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Topics - Tancred Hauteville

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Metal / 1349-Demonoir
« on: June 04, 2010, 06:37:58 PM »
Has any heard this yet? To be quite honest i found this bands last album to be quite compelling and i am curious to know what the concensus is regarding the new album.

I have heard a few new tracks and while it seems like a return to the earlier blasting style that seemed to have won many fans over- No doubt many Marduk fans- these new tracks do seem inspired, tight and contain more in them than mere speed. The ambient tracks seem intriguing as well.

Overall my initial impression is that this is a solid album, although nothing remarkable.

Agree? Disagree?

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Interzone / Poetry
« on: June 01, 2010, 02:56:46 AM »
I have been trying to wade my way through poetry for the last little while. Does anyone know of any good texts that explain meter and the other components of poetry? Thanks in advance!

Any advice would also be welcome!

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Metal / Profanatica-Disgusting Blasphemies against gOD
« on: March 18, 2010, 06:09:51 AM »
http://www.myspace.com/profanatica

According to their myspace the second full length will finally be released in the summer of 2010.

How did he anus site get their copy so far in advance......?


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Metal / How to Listen to Metal...or anything....??
« on: March 18, 2010, 04:25:52 AM »
I often find myself trying to follow the geometric patterns presented in a song,or work apart from the melody or harmony. In other words, i try to follow the geometric pattern a song creates or attempts to, and using this i try to understand what the authour was intending to do or say. In death metal i find the same themes repeated over and over again,namely struggle and inevitability. Most good metal expresses these same themes. I find this challenging and more intellectually fullfilling than simply listening with my emotions (although this of course plays a part,if secondary). Melody and harmony are like rhetoric- merely intended to give beauty to truth. I have found pursuing metal listening in this way very rewarding.

I apologize if i lack the elegance to express precisely what i mean.

How do others listen to music? Have others followed the path i am currently treading?

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Metal / Black Metal and the Principle of Anonymity
« on: March 18, 2010, 04:16:53 AM »
Follow the link to read the article. The site will be infrequently updated.

http://forestsunknown.wordpress.com/

I wrote this a few months ago and i was hoping it would stir up some good conversation around here. Intelligent criticism including percieved stylistic errors are welcome.


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Metal / Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth
« on: March 09, 2010, 06:03:36 AM »
 

Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth is a fun, easy and enjoybale read that recounts the glory years of Swedish Death Metal told in large part through the mouth's of those who actually lived it. Ekeroth presents the history of Swedish death metal, focusing mainly on the release of seminal albums and demos, and the means by which fanzines and tape trading played a role in the development and proliferation of the Swedish death metal genre.  This is definitely a worthwhile read if one is looking for a chronology of all of the important bands, namely Bathory, Nihilist/Entombed, Dismember, At The Gates, and Therion, that led to the development  and consolidation of Swedish Death Metal. Additionally, the layout of the book is such that it is easily navigable, making use of handy headings, subheadings and band headings, which also make this a great quick-reference text.  However compelling, it is a slight draw back that the various snapshots throughout the book interrupt the flow of the read, and are laid out in such a way as to provide a distraction.  One may be better off reading the book through and then returning to the snapshots at a later date.
In addition to analysing the career's of many important  Swedish Death Metal bands, Ekeroth indulges the curiosity of the reader and earns extra points for namedropping important non-Swedish bands such as Master and Deathstrike, and for emphasizing the role of Morbid Angel in the overall development of death metal. Interestingly the author seems at pains to make sure that the reader understands the relationship between crustcore, punk, and metal and earns additional points simply for mentioning Discharge, whose strumming style and melody would later influence several generations of metal bands. If you are looking for the chronolgy of the true glory days of Swedish Death Metal, this book proves enlightening. Thankfully,their is little mention of "Slaughter of the Soul" and second rate Swedish bands such as In Flames and Soilwork that would later hijak, dilute and all but destory this once living art form.

With that said, reader beware!  Ekeroth has a tendency to try and convince his reader that death metal was all about "fun" back in the day and tends to present the extracurricular activities, namely drinking and partying, as the highlights of many bands careers. Although Ekeroth's goal was to tell the history of important bands, releases and tours, i believe this book could have been improved had Ekeroth attempted to explore the philosophical underpinnings of this genre and refrained from presenting Metal culture as simply an offshoot or replication of self-indulgent rock culture. New frontiers await those willing to explore this aspect of Swedish Death Metal and Ekeroth's book may in fact prove to be a trailblazer, a shoulder upon whom a few, or one giant will later stand. Time Shall Tell.

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Metal / Acerbus: The Shape of Noise to Come
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:01:55 AM »
Anyone else had an oppurtunity to listen to this?

