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FUCK THIS SHIT.

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Slayer fans who tuned into MTV Europe to watch the bandís performance at Germanyís Rock AM Ring festival this past Saturday night were disappointed to find the stationís signal mysteriously scrambled. The cause? Why, a UFO of course!

According to NME, a UFO stage prop debuted that night by the ethereal rockers of Muse was so epic in size that it put a complete kibosh on MTV Europeís broadcasting efforts, scrambling the signal during Slayerís performance.

Muse still plans to use the prop during its headlining stint on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on June 26, broadcasters (and thrash metal bands) be damned.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/06/muses-ufo-stymies-slayers-reign-in-blood.html

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One for the category "odds and sods": This past weekend the infamous Rock am Ring took place for the 25th time at the Nuremberg Ring in Germany. Among the many bands playing at the festival were Muse, which performed with an epic and futuristic show on the festivals centerstage. One of the highlights of the show was an UFO which hovered over the stage, including a silver shining alien descending from the flying object, performing many artistic maneuvers in the progress.

Unforeseeable side effect: while all this took place, MTV Europe was broadcasting the performance of Slayer live on most, if not all it's national stations Europe wide. When aforementioned Muse UFO took to the sky, it disrupted the signal of MTV's broadcasting vans, leaving Slayer fans all over Europe with white noise instead of Thrash Metal on their screens.

Final Score: Brit Rock 1, Thrash Metal 0

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news.php?newsid=14287

Obviously, this is quite annoying and nearly infuriating. I'm not exactly sure what excites my need to cause the carnage more: is it the fact that these British faggots did what they did with their ironic, drugged up idea that interrupted Slayer fans in their glorious voyeurism... or they take pride in that they've screwed a band over with a far longer successful lineage and meaningful career then they will ever have?

My solution: I will from now on use Social-Darwinism in its ugliest form. I will assure the British-prog rockers, hipsters, hippies, alternative folk and all other supporters of their fruitless failures to be subject to the harshest ostracization possible. I will allow none to be unscathed... and tolerate none of them even at the expense of losing my own friends.

These are my methods which obviously cannot belong to another. However, I would like to see useful forms of retaliation that anyone plans to do in light of this insult. I would like to adopt some proactive tactics to assist me in social-warfare.

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Metal / THE MISFITS- "Earth A.D."
« on: June 08, 2010, 06:56:24 AM »
I'm still wondering why this hasn't been discussed yet. Sure, it's punk. Hardcore punk. Nay, nearly Thrash. Or is it more? Lets find out...

Black Flag contributes to the proginators of the Hardcore Punk genre. At the time of this recording, The Misfits had drafted Robo, drummer of Black Flag into their fold, bringing a fresh drumming ethic into their creative medium. The year 1983 saw a drastic, feral change to The Misfits with all things considered.

A proper frame of reference will see one of the best examples of musical maturity.

This album presents micro-songs, in the due punk fashion, blasted forth with a bpm rate that is dangerously close to Slayer's "Hell Awaits." Guitar technique uses disharmonies (Slayer), Nihilistic power chord churning, morbid thematics (Slayer), Crash cymbol usage in what would later appear in Speed Metal drumming similar to "Altar of Sacrifice," and ghoulish face paint aesthetic closer to what would come to be "Corpse Paint" than ever before.

This album rips forth and is over shortly after the 20 minute mark... yet it it remains the least popularized "The Misfits" album and for what reason? From what I can tell, this recording influenced more Hardcore Punk and Metal than anything else they've ever produced... keep in mind this was a rushed SECOND recording of the album that we can purchase.

The rumor is that the original Earth AD reel-to-reel master, which sounded similar to the previous "The Misfits" efforts was lost in a Taxi returning from NYC. As a result of adhering to time constrains, record label deadlines, and a mid-tour effort on sleep deprivation... the Earth AD in which we know of today was laid down in two nights. Faster, simpler songs were manifested due to lack of recording time while Glenn Danzig slept in the back room of the studio, and a harsher vocal track was recorded the following day due to anger, frustration, lack of any motivation to sound pleasing because of the situation.

In the end, four men's half-assed, pissed off productivity gave us one of the most bloodthirsty albums of all time.
This belongs in EVERY Hessian's collection as a precursor to morbid, fast music.

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Metal / Opprobrium
« on: June 06, 2010, 07:58:22 PM »
WOW! Thanks to Conservationist and ChapelOfTorment for the clarification on the Groove Metal thread!

