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Metal / Re: Literary influences on metal
« on: April 09, 2010, 05:12:29 PM »
I think this thread's topic is vital for true appreciation of metal in general; for if you are not interested in literature before you listen to metal, you will be after being throughout engrossed in it. Someone once said that Metal is akin  to very ancient techniques of communicating history, lore and the like. Bards would sing entertaining songs which included references to cosmology and pantheons of their indigenous culture. Skaldic poetry, especially the ones recorded in the Poetic Eddas are entertaining pieces that consistently refer to culturally important tidbits which are often footnoted at the bottom of the page. If you imagine hearing these epic songs by a campfire, able to speak that language fluently, those references unknown to you will probably be researched in some way after the song on your free time so long as the poem inspired you enough to look further into those meanings.

Practically apply that system to your memories of being a teenager listening to Morbid Angel. Who or what the fuck is Tiamat, Kuthulu, The Sea of Absu and so on? Ia Sakkakh Ia Shaxul Ia Kingu Ia Azathoth? Azazel lend to me your wings of twelve?

Or maybe early Enslaved, a personal favorite: Draw sword and fight with wargod WOTAN? What happened in the year 793... what was so important that they wrote such a powerful song around that concept? Such an eerie track as Yggdrasil, or the dark folklorish atmopshere of Life beneath the Hammer - what are they singing about when they say things like Thor reigns his golden arrows upon us?

These are ancient techniques that even predate literature itself, since literature is written... and the concept of entertainment used for cultural awareness is still pretty much going strong... but the strongest prevalence of this is in METAL. The song was the first form of literature you could say, or pre-literature.

As for the written ideas, I see different parallels between different types of metal.

N5BM, especially the newer bands remind me of reading La Morte D'arthur.
Raw, Darkthrone-Craft type of Black Metal reminds me of Poe and Shelley
Brutal Death Metal reminds me of Byron
Pagan Metal is like reading the Eddas
Drone/Doom/Black/Indie/Shoegazing/Emo is Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft and the ambiguity of Virginia Woolf
The early works of Absurd remind me of reading hard boiled detective novels like Farwell, My Lovely or Devil in a Blue Dress (ironic for the latter right?)
Doom Metal always reminds me of Lovecraft.
Old Behemoth remind me of W.B. Yeats a lot and I don't know why.
New Behemoth reminds me of Marvel Comics.
Emperor reminds me of Renaissance literature, especially with the whole courtly hierarchical systems, rather long sonnets and the woodcuts for the literature and such.
That's all I can think of right now though.

Metal / Re: From the Dept. of Things That Make No Sense: RABM
« on: April 09, 2010, 10:19:05 AM »
My gut tells me that RABM will never become a legitimate subgenre as N5BM has. There's a much lower count of metal veterans in that genre to ever be recognized by the core community as a real entity; some people may not like N5BM, but they recognize that it's an actual, lasting phenomenon that isn't going to go away anytime soon. I'm not saying that these are my opinions on how I feel about them, it's just a simple observation.

I glanced at the RABM forums once and there was a discussion about Mystifier and most people didn't even know who they were. One commenter said something along the lines of "Oh if they're a good band I'm surprised I've never heard of them" with that pinko commie swagger of his. I can envision them continuing their genre somewhere in the cascade mountain range as they've been doing, educating people with an alternative history about Black Metal, strongly wedding it's lineage with an exaggerated connection to Crust Punk and eventually dying out because they just come off like losers.

Now I've listened to Panopticon and I like one song on his myspace, but that's about it. Wolves in the Throne room is another band that has a good song, but the rest of the album seems pointless (Two Hunters: Vastness and Sorrow - funny enough this is the song I found that Prozak used to describe them on his genre's page). That's about as far as I'm going to go into the whole thing because the entire idea just bugs me out a little bit (ie: "Things that make no sense").

Another observation: a lot of these RABM/Cascadian Black Metal bands are using the style of "Ambient" Black Metal as what I can see to be a crutch, probably because they don't know how to play their instruments and this is an easy way out of getting big, getting laid, becoming influential and communicating their ideas to people as authority figures  etc...

These new RABM/Cascadian bands make me miss the sound of bands like Dissection, Sacramentum, old Marduk, Necrophobic etc... probably the most.  The caliber of those bands always made me feel like Black Metal was a musical genre to be reckoned with.

