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Metal / Kommandant
« on: July 19, 2012, 02:24:05 PM »
I often ponder over this myself. But I still think the future of metal isn't a question of innovation vs tradition (or non-innovation?). Both directions have the potential to either succeed or fail. But what matters is function. As when a person speaks to another person: do they really have something to say? and do they mean it?

I've seen Kommandant three times in the past few months and it was incredible with each viewing. I was first introduced to these guys with a few accounts from friends of "Oh, they're live set is pretty amazing but it's just the theatrics... the music is lacking." Well, if that review categorized their summation a few years ago, something radical has changed. I purchased their newest album "The Draconian Archetype" when after seeing them the first time I was completely blown away by their performance. Expecting to hear nonsense and garbage on the ride home I was stunned to discover that the album renders equal, if not more intensity than the live performance.

I'd say the current musical influence to me sounds like a composite of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Wolf's Lair Abyss, like somewhere of a middle ground between the two- harnessing the mystical and eerie riff/chord of the former and the disciplinarian aesthetic rhythm  of the latter. Still Kommandant finds their own sound, compromising between the Black Metal camps of the feral, unnecessary rawness of War Metal and esoteric nightscapes and theatrics of early 90's Norway that this generation has been reared to shun.


This is great stuff.

Interzone / Quitting Smoking
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:01:43 AM »
I know, I should never have started, and I hear this process can get pretty ugly. Here's what I've noticed:

Day 1) General unease but very motivated to quit.
Day 2) Hacking up these unspeakable horrors. Terrible fiending.
Day 3) Lung function and dexterity of sinus cavities have improved. Mental addiction quite possibly has gone away.

One thing that I'm doing to help is that whenever I discover an urge to have a cigarette, I breathe very deeply a chestful of fresh, outdoor air. To remind myself what I should be breathing in, instead of the carbon monoxide and various other assorted chemicals. I hope the mods don't mind if I continually update the following hourly count as a visual reminder will keep me motivated.

Total hours without a cigarette: 57.

Any advice?

At the long anticipated Martyrdoom fest that happened this past weekend, a few cohorts and I were pleasantly surprised to catch this act alongside the bludgeoning slew of non-stop Death Metal outfits with overlapping sets. I thought there was something so very pure about this band. Every "new" Black Metal act seems to be scrambling to try and reinvent the genre and breathe new life into it, whereas I think Anu realized that there's no need for this. Anu's biggest criticism from people seems to be "Oh well there's nothing really innovative about it" - well, that's exactly what entranced me about their live set. There was nothing innovative about it, at all.

What Anu was, was well written, simple and straight forward Black Metal in the vein of the Norwegian legacy via 1991-1996. There was nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. In fact, in their refusal to try and "innovate" anything, I think this band stumbled upon something ingenious- the key isn't in trying something new, the solution to the current Black Metal problem is writing better Black Metal.

This probably wouldn't work for every band, and with enough of this, we'll have an oversaturation of this type of thing, but for this particular band, I think it works very well.


Metal / Das Perfekte Album
« on: June 28, 2012, 05:57:30 AM »
I really liked that article. A lot of good alchemy goes into making a "good" album, let alone a perfect album. Consistency is so very important, especially when presenting a 30-70 minute program. Something needs to marginalize it away from other exemplars both within and without a catalog. This might be why certain albums almost take on an identity of their own away from the band itself. When the music becomes more memorable than the group making it, there has to be a merit behind it. Many of those aforementioned albums in the article actually do take on this unique identity. The unfortunate problem that I think artists face is to keep the creative genius flowing and constantly pump out new, fresh ideas.

I have a legitimate question to further this discussion: Has there ever been a band (beyond 3 albums) that has kept this pattern going, as in creating album after album that ranks into the metal-landmark/ A-list category for their entire career?

Audiofile / Borknagar
« on: May 25, 2012, 10:00:01 PM »

Audiofile / Inkubus Sukkubus
« on: May 25, 2012, 08:56:33 AM »
Inkubus Sukkubus: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Mediafire

Inkubus Sukkubus

Inkubus Sukkubus- Wytches (1994, Mediafire)

Riveting Gothic Rock that sent shock waves through the musical world, featuring a band that aggressively represented Paganism as it exists in its current form today. This music is serious as hell, conjoining the Gothic Rock of Britain with mind numbing ritualistic passages.

