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Metal / Re: Death metal is religious music in an atheist age
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:02:20 AM »
Death metal is non-moral realism
I think there is some moral/normative (or romantic, whatever) component to even death metal

I agree. But really there's no hard and fast rule as these genres are like two sides of the same coin. You can even refer to black metal as a form of death metal and vice versa.

Like man and the abyss staring back at each other!

Interzone / Re: Nothing in music is superficial
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:56:12 AM »
It's not actually being primitive at all, it is a facade, an emulation of the primitive. The primitiveness is an aesthetic.

Not hugely relevant. Art is always one step removed from life.

I think serious exception should also be taken to your comment about Immortal, their first two albums are masterpieces.
Good albums don't make them any less of a ridiculous act. Immortal pretty much epitomizes metal as entertainment. I don't think I've ever seen them pretend to be serious in any way at all - which is fine.

Metal is like a mythology, and so it doesn't require a literal interpretation as the process is largely subconscious. Taken for what it is, you don't even consider whether it's serious or not because the music speaks for itself. So in this way perhaps even an obvious joke like Impaled Nazarene can hit on something 'serious'. The dream can influence reality without directly translating into existence.

Metal / Re: Solos
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:50:22 AM »
fallot:  I am sometimes prone to hasty overstatement!  I can't explain it, but I do maintain that I salute metal for de-emphasizing it, in general.  Come to think of it, how could I not love Trey Azagthoth's preposterous, over the top soloing!?  Do I contradict myself?  Very well then, I contradict myself.

It makes sense to me. Dissenting opinions are often what keeps a discussion going.

I think genres and styles evolve like divergent streams from a common origin. But that isn't to say the high point of one particular direction is altogether secure. The latest Demoncy album for example is perfect as it is and to incorporate guitar solos would be totally foreign. It takes off more in the direction of all post '93 black metal; namely, post-Transylvanian Hunger black metal.

That extreme minimalism is easy for newer bands to create, but extremely difficult to master as it requires simplification of advanced techniques and compositional skills, not just playing a certain style because it's easy. With a few exceptions I think this is where most of the newer bands failed.

Of course there are some traditional metal solos that sound like a million random notes going nowhere. But that isn't where the potential is. Understanding the essential melodic/harmonic idea is the basis of true improvisation.

Metal / Re: Black Metal with Death Metal vocals
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:59:28 AM »
I would consider vocals an important compositional element that are no more or less relevant than the function of other instruments within the composition. It really comes down to what the spirit of the composition requires.

Mastery of composition, using the form to convey that spirit, is probably the one universal thing that makes an album great. By that reasoning, you will find all great works have a unique voice and a vocal style all of their own.

The vocals on early Burzum, for example, are in perfect compliment of the written material, production aesthetic and above all underlying spirit of the work. To have Craig Pillard re-record the vocal track would surely sound interesting, but would probably miss that spirit.

In my opinion, Burzum - From the depths of Darkness also missed the spirit as did that early compilation of Darkthrone covers.
I might also add Eliahu Inbal conducting anything by Bruckner.

Interzone / Re: Your contemporary heroes
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:46:16 PM »
This criterion might also include the inability to alienate well intentioned thoughts. Or it could be any living non-parasitic person. Perhaps even a beautiful wife?

Interzone / Re: Musical Hallucinations
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:33:46 PM »
Personally, I never had any of this stuff.

My mind is solid as fuck.

‘But each to their own’.

Interzone / Re: Drug use in ancient civilizations
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:29:46 PM »
You will find most established religions and philosophical teachings will encourage abstinence, even after finding exception. Anyway, what is your research paper going to prove if you're too lazy to do the research? Perhaps the topic hardly even interests you in the end and you should consider re-working the question.

Perhaps do a paper describing the difference between the ancient and modern usage of drugs. Were ancient cultures predominantly escapist in their pursuits? Where drugs used as a one-off means to an end, or an end in themselves?

Metal / Re: Guitarist Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis dies
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:00:00 PM »
At least he died on stage, doing what he was passionate about.

Sad news. Will play some Rigor Mortis today to honor him.

Absolutely! This is pretty close to what I would call a good death.

The person leaves a treasure in the world, rather than just take from it.

If only guys like Ozzy would have died at peak.

« on: December 24, 2012, 03:24:53 PM »
This will continue to be a problem with whatever host you use. Personally I think torrenting is the safer option, but even that won't last. Maybe we'll come back to the grand tradition of tape trading one of these days. The benefits outweigh its charm more than people might realize.

Metal / Re: Death metal is religious music in an atheist age
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:05:14 PM »
Death metal is non-moral realism, unlike black metal which is like a post-moral romanticism.

I'm sure that riddle contains an oxymoron or two.

Metal / Re: Guitarist Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis dies
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:51:03 PM »
He had an heart attack performing during a Rigor Mortis show.

Wow! Talk about dying by the sword (kind of).

Interzone / Re: Mind control is real
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:40:47 AM »
Government can still seize an opportunity without having instigated the cause of it. But if that is or isn't the case I wouldn't be surprised. Same goes for the validity of the average man's emotional reactions. They're like a sanded down tree with bark painted over the top of it. The point is to recognise modernity is a time of collapse and its symptomatology is everywhere.

Metal / Solos
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:22:54 AM »
Have these become obsolete? In the early days it was somewhat of a mandatory compositional element of metal song construction. I might be blind, but it seems to have passed out of favour with recent bands. One the other hand I can understand why. I always felt it can get messy and detract from the overall compositional flow, at its worst serving as little more than an obligatory relic with no functional purpose.

With the resurgence of traditional elements I think bands would do well to reconsider a re-application of old techniques. But it must be applied rather in a way that is less separable from the predominantly riff-based approach. A complete melding of techniques. I think Darkthrone’s A Blaze in the Northern Sky would be a great example of how chords, leads and solos can move interchangeably throughout a piece to great effect. Unfortunately the pure riff-based minimalism they achieved on Transylvanian Hunger became the starting point for most bands that followed.

Metal / Re: Belial
« on: December 23, 2012, 02:20:56 AM »
I revisited Wisdom of Darkness recently and it's a very impressive effort. Though easily overlooked due to wimping out on their full length, this band could easily have represented the missing link between Beherit and Impaled Nazarene.

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