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Metal / Re: Creed of Iron or Prawo Stali ?
« on: July 10, 2011, 12:54:51 PM »
For new Graveland, I enjoy Tribute to the King of Aquilonia, Cold Winter Blades, Spears of Heaven, Memory and Destiny, Blood of  Heroes, Raise your Sword, and Immortal Pride. 

I really love the calm, peaceful, reflective atmosphere with very little darkness.  Uplifting.  Has anyone other than Graveland and Bathory succeeded at this?  Summoning comes close but ultimately fails.

Metal / Re: Creed of Iron or Prawo Stali ?
« on: July 09, 2011, 07:42:15 PM »
I do not like either version much.

Metal / Creed of Iron or Prawo Stali ?
« on: July 09, 2011, 07:30:10 PM »
Which version do you like best?  Polish or english?

Metal / Re: Summoning and Kalona
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:09:32 PM »
For ambient, be sure to listen to at least a few Graveland albums and Lord Wind's Atlantean Monument . 

a few of my favorites:


If you like Burzum, I would try Demo II.  Demo II has no vocals and a very nice low quality sound to it, which for me creates a different atmosphere from the final version of these songs.

Since you like Summoning, I would listen to a few other bands from the members of Summoning.  Sometimes you connect more with the style of the individuals rather than the subgenre it is classified as.  So try Abigor's Nachthymnen.  And if you are bored, you could try Die Verbannten Kinder Evas or Ice Ages, but these are not of the highest quality.

Metal / Re: Reinkaos
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:36:15 PM »
I have not yet listened to the entire album .  Just a few songs on youtube.  My understanding is that it is a death metal album, and I am far from an expert on death metal.  The Red in the Sky is Ours is the only death metal album that I have enjoyed so far, and I have listented to all of the anus.com top 10.

Dissection is a fairly well known band.  I was surprised to find no mention of Reinkaos when I searched anus.com.  Seems that good or bad it should be discussion worthy.  The man produced two top quality black metal albums, had a face tattoo, accessorized a murder, and made a ceremonial suicide...

Metal / Reinkaos
« on: March 16, 2011, 05:47:33 PM »
any thoughts about this Dissection album?

Metal / Re: Bands that you want to see reviewed by DLA
« on: August 23, 2010, 06:32:20 PM »
 Later Graveland is surely important but at this point just listen to Lord Wind, as it's the best expression of the ideas he's kicked around since FTVB.


For me, the ambient segments of this song create more atmosphere than any of the Lord Wind works, and on this album he has seamlessly fused  this ambient sound with metal for the first time.

It feels very peaceful and reflective while listening.  Yet it leaves an aftertaste (which feels unexpected) of thirst for war and discontent with the modern world.   Perhaps it represents the interlude between battles.

Metal / Re: Bands that you want to see reviewed by DLA
« on: August 22, 2010, 09:16:54 AM »
Blut Aus Nord: (Black Metal).  TWWTG is by far the best industrial black metal album that I have heard.  Much of their other work is excellent as well.

Vlad Tepes: (Black Metal). March to the Black Holocaust. 

Graveland: The newer albums need reviews.  Cold Winter Blades is Gravelands best since Following the Voice of Blood.

Interzone / Re: Is music a perversion?
« on: June 13, 2010, 06:12:30 AM »
I am suspicious that the almost universal embracement of music is due to the weakness of human logic.
It seems many agree with the following:

1.   It is desirable to embrace reality.
2.   Music is an escape.  A fantasy.

It would follow that music is undersirable, but it seems that this is a conclusion that we are afraid to reach and hence we see all sorts of excuses and philosophical bullshiting.
I could argue against the validity of most of these excuses, but the real  issue is “why are we making excuses to validate this thing which we do because it feels good?”

I think that distancing metal from mainstream music is of questionable validity (as in the “Best Description of Popular Music” thread).   If it were about communication and learning, would we listen to the same albums 10,000 times?  If it were not for the, “it feels good” effect, would you really listen over and over again despite that fact that 99.9% of the communication and learning has already taken place and been processed?   At this point all we get is an emotional clutch that does not really contribute toward understanding or long term productivity and we would be better off if we weaned ourselves off of it.   

Anyone want to join the experiment of abstinence from deliberate musical escape? 

Interzone / Is music a perversion?
« on: June 10, 2010, 03:04:42 AM »
I want to live in reality.  More specifically, in a community which is a shared reality.

I find it concerning that today everyone is living in their own little world isolated from reality.   This seems to be a common concern, often exemplified by objections to psychopharmacology.

Yet, we are already living in our own little worlds.  Like the Amber Lamps girl, we escape from reality into the atmosphere of music.  Even when away from the headphones, we often have a tune in our head which is our focus rather than the natural sound of our surroundings.

I have always had a feeling that music was something shameful.  Like masturbation, a purposeful deception of one’s senses.  Considering this, I never listened to much music until a year or so ago when I decided to finally give Burzum a chance after years of reading praise of Varg at The Nordish Portal and Skadi fora.  I have been listening to Burzum, Mayhem, Graveland, Blut Aus  Nord, Vlad Tepes, and Mutiilation for hours per day since then.  Looking back, I have definitely escaped into the world of music, and the sound of my environment has become an annoyance.  Natural environmental sounds, which should have a pleasant “musical” quality, leave me unaffected as they are less  musical than music.

I am going to try giving up music for a year to see how my perception changes.  Obviously I cannot completely escape it, but by no longer seeking out music, it will become just another environmental sound.  This will solve the shared environment concern, and probably also to a large degree the escape concern as I will no longer be using it as a mental clutch.

Perhaps music has a place as art or an aid to communication, but I feel that music is definitely being consumed in excess.   Just because it has been around since the beginning of recorded history does not mean that it is necessary or desirable.  What do you think?

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