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Audiofile / Nemesis
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:04:47 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)

Metal / A deep resonance
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:03:50 AM »
Quote from: Mark Riva/Metaworld Media and Peter Wetherbee, 1994
A X I O M   A M B I E N T
man-i-fest-ta-tion: d : occult phenomenon
MATERIALIZATION (indication, meaning, sign)

translation a : a rendering from one language into another b : conversion
c : (1) a shift movement of a configuration to new coordinates parallel
with the old (interpretations, METAPHRASE)

When Einstein cracked the space-time riddle, he pulled the rug out from under an outmoded mindscape to reveal a new vision of reality, one which replaced linear time with a flowing field of perpetual transformation. Science was merely confirming what the sourceres of old had known for centuries through magickal, alchemical and shamanic techniques: that the consentual accepted way of viewing the physical world was false. Eastern and western mystics, spiritual transcendents and enlightened lay people have always been liberated by the understanding that time and space were an unquantifiable eternity with no solidarity, no limits, no inception and no conclusion.

From this timeless field a new realm of music and experience is emerging. It is the latest in a long tradition of trance music that includes Whirling Dervishes and dancing Wu Li masters alike: the meta-rhythms of Ambient, which combines the marvels of high technology with the whole-sounds of nature to take us into a new multilapetted dimension. In order to truly understand what Ambient signifies, one needs to forego the old Newtonian classical models and Upgrade to the language of Eisteinian physics, or better yet, its inherent Tao. The unbounded creative musical intelligence weaves the Ambient fabric, for like the true world itself - its entire atmospheric essence is just one incident springing forth out of a larger, limitless reality.

Ambient music works in soundscapes that manifest an actual force, a watercourse to the most natural kind of source, forecver stretching the collective ear to take its place in the eternal flow. This fusion provides the Ambient voyager the keys to active mystery of the whole of life, knitting body, mind and spirit into a unity.

Axiom.Ambient is music for the inner cinema. It presents a cornucopia of fresh musical territory to explore, including the management of myriad risks that must be uncovered and fused to satisfy the evolving tastes and needs of its listeners and experiences. Ambient contains hidden currents that ever urge our thoughts and emotions towards a higher reality. By showing the essential order of Chaos, Ambient tracks down meaningful patterns in the noise of everyday life and strips aways the apparent randomness of musical events. It is Axiom's duty, in a sense, to uphold this higher purpose, the spiritual ideal to which the collective is committed.

The new sonic musicians live in utter defiance of entropy, spinning their own evolution invisibly, with new edge mediums, new aeon rituals, and arcane cyber-psychick mythologies. Ambient boosts the most rarefied kind of psycho-spirit troopers, arming themselves with blunted textures and singing elegies at millennium's door to all who do not serve its cause. In the end, those poor unfortunate, lashed to the wretched rails of a soul-sucking existence, will then feel the sense-sharpening winds of change, blowing a fresh new worldview down a million neural pathways into cell chambers in slo-motion until ever bland canal is buzzing with a flurry of creative brainstorming and original thinking.

Ambient is an Oracle, a symbolic message of the spirit, and Axiom.Ambient is a musical message of symbols to seekers and healers everywhere. Ambient takes us into the sacred realm of the unconscious. Here, in the infinity void, Ambient quietly bursts through the phallus of ordinary music with a resounding ethos to wake us with devotional emphasis. It is an empowering experience enough to transform ourselves and the planet. Ambient is a window through which we can transcend our ego and our thinking mind and encounter a reality beyond time and form. By tapping into the intuitive and leaving the limitations of rationality and intellect far behind, Ambient becomes an outpouring of our natural-yet-forgotten state. Listen to its sound symbols - what do they represent? Contact with the source implants recognition of our universality firmly in our consciousess: Look into your mind's eye to how you experience, and you will discover yourself as a microcosm of the universe and be reminded of your inherent worth.

Our senses are forms locked within our tribal circle of reciprocity. Shape melts into color which emerges as vibration which assumes the form of sound which transmutes into smell which grows increasingly into taste which progresses toward being touched which metamorphosizes into shape. These sensory dimensions are an orbital dance, gesticulations of one pattern being transformed into intimations of another. These gestures are flowing through a space that still has other dimensions, expressions of emotional chroma, of sound and light meshed into the ultramedium of ecstasy or ignorance, jeweled elation of heavy metal melancholy. These too, form a tribal circle of interchangeability, a spherical spectrum so ionized that we can only describe each in terms of the others. The image of Ambient is not so much a dance of gestures as a woven composition, a continuous warp where the whole sensorial dimension is a single continuum. Crossing the warp is a woof representing the dimension of meaning - moral and aesthetic values, personal or individual uniqueness, logical significance and expressive form -  and the two dimensions interpenetrate so as to make distinguishable shapes in the waters of sensation. They stream together in a multi-directioned cross-flow of impulses, filling the whole volume of ambient space. In Axiom.Ambient, mind and sound are a warp of sense and woof of meaning that interpenetrate inseparably.

Metal / Fenriz on drums
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:14:13 PM »
Interesting and delightfully comical commentary on the role of drumming in metal.


Interzone / Staying up late
« on: May 08, 2014, 05:40:23 PM »
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?

Interzone / Who are you?
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:09:15 PM »
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.

Metal / Goatcraft to perform in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
« on: March 22, 2014, 04:50:16 PM »


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.


Interzone / A continual cycle
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:02:32 PM »
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?

Interzone / Is that you John Wayne? Is this Me?
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:51:05 PM »
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?

Metal / Top tier metal of the last decade (2003 - 2013)
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:56:50 PM »
Avzhia – Key of throne
Demoncy – Enthroned is the Night
Beherit – Engram

Interzone / Crimea 2014
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:43:18 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.

Metal / Immersion in Darkness
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:23:16 PM »
Namlook and Biosphere - When The Night Was Black
(10 minutes long, but it's a winner!)

Feel free to post anything else which fits that description.

Interzone / Sense
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:47:04 PM »
O dread and silent Mount! I gaz'd upon thee,
Till thou, still present to the bodily sense,
Did'st vanish from my thought: entranc'd in prayer
I worshipped the Invisible alone.

From the Hymn Before Sunrise
By S. T. Coleridge

Interzone / Call it what you will!
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:31:07 PM »
Nothing, everything, god, man, nature, winning, losing.

I’m pretty cool with just about anything nowadays.

Until I change my mind about that statement.

Until then, I’m pretty cool about it though.


Interzone / A good day
« on: February 11, 2014, 03:17:51 PM »
What exactly constitutes your good day?

Productivity? Relaxation? A pleasant surprise?

A new-found sense of understanding? A sense of continuity from other good days?

And if your life was composed of enough of these good days, would it have been a good life? 

Metal / Best use of Vinyl and CD formats
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:28:52 PM »
Apart from the obvious improvement in the sound quality of an original vinyl pressing over its CD counterpart, I am thinking that certain types of music might actually suit the medium better depending on things like style, production, length of material (EP or album), and so on.

Personally I’ve tended to go for CD versions of classic metal albums. Especially the more chaotic or technical albums. Part of the reason is that I would rather listen to those albums in a different setting. i.e. walking in fields and woods with discman.

Symphonic music, ambient, ambient metal (such as Godflesh or Summoning) and some underground electronic music tends to be better for vinyl. It requires more stillness and concentration. I let the raw soundwaves fill the room until and the whole thing takes of off like time-machine.

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