"Beyond the Unknown" is such a groovy, slammy Louisianian styled Metal. Yes yes, I know they're originally from Brazil, but that album clearly has some trademark elements of the area at the time.

"Serpent Temptation" on the other hand ironically sounds much more like South American metal (Sarcofago, Early Sepultura), but still a tip-top example of Death Metal in its truest form.

... and apparently they are a Christian band. Furthermore they are considered a Christian Death Metal band. The greatest part about this is that nobody seems to give a flying fuck. Interesting that a Christian would do backing vocals on "Skull Full of Maggots" on the Cannibal Corpse debut. The lyrics are admittedly ambiguous as ChapelOfTorment said, and not preachy at all on "Beyond The Unknown." I'm not sure about the lyrics on Serpent Torment though.

That music is so vicious that they could be talking about homosex and it wouldn't really make a difference to me. This is truly the first Christian band that I can say I really enjoy, and not for the Christian nature either.

Check out this video for visual excellence:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP7H0wSfAgU&feature=related

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Metal / Happy Slayer Day
« on: June 06, 2010, 03:43:14 AM »
Brothers,

Let us celebrate Hessian culture. Twenty minutes pre-emptive. I love you all. No Homo. At all. Pumping fluids inside yoir brain pressure is cooking and pushing through your eyes.

The Predator
Cheers

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Metal / www.Metal-Archives.com
« on: June 05, 2010, 08:58:12 PM »
When the internet was not young, but myspace and wikipedia was, unless you possessed a discographical work from the Rockdetector A-Z series... there, in your easily excitable youth would exist catalogs still shrouded in ambiguous half-truths passed on by word of mouth, Odin only knows how people successfully collected the works of Sabbat, Agathocles, etc... who seriously knew what was a bootleg and what wasn't EVERYTIME?

Then www.Metal-Archives.com changed the game forever. A free online encyclopedia, which strictly adheres only to metal, and has been growing bigger since 2002. I remember that this website became such an accepted and crucial tool within the metal community that a friend once said to me, "If your band isn't on Metal-Archives, you don't exist"  and he said these words with all seriousness.

Negatives:

1) In some ways, it took the away the fun of the research and discovery in the days of yore.
2) It's been deified at this point -- a visual exemplar of herd mentality, as the reviews and percentile ratings have acted as a democratic "truth."

Positives:

1) Some local kvlt band from Illinois that existed for two years and released a legendary 7" is not that hard to find out about anymore.
2) A great place for information. Before every trip to the record store I check Metal-Archives and add things to my list, just to be safe (since I buy music in large sums with limited trips every year).

Rumors:

1) I heard their message board took the throne of the 'kings of faggotry' away from FMP.


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Metal / Groove Metal
« on: June 02, 2010, 05:28:10 PM »
Also known as Post-Thrash, and an 'almost' failed expansion of the Speed Metal genre, but not necessarily to the levels of Death Metal. Both the Groove and Death Metal genres seemed to have had their advent around the same time (albeit in smaller numbers in relation to the former), and unfortunately the former was popularized by one unspeakable lackluster act of which we all know of today.

Aside from them, I'd like to focus on the redeeming qualities of the alleged Groove-Metal genre. Exhorder being the prime example of how it's done correctly with their two seminal albums, and the later Cro-Mags "Alpha Omega" being another excellent example. Interestingly enough, in 2006 Jon "Bloodclot!" Joseph (Cro-Mags singer) started a pretty good Groove Metal band called "BLOODCLOT!" It reminds me of Alpha Omega but with more of an "Age of Quarrel" simplicity, and therefore I'm a sucker for it.

I'd like to start a discussion concerning the noteworthy bands of this genre (which for me it seems hard to track them down amongst the mess of idiot acts trying to copy you-know-who).

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Metal / DLA interrogates Wolves In The Throne Room.
« on: May 31, 2010, 10:46:16 PM »
Wolves in the Throne Room
Looking further into the bonds between black metal and naturalism, we ask a few questions of shoegaze/indie/emo/black metal hybrid band Wolves in the Throne Room, and get responses in full flower.

http://www.anus.com/metal/about/interviews/wolves_in_the_throne_room/

I fully understand that this is nothing new, though it's something I've yet to hear spoken about amongst the Hessian community here on DLA. Not WITTR, but the interview that Dark Legions Archives did with them. Some interesting questions that I think can spark some discussion on this matter:

1) Why was it done? - this is not an sarcastic question, I'm asking in all seriousness... was it because they were making a mark on the Black Metal community?

