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Interzone / Re: Speed reading
« on: January 28, 2013, 12:06:58 AM »
It is usually more important that I understand what is being read, so I read slowly and carefully. It might even need to be read over again. Poetry (including some heavy metal lyrics) I try to memorize and decode their essence, even rewording them if needs be.

Interzone / Re: There's hope.
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:59:31 PM »

Metal / Ildjarn to re-release full back catalogue on Season of Mist
« on: January 23, 2013, 11:13:58 PM »
True to a life-long interest in underground extreme Metal, Season of Mist will release the full back catalogue of Norwegian cult act ILDJARN, as well as the ILDJARN-NIDHOGG and SORT VOKTER productions. Here is the comprehensive list of reissues:

Norse (EP)
Ildjarn (album)
Strength and Anger (album)
Landscapes (album)
Svartfråd (EP)
Forest Poetry (album)
Hardangervidda (album)
Hardangervidda part 2 (EP)
1992-1995 (compilation)
Eksistensens Jeger (single)
Nocturnal Visions (EP)
Minnesjord – The Dark Soil (EP)
Ildjarn 93 (EP)
Ildjarn Is Dead (compilation)
SORT VOKTER - Folkloric Necro Metal (album)

All 15 reissues will be available digitally in the upcoming weeks and most of them will hit the stores in physical editions later on. More information soon!

Please note that ILDJARN ceased all musical activities a long time ago and therefore does not do interviews and does not run any official web page or social network.


Interzone / Re: About That Overpopulation Problem
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:01:13 PM »
Eventually, the population of the Earth will decrease, but not due to us evening ourselves out or anything. No, it'll decrease because of lack of resources and widespread famine.


The problem isn't so much how much reproducing is happening but who is reproducing. The likes of Europe and Japan are on their deathbeds.

Like most issues affecting life in the modern world, it’s a multifaceted problem. Because we can only guess at what might become if things continue as they are, and because any given set of statistics can easily be rerouted into supporting totally contrasting points of view, it really comes down to one guess against the other. This inability to agree on anything as a civilization let alone act is like mental illness on mass.

I believe that overpopulation is the most in-your-face example of the failure of modernity by far. I believe even morons can understand why. It is the wildest manifestation of the moderns' fixation with quantity not quality (in a universe that most clearly values quality more). In a functional universe like this, it is as if you're saying every personal computer has the same value. Well Mr Modern, even your capitalist system neglects this view. Pathetic.

Though many of the extreme left gravitate toward environmentalism I believe this is merely to weaken its resolve while those who openly downplay environmental concerns are usually geared towards purely economic interests.

Another thing about overpopulation is that it proves that technology (if it's gone too far) might become destructively dysgenic and apocalyptic. I don't know, maybe technology is not inherently bad, but there has to be a certain degree of genetic/cultural evolution of the life forms themselves before they are worthy of handling such a level of technology.

Our problems are multifaceted as I say. The thing to keep in mind is necessity. It applies to most things.

Interzone / Re: Honor
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:14:42 AM »
Well it's a work in progress for me. I did Taekwondo for many years as a youngster and it was heaps of fun and good camaraderie. These days the whole martial arts 'scene' appears little more than sado-masochistic thuggery with all sense of honor and good will bleached out of it. It might be oversimplifying things but I see most non-gay men as having to prove their manliness through overt aggression, as if to seek vengeance from the world that wronged them.

What marks aristocracy is its distinction from the proletariat, and these days all the proles are pretty.

I generally agree. But there's also the issue of inheriting without comprehending, along with the gradual dilution of noble and royal blood. You might say true aristocracy is like a dusky jewel whereas the proletariat is like polished turd.

Interzone / About That Overpopulation Problem
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:24:37 PM »

Metal / Re: 'One Man Metal' documentary -- Xasthur comes out the closet
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:52:22 AM »
Autistic vs hyperintuitive world

Interzone / Re: There's hope.
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:50:42 AM »
Some young children accurately diagnosed as autistic lose their symptoms and their diagnosis as they get older, say US researchers.

Disease symptomology dissipates as there is no natural state to base it against?

The guy is an actor that doesn't realize he's even acting (? most people ?).

If he were conscious of his acts he might be the perfect troll.

Metal / Re: DLA/Deathmetal.org publication
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:33:32 AM »
To this day, Lords of Chaos is still one of the best books out there on the topic of metal as art/ideology. Unfortunately it's presented in the style of a tabloid newspaper which does it more of disservice than anything. The Celtic Frost biography, Only Death is Real, is ok but like most books about metal it is more for fans that worship idols.

On a related note:


Interzone / Re: Could it be..?
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:03:24 AM »
Consider the leftists who consistently buy Fair Trade products, who consistently indulge in a vegetarian lifestyle, who consistently send money to poor countries. They most certainly practice what they preach.

These are token gestures. A way of appearing to right the wrongs of the world (without realizing liberalism itself is the prime cause thereof). I've got no doubt they might put unparalled energy into practicing what they preach, and may even be good natured people, but there is a natural order that pervades all things and I don't think liberals can stomach it. Their thinking becomes an anti-ideology. A maladaptive reaction based on fear of the hardships of reality.

That being said, I also don't see the value of making an enemy. There is variable potential for change in people though I personally see helping them as a task beyond my capacity.

The problem is, you've already been made an enemy. They will slander and defame you as they have done to their opposition for centuries.

I was thinking of the many conservatives that say they started out as liberals. There are also those higher up, pulling the strings of the extreme left who couldn't appear more conservative.

Metal / Re: Solos
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:57:49 PM »
Lastly, even completely messy and seemingly random soloing as found in Blasphemy or early Beherit can serve its purpose perfectly. That is to say, moreso as 'noise' and 'effect' than melody. But it's necessary to give that otherwise unattainable effect of a raging stormwind in conception.

Metal / Re: Solos
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:41:35 PM »
So what are some examples of otherwise good songs with poor or overwrought solos? Within the canon of the best of metal I mean. I struggle to think of examples.

It can be hard to find fault in any aspect of top-tier material for the very fact that it is top-tier and that with whatever faults exist, it still succeeds overwhelmingly.

So I guess I'm only aiming for a general observation from a primarily compositional standpoint. My main objection would be to the verse-chorus song structure which typically employs soloing to tie off loose ends before repeating the opening riffs to close a piece. It's not necessarily bad just outmoded in its stuplicity.

The other appoach is to put some thought into the key melodic content while improvising over it accordingly. The example of Varathron is well apt and I would add to it Euronymous' classic Freezing Moon solo. Unfortunately it still kind of fits into the neat little 'time for a solo' mentality.

The example left to us on Hvis lyset tar oss sees leads/solos thoroughly augment every element of riffing in song construction. Needless to say that album represents the farthest evolutionary point of the genre in almost any other element one could think of. Darkthrone's A Blaze ... era had similar potential.

Interzone / Re: Digital era killing creativity
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:56:02 PM »
Though I believe this to be the case (without requiring a shred of proof) one must question the motives behind certain studies. Some are set up to fail.

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