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Metal / Metal family tree
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:50:04 AM »

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Metal / RIP Chuck Schuldiner - December 13, 2001
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:57:00 PM »
Chuck founded Death after learning the ropes from Repulsion and went on to create death metal and hybrid heavy/death metal until his untimely death in 2001.

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Metal / MetalGate
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:23:03 AM »
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Metal is still dogged by the issues that arise from its deep-seated conservative values, but thanks to an increase in conversations about racism, politics, and feminism, those on the right side of history have gained solid ground.

http://www.deathmetal.org/article/metalgate/

Best moment:

"For years people have tried to make metal more sociable. They first tried in the mid-1970s when they mixed Black Sabbath with Led Zeppelin and produced hard rock, hoping that they could sell it to more people. 'Sociable' sells. Then they tried in the 1980s with rap/rock, funk metal and other abominations. Finally they hit on nu-metal but that turned into an extended conversation about the impact of child molestation. And then, during the early 2000s, they rolled out a metal/hardcore fusion that had sociable lyrics like hardcore punk has for many years."

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Metal / Best Metal Albums of 1997-2014
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:10:48 PM »
The point of this is to put together a list of all the stuff someone might have missed had they stopped paying attention to underground metal as the collapse hit. This might make a good shopping list or starter place for someone trying to find the highlights. Contributions appreciated, if they're on the level of the stuff here.

Candidates for best albums 1996-2014

Abhorrence – Completely Vulgar
Angel Witch – As Above, So Below
Antaeus – Cut Your Flesh and Worship Satan
Argus – Beyond The Martyrs
Asphyx – Death… The Brutal Way
Autopsy – The Headless Ritual
Averse Sefira – Advent Parallax
Avzhia – The Key of Throne
Avzhia – In My Domains
Avulsion - Indoctrination into the Cult of Death
Bahimiron – Southern Nihilizm
Beherit – Engram
Beherit – At the Devil’s Studio 1990
Beherit – Celebrate the Dead
Birth A.D. – I Blame You
Black Funeral - Empire of Blood
Blaspherian – Allegiance To The Will Of Damnation
Blaspherian – Infernal Warriors of Death
Blitzkrieg – Back From Hell
Blotted Science – The Animation of Entomology
Burzum – Sôl Austan, Mâni Vestan
Candlemass- Death Magic Doom
Centurian – Contra Rationem
Cianide – Gods of Death
Cóndor – Nadia
Deceased – Surreal Overdose
Deeds of Flesh – Of What’s to Come
Deeds of Flesh - Mark of the Legion
Demoncy - Empire of the Fallen Angel
Demoncy – Joined in Darkness
Demoncy – Enthroned is the Night
Derkéta – In Death We Meet
Derogatory – Above All Else
Desecresy – The Doom Skeptron
Divine Eve – Vengeful and Obstinate
Empyrium – Into the Pantheon
Eucharist - A Velvet Creation
Evil - Hate Spirit
Fleshcrawl - Structures of Death
Gorguts - Obscura
Gorguts – From Wisdom To Hate
Graveland – Memory and Destiny
Graveland - The Fire of Awakening
Gridlink – Amber Grey
Hellhammer – Demon Entrails
Heresiarch – Hammer of Intransigence
Ildjarn-Nidhogg – Ildjarn-Nidhogg
Immolation – Unholy Cult
Imprecation – Satanae Tenebris Infinita
Intestine Baalism – Ultimate Instinct
Kataklysm - Sorcery
Legion of Doom – The Horned Made Flesh
Legion of Doom – The Summoning of Shadows
Lord Wind – Ales Stenar
Master – The New Elite
Martyr - Warp Zone
Merciless - Merciless
Nunslaughter - Hex
Profanatica – Profanatitas de Domonatia
Profanatica – Sickened by Holy Host / The Grand Masters Sessions
Profanatica – Thy Kingdom Cum
Resuscitator - Cursed Visions From His Infernal Realm
Rudra – Brahmavidya: Immortal I
Sammath – Triumph in Hatred
Satan – Life Sentence
Skepticism – Alloy
Sorcier des Glaces – The Puressence of Primeval Forests
Sorcier des Glaces - Moonrise in Total Darkness
Summoning - Oath Bound
Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
Terrorizer – Hordes of Zombies
The Chasm - Farseeing the Paranormal Abysm
Thevetat – Disease to Divide
Thorns - Thorns
Timeghoul – 1992-1994
Ungod – Cloaked in Eternal Darkness
War Master – Pyramid of the Necropolis
War Master – Blood Dawn
Weltmacht - The Call To Battle

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Metal / Best of 2014
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:31:01 PM »
Looking for input on what readers enjoyed the most that was released in 2014, including re-issues.

