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Metal / Re: Gorguts
« on: September 07, 2013, 04:06:40 PM »
The progression from The Erosion of Sanity to Obscura is a good example of why it is important to master a style before attempting to evolve it.  Gorguts mastered the technique and composition of traditional death metal and then expanded upon that, rather than trying to be "unique" and "innovative" from the outset.  Their concern at this stage was about musical composition rather than image.

A good point. Once Obscura is deciphered you can see it is pretty much Erosion of Sanity 2 with a new technique, aesthetic and message. It is the same unmistakable melodic voice as the earlier album with similar songwriting techniques evolved further into new dimensions. No gimmickry.

Agree. Though I've long thought there was something lost in the gap between those two albums. If only they recorded something in between.

Interzone / Flatline
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:15:33 AM »
For a moment there, [our protagonist] thought he was onto something. He could see things clearly and had a healthy concept of where he fits into it all. Creative ideas came with a rush and a roar, but then expanded beyond the point of him having any ability to act on them. He recalled observing similar effects in emotions, which, when left unchecked, grow and diverge to a point where they drown out the spirit and it effectively dies.

I honestly feel better when happy and sad donít come into the equation. But even this state of non-emotion seems short lived. Is transcendence even possible or are we just riding the storm winds of continuous flux that is life in the modern world?

Interzone / Re: Tattoos
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:57:13 PM »
I know a lot of death-metal musicians are into tattoos and I don't hold it against them. Of course it's not really the image of a person that matters in that case but their music and ideas. Otherwise, I personally wouldn't even consider it. I think it's important to respect the body and to keep the skin as clear as possible.

Face, neck, knuckle, and any other extremity tattoo usually looks uber trashy.

This is pretty much the unwritten hallmark of anti-social/borderline personality disorder.

*I am a dangerous wasp as evidenced in my stripes, beware of me*

Interzone / Re: The mechanics of distraction
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:42:32 PM »
Living religious belief is probably the one thing that has kept people collectively free from distraction as well having prevented the growth of the ego throughout human civilization. Notice that at the current time, ego/distraction is generally more of a problem in the western world and in the more developed countries influenced by the west. Is this as a result of the large-scale disintegration of religious belief in those populations? Of course their are many other (often inseparable) variables that come into play but I think this is a big one.

I spent a long time wondering how can the world be changed and eventually concluded that it is a task beyond the individual (and yet, somehow I still think it isn't). As a civilization is composed of individuals and each individual, including their mind-state and behaviour is influenced by and influences those around them it really does start to make sense to "become the change you wish to see in the world". I can attest to this in that the most positive influence on myself has been that which I've seen in others.

To add another angle to the discussion, do you believe in such a thing as fate or destiny? Are certain individuals not ever going to be ready to overcome the distraction and the ego?

Interzone / Re: A better insanity than neurosis
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:04:29 AM »
Just because I didn't say anything about the dead guy doesn't mean I don't care about him. Timothy Treadwell was a bit of a fruit, but he seemed like an honest, genuine human being, and cared deeply about the bears that he lived with.

That's the part of the story that got me in. It's that he's not any smarty-pants, just an average everyday fool that against the most unlikely of circumstances, managed to find a way out of the cesspit the rest of the world is drowning in. No amount of intelligence makes up for the mental strength required to do that.

Interzone / Re: Spiritualism
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:54:46 AM »
I can sort of (and sort of not) relate to this in that I wouldn't call myself a Christian but I also wouldn't deny being one either. Same goes for any other religion. Ultimately it comes down to a definition and only I really know if it fits me or not (despite what I or others might label me as). Perhaps a definition fits one minute and not the next. Besides that, there's an awful lot of crossover between various religions, philosophies and teachings so if you follow one do you not inadvertently fit in nicely with the others. It might be a good way to be. Something that flows beneath them all.

Interzone / Re: Head in the clouds
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:27:56 PM »
It's different than falling asleep where the body and mind can still be tense or anxious.
This is completely letting go.
It's the best feeling. 

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.

Interzone / Re: Superior? To what?
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:31:59 PM »
I used to think art tries to replicate reality. Now Iím thinking of it more as a particular viewpoint, of which there are many, and that reality itself can only exist in our human brains as a viewpoint or manifestation. Still very much undecided on this. The ACTUAL greater underlying process of reality can probably only be caught in glimpses throughout human life and eventually by all living creatures at the moment of death.

Metal / Re: Innovators are better
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:26:05 PM »
I don't see why someone couldn't create good music in an already thoroughly explored musical language or alternatively create a new language and music altogether (though nothing's altogether new you know). There is potential for just about anything in this world when you find it.

Interzone / Re: Superior? To what?
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:17:03 PM »
Mankind has the potential to become godlike or lower than how the worst humans perceive animals to be. Spiritual experiences (either philosophical or religious) are the great equalizer, as they show man reality. Show what an animal knows of it being love and fear. The rift between those states produces anxiety which then gives birth to creativity, and thus new ways for humanity to see reality.

Interzone / Re: Pop culture's greatest (s)hits
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
If hate is so bad, how come it gives great results with  (good) metal music? Maybe there's a noble hatred closer to love and determination instead of the corrupted ego driven hatred of mallcore.

Very good question. I am glad you present it.

I blame vocabulary. Like "love", hate is one of those words that is applied too liberally; this results in diluted meaning. In my experience, love and hate in their purest forms are not just two sides of a coin, but the same motivating principle. Sort of in the same way we feel satisfied after a good fuck or a good meal. It is an intense drive to get something done, that is all.

It is different from the sort of hatred we refer to in this thread, which is a level of anger so high that it is too difficult to check and renders a person incapable of using their planning centers. Irrational and usually destructive decisions are made then. Like someone else pointed out, this reaction stems from fearfulness.

But hatred that does not stem from fearfulness is something else entirely, and is probably what you mean when talking about the hatred that inspires metal music. Good observation.

'Hatred' in good metal is love and reverence for the natural order. This comes in the form of disgust for modern society. Look at the Ildjarn discography culminating in the release of Hardangervidda, which is seemingly the complete flipside of the coin but doesn't it make perfect sense?

Interzone / Re: Morphine: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
« on: August 18, 2013, 05:19:03 PM »
Physiological and psychological dependence are two different beasts, though they often overlap.

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