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Metal / NWOBHM, Doom: Best Of
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:01:20 PM »
Black Sabbath - first 6

Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny

Witchfinder General - Death Penalty
Pagan Altar
Candlemass - Epicus, Nightfall
Cathedral - FoE

Saint Vitus?
Pentagram? (haven't heard enough to recommend)

Hour of 13 is bad. Magic Circle is 60-70/100, but shows promise. Anything else worth mentioning?

Interzone / Loneliness
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:36:36 PM »
Many here would probably agree: being alone is fine, perhaps desirable. Being lonely is not. Your mind can devour itself. Yet, being alone - and by extension, lonely - in some respect is a condition of our existence. Without the forest, and a plan for survival, we are in many ways more deprived by things like television and the internet than our far "worse-off" forebears ever were.

What does solitude mean to you?

Metal / Classics of Finnish Death Metal
« on: May 20, 2013, 01:35:49 PM »
I've recently come to appreciate how much of the best material of this genre originates from demos or EPs:

- Abhorrence
- Cartilage
- Rippikoulu
- Demigod's Unholy Domain
- I'm a big fan of Adramelech's Psychostasia, which I feel is underrated, but all their preceding material is on par with the best of Demigod, if not better:

Human Extermination
Grip of Darkness
Spring of Recovery

Metal / Cartilage Interview '92
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:19:53 PM »

Metal / Vorum - Poisoned Void [2013]
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:59:10 PM »

Combines a melodic angularity learned from a hybrid of Merciless and Demigod, following aesthetic trends from many of the new aged Blasphemy/Beherit spawn from the last few years. Apt compositionally, but suffers from a lack of textural and macrostructural variety throughout the album, though this failing is less true with this album than with many its contemporaries. One of the most promising releases in this style.

Interzone / [add to buddy list] <-- ?
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:54:16 PM »
Click on a user profile. Note this option right above "Send a PM." Does anyone understand its function?

Interzone / Against the Modern Complacency
« on: November 16, 2011, 11:23:34 AM »
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

- John Stuart Mill

Audiofile / Paysage d'Hiver
« on: November 03, 2011, 07:39:30 AM »

Metal / Pianist Thread
« on: August 06, 2011, 03:13:08 PM »

Anyone familiar with the pianist "Solomon" ? A few weeks ago I heard a recording of his playing of a late sonata of Beethoven, and Liszt's "transciption" of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor for organ.

Otherwise, do what you want with this thread. Share, ask, rant, re: the piano as instrument, pianists, playing piano, etc.

Audiofile / Grave Upheaval
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:21:37 PM »

Metal / Classical Movies
« on: June 20, 2011, 05:56:59 AM »
I expect many of these aren't going to be ripped online, so here are previews and links to amazon.

Alfred Brendel: Man and Mask (part 1/8, Youtube, one of the links is corrupt)

Bruckner's Entscheidung (Bruckner's Decision), 1995 (Amazon, imdb, excerpt)

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (The Chronicle of Anna...), 1968 (Amazon, imdb, excerpt)

Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World), 1991 (Amazon, imdb, excerpt)
available in French full on YouTube with Spanish subs

Felix Draeseke: Eine Schicksal zwischen Liszt und Brahms (...A Destiny between Liszt...)
available in full in German, no subs

Copying Beethoven (part 1/11, Youtube complete) 2006 (Amazon, imdb)

contribute anything you feel applies (haven't seen Amadeus, I'm told by everyone it's a complete waste of time).

Metal / Introductions: User Relationships to Classical Music
« on: June 18, 2011, 02:52:34 PM »
Amateur pianist, started when I was younger, quit, took up again with relative success later in high school. currently interested in German instrumental music of the 17th century and early 18th. Discovered classical by trying out most of the CDs at my local library, around age 15. This happened around the same time I discovered good metal. Currently working on building a harpsichord from a kit. Spent a few years studying composition and theory privately. 1st year undergrad, major undecided. Located in Northeast US.

Metal / New "Old School Death Metal"
« on: June 16, 2011, 10:47:12 AM »
Re: Disma, Dead Congregation, Funebrarum, Ignivomous, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Blaspherian, etc.

I'm glad these guys know how to write coherent songs, don't showboat their production/technical ability, and hold the better stuff of the 80s and early 90s in high regard, but in most cases I'm still left wanting more. It's been said elsewhere, but none of these bands play with the same of sense of wonder, or take the same risks the originators did. Listening to Immolation's song "Dawn of Possession" song, the melodic hammered lead-in to Vigna's solo strikes me as a beautiful, but somewhat awkward departure from music that otherwise sounds fairly close to straightforward DM. The daring of its inclusion is something that may be lost to newer artists, because of the way it transcends the fixed concept they have of the old school, while remaining musical and not a mere novelty ("grindcore with flutes").

Questions: Does anyone else feel dissatisfied with the above artists, or related bands (Mefitic, Vasaeleth, Encoffinated... [insert list here])? Will they manage to grow and successfully develop their sound beyond what they knowingly emulate, or are they destined to amass discographies which, at best, successfully rehash a paradigm which seems to have been (basically) already fully explored?

(As an aside, the above bands I'm most impressed with are Cruciamentum and Ignivomous, and I'm looking forward to the new Disma.)

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