Inkubus Sukkubus- Wytches (video)

Audiofile / Apotheosis
« on: May 18, 2012, 06:20:04 PM »
Apotheosis: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Mediafire


Apotheosis- Farthest From The Sun (2002, Rapidshare)

Following up on bands that got lost in the third wave of obscurity, this Nocturnal Art Productions (Samoth/Zamoth of Emperor/Zyklon) band arose in 1995 from Malta; consisting of a one-man lineup this project was able to accomplish seemingly everything intended with within one album and then silence for ten years after. I applaud this guy for such bravery. There's no need to keep this going. Now, the cheese factor is unbelievable here, but if you can buy into the melodrama and the heavy keyboards, the fantasy themes and the mythic tongue of the music composed, I'm confident that the DLA community would enjoy this thoroughly for its aggressive ambush of fast, complicated, neoclassical Black Metal madness.


12" Black Lp limited edition 500 copies in standard jacket with printed inner sleeve.

"Once upon a time, "Asgardsrei" was recorded in a hurry and without any sound engineer who would assist the band at mixing and mastering their recordings. Hence the initial mixdown, done by the band, suffered from serious flaws affecting the intended impact of this album. Regardless of that, after the release in 1998 "Asgardsrei" was soon to be hailed as a pillar of German Black Metal in general as well as of Narrow Squirting Bowel Movement in particular.

The band was never satisfied with the sound of this album, though. Many years and re-releases later, the original ADAT-tapes resurfaced all of a sudden. It was decided to seize upon this opportunity and to have the original recordings remixed and remastered. One of the best sound engineers in Black Metal started to work on the rough material, and his final achievement has ultimately exceeded any and all expectations.

After more than 12 years, the Tyrants of German Black Metal celebrate their triumphal return in all glory and hatred! Remixed, revised, remastered: The Return of Asgardsrei!"

Samples here: http://youtu.be/sGb6t-F8I-g

Available for order since 20th of April, 2012.

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Audiofile / Weakling
« on: May 13, 2012, 11:37:45 AM »

Metal / Fandom
« on: May 13, 2012, 09:53:45 AM »
I'm not entirely sure when the regiments became obscured, but if I'd guess I'd say early on and the oversaturation of Black Metal and Death Metal bands being problematic is only accelerating with future generations growing up in a less rigid, unpoliced culture. This is common, which is the most disturbing, because Black Metal and Death Metal have always been exclusive things in the way I've come to appreciate them.

I think it begins like this. I will use a comedic plan of action, in a fictional scenario:
Step 1: Buy a Burzum album.
Step 2: I can do this too.
Step 3: Fender purchase
Step 4: Record Burzum/Darkthrone riffs
Step 5: I have a band and it's called Ennightenskop, and my album demo is called "Igriffenskrig Mordus"
Step 5: I cease to enjoy Black Metal and Death Metal, I just make music with a sense of artistic license entitlement.
Step 6: My "band" goes nowhere
Step 7: Apply political angle: Ennightenskop are Totalitarian Theocrats who endorse theoretic Commune-Utopia.
Step 8: 10 people think you matter, repeat steps 4 and 5.
Step 9 (optional): If all else fails, do something immoral or legally compromising. Now Ennightenskop rapes turtles, as a standard thing. KVLT.

Being a fan is so underrated and under appreciated. There are innumerable boons that people never EVER seem to pick up on. For example as a fan, you don't work for metal; metal works for you. You're allowed to be as critical as you can, and this only pushes everything to increase in quality. You're judged significantly less negatively by your actions, accomplishment and/or failures- you're not living out a character that *some* people have applied to your being. You have the ability to use thought and voice as representations of the metal population, not the bamblings of a sore artist, and that is a very important component of the Hessian culture. Sweet collections, a variety of live programs to enjoy, parties, whatever...

Yes I have a band, but I view it as a hobby more than an organic symbol that contributes anything of importance. I accomplish personal goals through engagement with it and that's it. I much prefer spending 90% of the year being a fan.

What's wrong with being a fan?

Metal / Overstimulation and Western Culture < Black Metal
« on: May 06, 2012, 01:59:26 PM »
I'm not preaching, this was just a musing that arose the other day. Any commentary or criticism would be welcomed to further build and harness this idea.

