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It's the AESTHETICS that go hand in hand with mighty empires that gets me going.  The architecture of Nazi Germany, the Viking ships, the Spartan helmets.  The weapons, the shields, the King's crown.  And the ceremonies: the man becoming a knight, the prince becoming a king, the disgraced Samurai committing seppuku.  The Nazis understood the power of ceremony VERY well.  We've all seen pictures or video of thousands upon thousands of Germans holding candles at night awaiting the Fuhrer - I imagine if you were there it was probably one of the most overwhelming experiences of your life.

Interzone / Re: Being more WARLIKE
« on: March 19, 2010, 01:07:32 AM »
Thread Summary:

Part of my rationale for making this thread about being warlike in an EVERYDAY sense is because, generally speaking, people ARE so averse to war and it commonly has a negative connotation.  We should be more comfortable with being warlike.  What better way than to live it day in and day out?  If war is an apt metaphor for life, then we DO need to be warlike EVERYDAY.
There is more to war than just the actual battle.  There is preparation, training, and strategy.  Not to mention the aftermath, and burying and honoring the dead.  War should be SACRED.

For prospective warriors:  the practical adivce offered in this thread is to become more and more disciplined, vigilant, and assertive.  Being warlike was also associated with nobility, chivalry, and even mercy in this thread.  I think there is something to this.  It offers us a look at the more "refined" aspects of war and life-as-war.  There is a certain artistry or showmanship to war.  Honor between opposing warriors should be valued and encouraged.  There is even a practical side to showing mercy - let a few survivors live and instruct them:  "tell everyone what you saw here today."  Your reputation and power will grow simply by word-of-mouth

Interzone / Re: Cinema
« on: March 11, 2010, 04:42:36 AM »
From Kurosawa the only film of his I've seen so far is Ran and this is apparently by no means his best. It is Shakespeare's King Lear set in Feudal Japan.

oh man, you will LOVE Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD.  It's MacBeth this time!  The last scene is unforgettable!  Seven Samurai is beyond classic.  They sell a Kurosawa 4 pack w/ Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, and The Hidden Fortress (all samurai movies).  You will also want to see Rashomon.  If you like Ran, I would say Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Rashomon are MUCH better.

I am a sucker for spaghetti westerns.  "The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly" might be my favorite movie of all time.  "Once Upon a Time in the West" might be my second favorite (no dialogue for the first 15 minutes of the movie - amazing!  Just water dripping, flies buzzing, dudes yawning, a train in the distance - the tension is unbearable) and if you've seen that movie all I have to say is:  "Well...looks like we're shy one horse..."  "No...I think you brought two too many..."  BLAM BLAM BLAM!  LOL!!!  "Fistfull of Dollars" is the Western version of Kurosawa's Yojimbo.  "For a Few Dollars More" is great too.  And don't forget the lesser known "Fistfull of Dynamite" A.K.A. "Duck you Sucker!"  All these moives are Directed by the great Sergio Leone w/ musical scores by the one and only Ennio Morricone (who wasn't just great at the musical score, but also sound effects and just the general use of sound).   Here is the director's explanation of "Duck you Sucker:"  
 ôI chose to oppose an intellectual, who has experienced a revolution in Ireland, with a na´ve Mexicanů you have two men: one na´ve and one intellectual (self-centred as intellectuals too often are in the face of the na´ve). From there, the film becomes the story of Pygmalion reversed. The simple one teaches the intellectual a lesson. Nature gains an upper hand and finally the intellectual throws away his book of Bakunin's writings. You suspect damn well that this gesture is a symbolic reference to everything my generation has been told in the way of promises. We have waited, but we still are waiting! I have the film say, in effect "Revolution means confusion".
If you like Kurosawa, I think you will like Leone.

Ennio Morricone also does the score for the only western (to my knowledge) set entirely in the SNOW!  "The Great Silence" starring the incorrigible Klaus Kinski.  check it out.

For American westerns (although he did some good non-westerns, too) try Sam Peckinpah - "The Wild Bunch" is his most well known.

