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Metal / Decline of the high art of metal album covers
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:00:06 AM »
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!

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Interzone / Is life sacred?
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:21:36 AM »
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.

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Metal / For the hell of it!
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:36:52 AM »
Mortal throne of Nazarene or Diabolical Conquest

and why?

Soulside Journey or Panzerfaust

and why?

The list goes on and on.

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Metal / My Bloody Valentine - MBV
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:25:43 AM »
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.


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

Info

Samples

:)



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Metal / Ildjarn to re-release full back catalogue on Season of Mist
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:13:58 PM »
True to a life-long interest in underground extreme Metal, Season of Mist will release the full back catalogue of Norwegian cult act ILDJARN, as well as the ILDJARN-NIDHOGG and SORT VOKTER productions. Here is the comprehensive list of reissues:

Norse (EP)
Ildjarn (album)
Strength and Anger (album)
Landscapes (album)
SvartfrŚd (EP)
Forest Poetry (album)
Hardangervidda (album)
Hardangervidda part 2 (EP)
1992-1995 (compilation)
Eksistensens Jeger (single)
Nocturnal Visions (EP)
Minnesjord Ė The Dark Soil (EP)
Ildjarn 93 (EP)
Ildjarn Is Dead (compilation)
SORT VOKTER - Folkloric Necro Metal (album)

All 15 reissues will be available digitally in the upcoming weeks and most of them will hit the stores in physical editions later on. More information soon!

Please note that ILDJARN ceased all musical activities a long time ago and therefore does not do interviews and does not run any official web page or social network.

http://www.season-of-mist.com/news/ildjarn-2012-12-04

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Interzone / About That Overpopulation Problem
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:24:37 PM »

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Metal / Solos
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:22:54 AM »
Have these become obsolete? In the early days it was somewhat of a mandatory compositional element of metal song construction. I might be blind, but it seems to have passed out of favour with recent bands. One the other hand I can understand why. I always felt it can get messy and detract from the overall compositional flow, at its worst serving as little more than an obligatory relic with no functional purpose.

With the resurgence of traditional elements I think bands would do well to reconsider a re-application of old techniques. But it must be applied rather in a way that is less separable from the predominantly riff-based approach. A complete melding of techniques. I think Darkthroneís A Blaze in the Northern Sky would be a great example of how chords, leads and solos can move interchangeably throughout a piece to great effect. Unfortunately the pure riff-based minimalism they achieved on Transylvanian Hunger became the starting point for most bands that followed.

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Interzone / Can the world be changed?
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:14:24 AM »
If you believe in a cyclical view of history whereby collapse is the result of a naturally occurring process then you will say it cannot be done (or perhaps that it is not the issue). You realize regeneration can only occur after degeneration and collapse.

Though I understand this viewpoint and find it perfectly credible, I worry about how long this collapse will last and what sort of damage might occur in the process, especially with regards to the environment and large scale disintegration of various interconnected eco-systems. Not to mention human civilization.

I donít want to come across as too apocalyptic, but even a worst-case scenario could fit into the concept of Ďslow collapseí. Even a completely dead planet could eventually regenerate long after human existence.

Meanwhile it is currently not a physical impossibility to turn things around (assuming they were thrown off course). The only thing preventing this is the current system which is mirrored by the opinions of those who hold power. Irreversible damage also prevents this.

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Metal / Conscious vs subconscious music appreciation
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:25:28 AM »
Sometimes an album takes me on a journey and I am happily lost within it. Other times Iím more aware of what is going on structurally in order to evoke that sense of journey. I imagine these two states could also be perceived simultaneously or that the listener might drift between the two.

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Metal / DLA/Deathmetal.org publication
« on: December 05, 2012, 09:43:02 PM »
Iím not sure if this has come up before but it would be great if DLA/ Deathmetal.org ever publishes a book. All that really needs to be included are a few chapters on composition, genre-developments and the underlying philosophy as outlined on the site. The rest could be made up of reviews and therefore function partly as a reference book. It would certainly make for interesting reading (even to non-metal audiences) and be the first of its kind among other books about metal. Milking the fanatical love/hate reputation of ANUS could make it a best-seller.

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Metal / First metal album
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:01:55 AM »
The first Ďrealí album for me was Darkthrone Ė A Blaze in the Northern Sky. Before that I had some Deicide and middle era Emperor which had only residual elements of what I was after. I remember thinking A Blaze was so raw and pure that it almost seemed like an ancient language (as it turns out Black Metal was chronologically younger than Death Metal). The riffs, the drumming, the production seemed like a big mess and yet it flowed so naturally. The energy was overwhelming.

Its allure was such that I didnít listen to much else for the next month or so, as nothing even came close. Plus I now needed to work up some pocket money for more albums  :)


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Interzone / Save the world
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:52:35 AM »
Cessation of government handouts

Abolish the prison system

Citizens to obtain Ďprocreation licenceí

Government to seize television networks

(this would be replaced with maybe 3-4 channels focussing on weather, gardening and practical skills, art history and urgent news articles)

Repossession of all iPhones, iPads, iDildos etc and snap them in half.

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Metal / Question for Conservationist
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:18:43 AM »
Do you start with a vision of where a piece is going and flesh it out on the instrument or experiment with the instrument and later put the pieces in their place. I remember reading an interview with Paul Ledney where he stated he would hum the melody he wanted and the guitarist could turn it into a riff. Other metal bands seem to build this massive array of contrasting riffs that oddly enough are in perfect complement to one and other, suggesting their compositional process is more subconscious.

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Interzone / Keeping your mind flexible
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:00:18 AM »
Learning new skills (that serve a purpose). Playing computer chess once a day. Honing your natural intuition. Identifying poison (own thoughts, other people). Realizing you could be wrong. Keeping your mind still.

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