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Tells you the decay is total.
Do you have a background in studying classical performance or composition?
Seriously though, there's got to be like a top 5 power metal albums list for some old-school death/black metal purist (for when he's in a weird mood and might secretly want to spin a bit of power metal).
Iced Earth - "Night of the Stormrider" (original mix, not the crappy remaster)
Blind Guardian - "Somewhere Far Beyond"
Helloween - "Walls of Jericho"/"Helloween"
Manowar - "Hell on Wheels" (still lots of filler, even on their live albums, but there's about 15 classic songs between the 2 discs)
Those 4 albums are the pinnacle for each variation of power metal:
thrash metal style (Iced Earth)
epic orchestral style (Blind Guardian)
speed metal style (Helloween)
heavy metal style (Manowar)
Round it off with Adramelch from Italy as a 5th then, as just power metal. Irae Melanox should make it to a top 5 of power metal albums easily. Nothing in it is just extraneous cheese, even if it is a bit melodramatic. 1988.
Largely we don't eat carnivores. If ruminants could metabolize human meat I'm sure they would eat us, given necessity and opportunity.The key word being necessity. But also I'm sure that if women actually had penises and men had vaginas, but women were also physically much stronger than men and with twice the libido, the women would rape us given the chance! So, we'd better rape them while we can just to keep them in check. We're all equal, afterall!
Not sure if it's a key word there. What makes you think a wolf wouldn't pick at, or wholly devour your dead/ailing body if it was hungry?
Anyway, some of the logistics of food sourcing/production etc. re: vegetarian food alternatives is logical, and I don't have much of an issue with it. Given social stability and consistent technological process, we'll probably "grow" all our burgers. Slaughtering domesticated animals will be relegated to specialty cuisines (as it already has, to a certain extent - "grass-fed", etc.).
It's doubtful that many people would argue against vegan ethics, unless they were simply a contrarian, or if they were genuinely lacking in empathy. At this point, it is determined by historical precedent, and system. The changes that would need to occur - moving at the speed demanded by most vegans - would very likely cause greater problems than the ones you rail against, and ultimately be counter-productive. See similar faulty observations/propositions in the "holocaust under 120s" argument.
If I presented a cow the choice between grass and dead last, it's not choosing you.
Largely we don't eat carnivores. If ruminants could metabolize human meat I'm sure they would eat us, given necessity and opportunity.
I admire vegans/veganism to a point. I know one that is an exceptional person. For the others, maybe it was just hard to get past how overwhelmingly bitter they were. As with most things, I suspect a moderate approach is healthiest, though it's making less of a statement. Humans have been eating animals for a long time - what's now lost with mass-production (especially, but not exclusively with meat) is any realistic sense of our relationship to our food. That's fucking crazy, because it's one of those things we biologically NEED along with sleep, air, and potable water.
Calories in, calories out. Coffee for productivity, alcohol for that nagging sense incompleteness. Psychedelics and other drugs make you weak. Don't like all of this? Clearly you have a shit work ethic.
Why do I write anything? Somebody has to write something, sometimes, or what use is a forum?
I wrote that particular thing because I was considering socialization: its uses and dangers.
I write stuff.
I think I see your point, though, and so I would have to say that I am less and less inclined to write about, or speak about anything, any more. I do it mainly as a duty, now, as opposed to having any personal need to.
In this way, I suppose, I am like the Great Philosophers, without the tiresome Greatness bit.
An Unsung Hero, without the tiresome Hero bit.
An Egomaniac without the tiresome Ego bit.
See how much fun writing stuff can be?
I amuse myself, as the French say: Je m'amuse.
Dead Last is a good example of this.
When you get good at self-amusing, though, others eventually sit up and take notice.
Certainly, society can cause problems. As aquarius was asking - what does it take for us to break past it? Why live here or anywhere, or try to stay alive at all?
Insecurity leads us to believe we are social creatures.
Insecure creatures lead us to believe we are supposed to be social.
Without insecurity, we have limited use for socialization.
The socialized need us to be social, so that they do not feel insecure.
Simply being social is not enough; we must then be social enough.
We are not insecure until society causes us to be.
Society, by its very nature, causes insecurity.
You can easily see the madness inherent in this.
Why did you write this?
I am luckier than almost everybody in having a truly loving, enlightened wife. That is uber-important to one's own ability to survive in the face of modern madness. We play life off of each other.
The biggest trick, though, to surviving among the lost, is to realize they don't even see you as a human. Far less as anything with a personality or with sensibilities. All they see is themselves, surrounded by loathsome obstacles.
If you remember this, sensitive soul that you are, you will not be hurt, outraged, or demoralized by their dawn-of-the-dead behaviour. It's not about you.
I suspect the benefit of a mate's support is immeasurable.
That said crow, there do seem to be people of worth out there/here. Maybe I'm too young, or already damned and swallowed up by that maw of corruption, if such a thing is possible.
Perhaps 'anti-scene' is the more appropriate word. Anyway you do know what I mean don't you? A lot of bands just don't seem to be trying anymore, like not breaking new ground is the new 'new ground' (or something like that).
Yes. Idealizing is fine, and you're an exceptional writer. But, we all know where metal's at, and why it's there. How do we effect the genre for the better?
Why do I prefer raccoons, birds, and rabbits to humans?
That is FUCKING why!
I'm not sure how different animals are from humans in that regard.
But, yeah, definitely in agreement with you on this one (no internet sarcasm here).
Every barrier is psychological, and those are the hardest ones to break down. There aren't many people anymore who can take the pressure of their peers and culture in stride. So, for the average person (and especially for the above-average person), walls are built up in the psyche that disconnect them from their potential. They stop listening to themselves, and start listening more to the television, and so they never realize anything they could accomplish. If they can even accomplish anything at all.
Strangely enough, the easiest way to break psychological barriers is to break physical ones. Start training for a 5k or lifting more weight than you ever have before. If you're the kind of person that could set goals for yourself in the first place, you're the kind of person that can achieve them. And then you'll find it's harder to be lazy like you were before. And soon you'll find out that it's not that hard to talk to that girl who lives in the apartment across the hall, or tell your boss to suck a dick, or to leave your current life behind and start in a new place, maybe far away from where you are now.
It sounds simple enough, but people tend to make it harder than it is. Self-helpers and new age morons spend a lot of time and money reading and writing books about this, and then continue to sit on the couch when they're finished, thinking that the "positive energy" they give off will bring them everything they want. The few who carry out their plans don't have time for that.
Or, alternatively, you could let the pressure build and then go jihad and kill lots of people. That's becoming a little cliché, though.
I suspect it comes back to (simpler still, in no order):
- self-knowledge, honesty
- environment, personal history
- the nature of goals
Different people will have different goals for different reasons. I've met a few people who would come across in writing as highly "accomplished", undoubtedly hard-working folks. The genuinely insightful, communicative, and the well-balanced ones among them (i.e., not harmfully neurotic, pathologically dishonest, whatever) are - in my experience - in the minority, if not the exception to the rule.