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Interzone / Hessian desktop wallpaper
« on: June 24, 2010, 03:31:50 AM »
The original image

(right click --> "View Image" to see the full resolution)
I adjusted the brightness/contrast in order to get the background truly black and removed some spots manually. For the sake of symmetry, I removed the text as well. Set this as wallpaper as centered and set the desktop background color to black - this way, it looks very elegant at least on my 1280x1024 screen.

I'd love to use coverpics of quality metal albums like this as my wallpapers, but even the best repository for images like this, Truemetal's wallpapers is pretty damn dated - the maximum width of the images is 1024px and the most recent submissions are from 2001. A new scan archive with width of 2048px should be made(screens wider than that are still pretty rare).

Source image #1
Source image #2

(once again, right click and view..)
Made this through messing with alpha channel. Unfortunately, I couldn't make any bigger(good quality) version. The black space below is of the width of the taskbar.

Interzone / Re: Rotten.com
« on: June 16, 2010, 12:16:36 AM »
The articles of the library are indeed pretty polemic, but many of them can make you think(and that is the presumable goal of the authors instead of directly proposing solutions). As for the "juvenile" content, it's good to remember that ANUS has a long tradition in trolling.

Interzone / Rotten.com
« on: June 15, 2010, 02:41:14 PM »
The thread below of the archived old ANUS reminded me of this another old "cult" website. Back in 1996, Rotten epitomized the "shock" websites that could retrospectively be called the first-wave shocksites: the Web made the exchange of disturbing images far more convenient than ever before, but finding, obtaining and scanning them still required work and shock imagery wasn't so abundant until the second-wave shocksites like The Young News Channel(NSFW link, duh), which are founded on 2 of the more recent technical developments: streaming video and video recording on cellphone --> the shock content has become far more ubiquitious.

At the same time, Rotten has faded to the background; it still hosts only still-images and as of now, gets updated about once in a year. But there is another part of Rotten that probably isn't so well-known, its "library" section - there are a lot of incisive articles of various topics eschewed by the mainstream and the attitude is somewhat anusian. ANUS might have an article about Jenkem, but Rotten Library has an article about Kami, the HIV-positive muppet :)
Also, these Dilbert-comics had once been hosted in Rotten(as being stated in the incomplete compilation page).

There's a thing that bugs my mind: I have a vague memory of reading either from Wikipedia or The Text File Archive that the founder of Rotten might be aquainted with the arch-anusites(after all, he also used to be a BBS operator).

Interzone / Re: Marduk vs. Lady Gaga
« on: June 15, 2010, 08:38:49 AM »
Because of this thread, I've learnt a lot about GaGa. Thank you :)

Essentially, Marduk is to BM almost exactly what Cannibal Corpse is to DM: adding absolutely nothing to the genre, but playing this uninspired music with the sort of a diligent aggression that would be comparable to an attempt to get drunk with low-strength beer and marketing a "true and hard" image to the more immature metal audience.

Interzone / Re: Cannibalism a complete solution
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:17:47 AM »
One of the most interesting aspects about cannibalism is that its prevalence increases upon approaching the equator - it has occurred in all major tropical areas: the Indonesian archipelago, the Caribbean islands(IIRC, "caribbean" actually stands for anthropophagist) and of course Africa.

As the environment gets more harsh, counter-intuitively the cannibalism also decreases(even if the abundance of food is lower!). The intellectually most developed races, whites and northeastern Asians have not commonly engaged in cannibalism except for the cases in which groups of sailors or explorers have gotten cut off somewhere, besieged defendants in war, those suffering of famine because of crop failure, etc. in which eating each others has been necessary for survival. Only among tropical tribes has the cannibalism been a routine practice.

The bottom line is that harsh environment has had far greater eugenic impact than cannibalism ever had, even if the weaker individuals have presumably fallen as prey.

Metal / Re: YOUR metal timeline
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:17:30 PM »
I'll use decades in favor of years, as my memory isn't that precise

199th decade CE
I was born, don't remember much else.

200th decade CE
Childhood: I listen to mainstream chart hit popular music from radio, but over the time(when approaching puberty) grow to detest it, which leads to some social problems - I suppose this could be considered an early sign of being a metalhead..

I have Nintendo 8-bit and play Megaman 3 - it has remarkably well-composed music that I still remember well. More recently, I refreshed my memories by playing it through an emulator program on my PC - like all game music, it's cyclic and a length of a single cycle here is about that of a grindcore song. The NES sound system has 5 channels - at least in the Megaman games, 1 was for the effects and 4 for the music. The 4 channels are for "percussion", "bass" and 2 more high-pitched melodies("guitars"). In the Megaman music, the "guitars" are often in harmony with each other, which has led me to speculate that the composer might actually like Iron Maiden(after all, the original Megamans were made during the peak of this band).

