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Metal / What Metal is not
« on: May 11, 2010, 07:44:56 PM »
People interpret forms of music and their historical foundations differently. A traditional Hessian or Metalhead should be disturbed by some of the modern interpretations of Metal. Outsiders to the genre and new-school Metal people (nu-Metal, indie Metal, hipster Metal, Metalcore) have a distorted picture of what Metal music truly is. The following list corresponds to some misinterpretations of Metal and Metal culture that the aforementioned groups have.

What Metal is not
- An excuse to drop out of life or society
- A party
- The expression of thought of a specific ideology or school of thought

These are some of the alarming misinterpretations of Metal that can be observed in this age. The worst bands and their fans, and even some fans of bands that we would consider of a high standard, are charachterized by these inaccurate interpretations of Metal.

Looking at this list, we are pressed with the question, "What is Metal?". I will offer a few answers to this question.

What Metal is
- An expression of serious spiritual and philosophical thought
- In some cases, a form of ativism, in that it originates from reactivated ideas and genes
- In some cases, a response to, rather than an reaction against, Christianity and the state of modernity

EDIT: I'd also like to mention something else, which is that Metal is not a fashion statement. This flies in the face of the perceptions of people that get into Metal because they like wearing interesting t-shirts and jackets with patches on them. This is something that most of you probably know, but I'd like to point it out, because it is another alarming interpretation that some have of Metal.

Metal / We declare a war on shitty Metal
« on: September 30, 2009, 03:06:31 PM »
Modern Metal is faced with a problem of dysgenics, right now: way too many piss-poor Metal bands selling records and not enough recognition for the true leaders of our era (Averse Sefira, Antaeus, Summoning, and Graveland to name the few). Here are some possible strategies:

- encourage good Metal bands to not tour with shitty bands - it's all to common to see crap Metal and Metalcore bands on the same bills as good ones, these days
- lay the pressure on the bigger Metal labels (Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Earache)
- support quality Metal bands
- make your opinions known at concerts with mixed bills
- troll the shit of crappy Metal bands and their supporters

Metal / We are Hessians, not metalheads
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:12:40 PM »
Amidst the recent trend of Metal and Metalcore in popular culture, I think it is very important to make a distinction - I'm tempted to say 'draw a line in the sand' - between Metalheads and Hessians. The relationship between Metalheads and Hessians is analagous to that which exists between passive and active nihilists: whereas Metalheads have a tendency towards over-indulgence in crappy beer, tv and similar activities, Hessians live more active, productive lives. I do not mean to disparage Metalheads, as there are some good ones, but I would certainly say that Hessians represent the elite caste of  Metal culture.

Metal / Metal as a war-march
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:07:03 PM »
Wheras modern popular culture makes light of the depressive tedium of modernity, Heavy Metal directs the tension of this experience into a positive, transcendent burst of life. Metal is simulatenously war-like, spiritual, and positive: it reflects the cyclical order of nature and reminds us of the remnants of human culture that are intelligent and spirited. People foreign to Metal culture may not understand how Metal could be both war-like and positive, but we as Nihilists understand and recognize death and war as neccessary elements of the world-order, and draw strength from an outlook that transcends an earth-bound one.

Interzone / Flying the flag of Metal
« on: November 29, 2008, 10:34:46 PM »
The metal t-shirt represents an element of metal culture that is misunderstood by both outsider observers and metalheads themselves. To the outsider,
the metal t-shirt so often appears to be a fashion statement and an attempt to be extreme or shocking.

To the misguided or ill-informed metalhead, the band t-shirt is a way to scare civilian-types, and accordingly, is of little meaning beyond an aesthetic one.

To a true metalhead, wearing a band-shirt is something natural and organic: it is not a fashion statement or a social statement, it is a statement of one's heritage. Just as we fly the flag
or flags of our ancestors as a tribute to our heritage, we wear t-shirts with album covers and band logos out of dedication to our heritage as metalheads. The metal shirt has the effect
of binding our duty to the tradition of metal, and the secondary effect of reminiding others of our dispraportionate contribution to society - a reminder that that the guy who is pulling
his office floor's weight listens to Death and Black Metal, just as that thoughtful student, who isalways there to answer the questions his classmates (and possibly teachers) cannot, does.


From time to time, I will walk into a classroom or a business-place and be meet with odd, akward stares. "I wonder what that's about?", I ask myself. "Oh, yeah, the Immolation t-shirt."  I usually ignore the stares, and return to whatever it was that brought me there in the first place.These examples represent situations in which flying the flag of metal is, though not without controversy, a neccessary act.

