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Metal / Sepultura guitarist is spawn of Nazis
« on: February 03, 2006, 02:48:33 AM »
The Metal Exiles: I noticed something in your bio, you are into World War II. What intrigues you about that?

Andreas: "I was born in Brazil because of World War II. My mother was born in 1945 and was forced to move here with family because of it."

http://www.metal-exiles.com/modules/news02/article.php?storyid=151

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Metal / End of an era
« on: February 02, 2006, 03:29:27 AM »
Twilight of the Idols
by David Anzalone

Eras are relative. Most people, if they are lucky, will live about three-quarters of a century and in that time they usually come to believe that the goals and standards of their time were superior to those that followed. Sometimes this is a belief that is fueled by idealized perceptions, particularly in the case of the Baby Boomers, but other times it is a truth that cannot be ignored no matter how much denial we heap upon it.

My era is the rise of metal as a viable art form, circa 1985. Some will snort and cite the ilk of Motley Crue and Ratt as a case against any artistic content in this music. My response is that those bands were not metal bands, not in the way I think of them. The difference is that nobody who cared about those bands then still truly cares about them now. Fans of yore catch a glimpse of an entertainment news segment that features a bloated Vince Neill loping across and arena stage, and there is no sense of pathos, no sense of glory days gone by, no sense that an era is at an end.

Some months ago, I had the opportunity to briefly meet a legend. He had been in music since the late 1970's, and every band he had created was successful and made a significant mark upon the genre. True, he was aging and weighed more than he should, and the hair dye and concealer was obvious up close, but he was a legend nonetheless. I was always a fan of his work and it was exciting to finally meet him, but seeing him in that time and place struck me in a way that I never expected. It made me sad. This is not because someone I admired was showing his age, or that he presented badly. On the contrary, I was pleased to find that he was gracious and friendly. It was when he walked on to the waiting shuttle van that I felt like I was watching him disappear forever, that he was the last of a breed that was about to go extinct. He was a "big name," one who had survived many trends and industry coups, but he still had everything in common with those who made their marks in smaller but equally indelible ways.

Metal music, especially in its most extreme quarters, is about death worship or more often a cynical acceptance of this inevitability. Why, then, are the losses in recent years so poignant to so many of us? Why is it harder than it should be to see people like Quorthon and Piggy go to the soil, even though their most important contributions were already years behind them? The answer is simpler than any of us might realize: these passings are not part of a cycle. They are glaring red flags that indicate a clear termination point that is definitely closer than we want to acknowledge. Metal is an art form that has suffered diminishing returns for over a decade, and the deaths of its pioneers are painful in the face of knowing that they will not be replaced. Even now I feel that there are still new bands worth hearing, new albums worth acquiring, but I cannot lie to myself and believe that the current output is every bit as valuable as ones from "the good ol' days."

This is where I claim my era. Many neophyte fans of metal are confused when anyone over thirty decries the current crop of mediocre glut, because they were not there when the best albums were released. They cannot understand that there was a time when damn near every release that hit the shelf at the local record store was something special, something that would be cherished and revered for decades to come. It is useless to live in the past, but the beauty of music is that when played it is always in the present whether it was written 1808 or 1988. To know this allows me to revisit, revere, and remember, as much or as often as I choose. It allows me to look at where metal is now and attach it to that legacy without dismay or bitterness.

In the last few years, I have avidly acquired many of the pieces that I could not readily afford when they were first released as I was but a child. I have a room in my home that houses these gems, a room where they are allowed to rage forth and be ageless again and again. But despite the best moments when I am in the thrall of a favorite work, it is hard to not feel heaviness in my heart and know that an era, my era, is nearing its end. My role, and the role of those who preserve those days as I do, is to refuse to forget but also to accept that things will never be the same. As the years drift by we will see the passing of more heroes and innovators and the best thing we can do is bow our heads for a moment, take their records from the shelf, play them at maximum volume, and remember our era once more.

http://www.anus.com/metal/about/metal/era/

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Metal / Italian Satanic cult
« on: February 01, 2006, 02:04:22 AM »
Two members of a heavy metal band called the Beasts of Satan were yesterday given hefty prison sentences for killings that shocked Italy and raised questions about the spread of devil-worship among young people.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/italy/story/0,12576,1423201,00.html

(I'm waiting for someone to scream "YHBT!" and collapse in laughter, but it doesn't seem like that's gonna happen.)