For Fritz Lang, I will go with "M" (the first ever film about a serial killer - 1931) over "Metropolis."  The use of sound in "M" is amazing, it's in German but I swear you could understand the entire film w/out subtitles.  Also, Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is whistled by the serial killer throughout the movie!

Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" is hilarious and my favorite by him.  Nobody can deny that Peter Sellers is incredible in that movie.  And don't forget George C. Scott as Gen. Buck Turgidson - so goddman funny!

For good old American classic fun I will go w/ the Star Wars trilogy and Jaws.

Finally I will mention a director still making movies:  Johnny To.  A Hong Kong legend and a real man's man.  To me, Johnny To is who Quentin Tarantino WISHES he was (except Johnny To doesn't just do pastiches of his favorite movies growing up).  Hard boiled gangster (Yakuza) movies one after the other.  His movies are always filled w/ guns, cigarettes, killing, drinking, feasting, strategizing, cops, gangsters, body-guards, double crosses, triple crosses.  It sounds like fast paced "candy" but the stories are so dense you really need to concentrate and even then probably watch it a second or third time - there's a little more going on than just "a good time at the movies."  Just see whatever your local public library might have and watch anything by him (although he also does a few quirky comedies which are so-so).  To's work ethic is unmatched, I think he does 2 films a year, every year.  Since his body of work is so big and his movies kind of hard to find I will say just watch whatever you can get your hands on, but if I remember right "The Mission" and "Election" are especially good.

Interzone / Re: Deathmetal.org critique
« on: March 09, 2010, 01:36:00 AM »

It almost gives the feeling like no other new releases by existing bands or no other releases by ANY newer bands - good or bad, honest or disingenuous, sincere or fake, etc. - are ever good enough anymore to the standards of the DLA.  Is the DLA trying to give the impression that metal is dead or that they pretend or dwell on wishing it was 1980-something to 1990-something?  Sure, not everything being punched out today is all "good," but that shouldn't mean ignoring, let alone berating, what newer efforts by newcomers might still be worth a listen to either.

Where the fuck have you been?
Not to mention praise for newer acts such as:  Blaspherian, War Master, Disma, Birth A.D., and Cosmic Atrophy

All, with the exception of Disma, from Houston, outside of which there is a vast world, so lots of ground to cover, for example.

And I will be the first person to tip my hat to deathmetal.org.  Great site, great reviews, and they do the thankless work of finding good metal.  I have gotten some good tips and recommendations from there for sure!  You and Devamitra do a great job.  If people think DLA is too negative, deathmetal.org is a good alternative w/ high standards, nonetheless.

Interzone / Re: Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 06, 2010, 10:40:29 PM »

It almost gives the feeling like no other new releases by existing bands or no other releases by ANY newer bands - good or bad, honest or disingenuous, sincere or fake, etc. - are ever good enough anymore to the standards of the DLA.  Is the DLA trying to give the impression that metal is dead or that they pretend or dwell on wishing it was 1980-something to 1990-something?  Sure, not everything being punched out today is all "good," but that shouldn't mean ignoring, let alone berating, what newer efforts by newcomers might still be worth a listen to either.

Where the fuck have you been?
Not to mention praise for newer acts such as:  Blaspherian, War Master, Disma, Birth A.D., and Cosmic Atrophy

Interzone / Being more WARLIKE
« on: March 06, 2010, 03:45:46 PM »
(Inspired by another thread.)

 I ask you:  how can we be more warlike, as individuals, in an "everyday" sense?  What are some practical steps we can take to becoming more warlike?

Interzone / Re: Do schools kill creativity?
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:53:22 AM »
I think there are other things publis schools need to address, first.  One is electives and requirements.  I know this varies greatly from school to school, but I would first of all make foreign languages completely elective OR start teaching it to the kids right away in grade school.  The 2 or 3 year requirement for high school kids is worthless unless it is an elective.  Think about it like this:  who is more important, an author who writes a book, or the translators that spreads it across the world?  I would also stop pushing business classes - elective - fine, requirement - no!  They're teaching kids HOW TO GET A JOB, NOT HOW TO THINK!  At least in my school the Talented and Gifted program was prominent, nobody seemed to think it was bumming the lesser students out.  They should be teaching less foreign language and business and more American Law, Civics, etc.  You should have to attend town meetings and write reports on them in high school.  You should be taught how your town's town meetings work, how you can propose things, introduce laws, etc.  Same w/ state government - just the logistical stuff!!  The kids in my college classes didn't even know how to get a hold of their representatives or the first place to look.