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Alex Obert: On a lighter note regarding your family, do you and your dad ever go to concerts together?

Wes Cage: The last concert we went to was Mötley Crüe in Vegas where Tommy Lee almost started a fight with me. (laughs) We went to see Lacuna Coil with Rob Zombie, they played together. That was great. I want to show him Amon Amarth, that’s one band that I really want him to get into because we both have a love for Viking mythology and anything Norse. My dad has always liked Nine Inch Nails, that was always on in the house. He listens to a lot of Rob Zombie. He was also playing a lot of classical music such as Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Chopin. All these outstanding composers were playing throughout the house. I think that’s maybe what molded me the most and brought me to wanting to compose. When I was eighteen, I binged on nonstop symphonic classical music. I did not stop listening to counterpoint and things that I wanted to branch into a little more and Beethoven helped with that.

http://journeyofafrontman.com/2014/11/16/on-the-line-with-wes-cage/

He is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola.


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CUFF: "Spastic Craniotomy" Now Streaming!

10/31/2014 - DeathMetal.org has exclusively debuted CUFF's latest offering "Spastic Craniotomy" taken by the bands 8th studio album. The new track can be streamed here: http://smarturl.it/Spastic-Craniotomy

"Spastic Craniotomy" is the first track from the upcoming album Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere and it features special appearance by Larry Wang (Coprocephalic, Guttural Corpora Cavernosa, Gorepot).

“The music reflects a more chaotic and experimental sound than the 'Forced' album”, states vocalist Bob Shaw. “With a much better production quality and instrument arrangements than CUFF has ever offered before, Transient Suffering is surely Cuffs heaviest album yet”

Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere is the second out of a 3 album storyline following the events of Forced Human Sacrifice to the New Gods of Earth. Once again featuring album art by Mottla Art, 'Transient Suffering...’ includes guest appearances by Larry Wang (Coprocephalic, Guttural Corpora Cavernosa, Gorepot) Chris Williams (Upon Your Corpse) Anthony Davis (Swine Overlord, Gutfucked). It also features 7 new original tracks, re-visited track ‘Breeding Diverse Entities’ (from 2009’s Universal Punishment album) plus a Cock and Ball Torture cover for ‘Supreme Genital Goddess’

The album was recorded at Black Cloud Studios in early 2014 by Ken Coul and CUFF. Mixed/Mastered/Sound design by Z. Smith

Track list is as follows:
1. Spastic Craniotomy
2. Malignant
3. Transfusion of Bodily Fluids
4. Gorging the Sacred Carrion
5. The Transcendence of Mankind
6. Sub-sonic Impacts
7. Through the Ergosphere
8. Breeding Diverse Entities (Re-recorded)
9. Supreme Genital Goddess (CBT COVER)

Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere out November 18 via Gore House Productions.
Pre orders can still be found at http://smarturl.it/Shop-CUFF

Links
https://www.facebook.com/CUFFLYFE
http://cuffmerch1.bigcartel.com
http://cuffmusic.bandcamp.com/

http://gorehouseproductions.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f45eaa9032861a54237c7e518&id=b93c5c13dd&e=b042390dce

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Metal / Cult Mongers Zine
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:06:17 PM »
Old school-ish zine, also supporting a distro and Metal Music Coin.

http://cultmongerszine.com/
http://metalmusiccoin.pw/

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Metal / Advice for bands
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
Promoting your music in the metal scene is difficult because there is so much metal and, while the musical competence and production values have improved since the 1990s, content is generally bad and the result is that listeners tend to treat it all as about the same.

Getting a review

If you want your album reviewed, make an electronic press kit. This should include:

  • * An MP3 copy of your album, with correct track names including band name, album name and song name in both filename and ID tags.
  • * A large image of the front cover, preferably 1200x1200 pixels or larger, and a current band photo of the same size.
  • * In PDF, .docx, RTF or TXT form, a band biography including all contact information including social media and website presence for the band

When you contact us for review, do not ask if you can send the link; just send the link. Like other music sites, we have a "review stack" on which we dump the MP3s and then listen as we can. Remove as many barriers to this process as possible.

Most reviewers like to throw on the whole album, not selected tracks. This way, we hear all of what you have to offer. Most reviewers will listen to the first track until they find something that seems obvious, overdone, typical, random, etc. and then begin skipping tracks. They will listen to these subsequent tracks to see if anything grabs them in the first minute or less. For this reason, your first track should be something relatively compelling.

