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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.

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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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK_TnlFNnCM

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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:51:29 AM »
Not my story, it's an old Norwegian folktale, but I always get a chuckle from it.

There was once a Bear who came trudging across a swamp carrying a fat pig. The Fox sat high on a stone by the edge of the swamp. "How do you do, grandpa," said the Fox. "What is that good thing you have there?" he asked. "Pork!" said the Bear. "I, too, have something that tastes very good," said the Fox. "What's that?" said the Bear. "It's the largest bees' nest I've ever found," said the Fox. "Is that so?" said the Bear, grinning and drooling. How good he thought it would be to have a little honey! "Shall we swap?" said the Bear. "Oh no, Not me!" said the Fox

But then they made a bet, and agreed that they were to name three different kinds of trees. If the Fox could say it faster than the Bear, he should get one bit of the pork. But if the Bear could say it faster, he was to have one suck at the nest. He would certainly manage to drain all the honey in one suck, thought the Bear.

that will be all right with me," said the Fox. "But if I win, I want you to pull all the bristles where I want to bite." "To be sure. I'll do it if you can't manage it yourself," said the Bear. So then they got ready to name the trees. "Spruce, fir and pine!" growled the Bear in a gruff voice. But this was only one tree, for spruce is nothing but fir. "Ash, aspen, oak!" shrieked the Fox so the forest rang. Now he had won the bet, and he rushed down and took the heart out of the pig in one bite, and was about to run away. But now the Bear was angry because the Fox had taken the choicest part of the whole pig, and, catching the Fox on the run, he held him fast by his tail. "Wait a bit!" shouted the Bear and was white with rage. "Well, it's the same to me, grandpa. If you'll let me go, I'll give you a taste of honey," said the Fox. When the Bear heard that, he let go his hold, and the Fox went up after the honey. "Here on this bees' nest," said the Fox, I'm holding a leaf, and under that leaf is a hole, which you can suck through," he said. And at the same moment as he held up the nest under the Bear's nose, he took the leaf away, hopped up on the stone, and began to giggle and laugh. For there was neither a bees' nest nor honey. It was a wasp's nest as big as a man's head, full of wasps; and the wasps came swarming out of the nest and stung the Bear's eyes and ears and mouth and nose. And he was so busy scraping them off that he had no time to think of the Fox. From that day all bears have been afraid of wasps.

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Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:46:50 AM »
Dreams are the subconscious mind attempting to make sense of reality. Some cultures also see them as future or past visions of life beyond one's current form. My partner and I discuss our dreams every morning, then get out for a bit of sun. Good way to start the day.

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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:38:04 AM »
Crow, did you ever hear the story, of the bear and the fox who made a bet ?

I've always wondered who'd come back as who. 

:D

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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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