Back to elementary education, I have an idea:  I would have the kids build sandcastles, first plan it out on paper, then build it, then take a polaroid picture of it, then....SMASH IT!  Later in the week you could do a creative writing exercise - ask the kids:  what happens in your castle?  who lives there?, etc.  The basic idea is you teach different subjects, but the center "project" is always the same.  This would be so more profound for kids than the 7 subjects for 1 hour each, every day.  I would divide the day into morning and afternoon and have two different projects going all week.  So in the afternoon for one week, or maybe even two weeks, we would keep coming back to the sandcastle for the entire afternoon.  I really think the smashing part would be invaluable.

I also think English in high school is the most important subject, because it actually teaches kids HOW TO LIVE WELL!  You can't teach religion or morality directly, but when you read Mark Twain in Junior English you learn the difference between a good man and a scoundrel!  The Odyssey teaches high school kids about sacrifice, leadership, and heroism.  English is really the only place where you could learn "life lessons."  Calculus, physics, history, foreign language?  Important, but it doesn't teach you how to be a decent person or, even better, (god forbid) HEROIC!

Metal / Re: Winterwolf
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:27:47 AM »
Any idea about the CD release?

I can't remember where I heard it, but it should be out pretty soon. like within a few months.

How can you have Antti on backup vocals though?  That's like relegating Brett Favre to placeholder.  I s'pose the old boy can't quite pull it off anymore?  The Nespithe recording sessions probably took several years off his life!

Interzone / Re: Colour's effect on mood
« on: March 01, 2010, 12:02:34 AM »
 Instead, we should work on offering the world a stronger alternative to its vapid morality, and seek means of paring down on unnecessary production.


In regards to the original discussion:  I am very intrigued by this and definitely believe we are effected by colors.  I also belive in Feng Shui, although I don't know anything about it formally.  I just believe strongly that an aesthetically sensitive person can benefit from having their abode arranged in a thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing way.  I don't set up my furniture, lamps, books shleves etc. in a "utilitarian" fashion, but in a way that just syncs up w/ my aesthetic intuitions.  But my biggest interest is LIGHTING!  I prefer torcheire lamps that you can adjust "infinitely" (not just on or off).  I also like lots of candles.  I like to have several lamps on at once but the overall effect to not be too bright.

Interzone / Re: Ants more noble than modern humans
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:21:56 PM »
Sounds like the news reporter is drawing his own conclusions based off the study. Most scientists are very careful with the words they use to describe things.

Is irrational behaviour actually rational behaviour masked by complicated social, environmental and temporal contexts? Are emotions the result of an individual's adaptations for operating in various intersecting social networks? Fear and Anger helps one operate within the network of predators and prey in ones surrounding environment, so its not surprising that most animals can display these emotions. The types of emotions an intelligent agent can display must be related to the complexity of its social networks.

In the end, the ant probably doesn't need any emotional or altruistic tendencies to make the rational decision to save the hive. Without the hive the ant is as good as dead, so at worst, it must have the same utility value as its own sense of self preservation. If the ant knows its going to die from something, its rational to die alone to prevent contamination of the hive.


I always found it fascinating that anything that motivates humans to explain rationally and logically the reality and the world they perceive and sense, is [perhaps] always, a sensation or a passion - motivated by the possible result. Ask a Scientist what's he's "legitimacy". If he doesn't say 'curiousity' or 'utility' he's a liar. Utility seems rational, but utility is not the effect or the ultimate end - it is the cause. Is it not? We want utility for something else, it is a link. Just like there's no 'Knowledge' per se.
 I doesn't mean that our motives for understand reality are 'irrational', or does it? I suppose understanding reality is gaining the possibility of controlling it also, manipulating what we can, assuming power. Reason is an instrument?

