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Metal / The importance of image in music
« on: October 05, 2009, 01:42:47 AM »
You can get by on music alone, if you have a blank cover. If you choose to do a cover design, and it's stupid, that says something (often).

I don't want to sound like I'm trying to be a smartass but if you have a blank cover then that's still going to be part of your image. Examples: Beatles - The White Album or Metallica - The Black Album. If I came across a metal album with a blank cover I'd suspect pretentiousness from the band. If a band says "we've got no image, we're all just ourselves" then their image is that they've got no image and are all just themselves.

Image comes natural, it can't be forced - that's why poser bands fail so hard.

I'd rather see a stupid album cover than no album cover at all. At least the band with the stupid cover had nothing to hide.

Metal / Heavy Metal videogame "Brütal Legend" to be released Oct. 13th
« on: October 02, 2009, 01:19:44 PM »
Tim Schafer, the game's creative director, was inspired to create the game by his own past musical experiences. The game will feature the character of Eddie Riggs, voiced by Jack Black, a roadie who was transported to a fantasy world inspired by the artwork of heavy metal album covers. Eddie becomes the world's savior, leading the down-trodden humans against a range of supernatural overlords using a battle axe, his Flying V guitar infused with magical powers, and a customizable hot rod. In addition to Black, the game will feature voices of heavy metal musicians including Lemmy Kilmister, Rob Halford, Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford and other celebrities such as Tim Curry, as well as more than one hundred metal songs selected by Schafer for inclusion in the game.

The game also groups black metal with goths creating a race of blackened emos **vomits**

**wipes mouth and continues** I only just stumbled into this. Looks like Sam Dunn made a videogame or something. It seems to me that it had a lot of potential but was grotesquely dumbed down for the x-box crowd. Their official website has an interesting "making of" video. I like how they made the game world "metal" but I dislike how dumb everything else seems so far. Prepare to rock dudes... **sighs**

Metal / Re: Cybermetal
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:05:45 PM »
Alien Crucifixion
Insane technical death/cybergrind. Obscure band, not on M-A for lacking a physical release but you can buy an mp3 version of their album from itunes or amazon. A bit of a jokeband, the members claim to have been abducted by aliens themselves, but they fit the bill I guess.

Also Darkthrone!

Interzone / Re: Come on, Leipzig!
« on: October 01, 2009, 01:18:39 AM »

Interzone / Kingdom of the Dwarfs
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:41:39 PM »
I don't know if you have heard of this place. It's somewhere in Haikou. A village only with people with short statures. Pay the entrance fee and you can watch these people perform.

When I first heard this I pictured myself obscure freak shows from a hundred years back. I ended up having a fight with my Chinese family about it. Let me quote what my mother in law said

"They can't work anywhere, they are disabled people, so we have a village for them to live and be happy in. No one would hire a dwarf. In China we have villages like this for all kinds of people, like fat people, disabled people. This way they can get a steady income every month since people come and see them perform."

I really didn't know what to say to this... I for one thought it was completely outrageous that anyone with some kind of disability can't get a job. Then again women who has children can't get jobs either. I might have a "bad China day" but after 3 years in China, China keeps on surprising me with completely insane ways of dealing with "problems".

What do you guys think? Is this kind of place completely outrageous and inhumane or should we beleive the Chinese propaganda saying that "They are happy like never before inside this compund"


What do the anus forums think? Personally I think it's a damn good solution.

Interzone / Re: Futurist Globalism
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:27:17 PM »
I was pleasantly excited at first but when he started to talk about global culture at 2.34 I became very sad. I hope he's wrong. A little bit later he suggests that everyone who is opposed to this futuristic capitalist monoculture is a terrorist, that's when I lost interest in the video.

Scientists aren't good philosophers anyway, like religious people they're too dreamy.

