  Males, however, tend to have more of a lust for the absurd which has made him responsible for the majority of art and discoveries we enjoy today.  A few examples: Christopher Columbus, Lief Erickson, Leonardo da Vinci.  This isn't a strictly male trend though.  Women have made their input to the arts and sciences as well.  Hildegard von Bingen was one of the first people to notate music, Marie Curie developed the theory of radioactivity.  On the topic of music, I think its less important who is playing the music than what is produced.  A boring band is a boring band regardless of who is in it.

Interzone / Re: Truth is an offense
« on: September 05, 2009, 09:05:50 PM »
Often the truth is most offensive when you introduce to a person a piece of information that is contrary to what they believe.  Or what they might like to believe.  Usually people will call you a dick or demand that you "shut up".  I wouldn't let this be a deterrent though, because if you say nothing at all, the stupidity will continue and things continually worse.

Metal / Re: Beherit - Engram
« on: April 13, 2009, 09:25:35 PM »
Engram displays a wonderful love of battle.  A war waged against a decaying world after years of waiting and in its place empires form and vie for power.  It carries not only the struggle but the joy of it as well.  Something of a pagan sword blow charged with hellfire to the throat of stagnant black metal.