My initial reaction was that this is a good cross between Suffocation and Gorguts, it is definetely one of the most challenging listens i have ever come across. I feel like more bands would do well to sit down,listen to and understand this release, i intend to do so and explore further.

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Metal / National Day of Slayer Toronto Canada 2010
« on: February 12, 2010, 06:23:54 AM »
I think the Toronto Hessian's should organize an event for this years International Day of Slayer. Perhaps we can seek out a small venue and have some bands play live to commemorate this day. It would be great to simply have the Hessian Community here in the GTA finally act as a community, even if we start small this year and gradually grow larger.Use this thread to promote good ideas for this day, to mention affordable venues and hence fundraising ideas, and to mention your band or a band you know who may be willing to play that evening, although they may not get payed.

I think if we start organizing now we could have a successful International Day of Slayer. The earlier we have everything figured out the earlier we can start promoting and contacting local newspaper to get some publicity for the event and the day as a whole.

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Metal / Being Grateful...
« on: December 09, 2009, 10:23:32 PM »
...for Bolt Thrower


I bought The IVth Crusade and ...For Victory at very nearly the same time a few years ago, after my buddy showed me a few of their tracks.I remember being caught up with the sheer energy and precision of the music and instrumentation, but i also remember thinking that alot of the tracks sounded the same. I pursued other metal for a few years and have recently returned to Bolt Thrower, due in part to the Deathmetal.org site mentioning Warmaster. Interesetingly enough my tastes have changed over the years, the tracks no longer all sound the same, although the distinct melodic phrasing of Bolt Thrower is apparent, i can make out distinctions in rythym and structure i was uable to make out before.

Thank-You to both ANUS and Deathmetal.org for keeping the classics alive,and for forcing me to look within to understand my own shortcomings as a listener, rather then blaming the band for being "unoriginal".

With that said i whole heartedly reccomend continuous listening of the IVth crusade as a listening excersise for all metal heads.....it will devleop your ability to listen for subtleties........even thought it is grind.

With that said, I think it is imperative Hessians and music listeneres, listen to music intently and with an ear to subtlety.What are other metal albums that we can promote as a metal community that also make for great listening exercises.??

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Interzone / Meditation and Stilling the Mind
« on: November 30, 2009, 05:11:51 AM »
Does anyone have any advice regarding meditation and means by which one can still ones mind? I have been able to control my breathing  by concentrating on it and thus stilling my body in meditation.However, I have a tough time stilling my mind and controlling my thoughts, althought they do slow down considerably. I have been advised to seek a higher level of awareness but this is vague and uninformative, any advice?

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Interzone / Communal Projects/ideas
« on: November 30, 2009, 05:07:29 AM »
What are some worthwhile communcal projects a person can partake of in a society verging on its own destruction?Teaching and creating are of course worthwhile, what are some everyday things a person can do to effect positive change?

I have been trying to enact positive spiritual change in my own life, via Hinduism in the hopes that my example can have a positive affect on others,and inspire them. to undertand themselves, their mind and reality. This of course takes alot of time, and i am trying to compile a list of everyday things i can do to help steer my community in a "sane" direction.

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Interzone / Toronto Hessians/Beethoven
« on: November 08, 2009, 04:53:18 PM »
It would be great to see a large constituent of Hessians turn out for Beethoven's Fifth symphony in February.

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Beethoven-Symphony-5-tickets/artist/1360715

If you are interested, please repsond to this post. I would like to see the interest this performance generates in order to determine whether or not it could provide the stimulus for a gathering of intelligent Hessians. We could turn this into a full evening of metal, philosophy, art etc at a local pub beforehand if people are interested.

The cheapest tickets are 29 dollars, thats as cheap as you pay for half or more than half the metal garbage we get around this city.

Heads Up: Beethoven's Ninth is playing in June.




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Interzone / Gordian Knot Tab
« on: October 17, 2009, 05:24:07 AM »
Although a discussion on Gordian Knot would be great,i was wondering if anyone could help me with the guitar solo on rivers dancing from their debut album. Im a pretty new guitarist relatively speaking, and i usually dont like long winded solo's and unless they make sense in the context of the song, but i find practicing solo's good for technique and this solo is pretty relevant. Any help on where i could find a tab, or tips would be great

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Metal / All Shall Fall
« on: October 07, 2009, 07:02:45 PM »
Has anyone heard the new Immortal? Any thoughts? Or do we have another turd of a reunion?

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Metal / Fugue in Metal
« on: October 02, 2009, 05:31:55 AM »
Im curiuos to know if anyone can direct me to any metal that has made extensive use of the fugue proper?

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