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Metal / Ambient
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:54:51 AM »
http://www.pugachov.ru/eem/ambientguide.html

A guide to the various sub-genres within the ambient music genre.

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i    Genesis
ii   Expansion
iii  Decay
iv  Collapse

The complete ambient cycle from start to finish (if indeed starting and finishing can even apply to such a cycle).
An energy rise and subsequent energy collapse mirrored by the component parts of this structure with it's movements.

i    Expansion
ii   Decay
iii  Collapse
iv  Aftermath

The formative patterns are in full swing from the onset, there is a final movement often providing a useful contrast from those sections which structurally pervade it but often less so in the way of reflection or contemplation.


i    Decay
ii   Collapse
iii  Aftermath
iv  Genesis

Endtimes structure otherwise known as a cynical or pessimistic type view point for the cycle which displays deconstruction through abstraction. The outer last movement representing a glimmer of 'hope'.


i   Collapse
ii  Aftermath
iii Genesis
iv Expansion

And by now you should know what comes after expansion :(

How many million more ways could there be to tell a story, and a for each of those ways, how many million more variations and entry points into a given cycle (or set of cycles).

There probably needs to be more than a handful of metal releases (as album structure) to which this idea could apply in order for it to have any credibility. But for now, let it stand as an off the bat idea, which may or may not be interesting, an idea that I put forth to you!

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Metal / Band logos
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:36:14 PM »


Saw this while out and about the other day and thought it resembled the Demilich logo or something. I love it when stuff like that just springs out at you. If I think back to the time when I first got into underground metal, I remember this as seeming like a part of metal tradition i.e. there's always got to be the unreadable logo that resembles some man-made or inorganic form, neatly tucked away in the right or left hand corner depending on the overall cover design.

Of course a lot of the appeal is going to in some way depend on how well the aesthetic elements fit in with the music, but it might also be the case that aesthetic acts as a vector for a given meaning based on how moving the music is on the whole.

Some favourites of mine have been Summoning, Beherit and Darkthrone I guess. You see the logo and then it just springs out and hits you. You know it's the mark of quality!

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Audiofile / Mortal Constraint
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:48:24 PM »
One of the more solid realeses from the the early dark electro-industrial german scene.
May appeal to fans of Summoning and related project Ice Ages for which it was a direct influence.



Mortal Constraint - The Legend of Deformation (1992, Mega)

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Audiofile / Pitchshifter
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:55:48 AM »
What's the next best Godflesh album after Streetcleaner?
It's called Industrial and it's by Pitchshifter.



Pitchshifter - Industrial (1991, Mega)


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Audiofile / Nemesis
« on: July 22, 2014, 08:04:47 AM »
Finnish veterans of trippy, light-hearted ambient electronica with influences from the Berlin school kosmische musik and modern 90s techno/trance. This particular album also happens to feature Beherit frontman, Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance on the mixing desk.



Nemesis - Sky Archeology (1999, Mega)

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Metal / Fenriz on drums
« on: May 17, 2014, 03:14:13 AM »
Interesting and delightfully comical commentary on the role of drumming in metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aRu_3WvE6c

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Interzone / Staying up late
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:40:23 AM »
It used to be that the world seemed to slow down at night, just enough, for me to collect my thoughts. But now it’s all quite different and hopefully for the better; getting up with the first ray of sun and the song of the birds is a bliss that was always there but all too often left unnoticed.

(or maybe I’m just getting older?). 

Anyway, I imagine you’ve all been there, visiting the deepest darkest depths of the night, finding yourself, or perhaps just finding yourself at a computer screen yet again. What time is it now even as you contemplate this question?

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Interzone / Who are you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:09:15 AM »
Honestly, who the hell are you to me anyway? a word on my screen perhaps? The truth is I don’t know you. I don’t even know if you really are real (but I also don’t know that you’re not real). Some of you real or unreal people even say things that make me ask myself “…is this guy for real?” And yet, somehow, in the weirdest of ways, I hope you’re all doing alright, whoever and wherever you are.

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Metal / Goatcraft to perform in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
« on: March 22, 2014, 11:50:16 PM »
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERICAN BAND GOATCRAFT TO PERFORM IN CRIMEA WITH RUSSIAN BLESSING

Ambient “Necroclassical” band approved by Russian authorities despite hostilities

img001Although the recent political controversy over ownership of Crimea has caused tension between NATO and Russia, American ambient industrial band Goatcraft will perform on April 26th at the КІЗ переможе theater in Crimea with the blessing of Russian authorities.

Taking advantage of an obscure Russian law that allows “cultural events” to go on even in the advent of military conflict or declared emergency, San Antonio, Texas based Goatcraft filed a declaration in Russia this week, and received notification 24 hours later that its performance could go on as scheduled.

“Goatcraft is about all that defeats our rationality and sanity,” said Goatcraft composer and keyboardist Lonegoat. “We humans try to make sense of the universe, but it always finds cracks in our explanations and works around our rules. Goatcraft is proud to be playing in a place where sanity has broken down and warfare, misery and raw human
suffering prevails!”

Russian authorities were more matter-of-fact. “It is our duty to ensure that the economy of Crimea remains unhindered and that all emporeutic exchanges flourish during this time of transition,” Customers supervisor Afanasy Volkov stated via press release from his office in Yalta. “We will direct the American performers to the place of performance and then ensure they are sent home quickly.”

Pre-sale tickets for the show can be purchased through Ticketmaster Moscow. Concert-goers are advised that their safety cannot be guranteed, and are warned that bringing weapons to the performance may trigger international combat.

http://goatcraft.net/goatcraft-to-perform-in-the-autonomous-republic-of-crimea/

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Interzone / A continual cycle
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:02:32 AM »
Recently I've been looking at a multipart documentary on the rise and fall of civilizations. One of the recurrent themes that real stuck out in my mind is the ongoing process of destruction and regeneration.

In Europe, there are seemingly as many old ruins of monuments and churches as there are those that still stand. Most ruins being the result of human destruction. I ask myself ‘how can this be’? If a group comes across a sacred site or work of artistry from another group, how do they fail to appreciate its beauty and the human devotion that went into creating it.

The most obvious answer of course is that they see it as a foreign monument on their land, a mark of proposed dominion. And so destroy it for political/ideological reasons.

Perhaps some weird parallel could be made between this and the phenomena of converting old churches to luxury homes in the modern age (an age where Christianity has largely died in the hearts and minds of it’s people).

But to those that were able to destroy while fully appreciating that what they were destroying was a beautiful and irreparable part of human history, I can only guess that they saw themselves as the coming of something better. Destroying what was to create what could be.

Is this the way our history is?

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Interzone / Is that you John Wayne? Is this Me?
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:51:05 AM »
Do you like to think that you think outside of the box yet keep things in neat little pigeonholes? Do you sometimes masturbate in form of pure intellectual gibberish? Does the world ever get you feelin’ really happy or really angry? Have you ever delivered or received a beating and later made a friend out of the experience?

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Metal / Top tier metal of the last decade (2003 - 2013)
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:56:50 PM »
Avzhia – Key of throne
Demoncy – Enthroned is the Night
Beherit – Engram



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Interzone / Crimea 2014
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:43:18 PM »
Any thoughts on the crisis that's unfolding at the moment? I was trying to find some information but so far all I've come across is the big media and rantings by the everyman about how Russia is taking advantage of Ukraine's instability and of course that, we, the morally-good democratic countries of the world can't allow this to happen.

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