I find myself constantly challenged by, or victim of this. Grow up in an urban environment and you're inescapably bombarded with sensory overload. Our organism receives vital information from various input and then translates this into usable biological upkeep remedies. Like all things too much sensory input can lead to aversive side effects, maladaptive behaviors (most common), and general misdiagnosis of mental ailments.

It doesn't take a minimalist to see the following consumer and social environments as cathedrals of oversaturation:

The Shopping Mall
The Barroom
The Campus University
The Internet
The Retail Store

Couple that with:
YOUR JOB- expectation of time management with deadlines build never ending anxiety.
YOUR FAMILY- and if you don't have one of your own, consider life management.

Overstimulation and Anxiety is inevitable without a proper plan of action.

Silence and monastic isolation is not feasible for most. Adults have jobs, responsibilities, and dependents. Households to run and food to cook and clothes to wash and rooms to clean etc... even if you live in the woods, life will be fast-paced.

Black Metal tends to negate every notion of these maladaptive principalities in concern to a life aimed toward meaning, health and sanity. The unique tendency of Black Metal atmosphere and its capability to transport the listener away to an inner landscape, where the properties and social/consumer constructs no longer apply allow the listener the right silence of mind, the right balance of stimuli and the right setting to recalibrate one's priorities as dictated by our psychospiritual compass. It can offer a micro-retreat from the overabundance of responsibilities dumped on a person. Removing the overstimulation is necessary for a serious and dedicated practitioner of mental health, just like the removal of sedentary habits is necessary for a practitioner of physical health. For a metal fan, Black Metal is one possible remedy of overstimulation.

Metal / Averse Sefira Breakup!?
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:22:32 PM »


Here we are at the End of Things.
We're shutting down the power, but leaving the Pilot Light on.
In our Passing, we leave some Albums that defined how we
Received this Transmission
how we
Interpreted this Transmission
and how we
Wanted it Broadcast.
To those of You that enjoyed the Work we did, Thank You.

Some thoughts from the Terminvs:
There is no One Escape in One
The End is the Beginning is the End
Decay begets Life,
Scrolls unfurling
Flesh, Death, Earth expanding into coherence.
Dissipating constellation
Terminal Infinite
Ashes between the Stars
Alive remains, from afar.

Metal / Runemagick- Epic Death Metal
« on: April 20, 2012, 09:36:44 PM »
This band slipped through my radar. Now, this is not to say that my frame of reference is infallible. I freely admit that even today, after a short 10 years of being engulfed in Black Metal and Death Metal that I'm still discovering bands and albums that stun and move me. Tonight however was a bit different. I found Runemagick some time ago on youtube and with a quick Metal Archives search I discovered the title of their first album. A mediafire download later and I sat upon the first album for at least four months. Some strange hand of fate allowed me to move those MP3 files onto my digital device this morning before I left for work. For whatever reason, it took until my drive home to play this album on a whim, not expecting anything. Though, what I got was highly enjoyable. As in the following audiofile thread I'm linking, I explain the nature of the band: it's reminiscent of Bolthrower, Therion and Entombed but oddly enough still maintaining their own blend of original style of what I believe is Epic, delivering Death Metal art. This is a great player from start to finish. It's tough in presentation, and conceals an insidious melodic nature, buried just right in the background to make an argument of esoteric motive. I sort of got high on the album, which is good. When I was still a teenager and Burzum or Antaeus was still new to me, I got the same type of revitalizing feeling listening to their respective releases. I think this is a great example of old school Death Metal. Not necessarily life changing, but without a doubt it is WORTH the time to invest a hearing - maybe much more.


Audiofile / Runemagick
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:32:47 PM »
Runemagick: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Mediafire


Runemagick- The Supreme Force of Eternity (1998, Rapidshare)

Runemagick is a old school Epic Death Metal band. Despite having a percussive, heavy-riff oriented approach (Bolthrower), a secret atmosphere (Therion on "Symphony Masses") and Stockholm-esque throat-yell (Entombed), Runemagick excels in it's own blend of originality; they discover their own distinct chemistry, writing narrative songs with phrasal guitar riffs albeit highly muscular in approach. Truly an album to lift weights to, but despite the ultra br00tality there is a genius here, a Hessian genius that should be listened to by fans of the genre seeking ambition and courage.

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