2) Black Metal/Drone/Shoegaze/Emo Hybrid- I've heard this term used at least three times in reference to the staff and their assessment of these guys. Is a sarcastic remark of their Celebrity Hot Tub technique? Or is it an honest definition of what is heard?

3) Does the staff enjoy these guys? Or is it merely their "green" ideology that is supported? I've heard nothing but sour lemons about these guys here.

4) What the fuck gives with WITTR attacking ANUS multiple times in their interview? They should consider themselves lucky to get interviewed by DLA, for whatever reason. Does being a Red-Anarchist mean that you have to ejaculate your opinion towards an empirical questioner regarding his/her background or the site they're interviewing for? I see no instances where the interviewer questions their opinion on ANUS or DLA, yet they make it a point to lead it back to that issue.

I seesaw with Drone Metal all of the time, wondering whether its good or bad, or maybe I'm just not listening to it properly... one thing I can tell about these guys is that I don't like they're attitude and opinions regarding the ideology of extreme Metal.

It's like listening to the apologist address a horde of maniacs, then watching them sulk home and assure each other that as long as Undergraduate programs exist, the world will be a happier, healthier, sexier place one day.

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Yes, I indeed love these guys on the following releases:

"...From The Pagan Vastlands" ('94)
"And The Forests Dream Eternally" ('94)
"Sventevith: Storming Near The Baltic" ('95)
"Grom" ('96)

Previous to but also including the experimentation on "Grom," old Behemoth played a form of Black Metal that excels in the area of "Heathendom" via the mediums of atmosphere, musical ability, Black Metal purity, creativity and an indisputable connection to their folkish past that is unseen in the genre of Pagan Metal today. It's done with finesse, integrity and power. It's uncompromising in regards to the "Symphonic" current, and yet deliberately pales their symphonic peers in their use of synth, acoustics, and folk-elements. Simply put, this is Metal that will make you "feel." Whereas the shame befalls their current musical pickle, their past-efforts are without a doubt praise worthy in all regards. The above listed are wonderful recommendations to all who haven't yet indulged in such.

Please enjoy this peek into the ancient majesty that was once called BEHEMOTH:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQTJeGnOXZo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvyVoQwzOmw&feature=related

Powerful, Beautiful, Significant.
 

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Interzone / Adventures in Trolling
« on: May 26, 2010, 05:06:19 PM »
This is priceless because it actually happened last night. Allow me to illustrate the setting for everyone: I was at a bar last night, drunk as all bloody hell. My friend had just moved back to town and we are all really excited about this considering he used to live much further north from us and had difficulty making appearances due to the distance. We here in the northeast gathered our Hessian brethren for this occasion.

I'm basically usurping the jukebox with Voivod and Anthrax all night when I retreat outside the establishment for a smoke.

Enter what I call the Pablo Picasso girl: She's wearing dated, adolescent clothes, but her presence there clearly informs me that she's 21+. UFO/JNCO jeans (you know, the ones that stretch over your shoes- typical Nu-Metal), a Cradle of Filth t-shirt way too big for her, a rosary beaded necklace around her neck, a terrible fiery-red dye job, and a false-punk mod-esque top hat.

If she didn't look like human-stew, she might have been attractive.

All the while I'm hoping she won't open her mouth, but sure enough she steps up to the plate and says: "Ah, so which one of you guys is the one playing all the awesome stuff?"

The Predator: Yeah, that would be me, I make the most money out of my friends to afford to hit the "play next" option. I'm rarely a big spender, but this occasion calls for a bit of decadency.

Picasso: Ah, so, why aren't you playing any Dimmu Borgir?

The Predator: Because I don't like Dimmu Borgir.

Picasso: It's ok, Black Metal just isn't for some people.

Note: I clearly have a Marduk painting on my jacket in her line of sight. However I choose not to say anything and shake it off. For me it's better to just Troll the ignorance and feed the fire of infoterrorism at this point.

The Predator: You know, that's an interesting cross-necklace you have on.

Note: She proceeds to tell me all about what the Rosary is, as if I'm clearly not Italian myself. This is when all of my friends enter into the smoking area.

The Predator: You know, historians are starting to speculate that the AIDS virus that we know today actually originated from Jesus of Nazareth.

Picasso: What the hell are you talking about?

The Predator: Well, there's an abundance of evidence that the AIDS explosion, that did originate in Africa, you know... Egypt, where the Jews emigrated out of in Exodus... is actually a long standing viral strain that began with Yeshuah the Nazarene.

