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Metal / Re: Best death metal
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:56:34 PM »
Considerably better than the kind of lists mosts sites would have made. But too much pandering to the "hey it's somewhat obscure and therefore totally peerless!" crowd.

Metal / Re: Composition difficulties.
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:48:10 PM »
Rely on your intuition. Think less. Dial down the analytic side of your mind when creating (metal) music.

wEEman33 is absolutely right about immersion. This is partly why metal bands start to stagnate, it is hard to recreate the single minded wonderment of youth in the same degree as you age.

Metal / Re: Punk and metal don't mix
« on: April 28, 2012, 12:47:32 AM »
Hardcore punk was critically important in helping metal develop its own unique rhythmic language. Black/death/thrash would not be around today without the intensity that hardcore punk found.  

I think the path foreword for metal lies in abandoning this influence though. Take Burzum for instance, HLTO and Filosofem basically uses Kraftwerk style drumming to create a very unique rhythmic platform that brings to the forefront the cerebral instead of the visceral elements of the music.

Metal / Re: Raven's Bane
« on: April 26, 2012, 01:09:06 AM »
Profane Grace didn't grab me either. Raven's Bane however manages to convey a truly unsettling atmosphere without becoming cheesy. Alongside Lull and Lustmord it's some of the darkest ambient music out there. Sounds like crawling infinity.

Interzone / Re: Under 120s gone: better or worse?
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:25:39 PM »
This is cultural/civilization problem. Not a biological one.

The average IQ in ancient Greece was probably about 100-110ish. Yet we still revere the great works they produced. They had a civilization that was complimentary to genius. People had roles. This is exactly what our civilization needs.

« on: April 21, 2012, 02:14:24 AM »
Vikingligr Veldi: perfect album. One of the few metal albums that constantly unfolds with repeated listens, yet never truly reveals all of its inner magic.

As such its appeal is lost on many; there is no dominant mood, but a range of moods variantly saturated with sadness, ambition, youth, despair and a hopeful sense of structuralist pragmatism in service to an ideal based in belief in life and its darkness and light. No album more "beyond good and evil" has been so subtly stated however, and the progressive inspiration to gestate concept and project reason in the form of fantastic voyages into the subconscious desire for existence of all free spirits, while brilliantly executed and reasonable in musicianship, remains underappreciated for its contributions not to black metal but to metal as a whole in gesturing a compositional complexity which could in fairness be called symphonic.

Out of all ANUS reviews, I can't think of a statement that cuts closer to the gestalt of the music more so than this one.

Metal / Re: God Macabre - The Winterlong
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:48:26 PM »
The problem with Swedish death metal is that the Finns did it so much better.

I think you are mostly right, with the obvious exceptions of the debut albums of Dismembered, Therion, and At The Gates, which make up some of the high points of death metal. But still, pick a random Finnish band and a random Swedish band out of the hat and the Finnish band will probably be the more interesting one.

Swedish bands tend to voice melodies in a similar way more so then any scene. Even across genres you can still immediately recognize a Swedish band. I think this propensity is due to the Swedish personality, which puts a great emphasis on conformity. Scandinavians in general value “fitting in” but this is more pronounced in Sweden.

That “review” was mine btw, hence the copy-pasta. From revisiting The Winterlong I’ve come to appreciate the albums pacing and the thought put into the song placement. This makes it even more bittersweet because the music is so damn timid.

Metal / Re: Post-1995 metal doesn't suck anymore
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:09:03 AM »
Crimson Massacre - The Luster of Pandemonium

Fucking awful senseless music with metalcore-ish vocals to boot.

Metal / Re: New BEHERIT release?
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:59:58 AM »
Apparently this was a demo from the Engram sessions released in 2008.

Metal / God Macabre - The Winterlong
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:28:12 PM »
Yep, this is one of the many obscure bands from the early 90’s that have resurfaced thanks to the internet and partly to the “Swedish Death Metal” book by Daniel Ekeroth and now enjoys undeserved cult status. Nirvana 2002, Caducity, and Crypt of Kerberos are probably the more egregious examples though…

Structurally, everything here works. There is clear melodic development and all the riffs fit logically together. Each song effectively builds into a narrative, there is even an overall atmosphere conveyed that brings to mind images of drowning, or being abandonment in a blizzard, basically dying alone exposed to the indifference and harshness of nature.  But the riffs do not have any voice of their own, being textbook examples of Swedish death metal and early Amorphis. The songs convey a story, but the story is BORING because you’ve heard other people do a better job telling it.

Overall I get the impression that this was a band with a lot of potential, but who had too few of those “holy fuck!!” moments of inspiration.

Thoughts on God Macabre?

Metal / Re: Goreaphobia
« on: April 08, 2012, 01:46:12 AM »
to the detractors: listen to the song "Poltergeist Entrapment" a couple of times and let it sink in...the new stuff is basically just a cooler version of Bloodbath.

Metal / Re: New "Old School Death Metal"
« on: April 05, 2012, 07:36:06 PM »
Antediluvian really needs to return to the style of "Under Wing of Azazel". The last two were slightly disappointing.

Interzone / Re: Do any of you Hessians support Ron Paul?
« on: April 05, 2012, 12:21:16 AM »
Even up here in the cold northern wastelands of soviet Kanada I see Ron Paul bumper stickers now and again.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:10:48 PM »
You just can't make quality metal without youthful vigour (exceptions being Beherit/Graveland), but i'm still convinced that Varg may still have the ability to make decent ambient music. Unfortunately he has realized that metal albums sell more copies.

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