201th decade CE
Earlier half:
At this point, I've been introduced to "metallic" sound and it mildly fascinates me - unfortunately, the introducers have been HIV+: Limp Bizkit and Dimmu Borgir.
Little later, a friend introduces me to Manowar and it makes a great impression on me - no matter how embarrassing, their sincere and aggressive musicianship combined to a great singer is something that I had never heard before and I still enjoy their early releases occasionally. The newer Manowar might blow, but they'll always have a special place in my heart as they introduced me to metal and its spirit. It wasn't long until I listened to the "gateway" bands of death/black metal: Slayer, Immortal, Death

Ambient music:
During this time, I played the computer games Thief: The Dark Project and its sequel Thief II: The Metal Age. These games are superior in every possible aspect(with them, the stealth adventure/FPS genre, popularized by the Splinter Cell games, was created), but they also had extraordinary ambient soundtrack: organic hum, ghostly whispers and industrial noise provided a perfect background for creeping through the shadows. I haven't listened to a lot of ambient music since, but these games helped me to understand the potential of the genre.

Later half:
With artists like Bolt Thrower, Blasphemy, Autopsy and Incantation, my taste starts to solidify; also listening to some Bach and Beethoven

202th decade CE
Well, this one has but just begun, so there isn't too much to say yet.
Listening to the newer "true" underground metal like Mütiilation, Katharsis, Antaeus and the new Profanatica.

Interzone / Re: Marduk vs. Lady Gaga
« on: June 07, 2010, 02:32:47 PM »
It took me a while to remember that there is actually an artist from third genre who also used blood-smearing as part of live performance.

Panzer Division Marduk
-I just want to say that I'm not affiliated with this "Hudzan"

Metal / Re: What Metal is not
« on: June 07, 2010, 02:08:09 PM »
Interestingly, there is a drum kit present in the video..

Interzone / Marduk vs. Lady Gaga
« on: June 07, 2010, 01:50:05 AM »
I know that I'm being a complete dork, but I was laughing my ass off while making these, so I thought that I might as well share them..

I wonder if this qualifies as proper ANUS humor..

Metal / Re: www.Metal-Archives.com
« on: June 06, 2010, 03:41:55 PM »
I think that M-A is a truly valiant effort from the 2 people(Morrigan, Hellblazer) who created it.

I use almost exclusively the colorless and odorless database part of it, >90% of the reviews are crap, but certain contributors are worthwhile(hells_unicorn, Noktorn and of course the anusites). I haven't even viewed the forum in a long time.

I visited ANUS for the first time about a decade ago, but forgot about it, as I wasn't too much into metal yet at that point. Then, about 2 years ago I "rediscovered" this site, ironically through M-A:
In the forum, there was a thread about surprise, surprise, Chuck Schuldiner - it was there that someone presented this site and its stance on this artist, which in turn, was responded with remarkable vehemence on behalf of some of the members. From this, I knew that there had to be something substantial about DLA.

Also, some of the more clever contributors have invented great synopses for some of my favorite bands:
Autopsy: Not your elegant Satanic evil, but just simple, filthy gore-evil
Bolt Thrower: Like a tank plowing through a Limp Bizkit concert
Demilich: Should an extraterrestrial civilization send a Voyager-like probe into space and include some of their finest music in it, it would probably sound something like this

Metal / Re: Metal 2009
« on: May 16, 2010, 10:38:26 AM »
Sammath - Triumph In Hatred: Aggressive melodic black metal with "wall of sound" texture, this album has truly fiery/infernal feel to it

Teitanblood - Seven Chalices: Pretty good Spanish Blasphemy-worship

Portal - Swarth: Dissonant death metal/grind with claustrophobic atmosphere

Havohej - Kembatinan Premaster: Not metal per se, but pretty interesting. While the vocals and drums are what we're used to with Profanatica/Havohej, the guitars have been replaced with weird noise - it's hard to say whether it's a product of messing with distortion/amplification or just purely software-generated.
Somebody uploaded it to Youtube(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8).

Interzone / Re: Eugenics
« on: March 26, 2010, 02:58:34 AM »
A series of articles related to Repository for Germinal Choice

-I found this to be very interesting, scroll down to see the index for all the parts of the series.

Metal / Re: Movie: "Promised Land of Metal"
« on: March 17, 2010, 04:43:44 PM »
Just watched it through youtube - in the parlance of this site, it's (almost)all AIDS.
The history of my homeland's metal is being represented as a progression from cock/butt rock to anemic pseudo-metal for the "playstation generation".
It's not a big surprise that bands like Beherit, Demilich or early Amorphis don't get mentioned at all.
This country is filled with "metalheads" that I don't feel any kinship with..

Metal / Fanmade music videos for metal
« on: March 05, 2010, 01:13:56 PM »

Zyklon-B - Warfare
Hellhammer - The Third of The Storms
Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
Bathory - The Return of Darkness And Evil
Immortal - Antarctica
Hail of Bullets - Ordered Eastward

I've collected here videos which have particularly strong resonance between the imagery and the music.
I'm aware that the later Immortal and Hail of Bullets aren't being held in particularly high esteem on this site, but I think that the videos for them are good enough to be included.
Have you found anything similar? :)

Metal / Re: Piano metal
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:30:46 AM »
After I listened to all the good metal she has covered, morbid curiosity took the better of me and I checked some covers for mallcore and IBC* metal:

Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
-It impresses me that she has managed to transform an incredibly banal song into something listenable.

*inverted baseball cap

I'd love to hear some Demilich on piano, though..

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