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Metal / Re: Youtube gems
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:43:48 AM »
Antti Boman (Demilich) youtube channel:



Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:37:18 AM »
One is classical orchestral piece

Did anyone else drool at this mention?

I fully support the growth of black metal into greater complexity like its forebears achieved.

I do not support the endless hybridization of black metal with known "outside" genres to make "new" styles.

I absolutely agree.

While I have a lot of respect for bands that work within an established style and are dedicated, most of it bores me to tears. Solution: donít think outside of the box. Study and understand the box, then smash it with a sledgehammer. Smash the pigeonholes too!

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:36:02 AM »
HEiiNGHUND (which means "Heathen Dog"  ;) )

Haha. Let me guess, HEiiNGHUND is the one pictured with the tongue hanging out?  :D

Anyway, Sort Vokter is really one of a kind. I can hear a bit of the iLDjARN - NiDHOGG sound in there but ultimately it is a different band as you say. There is a stronger ambient influence throughout the album in general, not just the keyboard parts. And the mixing/production gives it such a unique character, distorted and yet refined. Abstract yet direct.

As DMBM said, the two newer tracks on iLDjARN - NiDHOGG are really something else all together and if anything could reinvigorate the stagnant black metal genre it would surely be an expansion of this.

Hardangervidda was a breath of fresh air. It is one of my all time favourites of any type of music. The melodic development, the lush synth textures, the concept, the sense of journey throughout the album - it is simply brilliant. I think it is massively underrated in the metal community and is unfortunately mostly unheard of outside of that. Perhaps a re-release would help stimulate some interest in this genius work. Another idea might be to re-release it on a non-metal label for better distribution? I didn't know about the Seasons of Mist cover, the original Norse release is minimal but perfect.

The other tracks you mentioned sure sound interesting. The classical orchestral piece is using synth or real orchestral instruments? Was this project originally intended as a concept album (like Hardangervidda)?

Metal / Re: Gender in metal
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:16:23 AM »
Most girls I've met that are into metal seem to see it as some kind of fashion accessory, but then again so do most metal listeners in general. I also like people to be natural and the natural way of the female is to be feminine.

Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:08:35 AM »
Beyond Mortal Dreams - Dreaming Death


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 Ďhow can this beí? 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 itís 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 / Re: Insecurity
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:19:13 AM »
From my own resources, examining the self is painful if you can admit truth but donít like what you see. That is why so few people are able to do it, even in these insane times where the world basically revolves around the self. Others see this but cannot overcome it, resorting to fatalistic attitudes i.e. ďI donít care who I am Ė the world will have to put up with itĒ. Though eventual confrontation with the true self is an inevitability.

Actually seeing yourself (what a genius you are, what a knucklehead you are) and accepting whatever it is, is the first step to moving beyond it (as far as 'I' can tell). Anxiety about the world and connection to self is poison, and yet oddly enough this same poison is the fuel that is necessary for overcoming it. Another paradox.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:34:31 AM »
That's interesting information about the Sort Vokter project and I can imagine what a memorable weekend it must have been to write and record it. One thing I wonder about is the rumour that members of this project played different instruments on each track, however iLDjARN stated in an interview that he played most of the guitar and bass which would leave the other members doing vocals, synth, arranging drum/percussion patterns etc. In what way did the different members participate in the overall composition process?

As for new/unheard material by iLDjARN, that would be awesome. Hardangervidda re-release sounds good too (though I already have it on CD and snow-coloured vinyl  ;)). What about the unreleased material you spoke of on the youtube channel? Would it be anything like Hardangervidda or the 2 newer tracks on iLDjARN - NiDHOGG?

Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:12:21 PM »
The way I see it, life is just a big old game of curling . You have to move with things in a general direction, you have a general desired destination and the potential to achieve it with some tools that help to influence potential along the way. Also, there's the element of chance (very exciting!). Of course, sometimes we just aren't going to win. Nothing wrong with that though (as though there's always tomorrow). And throwing the game just spoils it for the opponent (who is just like you, only the opposite).

Interzone / Re: The mystery deepens
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:48:54 PM »
Mystery remains mystery. Humans can't bear to leave a mystery alone.

Not only that, but not knowing the answer makes them really fucking angry!

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 feeliní really happy or really angry? Have you ever delivered or received a beating and later made a friend out of the experience?

Metal / Re: Ildjarn Split was written by Nidhogg
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:17:57 AM »

I should firstly say a big thanks for taking the time to respond to this. Your uploads on the youtube channel have been very insightful and I doubt if thereís another site out there that has understood, appreciated and promoted the music of iLDjARN Ė NiDHOGG to the extent that this one has.

Regarding my earlier comment, I certainly didnít mean to suggest that your original sketch tape wasnít the Ďreal dealí, actually it sounds very real to me and your explanation about finding it at a later date more than clears things up. Perhaps itís a bit odd that iLDjARN didnít notice they were your tracks originally, but itís a small matter either way and in truth I am just glad to have heard this material get released at all.

Isnít it funny just how much commotion 25 minutes of new (old) material can make in the times where there is simply such a massive drought of quality metal being released.

Another point of interest is why suddenly there are these new and re-released works coming out at this time? Is it possible that iLDjARN Ė NiDHOGG or Sort Vokter could ever reform?

Metal / Re: The Live Experience
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:49:06 AM »
I definitely want to see more live performances. So far I haven't seen any major metal bands that I actually worship and local scenes seem to be full of inbreeding. I have seen the modern incarnation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner's 4th symphony and it really was a bit overrated (I honestly can't sit still that long). Kraftwerk on the other hand hit me like a 12 gauge blast to the cerebral cortex. I loved it and would highly recommend seeing them live!

Interzone / Re: Deleted post.
« on: March 10, 2014, 01:31:17 AM »
I was thinking the same thing; there's a way to say things.

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