As metalheads, we sometimes forget that there are situations in which flying the flag is not only unnessarily, but also quite thoughtless. I have compiled a short list of such situations here:

- when attending a funeral
-when presenting your master's thesis to the university
-when visiting a sick,elderly relative or friend, it might be wise to leave the "Pure Holocaust" t-shirt at home. (note: refferencing the lyrics to Death's "Pull the Plug" is similarly inappropriate)
- when meeting your girlfriend's highly religious parents
- when conducting church arson missions
- when appearing in court to dispute the charge that you tourched that chuch

Interzone / Eurasians in Metal
« on: January 29, 2008, 04:39:06 PM »
This thread is not an attempt to deny the Indo-European ancestry of a great majority of metal music, but rather a counterpoint to the simplistic, ignorant, and biggoted way in which many Caucasians conceive of metal, and a place for discussing the broader cultural framework of metal.

I remember there being a promo thread a while back for an African band called Crackdust on the news sub-forum. While some individuals questioned the legitimacy of metal as played by black people, the view that metal that is a naturalistic artform and one that can express any health, strong-minded world view of a culture was also aired (by admin, among others).

For many Caucasians, metal is one of the only artforms to exist in contemporary times that speaks to their true  heritage, cultures, and tradions. It speaks to a part of their spirit that has modernity has attempted to neutralize, with much success.

While most great metal is Indo-European in its message and design, there are enough people of mixed or non-white origin that have made very significant contributions to metal to make the 'metal=aryan"/"metal=white" type of thought laughable. A few examples:

Kirk Hammet
Alex Hernandez, ex-Immolation
Tom Arya  (tan John Travolta)
Dave Lombardo (though very white in phenotype,
                  which makes sense given his name)

Matt Olivio of Repulsion
Pete Sandoval

not to mention any of the great metal  Latin American has produced or the Balts/Slavs with mongol admixture who have also produced great etal as well  ...

Some people on this board have tried to downplay or put their own spin on the contributions made to  metal by mestizos. The good end of Slayer's body of work is attributed to the work of Jeff and Kerry (partly true) while Tom and Dave are described  as occupying postions that others could have similarly fufilled (suspect, if not false).

The way in which some have characterised Sepultura's ethnicity also reflects a flawed logic, though people seem much more quick to declare them white, perhaps so they can by association feel some sort of pride. While Max, Igor, Andreas (as well as their 1st guitaist), and Paulo to a lesser extent look predominantely Caucasoid in features, there is also a stong Brazilian element to their indentity and experience. To deny this would be an act of historical revisionism. In their "Under Seige" DVD, in short interview clips between songs, the band acknowleges both the European and Native American elements of their background. Igor is recalled as having gotten his start as a percussionist while playing in drum circles with street musicians in Brazil, Paulo is said to have been choosen for the band because of his cool Brazilian bass, and Andreas tells of the band being mistaken as European tourists by street thugs in Sao Paolo.

To keep things short, projecting your own culture on someone else is as indicative of insecurity as trying to claim someone else's culture as your own (chavs).

Interzone / Stratovarius
« on: October 19, 2007, 08:02:34 AM »
Power metal is rarely mentioned on the site and it makes sense given the strong. As a genre, it has legions upon legions of cookie-cutter, and even a lot of bands frequently cited as bests in power metal are little more than an updated form of a style which has existed for nearly 30 years).

Stratovarius is the one power metal band i can really sink my teeth into. Wheras most power metal is just a throwback to tradional 70's/80's metal, Stratovarius's music at its' sounds like a natural evolution of the traditonal metal sound. Their sound is both heavy - rhythm guitar has a strong presence - and beautifully melodic. The implimintation of neoclassical technique is very well done: the band recall all the mastery and grandeur of the baroque, and pull off some truly astounding guitar and keyboard solos, all without
reducing the songs to cheese as is often the case with power metal (and solos in general). The classical influence goes beyond a simple aesthetic one, informing a sound that brings to mind a more heavy,classically-rooted Maiden, with the same great story-telling/narrative power.

Any hessian looking for some beautifully heavy metal to listen to should check out Stratovarius, starting with Fourth Dimension, Episode and Visions.

Metal / Project: GUITAR TABS
« on: February 24, 2007, 07:45:31 AM »
I'm in the process of archiving some TABS for a sub-site to go under DLA. I'd like to focus on some songs that aren't tabbed yet or are in short supply, such as Demilich tabs. Some other artists/songs that I would like to tab:
       Entombed - Bitter Loss
       Morbid Angel
... many others too, not neccessarily limited to metal and not limited to tabs either. Like to get some analysis, theory related stuff up, as well.

If you are guitarist/musician who is interested in this project, just drop me an IM.