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Interzone / Head in the clouds
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:28:37 PM »

Clouds sped up show you what most people wouldn't notice.
Imagine what could be noticed if the mind could slow down a little.

Metal / Expendable and disposable art
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:30:53 PM »
If you take art to be a communication of ideas in the abstract, does it not then become a question of the information that is intended to be communicated (and to a lesser extent, the form it takes)? From this perspective you might consider whether the information is era-specific (i.e. socio-political) in which case it doesn't matter that that artwork or the genre/movement which produced it eventually died out so long as it communicated something relevant at the time or on the other hand whether a given artwork transcends time by the sheer intensity and monumental nature of its arrival.

I wonder about this as the top ten metal albums of any given year after '98 (and this might even be stretching it for some) seldom hold interest in the long term let alone all the flotsam upon which it floats.

Are these releases then to be seen as a kind of era-specific fill-in while we wait for something that transcends it to arrive?

I wonder, would the metal community at this point even recognize it if it did?

Interzone / Disorder inspires imaginative ideas
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:47:27 PM »


Probably flawed (especially as regards defining creativity in the first place) but interesting nonetheless. Do any creative people here have a preference for tidy of messy? and what do you make of it?

Interzone / Connection vs Attachment
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:47:24 PM »
Connection is about the highest, mightiest thing in life that I can conceive of. The life-long love for another person. The memory of that landscape (whatever it might be) frozen in your mind. Beauty. Terror. The point at which music seems a greater motivating force than the transient, everyday rabble.

Basically, a reason beyond the self, coupled with the thought that one day you will be dead and that even physical pain will be nothing compared to the inevitable loss of whatever connections you were able to make in life as you see it coming to an end.

Interzone / Point of reference
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:42:30 AM »
Humility      <------------------------->    Pride

Wanting       < ------------------------>    Needing

Thinking         <--------------------->   Feeling

World               <------------------>    Self

Love                   <-------------->    Fear

Freedom          <--------------->      Responsibility

Sense         <-------------------->      Filter

Night       <------------------------>    Day

Me            <--------------------------->   You

God              <---------------------->   Gods

Moral            <-------------------->   Post-moral

Animal            <---------------------->     God

Dream        <------------------------>       Reality

 Binary            <--------------->      Context

Communication   <------->    Entertainment
    Conscious      <---->    Subconscious

                Life      <-->    DEATH!


Interzone / Impression of reality
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:54:01 AM »
Recently I was looking at paintings by the French impressionists (esp. Monet, Signac) and find that I am very much drawn to the style of this time period. As the title implies it is as though these painters take an impression of what they saw rather than try and construct reality verbatim.

My question is: do you think this constitutes in any way a preference for non-reality or is it that what we think of as reality isnít always what it is?

If this is the case, does it then depend on a given individual and what exactly their impression of reality is? Or at least that it aligns with your own?

Interzone / Genesis of Melody
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:00:29 AM »
Can you wonder at it?

A Celtic melody sounds this way, a French or German melody that way. Same could be said for Greece, Persia, India and really as far and deep as you care to look. Basically you have a group and the tendency is, like language to diverge and develop an idiosyncratic identity that subconsciously mirrors it. On top of that is the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and other developments which occur only under the grand forces of time.

But where does that particular affinity for favouring that particular combination of notes come from? I cannot narrow it down to a logical reason other than that it is somewhat hard-wired into the soul, something even the most extremely individualistic composer is bound by.

Observing this genealogy in metal can be even more interesting than that of strictly traditional music. Examples of some of the more obvious strains that strike me are:

Incantation - Profanatica -> Demoncy
Blasphemy -> Impaled Nazarene - Beherit  <- Bathory
Bathory -> (+ Hellhammer) ->The entire pantheon of early Norwegian black metal.

For black metal I think this was best exemplified in Darkthroneís Transylvanian Hunger or the works of Ildjarn which is essentially a distillation of that melodic form. The sheer recombinance of riffs over the Ildjarn discography speaks volumes for the subconscious and this gravitational pull within the soul.

As an aside I occasionally experienced some odd phenomena myself while out walking in woods and meadows. A melody passes through my head, seemingly unique in all the world, then at a later date I have heard it or some similar variant being used in someone elseís music. You could say they beat me to it, unless they actually did it before I had thought of it, though I honestly canít recall having heard it before, at least not in this life ;)

Can you wonder at the DNA of a soul?

