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Metal / Getting it and overdoing it
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:17:06 AM »
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?

Interzone / Re: Creating a new religion
« on: June 02, 2013, 01:16:16 AM »
Christianity is pretty much dead, right?  Though, nothing has replaced it yet.

Even Apollo and Dionysis are dead by now. But they'll come back don't you worry.
Even God will be reborn, just got to be patient that's all.

Interzone / Re: An important book
« on: June 02, 2013, 01:08:57 AM »
I plan to read Aldous Huxley - The Perennial Philosophy. Is it good, difficult to read? I find most philosophy goes way overboard for me.

Interzone / Re: The student and the teacher.
« on: June 02, 2013, 01:03:28 AM »
From my own observations, just about every authentic religion or belief system has a middle-path as well as extremes on either side of that path. It originates in a specific ethno-cultural environment and though this isnít unchanging throughout the grand forces of time, forcing change will inevitably result in a conflict of extremes and worse situation for all involved (at least for the first couple of centuries).

As a practical example, just look at what a pushover Christianity has become. It is largely dead in the minds of most westerners. Meanwhile Islam ups the ante and makes the most of good situation.

At the heart of all unbalance stands Liberalism; the ultimate parasite and sado-masochist.

Interzone / Re: Suicide
« on: June 02, 2013, 12:37:13 AM »
                                  Sue is fine

Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:13:45 AM »
I donít believe in karma or reincarnation, but I certainly donít doubt it exists either. One can be mystical or logical about this sort of thing (the accumulation of luck, or the lack of it, based on oneís actions and observations in this mortal life), and so long as you donít resort to absolutes, it can work for you. Not walking under ladders, not using hairspray while smoking in a slut-filled limo, or provoking dangerous insects, could be easier than most people realize.

I recognize that painting, where is it from? A book?

Perhaps you recognize the very idiosyncratic style of the artist


Interzone / Re: Non-metal
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:49:53 AM »
Great! Piper is certianly arresting.
Are you suggesting that it is more profound than their more famous offerings?

Yes. And I'm pretty sure the Idiot-Savant diagnosis was specifically invented for people like Syd. Without him the band was basically just some talented musicians. A meaningless poem that pretends to have meaning. But I do like most of their stuff prior to Darkside of the Moon.

Metal / Re: Reggay that is similar to metal and kraftwerk
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:38:23 AM »
Very interesting, but I personally canít feel much metal spirit or Kraftwerk influence in this piece.

I have been quite interested in the potential for electronic music of the broken beat or dubstep variety since hearing Beherit songs like Tribal Death or Temple of Lykos.

I just love the hypnotic, ritualistic atmosphere it creates coupled with that pulsating sense of motion found in all the Kraftwerk albums. I think it works by using pure rhythm to in some way de-emphasise rhythm and in turn create an ambience and spaciousness for (meta-)melody to evolve.

Also check out:






Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:05:01 AM »

Interzone / Re: Suggestions
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:54:41 AM »
Come now, who can honestly say they haven't been Chairman Dave at some point (minus the cocksucking) ?

Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:52:50 AM »

Metal / Re: Decline of the high art of metal album covers
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:48:50 AM »
Weird observation: only two bands arguably held the flame of epic, ambient black metal over the last 10 or so years. But one always has shitty half-assed album covers, the other unfathomably tasteful.

Metal / Re: Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:43:23 AM »
Hails and much respect!

Metal / Re: Old Morning's Dawn - first thoughts
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:42:15 AM »
My first thoughts were mostly of a superficial reactionary nature, similar to those in the comments to the Brett Stevens post i.e. heard it before, run of the mill, cheesy theatrical instrumentation, lacklustre production. But upon further immersion I've found this to be a truly enduring album and certainly one that grows on you with repeated hearings.

My only gripe would be the percussion which is a step back to that pitter-patter tropical sounding stuff rather than a staunch fur-clad warrior taking a run-up to smash the snare with every inch of manliness he can muster (Oathbound, Dol Guldur style). But aesthetic complaints are surely of secondary importance. After all, Summoning's strong point has always been melodic development through ambience, and this album achieves that and in fact elevates it in many ways from anything previously released.

The big success lies in a stronger melodic development and a tighter interweaving of multiple themes/motifs within each song which is an effective solution against the often formulaic tendencies of previous works. I saw hints of this on Oathbound, but they've really consolidated that approach on this one.

Will definitely be getting a copy of this and no doubt find something in it for years to come.

Interzone / Re: Non-metal
« on: May 04, 2013, 11:50:03 PM »
Agree. My favourite would be Piper at the Gates of Dawn which unlike their later stuff is pop stuctured with a subconscious profundity rather than 'profound' music that is just pop at heart.

And speaking of the Tangerine Dream influence, witness this quirky gem:

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