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Metal / Re: Decline of the high art of metal album covers
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:37:45 PM »
Someone beat me to Paolo. That guy's work is great because it looks majestic, beautiful, disgusting and absurd all at the same time. Skillful visual representation of the death metal ethos.

I had never heard of him before but it seems quite good. Reminds me a bit of the guy that did the Incantation cover art, all of which I dislike except for Onwards to Golgotha of course.

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Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:33:03 PM »
Hey, while we're on the subject of whores, I found this old article which always gives me a bit of a chuckle.

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Interzone / Re: Is life sacred?
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:41:08 AM »
I might be wrong, I'm just trying to figure all this stuff out myself.

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Interzone / Re: The "Busy" Trap
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:32:33 AM »
Interesting that most of the user comments to this New York Times article are defensive and negative.

Were you being sarcastic? I can't imagine many readers would agree or at least admit it to themselves.

It's in fact surprising the paper would even publish such an opinion.

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Interzone / Re: Is life sacred?
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:20:05 AM »
I think sacred is something that has value beyond reproach, it canít be questioned or defined and one would probably need a degree of faith to understand it. It must also accord with nature.

Though we are brought up in the west to put absolute value in human life, I donít think that sense of value equates to being sacred.

For example there are people that produce a child knowing that it will inherit a debilitating disease. People that have a child by accident. People that donít have a child by accident but are insightless as to their inability to provide as parents and so on and so forth.

Some might argue that such a child is an individual entity borne into unfavourable circumstances and perhaps even that god is unfair. Still, it is a valuable life.

Another way to see it is that the child is a vessel of potential and in reality nothing more than a product of the parents. A link in the chain so to speak (and the world is a network of chains).

So we may ignore dysfunction and rename it valuable or special all we like, but it will never be sacred and we will never be truly happy.

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Interzone / Re: Live Eagle Cam
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:12:25 AM »
I reckon just exterminate everyone based on IQ and skull shape.

But hey, each to their own  ;)

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Interzone / Re: Post nuclear arms race begins
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:10:09 AM »
North Korea's patience is seriously running thin guys, and though they mightn't have the big guns they've also got nothing to lose. I'm really quite worried about this one.

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Interzone / Re: Is life sacred?
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:05:40 AM »
Yes. Life is sacred.
But there are these things called zombies, see, that wander around but have no life in them, and no possibility of ever having it. I don't feel, any more, that there is anything sacred about whatever those creatures have, in place of life.

Meaning, as the once great band AMEBIX put it:

"There's more to LIFE than what meets the eye!"

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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 / Re: Live Eagle Cam
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:54:03 AM »
I find people are either one way or the other on such issues. They either generally respect nature and animal life or totally don't give a shit and just see it as either entertainment or commodifiable resourses. My only hope is that they might go on if we ever wipe ourselves out.

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Interzone / Re: Post nuclear arms race begins
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:36:24 AM »
If only the world had listened the Mr Kaczynski and his lot, perhaps the you-know-whos wouldn't be on the verge of fucking losing it big time.

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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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I thought the new site was great. Do you honestly know any other metal site that rivals it? The constant interviews, mini-reviews, and other short articles create a momentum and this forms into a dynamic environment that can continue to grow. It is truly great work! and I also discovered lots of interesting new music because of it.

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Interzone / Re: Buying whores
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:24:28 AM »
Imagine putting your ding dong inside a woman whom thousands of Bikers, Execs, Schizos, Students and Junkies have enjoyed and feeling that your desires more or less match theirs at this point of your life. To add further detail to this grotesque scene, imagine her as child that dreamed of one day being something.

A broken dream made reality.

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Interzone / Re: Is metal populist?
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:08:39 AM »
The main difference between the nerd type I outlined and the average denizen of this forum is probably the antisocial behavior, which stems from the misanthropy that sometimes creeps into Prozak's philosophy, or rather, arises from a misinterpretation of his philosophy. This can be eliminated by realizing that your imaginary standards of what you want your fellow humans to behave and think like are probably unrealistic, and that there are good people out there if you try to find them.

The follow on effect of growing up listening to heavy metal including going for walks out in woods, not being too familiar with the latest gadget, buzzword or fly-by-night celeb gossip, being too normal for normal folk to want to talk to you. It's enough to make one feel like they've reached a world within a world.

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