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Metal / Re: Revisionist History.
« on: November 15, 2006, 01:56:25 AM »
Anni, all of the things you mention are not the exclusive province of Venom - in fact, the vocal style and rhythmic patterns one finds on the early Venom releases are pretty patently cribbed from Motorhead - and it's pretty obvious given the chronology (Slayer's early style was already coalescing before Black Metal was widely available in the US) that Motorhead, not Venom, were the big influence on the early US speed metal bands.

Metal / Re: Tritones
« on: November 13, 2006, 01:20:16 AM »
I think the penatonic scale is very interesting.  I love it in relation with Enka music, but you probably find that boring as well.

It's certainly more interesting than most of the popular music to emerge from Japan.  Some of it is truly haunting.

Metal / Re: Classical/metal and rock are different worlds
« on: November 09, 2006, 01:05:47 AM »
It's always good to be reminded that the world is not only full of morons - but the morons occupy positions of trust.

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 07, 2006, 08:31:17 PM »

And you still don't need religion for this!


Based on the purpose most of the world's greatest edifices, it sure seems to help.

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 07, 2006, 04:13:21 PM »
The power of myth lies in its beauty, and this has a value all its own.

And really, what drives home the reality of evolution better: reading Darwin or watching 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 07, 2006, 03:14:28 AM »

The idea that all religions and ethics can be cast aside in one fell sweep is preposterous. Certains values are vital and heathly, others are stangent and destructive.

But they do need to be re-evaluated.

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 05, 2006, 10:29:37 PM »

Yep, so that means it is just as valid as some mystic smoking peyote to divine information about the world.

No, it doesn't.  It just means that the process isn't of a radically different nature - the validity lies in the different outcomes.

Metal / Re: Criticism of this Metal Site
« on: November 05, 2006, 09:23:31 PM »
As usual, the anti-DLA criticism boils down to three major strands:

1. Oh, they don't like the same bands I do.

2. They expect metal to serve some purpose beyond a background for beer swilling.

3. I am an intellectual midget who is intimidated by 'big words.'

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 05, 2006, 09:20:15 PM »

Science is a the attainment of knowledge through empiricism and experimentation.   It maybe a human "invention" in terms of it being an abstract concept, but it has bearing to the world outside of the human mind.

How so?  It's ultimate purpose is the attainment of knowledge, something that exists only in the human mind.

Metal / Re: Tolerance and science
« on: November 05, 2006, 09:08:48 PM »

Religion and Ethics are human inventions and have no bearing on reality beyond the human mind.

So is science.  Your point?

Metal / Re: Can improvised music ever match pre-written mu
« on: November 05, 2006, 08:05:22 PM »
Jazz style improvisation - basically, the jam session - isn't conducive to making meaningful music.  It's basically an exercise in muscle memory.

Improvisation built around a concept, on the other hand (as was common in much Baroque composition, for instance) is something else entirely.

Metal / Celtic Frost Show Review (Charlotte, NC 10/31/06)
« on: November 05, 2006, 03:09:31 AM »
Halloween night was a real treat for me.  It isn’t often that living legends grace the buckle of the Bible Belt with their presence, so when my girlfriend and I heard that Celtic Frost would be appearing Samhain night at Charlotte’s Tremont Music Hall, we fell over ourselves in our rush to snap up a couple of tickets.

The first band was scheduled to hit the stage at 8, but as this band was Intethod - ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME? clone, retarded, black bassist, Mk I – I arranged for a fashionably late arrival.  We entered the club a couple of songs into national opener Goatwhore’s set, but this timing would prove to be something of a disappointment.  If only I had lingered over dinner a little longer, I could have spared myself the irritation of listening to this band altogether.  Goatwhore’s fans and press releases tout them as a black/death metal hybrid made ‘unique’ by the incorporation of ‘sludge’ influences.  In actuality, their music comes across as an average of a thousand other bands playing similarly styled paint-by-the-numbers hardcore dressed up as extreme metal.  Not surprisingly, the tepid music was met with a tepid response from the crowd.  Apparently unaware that they were an opening act, Goatwhore’s singer and bassist bitched about the lack of crowd response.  Mercifully, the set ended relatively quickly.

Celtic Frost’s entrance was eagerly anticipated.  The band took the stage with fog and a light show, accompanied by the recorded strains of “Totengott” from the new album Monotheist (at least I THINK it was “Totengott”, it was hard to tell due to the drunk indie-fag in a Johnny Cash shirt yelling for “Mexican Radio”).  The band paused on stage, hands raised as if in invocation to the darkness.  It was a dramatic gesture, one that in the hands of a lesser band might have come across as cheap theater, but here, it fit the moment.  The band then launched into a punishingly downtuned rendition of “Procreation of the Wicked.”  

This set the tone for the set, which consisted almost entirely of tracks taken from Morbid Tales, Emperor’s Return and To Mega Therion (with only one song, “Mesmerized”, coming from Into the Pandemonium and three from Monotheist), all played with an updated, dense sound that added a fresh intensity to old classics.  The band exuded a commanding presence, demonstrating an absolute mastery of their art and of the space without needing to resort to flailing gestures or irritating banter.  Thomas Fischer, in particular, is an electric performer in brilliantly understated and sinister way (his corpse paint, which looked somewhat goofy in press pictures, was distinctly unsettling in the dim lighting of the club).  

While the set was jammed with classics (including a stellar performance of “Necromantical Screams), the absolute highlight of the show was the show closer, “Synagoga Satanae” which was also the best track on the band’s latest release.  When I first listened Monotheist, this song immediate jumped out as something special, a sequel of sorts to “Triumph of Death”.  Still, I wasn’t prepared for the live experience, which was nothing short of magical.  The brooding, esoteric, ritual power of “Synagoga Satanae” alone was worth the price of admission.

Set list:

Procreation (of the Wicked)
Visions of Mortality
Circle of the Tyrants
The Usurper
Je.wel Throne
Ain Elohim
Necromantical Screams
Dawn of Megiddo
Return to the Eve
Dethroned Emperor
Into the Crypts of Rays
Synogoga Satanae

Metal / Re: Music versus Message
« on: November 04, 2006, 09:29:41 PM »
In great artists, there's no way to really seperate the music from the message - the message conditions the music.

Metal / Re: Why did punk die?
« on: November 04, 2006, 03:35:49 PM »
Anarcho-punk died out because it was a one note musical temper tantrum with nowhere else to go the second the last chord of Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing was laid to wax.  And frankly, the idea that genre's cartoon leftism was 'threatening' to anyone is fucking ludicrous - it's worth noting that the major censorship efforts of the era were directed at metal, not punk.

Metal / Re: Subjectivism
« on: November 04, 2006, 12:18:59 PM »
I disagree with this entirely; it's not personal preference which accounts for fish being possessed of a greater vitamin content and inducing whatever other manner of documented biological mechanisms which ultimately render it a healthier option. There is a standard here upon which to deem fish 'better' than a Big Mac outside of taste: We value our lives, and if we wish to strive for some kind of physical perfection, we'll eschew the destroyers of our bodies for something which keeps us functioning at an optimum level.

But it's still fundamentally arbitrary to use the standard of 'health' rather than the standard of 'taste' or the standard of 'affordability' or the standard of 'popularity' etc.  You're still applying a 'subjective' standard.  Nonetheless, the intelligent people know which of these totally arbitrary standards is the best to use.

Call it the 'get it' factor.

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