Picasso: OMG...

The Predator: Yeah, apparently his family line beginning with him and Mary Magdalene... have you ever seen the DaVinci Code (?) (She nods yes)... carried the AIDS virus throughout generations.

Picasso: No, that can't be. My lord and savior would never do something like that, the AIDS virus kills, and the church brings life.

The Predator: Well, it has to do with the whole RAPTURE thing, you know, the process in which the chosen ones are taken to heaven earlier than expected so they can avoid the apocalypse and the torment from Satan when he conquers the planet.

Picasso: OMG...

Note: At this point all of my friends except for the one that moved back home are stunned, actually believing what I'm telling this girl.

The Predator: So yeah, apparently AIDS is kind of a good thing. Think of AIDS as a staple of Christianity and your love for Jesus. I mean think about it. AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease, so if you got it... Jesus kind of gave it to you metaphysically speaking.

Picasso: You know, I know a lot of great people that had and have AIDS, it's very sad because they are really the best people I know.

The Predator: That's what I'm saying... you're really in good with Jesus if you have AIDS. Maybe you should go out and get it.

Picasso: You know, I'd never TRY to go out and get AIDS, but if it did happen, I'd think it was a blessing from God.

The Predator: See that's what I'm saying!

Note: At this point all of my friends catch on to what I'm doing, retreating back into the bar trying to quell their laughing-riot that would ensue the moment they got back inside.

Picasso: Wow, I feel like my eyes have been opened.

The Predator: I'm glad I could give you the guidance you needed. If you get lucky and your love for Jesus is strong enough, I'm sure you'll get AIDS one day too.

THE END

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Metal / International Day of EXHORDER
« on: May 21, 2010, 05:56:43 PM »
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Death
Black ribbon sticker that appears on vehicles in honor of Dimebag Darrell.

On December 8, 2004, Abbott was shot onstage while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio.

The gunman was Nathan Gale,[5][13] who shot Abbott five times, including once in the head, killing him instantly. Gale then continued shooting, killing three others and wounding a further seven. Gale fired a total of fifteen shots, taking the time to reload once and remaining silent throughout the shooting.

Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, the band's head of security, was killed tackling Gale, as was Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk. Audience member Nathan Bray was killed while trying to perform CPR on Dimebag and Mayhem.[14] Damageplan drum technician, John "Kat" Brooks, was shot three times as he attempted to get the gun away from Gale, but was overpowered and taken hostage in a headlock position. Tour manager Chris Paluska was also injured.

Seven police officers came in the front entrance, led by Officer Rick Crum, and moved toward the stage. Officer James D. Niggemeyer came in through the back door, behind the stage. Gale only saw the officers in front of the stage; he never saw Officer Niggemeyer who was armed with a 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun. He approached Gale from the opposite side of the stage to avoid hitting the hostage and fired a single shot, striking Gale in the face with eight of the nine buckshot pellets. Gale was found to have 35 rounds of ammunition remaining.

Nurse and audience member Mindy Reece, 32, went to the aid of Abbott and she and another fan administered CPR until paramedics arrived, but were unable to revive him.

In May 2005, Officer Niggemeyer testified before the Franklin County grand jury, which is routine procedure in Franklin County after a police shooting. The grand jury did not indict Niggemeyer, finding that his actions were justified. Niggemeyer received a commendation from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for his outstanding police work in time of crisis as well as the National Rifle Association award as 2005 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The five other officers that were first on the scene received Ohio distinguished law enforcement medals for their efforts. In 2006 James Niggemeyer penned the foreword to a book written about the event A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa.

Early theories of motive suggested that Gale may have turned to violence in response to the breakup of ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?, or the public dispute between Abbott and ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? singer Phil Anselmo, but these were later ruled out by investigators.[15] Another theory was that Gale believed Abbott had stolen a song that he had written.[16] In the book, A Vulgar Display Of Power, several of Gale's personal writings, given to the author by his mother, suggest that the gunman was not angry about ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?'s breakup or about a belief that ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? had "stolen songs;" instead, the documents suggest that Gale's paranoid schizophrenia caused delusions that the band could read his mind, and that they were "stealing" his thoughts and laughing at him.

Abbott's grave is located at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas. He is buried alongside his mother. He was buried with Eddie Van Halen's Charvel Hybrid VH2 - a black and yellow Frankenstrat guitar, also known as "Bumblebee," that was pictured with Van Halen on the cover of the album Van Halen II. Dimebag had asked for one of these guitars in 2004, shortly before he was shot. Edward Van Halen originally agreed to make Darrell a copy of the guitar, but upon hearing of Abbott's death, decided to place the actual guitar in his casket. He was buried in a KISS Kasket.