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Metal / Averse Sefira - March 11 show (Austin)
« on: January 30, 2006, 04:11:55 PM »



"Redrum Club
401 Sabine Street
Austin, Texas 78701

www.redrumaustin.com for more information.
The show will be ALL AGES this time."

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Metal / The Beasts live in Houston Feb 25
« on: January 30, 2006, 03:45:05 PM »
The Beasts

The place is javajazz, Houston TX.

Here

This venue has proven to be shitty beyond belief - their policy of not serving alchol is antithesis to the ethos of The Beasts, and their draconian ticket pre-order policy has proven to be annyoing at best, leading to this post.

Should any of you in the Houston or surrounding area be intrested in seeing the show, you can purchase tickets here


Be sure to select "the beasts" as your favorite band in the list. This is important


Should any of you be intrested in the band or the show, go ahead and order tickets.  If you send your confirmation e-mail to [email protected] we will send people who actually can attend the show their choice of a live CD or DVD.  Those who cannot attend will get both.

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Metal / Metal Radio
« on: January 29, 2006, 08:43:50 PM »
KCUF Radio Archive

The infamous station that brought to the Internet airwaves the pinnacles in nihilistic death metal, atavistic and romantic black metal, and transcendent ambient soundscapes has been recompiled and archived in its known entirety to initiate the unfamiliar and inspire those who remember.

http://www.puredeath.org/kcuf

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Audiofile / Ras Algethi
« on: January 28, 2006, 10:26:47 PM »

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Metal / Ras Algethi review posted
« on: January 27, 2006, 10:15:58 PM »

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Metal / How Metal Got Mainstreamed
« on: January 27, 2006, 02:28:08 AM »
Metal was not merely a genre of music, but an antagonistic philosophy seeking changes in the status quo:

I always understood rock as a form of revolution of young people against the establishment. Though nowadays, of course, it's one big commercial machine, deep within me the spirit is there. I can't deny it, because I experienced it like that when I was a kid.1

Tom G. Warrior's sentiments were not always explicitly expressed by thrashing, banging, and screaming metalheads; however, his belief that "rock [was] a form of revolution" was buried somewhere in the mix whenever heavy metal blared from stacks at shows or headphones at home.

L:OFP

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Metal / Undiscovered classic metal sites
« on: January 26, 2006, 04:38:40 AM »
Scan-DM-Mania - fascination with Scandinavian death metal.

BNR Metal - database of context to classic bands.

Eroded Thoughts - classic video trading site.

d90-two - cynicism and metal.

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Metal / Morbid Angel re-release
« on: January 20, 2006, 03:19:16 PM »
MORBID ANGEL - Altars Of Madness Dual Disc Due In March
2006-01-17 18:25:56

Earache Records are to release a Dual Disc format version of the
landmark death metal album, Altars Of Madness by MORBID ANGEL on March
13, 2006.

Considered by many to be a defining moment in the genre, Altars Of
Madness was first released in 1989 and is still held in reverence by
the majority of death metal fans.

The DVD side of the Dual Disc features the long sought after November
1989 Nottingham Rock City show filmed on the band's first ever
European outing, the legendary Grindcrusher Tour (alongside NAPALM
DEATH, BOLT THROWER and CARCASS) and is the first Morbid Angel
material to see an official DVD release.

A free replica ticket of this show is available with the first 5,000
copies pressed.

http://www.earache.com/news_stories/morbid_angel.html#dual_altars

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Metal / Deathspell Omega
« on: January 17, 2006, 12:00:04 AM »
I've discovered the truth: this band is Ulver Part II, meaning that they're insincere but musically adept enough to make black metal that's better than the rest, but empty as hell when listened to over a long term.

Infernal Battles: This is a blatant Gorgoroth ripoff, even down to production, and while it passes conveniently without disturbing and while being "good" in the most basic sense, it's wallpaper.

Kenose: A trend attempt that is the faux elitist black metal equivalent of Pantera.

Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice: They might as well call this "Automatic for the People" - like later REM, it's musically better than their earlier stuff, and any one moment is beautiful and even profound, but when stitched together, it's mostly aesthetic and has nothing to say.

There was some other 2-song or 3-song EP I heard, but it was complete fucking garbage. Send this band and Ulver back to Africa.

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Metal / "The Gift of Death Metal"
« on: January 16, 2006, 09:33:22 PM »

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Metal / Burzum forums
« on: January 15, 2006, 11:49:19 PM »
We've just restored the Burzum forum. It needs experienced users who can contribute interesting conversation to drown out the inevitable idiots. Frostwood is finding us some moderators, so if you're interested send him a line.

