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Interzone / Quitting Smoking
« on: July 08, 2012, 01:01:43 PM »
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?

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Metal / Re: Das Perfekte Album
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:53:46 PM »
A friend once said to me: "I don't think Pantera ever had a style, they just wanted to play."

I always knew there was something of value in that statement. Inquisition is much like Burzum rather than Pantera, in that Burzum is one of the best examples in metal of completely lacking a "style" or condensing your career into a predictable format. Inquisition plays out very much the same way. This is something I love about them in that they're diverse and there's variety in the music. Definitely one of the, if not the best concurrent act playing today.

I hope www.deathmetal.org will endorse them.

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Interzone / Re: Earth Liberation Front website...
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:12:23 PM »
The magazines are definitely great reading material. When I first subscribed, I lol'ed myself to see that they look and feel like they've been printed on five-times-recycled paper. Also, in the "poetry" section of the publications, most if not all of the poems read like they're written by Black Metal fans.

Recently I moved into an area where the incoming revenue is contingent with the biospheric conditions (so basically, rural Vinland). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that environmentalism is a given in these areas, sometimes being absorbed into the protestant folk-christianity of the area. Unfortunately there are downsides to that. Like the militant nature of the Christian population and their evangelistic tendencies. Nearly 90% of the community activities involve the church is some way, shape or form.

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Interzone / Re: Earth Liberation Front website...
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:53:17 AM »
http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/

This is probably the closest thing to a legit updating system you'll find, and it's best to order the issues for full updates. ELF began as a radical arm of Earth First!, and whereas today it bares a phantom semblance to it's origin, only the seriously extreme and criminal acts arise under the ELF banner, which operate in cells with free hiving claim... so anyone can be ELF, at any time. However, as a serious and mature advocate for environmentalism I would strongly suggest that your efforts are put towards the LEGAL involvements of Earth First! and other organizations that encourage legal acts of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience.

The goal of environmentalism is for it to become mainstream, and followed through as serious standard. In our world a violent eco-mafia does nothing. That kind of approach is impractical and will never be accepted. It's best to encourage the owners of such items, businesses and such to abandon their destructive habits. Make the revolution happen ideologically from within.


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Surprisingly I listened to the Full-Length on repeat about six times yesterday. There's a really cool divide between the Black Metal and the ambient examples that comprise the CD. Definitely adept in both styles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaLqqOqji2Q&feature=relmfu

My full support to these guys, as this is the most motivating stuff I've heard in such a long time. I'd like to see more from this outfit, and apparently there's a new album and preorders are being taken.

http://www.gsr666.com/

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfCMzlyJ5XU&feature=relmfu

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Metal / Re: Symphonic Extreme Metallers Riul Doamnei post new video
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:45:29 PM »
This is definitely not a band for this community. I think there's some promise for the mainstream audience though. Complete with the collision of sacred and decrepit imagery, sleek production and Dimmu Borgir worship this band has a "winning formula" circa 1998-2004 written all over it.

I had to listen to it at low volume, but from what I could derive from the music, I think that more focus on a particular idea for each song would be better, rather than the salad of styles coming into one. Also, I think a focus on the monastic imagery would yield to be more visually stunning than your typical holy sludge look that's been done over, and over, and over, and over...

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Metal / Re: Ildjarn - Hardangervidda
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:04:20 PM »
Hardangervidda hits me in that way that most ambient albums fail to do. I think it's because of Vidar's rooting in the aesthetic and the symbolic via Black Metal that translates into his keyboard work. Also, I prefer the midi-Sound, whereas these days I've heard people complaining about it left and right. There's something of the fantastical about the tone of the midi, that reminds me of the 80's, of childhood and maybe video games that dealt with fantasy topics. I'd like to hear a return to this angle of keyboard players.

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Metal / Das Perfekte Album
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:57:30 PM »
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?

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Metal / Re: How to survive as an antisocial metalhead
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:00:03 PM »
I feel no need in impressing others with hessian culture. I'm glad that your average low IQ metalhead has no clue about real music. I'm happy with gaining pleasure from Burzum/Darkthrone and I really don't care if it spreads out into the "real world".

There's no way to spread out into the rest of society without being dragged down to the mediocrity of modern culture. As all culture is subjective and one day will disappear... I only care about discovering better music and sharing it with those who actually care.

I don't think it's necessarily about impressing others, but rather the demanding of an avenue to exercise the interests that capture our imagination and stimulate our minds; be that immediate and microcosmic or broad based and macrocosmic. The other day I had 9 cops surround me in a public because some local called in a suspicious character taking a particular interest in the surroundings (I was working, literally my 8-12 hr/day job). Dressed casually, with my ID badge clearly hanging from around my neck, literally the only reason this was happening was because of long hair and a beard. Even after presenting the proper credentials, and an explanation in well beyond proper speech, my bosses were made to arrive on site with further credentials and explain my professional objective. Neither did I receive an apology nor was the company compensated for time lost. Given the less progressive thinker, my position would have been compromised and considered a liability due to my physical appearance. Handling with frugality the career of a Hessian is a very serious (dangerous) matter, and the pertinence of the Hessian culture's ability to proliferate today is of the highest of goals. Certain liberties will, if they aren't currently, be reliant on this future goal.

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Metal / Re: New BEHERIT release?
« on: June 14, 2012, 08:41:55 PM »
This EP was superb, though I felt there were more qualities that it shared with Drawing Down the Moon rather than Engram, despite the obvious song it shares. Even though the track Celebrate the Dead was radically experimental, I don't think that was any new territory for Beherit to be covering. DDTM was in itself an experimental sephira of trippy mysticism.

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Metal / Re: Hipster Metal
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:39:18 PM »
Hipster/Indie Metal is still better and more innovative than your average run of the mill melodic black or melodic death.

I'd rather listen to WITTR and Leviathan than Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth. (And you're 100 times more likely to find the later than the former at a mall/walmart.

Whereas the word here is lacking, the spirit is not; I understand your stance. There is a distinct involvement with the "artistry" of making and listening to underground music, and this is where hipsters involved in Black Metal get it right. The popularity of the sound however hives and hives and suddenly there's a groupthink of alien presence everywhere and metal-culture potentially shifts into a drastically unknown form. I think that's the main problem that most Hessians foresee happening. Something akin to the Cradle of Filth/ Dimmu Borgir phenomenon and the worldwide boycott seen during their popularity heights. Thankfully the hipster wave of BM is dying slowly. I'll be more content when the indie presence is no longer a commonality of east-coast America. In that way it will exist as a fragment of nearly forgotten history, like the plethora of strange and backwards mystery cults that arose in Rome. Thus they could be appreciated ONLY for their identity as a simple semi-failed exercise in the blending of colors.

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Metal / Re: Indie Metal
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:33:49 AM »
Today I heard this band Ash Borer that wasn't too bad. When the songs were clearly Black Metal, it was engaging at least. Other people (with bad frames of reference) have been making a big stink about them for ages, and it seems like they're a higher caliber of hipsterdom or best case scenario they're on a very fine line between which side of the fence they want to fall on.

But I did like it for what it was, when it was good.

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Audiofile / Borknagar
« on: May 26, 2012, 05:00:01 AM »

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Audiofile / Re: Satyricon / Storm
« on: May 26, 2012, 04:49:32 AM »
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