Interzone / Re: Universal tolerance
« on: September 24, 2009, 07:46:31 AM »
I am open to the idea of eugenics. I think in all honesty every sensible human is open to the concept except religious fanatics. Just look at the possibilities science offers people and how people welcome them. Doctors are now able to foresee many deficits during and even before pregnancy and it should come as no surprise that most parents do want healthy children. The ability to foresee problems and terminate pregnancy at an early stage is advancing, you can also get your sperm checked etc. As long as abortion is legal the human race will (slowly) progress in the right direction there.

Of course this process could be sped up if some dictator came to power and forced people to have abortions, be sterilized and whatever you can imagine. But are you willing to simply hand that power over to someone? If you are then you deserve to be cut from the population yourself as far as I'm concerned. Seeing as you're willing to sacrifice whatever freedom you have over your own life for a mere promise of a better future, you probably would be a very dumb and insecure creature.

You want this for yourself and your children? Then do it yourself, don't hope for a strong leader who will make these decisions for you. All that power could so easily be used for completely different ends. Can you think of any living politician right now that you would trust with a task like this? I can't, hence my stance on this. I think it's better to grow a strong family tree and hope to positively influence human kind. Improve the world by improving yourself and don't let losers get you down.

Also with regards to global pollution I think this plan would only work if every nation on earth started doing it. Since that will never happen I fear the simple application of this concept (round people up and shoot them) would never work. You'd even risk getting into a civil war and your country would be weakened and easily overtaken by outside forces (most likely UN in this case)

I'd rather support more positive solutions to getting a better society, even if they take longer and are more frustrating. The death penalty for the worst criminals and the corrupt officials is something I advocate outside of the eugenics issue.

Anyway, I thought this was a troll thread?

Metal / Re: Metal Videos
« on: September 23, 2009, 08:37:20 AM »
The Xibalba video is pretty cool, hadn't seen it yet. Thanks for posting it. Here's my two three cents:

Celtic Frost - Circle Of The Tyrants
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick
Burzum - Dunkelheit (Kamikaze fanvideo)

Metal / Metal FAIL Captured in a Single Image
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:13:12 AM »

Inspired by this thread but I couldn't bring myself to posting this pic there. So this gets its own thread.

Metal / Re: Satan-Loving Teen Lights Church Fire
« on: September 21, 2009, 05:07:01 AM »
She does get bonus points for starting the fire while there's people inside the church.

I thought this was kind of interesting:
Fire officials said the goal is to make sure that the girl receives counseling, not to necessarily punish her.

Modern thinking: having your ideals stripped from you and replaced with defeatism and crowdism isn't a punishment. But being a martyr and suffering for your cause is.

Interzone / Re: Come on, Leipzig!
« on: September 18, 2009, 07:14:38 AM »
Here ya go bud.

Metal / Re: Classic metal interviews
« on: September 18, 2009, 04:52:34 AM »
Not really an interview but certainly classic. In 1992 radio and TV evangelist Bob Larson targeted Deicide's music and lyrics in his radio show. Glen Benton decided to call in and have some fun proto-trolling the shit out of Larson. This led to a series of encounters between the two with Glen playing the part of deranged Satanic rockstar and Larson acting as the gentle preacher. These are some fragments from those chaotic discussions.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcgmWrhSg8c
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy48BKiB6gI


Interzone / Re: Come on, Leipzig!
« on: September 18, 2009, 04:06:56 AM »
He sounds so much louder when he's shouting compared to when he's actually doing the vocals properly.

Who does? Conservationist?

Metal / Re: UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US black metal movie
« on: September 11, 2009, 08:56:05 AM »
Good news! This documentary deserves a proper release, even if just for the interviews with Vikernes. Looking forward to seeing it on DVD.

Interzone / Re: Things to do for 9/11
« on: September 10, 2009, 10:20:01 AM »
Made me laugh quite a bit. Here's some more things to do on 9/11:

Discuss the benefits of arranged marriages and honor killings with people.
If you work in a skyscraper point out the window and scream P-P-PLANE!!! several times that day to upset co-workers.
Convert to Shiite Islam and celebrate Ashura in your local shopping center while blasting Antaeus through a portable stereo.

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