Music

Rumors of a new Burzum album float around. Apparently, it's a metal album and will be made either from prison or immediately following release.

* Should another album be made?

* Should it be metal, keyboard or traditional Norsk instruments?

* Should he continue to avoid directly stating political opinion, so his albums keep that "power art" feel?

* Who's going to publish it?

Some of us here talked it over and here was the consensus: no to more politics in the music; keep it in interviews. Yes to another album, no to metal. We have no idea how he'll get it published.

- Music forum

Ideas

All musicians have ideas. These ideas, when they deal with other people, are political. Even the most "individualistic" person wants to control others. Musicians, like any artists, when they make music will often incorporate some of these ideas. Some are purely in sound form, and others are given words, and here's where they can get into trouble.

It's not race itself that's the taboo of our time. It's the idea that we are determined by biological factors more than social ones. Society wants to believe it can give us money, educate us, indoctrinate us and force us through public health care and it will have produced the best citizens it can. The ugly (for some) truth is that much as we breed animals or plants, we have to breed humans. Race is part of this, as is eugenics, as is worship of genius. This taboo line defies our modern philosophy of "materialistic individualism."

Varg, unlike most metal musicians, was willing to cross that line -- and others follow (bravery is rewarded, sometimes).

All the good things in life are not for sale. Fine art can be sold, but you're buying the CD, not the ability to create or understand or share the music. Culture cannot be created with televisions, nor can it be made profitable. It's either culture, or consumerism. It's either good leadership, or democracy. It's either racial separation, or genocide. Burzum stepped out and showed us that, if we want to see the world of higher ideals and fantasy shown us in his music, we have to oppose modern society at a philosophical level.

- Ideas Forum

Community

Many good topics arose on the last incarnation, although admittedly it died a slow and painful death. The popularity of Burzum within Black Metal invites all sorts of people. Especially the wild, liberal trolls complaining about the ideals of Varg... such is life.

Are these forums going to be publicised soon?

- Community Forum

If you want to help:

* Post the URL to the forum everywhere as a new message, for example in blog or forum or news service, Subject: New Burzum Forum launched; content: any part of the above message.

* Put the URL in your signature file on any forums or userlink services (MySpace, LinkedIn, Ringo) where you're a member.

* Anytime you rip a Burzum mp3, include site URL and forum URL in a README.TXT file.

Thanks!


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Metal / Atheist demi-tour
« on: January 15, 2006, 04:31:40 AM »
ATHEIST regroup; announce exclusive festival appearances

Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have regrouped for a run of exclusive live performances.

Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Schaefer has reassembled what is widely considered the bands classic recording lineup (Schaefer, guitarist Rand Burkey, bassist Tony Choy, and drummer Steven Flynn) for two exclusive festival performances; Italy's Evolution Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air. Schaefer comments, "We're very excited to be able to get back on the stage and play these insane tunes hit the air again the proper way with Flynn, Burkey and Choy. It's going to be very exciting and something not to be missed!."

ATHEIST will take part on Evolution Festival (scheduled for July 16 and 17 in Brescia, Italy) and Wacken Open Air (scheduled for August 3-5 in Schleswig Holstein, Germany). These will be the first in a series of exclusive festival performances announced. Shaefer continuess, "We would like to make a great festival run this year and expose as many as possible to the music we lived and died for. Many thanks to the Evolution Festival and Wacken for helping to give many people who never got to see ATHEIST live a chance to see us one last time. This is our chance to make the music we worked so hard to create come alive one last time, and we guarantee that it will not disappoint."

ATHEIST has recently had it's wildly-influential catalog (1988's 'Piece of Time', 1993's 'Elements', and the 1991's legendary 'Unquestionable Presence') reissued internationally via Relapse Records. Additionally, "Unquestionable Presence" was recently featured in Decibel magazine as part of its ongoing Hall of Fame feature. The Hall of Fame feature highlights influential and pivotal releases in metal history, and "Unquestionable Presence" will join of ranks of previously profiled classics such as SLAYER's "Reign In Blood", SEPULTURA's "Roots", and AT THE GATES' "Slaughter of the Soul", among others.

ATHEIST are available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, simply contact *** at Relapse Records via any of the means listed at the bottom of this message. Updated ATHEIST news / tour information will be made available via the Relapse Records website: www.RELAPSE.com and the ATHEIST website: www.OfficialAtheist.com.

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