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Interzone / Re: Tattoos
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:41:23 PM »
*I am a dangerous wasp as evidenced in my stripes, beware of me*

True, but this mindset is partly metal's raison d'etre.

Interzone / Tattoos
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:25:16 PM »
This is a medium I do not appreciate. It's become fairly commonplace, and seems to have only recent historical use in European countries. Since I respect the tastes of those here: are there any tattoos you have, or others which you find tasteful?

Metal / Re: Lykathea Aflame
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:02:49 PM »
The melodies and relentless patchwork remind me of Molested.

Really astute observation.

Interzone / Re: Spiritualism
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:33:35 PM »
"Curiosity killed the cat"

I've heard curiosity described by a Zen teacher as the opposite of Zen. I've also talked at length with an eloquent craftsman, who described curiosity as the ultimate form of love. I tend to agree with the craftsman.

knowledge (n.)
early 12c., cnawlece "acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship;" for first element see know. Second element obscure, perhaps from Scandinavian and cognate with the -lock "action, process," found in wedlock. Meaning "capacity for knowing, understanding; familiarity; fact of knowing" is late 14c. Sense of "an organized body of facts or teachings" is from c.1400, as is that of "sexual intercourse." Also a verb in Middle English, knoulechen "acknowledge" (c.1200), later "find out about; recognize," and "to have sexual intercourse with" (c.1300).

Interzone / Re: The mechanics of distraction
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:01:31 PM »
focus (n.)
1640s, from Latin focus "hearth, fireplace" (also, figuratively, "home, family"), of unknown origin, used in post-classical times for "fire" itself, taken by Kepler (1604) in a mathematical sense for "point of convergence," perhaps on analogy of the burning point of a lens (the purely optical sense of the word may have existed before Kepler, but it is not recorded). Introduced into English 1650s by Hobbes. Sense transfer to "center of activity or energy" is first recorded 1796.

distraction (n.)
mid-15c., "the drawing away of the mind," from Latin distractionem (nominative distractio) "a pulling apart, separating," noun of action from past participle stem of distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600. Meaning "a thing or fact that distracts" is from 1610s.

Metal / Re: New Finnish Death Metal
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:46:49 PM »
Add Lantern to this list.

New, or immanent album. Fucking epic.


Has anyone checked this one out?

First struck me as lightweight, continues to do so. The "mystical" thing lacks willful execution, and so all the other elements that make them outstanding (presentation, orchestration, composition) come across as effeminate. I'm sure it will be remembered for everything else it does well.

Basically seems like Demigod made directionless, and lukewarm through a filter of Beherit murkiness. End product is alien "speed metal".

Metal / Re: New Finnish Death Metal
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:40:32 PM »
What are your issues with the aesthetic? I've not found anything disagreeable.

I personally think the aesthetic is perfect. Simply put, it isn't in the underground death metal "mainstream" -- no uniform Dark Descent production, nuanced, thoughtful composition without pretension (which is what made the Finnish style appealing in the first place). Justin/Chris are not the type of metal scenesters (superficially: they have short/no hair, no patches, jackets, excessive tattoos, and no bullshit old guy posturing*) that are now pervasive, and all the shit actually relevant to their art they hit right on the fucking head (watch live videos). Maybe death metal fans are scared of the thoughtfulness, and genuine aggression (which could be perceived as more relevant to a band like Neurosis).

Frozen to Death is currently one of my favorite death metal releases of "all time". Right up there with first-demo Rippikoulu, maybe a few others.

(Recurring theme: every time a punk source comes into contact with metal it completely reinvigorates the genre. Think: Slayer, Master, Norwegian Black Metal.)

*Not that resembling this matters, but big picture it's pretty fucking low priority.

Metal / Re: Scalpel
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:02:22 PM »
Humanicide, and others, do you remember any other death metal we've liked that's new to the 1999-present time period?

I have trouble recalling many if any. Acerbus, sure, but after that?

It depends on what you mean as "we've liked", your agency is ambiguous. Offhand: Disma - Vault of Membros (and semi-recent Deeds, Immolation), other bands featured on DM.org front page.

Reminds me of a less explosive Monstrosity. Excellent craftsmanship - the overbearing style falls away once you get acclimated to the production. Their live performance is interesting. Material described as "three years in the making".

Metal / Whore
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:04:04 AM »

Metal / Re: Revolt against modernism metal: Self Promotion yay!
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:40:20 AM »
All pieces linked are exceptional in their understanding of the foundations of good metal. Ossuary Vault stood out, would relisten.

For criticism: they often do not travel far enough beyond a workmanlike excellence, towards catharsis. Find ecstasy, dwell longer in something beautiful.

Metal / Re: New Underground Wave
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:03:06 PM »
Throwing in lazy post-rock influences just 'cause it's hip to.

Versus careful, meaningful inclusion of post-rock influences? Do you have an artist/group in mind?

Interzone / Re: Pop culture's greatest (s)hits
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:44:21 PM »


The most poignant example I have yet encountered of modern materialism-made-music. A different world. For me, definitive "surreality".

I read multiple works of Shakespeare in high school as part of the curriculum (extremely common), those that took Latin read Vergil, and those with music theory learned chorale harmonization and basic counterpoint. Art classes would cover similarly canonical historical works. This was public school.

Is there less rigor? Compared to private school, maybe. Ultimately, there still exist considerable number of options that allow anyone to pursue "the classics" even further. With less folks inclined to study those great works, I appreciate them as precious.

"Education" is a general term - specific, academic schooling may be more widespread than in times past.

Metal / Re: Innovators are better
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:27:36 AM »
The death and black metal bands so worshiped by ANUS (and this site by extension) were a bunch of asshole drunks and misanthropes. Very little high artistic vision to be found there. If you want a death/black metal band basing their music off of pure ideology rather than misanthropic reaction, you have to look beyond the year 2000.

I agree with this, but I believe it corroborates my statement. Their end product is not "transcendent" /  whatever, and even if it is remarkable - relatively speaking - it's just a flash in the pan. The vast majority came about in a less than 5 year period (again, respective to each genre). It's been what, 20 years since? In that regard, it's the exception to the rule.

Interzone / Re: Superior? To what?
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:11:34 PM »
Not only the mind I think but the whole organism, if I'm not mistaken we get sick way more than animals and we're the ones who need most care and protection as babies.

Where did you hear this? I would not be surprised hearing that modern, Western man is prone to illness... (though, what specifically is meant by "sick"?) but what of ancient man? Is it our special, social build which enables the proliferation of [viruses]?

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