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Interzone / Re: An important book
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:08:57 PM »
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 01, 2013, 06:03:28 PM »
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 01, 2013, 05:37:13 PM »
                                  Sue is fine

Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:13:45 PM »
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 06, 2013, 05:49:53 PM »
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 06, 2013, 05:38:23 PM »
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.

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Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: May 04, 2013, 06:05:01 PM »

Interzone / Re: Suggestions
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:54:41 PM »
Come now, who can honestly say they haven't been Chairman Dave at some point (minus the cocksucking) ?

Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:52:50 PM »

Metal / Re: Decline of the high art of metal album covers
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:48:50 PM »
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 04, 2013, 05:43:23 PM »
Hails and much respect!

Metal / Re: Old Morning's Dawn - first thoughts
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:42:15 PM »
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, 04:50:03 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:

Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: April 27, 2013, 07:51:29 PM »
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.

Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: April 27, 2013, 07:46:50 PM »
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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