Interzone / Change your mind?
« on: June 15, 2013, 06:42:40 PM »
Iíve been thinking how great it must be to have a mind that is flexible as opposed to solid and unmoving. This is because a solid mind can be broken by experiences that a flexible mind would not.
On the other hand being too flexible could reduce the capacity for strength and concentration when needed, so perhaps the key once again is balance.

If this is not what you already have, is it something you want to become and how would you go about doing it. If this is you (i.e. you have been able to change your mind for the better), how did you do it? What was step one?

Metal / Getting it and overdoing it
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:17:06 PM »
It has often been said that certain pieces of music might take a while to fully sink in. I know that even in my own experience as a metal listener, it might take repeated sitting before really appreciating a particular album.

On the flip-side, do you ever find that there are certain classic albums which are undoubtedly important beyond all else to metal history as well as your own personal development as a listener that just donít have the same effect they once had? (I donít mean stuff that seemed cool but turned out to be sub-par further on down the track).

I feel that there are a few albums Iíve listened to almost inside out and theyíve become like a solved mystery after a while, they donít blow me away anymore. Perhaps this is where live performances come to good use, as depending on the level of accuracy in execution or improvisation, one might see a familiar piece in a new light.
Anyone ever have this problem and if so how does one overcome it?

Metal / Decline of the high art of metal album covers
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:00:06 PM »
Well, not to judge a book by its cover and I know itís only a minor gripe, but there is something seriously lacking in the aesthetics of cover sleeve design, lettering, band names, imagery and so forth with the newer generation of metal bands. Even the resurgence of old school bands are kind of lacking in that department. Everything seems to be slapped together on a computer with no real sense of wanting to capturing some sort of spirit embodied in the music.

Old artists like Dan Seagrave or Necrolord worked wonders back in the day. They really got as close as one could to making Death Metal in a visual form.

Iím even partial to the old school methods of (?) stencilled, white or red on black approach which was particularly favourable by bands in their demo period. Check out the style used by Von or Profanatica even to this day.

The other high point of cover art would be the dark ultra-minimalist photography favoured by Ildjarn or Darkthrone in their classic era (you know the one I mean).

Awesome stuff!

Interzone / Is life sacred?
« on: April 08, 2013, 08:21:36 PM »
Some people say itís not fair that this or that has happened to a child.

The same could be applied to a sick or dying man.

They assume that all human life is of the highest value

But like a certain seed which grows into a certain tree, I think the plight of the individual is often a small link in the much larger chain of human DNA. Whether environmental factors come into play or not, there is still some element of potential destinies built into the individual based on where they occur in that chain.

This also means that from distorted seeds grows distored lifeforms.

Yet rather than say to hell with certain types of life, I still find something sacred in it. No matter how distorted.
Or perhaps it is that I do not but should. Perhaps life is not intrinsically sacred, but should be.

Metal / For the hell of it!
« on: April 01, 2013, 06:36:52 PM »
Mortal throne of Nazarene or Diabolical Conquest

and why?

Soulside Journey or Panzerfaust

and why?

The list goes on and on.

Metal / My Bloody Valentine - MBV
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:25:43 PM »
Iíve been listening to this intently for the past week and can honestly say itís the best album Iíve heard this year and probably the best non-metal album in the last decade. At the very least itís well worth a listen if you were even remotely a fan of Loveless.

Initial impressions:

Itís an aesthetic continuation from Loveless. A bit cleaner, more spacious but still very raw analogue sounding production.

Song structures are like expanded, drawn out versions of those found on Loveless

Less pop structure. More of a conscious approach to ambient music (in a style vaguely reminiscent of the other great shoegaze band, Slowdive).

Taken as a whole the album isnít quite as powerful as Loveless, but certain songs are in fact superior.

They still have the wonderful celtic/gaelic melodic idiom.

Ambient hallucinogenic approach to drumming forms the support structure for multiple layers of guitars, synth and noise.

The latter half of the album loses strength by excessive experimentation. It would have been cool to conclude the journey with an epic piece that recaps the first half of the album.

Metal / My Bloody Valentine release new album
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:04:36 AM »
It's called MBV and contains 9 new songs 




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