JUST good riffs don't cut a Hessian award-winning sound, like EXHORDER did. One of the most bone-crushing bands to ever exist, and it's a shame that few people have actually "heard" them before. Those who are familiar with EXHORDER know that ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? is a dumbed-down, stripped-clean-of-any-integrity version of the mighty EXHORDER.

On the advent of DD's death, I suggest we as Hessians celebrate a second holiday with a similar purpose: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EXHORDER, in which we play EXHORDER as much as humanly possible, therefore allowing ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?'s musical plagarism to be brought into the daylight and seen for what it actually is.

Fuck ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?, Hail EXHORDER


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Metal / Hessian Cultural Accesories
« on: May 12, 2010, 02:00:11 AM »
It's obvious to most Hessians that aside from primary focuses (Metal, Work, Success, Productivity = Essentials), there are other less important elements that seem to be recurrent across the Hessian-cultural spectrum that it's impossible to write them off as uncommon interests. Here's a short list of things that I've observed, but do not demonstrate (not all of them anyway).

Study of the Classics + Ancient Cultures
Heathenism
Horror Films
Alcohol and Weed
Video Games + Gaming in General
Occultism
A fascination with the 70's and the 80's as well as their media outlets (Vinyl, Cassette tapes and anything with Bill Murry)
90's adolescent television (Like Nicolodeon: Legends of the Hidden Temple or Salute Your Shorts)
A pardon for early rap music
Professional Wrestling (the more extremethe better like ECW or Japanese Shock-Entertainment matches).
Comic Books
Lord of The Rings
H.P. Lovecraft
Robert E. Howard
Star Wars (here's one of my major deviations... I'm  a Star Trek fan)
Transformers before the second popularity explosion
Guns + weaponry
Skateboarding + Extreme Sports (remember the ANUS-member who was an extreme unicycler an an extreme Ildjarn fan as well?)
Technological gizmos
Techno Music (it's true, I hate the shit, but I know alot of Hessians who are closet techno-fans)

Of course this is not everything, nor does it illustrate a profile for any one Hessian,but these are things that I see are MOST recurrent.  Notice how a lot of them deal with adolesence. Does that mean the common Metal fan refuses to grow up? Or is this a clear declaration of adulthood/seniority (IE: "This what my chidhood and it is over, I will not accept anything recent")?

Sometimes I feel guilty for some of these things, which aside from guns + weaponry, drugs and studies of Ancient Cultures... nearly everything else is a medium of FANTASY. Do you think that metal fans are prone to these interests due to the fantastical nature of Metal? I'd like to get to the bottom of this, in that those metal fans coming of age know what to discard and what not to, since the above list is a nearly unrealistic stereotype. Escapism though may be half of the magic to the equation of why Hessian culture's grip is so strong upon our lives (which is not a bad thing at all).

Please, share your thoughts on the how, the why and what can be done.

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Metal / SINISTER and Percussive Death Metal
« on: May 11, 2010, 04:38:45 AM »
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Percussive death metal
Derived from the slamming, explosive street-level speed metal of Exodus or Exhorder, percussive death metal evolved from the New York Death Metal and Tampa Death Metal sounds to become a generic style of impact-oriented, explosive muffled strum death metal.
Suffocation
Acerbus
Cryptopsy
Deeds of Flesh
Gutted
Kataklysm
Pyrexia
Sinister - "Hate" is mastery of this style.

http://www.anus.com/metal/about/styles.html#sounds5b

This struck me completely off guard because INFINITED HATE from Holland has become my new obsession with their sophmore effort entited "Heaven Termination." With them being ex-members of SINISTER, whom I have never listened to before, I am now totally interested in these guys after seeing this little tidbit on the site. Reading the DLA review of the album "Hate," I was utterly stunned:

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What further propels this album is the cumulative stress and lust for release contributed by the intensity with which themes become inexorable, dominant and terrifying the perception common to metal of a world coming apart in thunderous disharmony. In the same way that Deicide albums would knead their listeners into their chairs or straightjackets, the later works of Sinister beat on any hope of sonic equilibrium with a capricious and beautifully abstracted violence. Given a chance, this band took a risk and made a far-reaching statement received gratefully by headbangers worldwide.

http://www.anus.com/metal/sinister.html

Exactly how critical is this album? I've always held Cryptopsy's "Blasphemy..." as the paramount of this style but I guess I was dead wrong. Please discuss this band while the anticipation for the album builds as it travels to my house via mail, I would certainly like to know more about them and how they truly impacted the Death Metal world.