Things that turn reviewers off include obvious clones of existing acts that do not demonstrate their own content; if your band imitates a known style but has its own content, no one will mind. If your band imitates another band including content, you face a harder path. For example, a band that writes music in the style of Autopsy but clearly has its own ideas for song structure, riff form, melody, harmony and rhythm (including vocal hooks) will get more attention than a band whose only claim to fame is that they sound like Autopsy. Most people will prefer to just listen to the original. Reviewers also dislike lazy songwriting that falls back on known tropes, randomness which shows a lack of attention to quality, stupidity, textbook-derived technicality that serves no other purpose, and other artifacts which reveal a lack of purpose thus a lack of something clear to communicate. Be clear about why you are writing music and what you hope to convey, thus the experience and consequently emotion you hope to provide to the listener for their enjoyment.

Writing a press release

Unlike many sources, my attitude is that form is less important than clearly and concisely stating what your band is about and why you are offering up your music. The press releases that get glossed over are the ones that detail your successes as a commercial entity; that information is important for labels but not for reviewers. Better to tell us what connects an audience to your music and what inspires you and where you hope to be.

Include full contact information. Also include your band's presence on social media, the web, etc.

I suggest including a band statement as part of this, like a sample interview question. What's different about this new album or, if it is your first album, what does it shout to the world?

Proofreading never hurts but many of us are agnostic to spelling and grammar if the content is good. What will drive us away is a press release that looks like little thought went into it that also has no content other than "we're a local band looking for a label because we sound like a lot of other bands that made it big."

I also suggest having a YouTube link to a video with a sample song. You do not need to "make a video"; just put some cover art or a band picture on there and let the song stream. This way people can read for twenty seconds and listen for thirty seconds to tell if they think you have anything going on.

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Interzone / -- Archived Forum --
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:25:04 PM »
As of July 01, 2014, this forum is now archived.

Interzone has been replaced by the forum at this location.

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Much of the rancour has surrounded frontman James Hetfield’s proclivity for hunting, with campaigners concerned that such activities run counter to the Peace and Love spirit of the festival.

At time of press 25,379 people had lent their signature to a petition calling for the band to be banned on the grounds that he has a “vile obsession with hunting”.

Whatever one’s views on the morality of hunting the campaign does lack credibility. Are we to ban artists from Glastonbury for any sort of objectionable behaviour and simply have Coldplay perform every year? There was certainly no outcry whatsoever when a host of headliners with nefarious pasts and in some case unabashed criminality were booked to perform.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/yorkshire-living/arts/music/the-anti-metallica-rhetoric-smacks-of-hypocrisy-enter-metal-1-6697091

Even in highly adulterated form (nu-Metallica) heavy metal is too feral, mythological and atavistic for modern "safety first" kiddies.

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Metal / Heavy metal is a culture separate from black, gay culture
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:17:10 PM »
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Speaking about the diversity of audiences at heavy metal shows, Ward — who is also a member of rap-metal pioneers STUCK MOJO — said: "Metal always gets weird… and I don't even know… but it gets this weird reputation of being racist or homophobic. It's, like, why? And they say, well, there's a not lot of black people at the shows. It's, like, black people are welcome. We don't have a sign [saying that no blacks are allowed to attend metal concerts]. But it's about culture. And that's the one thing that people don't realize… Because there's not a lot of gay heavy metal bands, that doesn't mean that that culture is not welcome, it's just that we gravitate towards things that we are culturally drawn to, and black culture, in general, is drawn to music that came up in black culture… you know, rap music, R&B, blues, jazz, and there are places where those cultures can meet, and they often do. But even LIVING COLOUR and bands like FISHBONE, they don't have large black audiences. They play rock music, so they have a mainly white audience. So it has nothing to do with color, it has to do with culture."

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/fozzys-rich-ward-explains-why-there-arent-a-lot-of-black-people-at-heavy-metal-shows/

The most important part:

But it's about culture...we gravitate towards things that we are culturally drawn to

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Metal / The band Opeth was ripping off
« on: June 07, 2014, 07:35:08 PM »
http://www.deathmetal.org/forum/index.php/topic,18441.msg90305.html#new

In the 90s it became clear that soft/hard was a winning formula. Bands like Nirvana later capitalized on how to write a gentle acoustic verse and then have a wailing chorus. But before that, metal bands experimented with this, possibly starting with Venom's "Cold Northern Breeze" but maybe dating back to some of the Black Sabbath experiments.

Cemetary took this into death metal, mixing a ghostly fast vibrato (I still don't know how they did this technique) with lighter distortion than most, creating a sound like veils draped over the howl of wind through a cave. Then, they added in acoustic guitar used strategically at points of quiet emotion, then built up to the more raging death metal riffs. Far subtler than the soft-verse/hard-chorus that Nirvana, nu-metal, etc. would use, this technique caught the attention of many for its subtlety and emotion.

Then Opeth cloned it in a simplistic form, following the nu-metal option.

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