I'm not too worried about these tidings. Hipsters will move on sooner or later because they are leeches and parasites by nature, and its noteworthy to mention that Crust Punks have a very short life expectancy.

Metal / Re: UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US black metal movie
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:06:08 PM »
i personally think making a movie about black metal is like making a rubber duck about architecture.  it doesn't work.  especially with these Norwegian goofballs from 20 years ago, most of them are either clueless from alcohol/drug dementia or so high on themselves that they couldn't clearly communicate their motivations for making the music they made a generation ago.  i've seen fenriz on camera before, he's like Beavis and Butthead after 30 years of daily weed smoking, quite disheartening.

I like these words very much. I've tried to figure out for some time now what separated the hypnotic, life-engulfing aspects of the old Norwegian bands and I think this is a stepping stone into a personal theory of mine. Albeit this has probably been said a thousand times before, and will be said a thousand times to come. Black Sabbath was ruined the first time (and for me the only time), by booze and broads, and they even admit this. Things like drugs, women, sex, friends, popularity and such in my opinion all lead towards this communal lifestyle that sedates and dulls and the creative mind. Maybe it's because the satisfaction with life replaces the drive to concentrate happiness into productivity. When that's relocated into these disposable civil meetings and indulgences, the artist is gone and specifically the Norwegian Black Metal collective cannot rely on it's infamy alone. A retard can tell the difference between the passionate and magical days of Darkthrone and their newer, routine album-a-year Darkthrone.

Maybe it was because they were younger, poorer and actually focused enough to allow the tasteful mind to work properly. Then again sometimes I wonder about that last statement because they were literally creating tastefulness in regards to Black Metal. I think though that the biggest difference is that people respected that in completely humorless way back then, opposed to the frugality applied to ideology and aesthetics that we see nowadays. A practical example of this is when a hipster says, "Who are you to say what Black Metal is or isn't?"

I see a definition of "true" Black Metal as something that engages me in the following ways:

1) Musically (Hendrik Mobus said it best with the "Impress first, then influence)
2) Ideologically (when artwork can help evolve, reinforce or even change my way of thinking to any degree I can appreciate it's role in my life and value its presence to continually surround myself with its value)
3) Aesthetically (this is the stage in which I feel the artist and the fan truly communicate with each other across physical boarders, and as gay as it sounds, something like In The Nightside Eclipse or Vikingligr Veldi can never... EVER be compared to those bands' newer Black Metal releases in terms of value and ability to be transformative in regards to the human psyche.

These guys have already proved to me that Black Metal "artists" become sterile and fruitless when they engage in all of these mind-baking activities.

Metal / Re: Refreshing Classical Albums
« on: April 05, 2010, 01:23:18 PM »
I love Felix Mendelssohn's work. Most powerful among his stuff is definitely  his Violin Concerto in E minor and the Italian Symphony's fourth movement called Saltarello Presto. This last work easily achieves what most metal bands desperately strive for. A good performance of this follows below if anyone is interested.


Interzone / More Blockbuster locations close w/ unrealistic sales
« on: April 05, 2010, 12:38:16 PM »
"Blockbuster plans for its total 2009 store closures to amount to 580 to 685 stores and for 2010, the retailer expects another 230 to 275 store will close. The retailer is avoiding lease termination costs, as many of the stores will close as leases naturally expire. In its January 2009 annual report, Blockbuster said it had 4,585 U.S. stores, so it has already closed 229 this year. During 2008, it closed 270 U.S. stores and during 2007, it closed 339 U.S. stores."


There's more information on the article. What prompted this post is that last night I had found myself in a Blockbuster location on the verge of closing. From wall to wall are DVDs priced as low as $3.99. Most of the ones that fall into that price range are old Horror and Sci-Fi films. I'd say it's a pretty good investment if you haven't converted to a Blue-ray player yet. I for one made out like a bandit including a copy of the Beastmaster with a 14 page booklet outlining this history of the film and the original film poster. So it must be getting to an alltime impossibility for these guys to peddle out these films with piracy, netflicks, redbox and on demand if they're basically giving these films away for practically nothing along with a number of collectible goodies in certain packages.

I wasn't aware of a new album (that's because I live in a hole), but I was excited to see what the three of them would come up with for new material. I assume Pete Sandoval at least wrote some of the drums parts for the new songs?

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