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Interzone / Qabalah
« on: May 09, 2010, 04:17:24 PM »
Clearly, the richest form of western mysticism. An interdisciplinary spiritual yoga synthesized to be digested by a person of any faith (including atheists- with the more modern Israel Regardie understanding). Our culture borrows from the Qabalah in many ways, from field practitioner symbols, virtually EVERYWHERE in Black Metal,  just about all forms of new age religion and derivatives of high magick descend directly from the Hermetic Qabalah (Thelema, Discordianism, Gardnerian Wicca, Chaos Magic), fictional names and concepts in countless novels and film are continuously referring back to the Qabalah for a narrative frame.

Does this mean we as humans are somehow significantly attracted to the Qabalah in some way, be it spiritual OR for its organization and precision? In the latter case we may simply respect it. Think of how many famous inventors, writers, philosophers, etc... people of merit that were involved in Hermeticism. A fact that cannot be denied is that there is a correlation between the industrious mind and the Qabalah.

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Metal / Birth A.D.
« on: April 28, 2010, 11:51:10 PM »
I know there's *probably* going to be partiality here because of the Averse Sefira connection, but I enjoy Birth A.D. far more than Averse Sefira. I just got my hands on a copy of "Stillbirth of a Nation" and I'm extremely pleased with it. Crossover thrash is a very sacred, symbol of Hessiandom in my eyes and these guys have simply laid waste to the bullshit false-thrash that has been popping up like an infectious disease.

With this being said, Birth A.D. represents something awesome in the metal world right now, which is legitimacy and integrity in a scene with neither of the two anywhere except in the older bands rehashing their old material on reunion tours. I would seriously recommend this slab of Metal/Hardcore Crossover to anyone even remotely interested in this type of stuff.

I understand the aging process is natural, but this album definitely revitalizes as sense of youthful aggression in me that I haven't felt in quite some time as new and fresh as it was when I first listened to D.R.I. 

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Metal / "Heavy" Metal
« on: April 21, 2010, 01:15:39 AM »
This absolutely merits a new thread methinks, considering this has nothing to do with Incantation

Catering to pathetic death metal fans en masse, and playing polished shit with an equally pathetic mainstream label. I figure, (considering the quality of the music and the scene they entertain), they're probably doing it for the money. Or out of sheer boredom. I know their music definitely portrays that feeling well.

A day ago I was privately musing on the "Heaviness" of Metal, or the lack there of traditionally seen in the vein of modern metal's anti-traditionalism so to speak. I think a few things need to be surfaced in order to truly strike up a discussion on what makes metal heavy.

In cargo #1 we have the populace who believes that heaviness stems from the following aspects:

- High Production value
- Polished sound
- Guitar chug/mute synchronized with double bass
- Fastness or slowness in pace
- Technicality

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1TbwtrNCjc&feature=related

THIS couldn't be further from the truth. If the above was a true definition of the "Heaviness" of Metal were true, then the the advent of the term "Heavy Metal" shouldn't make any sense. It should have remained as "Blues/Rock" or have some other name behind it, since the whole of the above criterion was alien to the idea of Heavy Metal as well as THAT chronological time period of the music/production industry.

Then there's cargo # 2, in which is Heaviness yields a different definition:

- Blues oriented music played in Neo-Classical fashion, in which the guitar, drums, bass and vocals act as one unit (a band) to create the narrative and the meaningful :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGWYJmnU77U&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YMXPBMr7No
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRKB7AAXKDE

When the "Band" acts counterintuitive to this and a single instrument or member is championed over all others, you have pop/rock music, which is not Metal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9AcG0glVu4

Where as the rest of the band degenerates into radio-friendly, happy background noise to support the star of the band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmQgP5ouZNo&feature=fvw

Blues and it's child Heavy Metal, played Neo-Classically on the other hand are far more challenging, the music is able to illustrate a HEAVY mood upon the listener, shedding the veil between this physical, material world and the great beyond. Does the world seem very real to you after hearing some previously unheard Heavy Metal? Think about the first time these albums were devoured:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WLPvzGgWs0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP2f5NIy9A8&feature=related

And when Metal isn't Heavy, it's not Metal anymore. Please, share thoughts on this matter.

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