Was Hume right in saying: "Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them"?

It seems there's some truth to this.

The ants are marvelous creatures. There's an ancient Hebraic saying from Rabbi Jose ben Halafta: "Observe the ant and be enlightened / wise-up".

Great post.  Can't say I've read much Hume, but I think his quote is right on the money.

One point of clarification, I think you may have just mistyped this but what do you mean when you say:  "Ask a Scientist what's he's "legitimacy"?  It must just be a typo and I want to be sure I'm following your thought process correctly.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus (March 2010)
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:02:54 PM »
and to think:  this album was almost called "The White God!"  Yeeesh, what an embarassment THAT would have been.  I figure if a guy's got the BALLS to call his album The White God, he must be ABSOLUTELY SURE that he can back it up.

Any other thoughts/hopes/fears about it?

What I find most interesting is that album will be about/was inspired by Apollo.  Whereas the traditional "patron Gods" of metal have been Dionysus and/or Hades - I suppose you could mention Thor and Odin as well.  Broadly speaking, metal has been about death, darkness, war, storms.  Apollo does NOT represent these things.  Apollo is the god of order and light.  Perhaps this will be metal "post-nihilism."

Isn't chaos an order itself? I mean...even the detection of chaos is order!
You describe 'death' as a known and a foreseeable phenomenon, or 'darkness' or 'war' (which can quite easily be conducted through strategies and tactics). Storms are natural phenomenons that we are able to notice and to identify. War and peace, life and death, light and darkness are associative representations of different types of order I suppose.

I think I see what you're saying - a well conducted war, for instance, would be conducted in an ORDERLY fashion (is this kind of what you're getting at?).  My above quote was sort of "off the cuff," and obviously exposes my lack of deep understading of Greek mythology.  I was just "spit-balling" in regards to what we might expect from the album given that it was called "White God" or "Belus," and was "inspired" by Apollo and his Indo-European variants.  I just figured an artist like Varg would not name his album carelessly in the sense that the album title would "match" the music.  So in this case, I was expecting a more SOLAR sounding album as opposed to the traditional NOCTURNAL sound of black metal.  The album "Thousand Swords," to me, really achieves that "solar" sound.  So, although Thousand Swords is a truly unique and one of a kind album, I do feel it is possible (and, perhaps, advisable) for "black" metal to explore the "white" or "solar" side of itself.  Back in November it seemd like an interesting angle for discussion.  I suppose, to be fair, there are some "solar" moments on Belus (I've listened to it only once), but like I said, if you have the balls to call the album "White God" (at one point),  you better back it up and completely leave behind the the "Black" sound and reveal a whole new direction for black metal to go in.

Well, anyway, here's to me studying up on my Greek and Norse mythology.

Interzone / Re: Prozak reviews on Amazon
« on: January 08, 2010, 01:25:10 AM »
I really like how these reviews are distilled down to the albums' essence.  Sometimes less is more, and I almost like these reviews better than the long ones on anus.com/metal.  I would almost point relative newcomers to metal to these amazon reviews first.

Audiofile / The Stone
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:06:01 PM »

Metal / Re: Best metal 1999-2009
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:51:11 PM »


I first heard about this on www.deathmetal.org.  It took me about 2 or 3 listens to "settle in" with it, but I think this is a solid, admirable album.  Worth a listen, at least.

Metal / Re: Fully understanding metal
« on: December 25, 2009, 04:29:59 AM »
I have been listening to metal for at least four years.  When I first got into metal I was mainly into Black Metal, and had a hard time getting into Death Metal.  I remember downloading Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness, and not remembering one thing about it when the album was done.  Around a year later I see the CD at my friends house and I ask him to put it on.  Suddenly I'm blown away by this album, and I'm left wondering why I didn't "get" it earlier.

Though I still have this problem it usually fixes itself if I give the albums time.

exactly.  give it time.  and sometimes if you take a break and come back to it months or even years later it suddenly clicks!

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