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Interzone / Re: War Against the Wise: Divide and Conquer
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:25:19 PM »
Somewhat overlapping with the thread made about lack of youth alternatives, it's hard not to notice it's difficult for bright kids to meet each other. Ever since the scene fell apart more or less completely in the mid 90's it's been hard for kids on the same page to meet each other.

No wonder we aren't getting any great bands anymore, the underground scenes that they would meet each other in have evaporated. Churches and Universities are obviously no longer places of thought either, generally speaking.

Interaction brings ideas to the fore, but isolation gives ideas strength.

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Interzone / Re: Fate
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:21:48 PM »
If there are so many variables at play, then fate itself becomes more of a variable rather than something predetermined. Self discipline vs environment makes more sense.

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Interzone / Re: What have you been reading lately?
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:10:25 PM »
As far as philosophy or fiction is concerned... most of it bores me. Sometimes I'll be inspired by a bit of "wisdom" here and there, but otherwise a lot of metaphysics is redundant, aesthetic stuff. For most of us, we still need food to eat and a place to sleep.

I can't read too much philosophy, in fact the only Nietzsche I've read and enjoyed was Thus Spake Zarathustra as this would exist more in the realm of romantic idealism than reason. For me to enjoy a fictional work it generally has to be along these lines also, contributing something useful and practical in a worldview.

Other books of frequent use would include organic gardening, plant, wildlife identification etc.


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Metal / Re: Paysage d'Hiver interview, 2012
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:02:20 AM »
Yes, surprisingly very mature and level-headed response to questions ( in contrast to either pretending to be a vampire or showing some mock front of normality). I haven't really listened much to his works either, so where would be a good place to start? if it's worth the effort?

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Interzone / Re: Poseurism and the burden of the accuser
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:09:06 PM »
This thread calls to mind various points brought up in an article of this site entitled Music as an Expression of Abstract Form. Though I can't find a direct link, it is well worth a read when considering the value of music as a social or non-social medium of communication. Perhaps it would be either, depending on where a person fits into the grand scheme of life; they seek art or entertainment. To me it is not so unthinkable that there exist these divisions and inequalities occurring naturally in every facet of life.

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Metal / Re: Death/Black Metal chronology
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:54:47 PM »
Bathory?

Forgot the 80's list as I tend to separate the two era's of Black Metal. Its up there now though.

I always considered most 80s material as a genre of its own. Early Sepultura, Possessed, Kreator, Celtic Frost etc are no more death metal than they are black metal. Good effort with the chronological list by the way.

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Interzone / Re: Happiness versus serenity
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:51:47 PM »
Distortion of value-systems seems to be the primary symptom of a collapsing civilization. The person can't see beyond their own pleasure as the highest value, and will violently defend this to no end (well, if you're unlucky enough to have to drive to work maybe you see this as symbolism played out first hand). To further confuse matters, the most motivated altruists among us invariably burn out before taking idealism at gunpoint.

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Interzone / Re: Animal/bird relationships.
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:18:30 PM »
I have the highest respect for animal and plant life as it exists in harmony with the earth. Humanity on the other hand, with its capacity for want rather than need, has complicated things not only to the point of its own destruction, but also that of a once harmonious earth.

The animal and plant world strive on nevertheless, even domestic animals acting as some twisted caricature of humanity often revert back to their primal nature. Observing the nature of the earth and realizing our part in its functioning is a simple way to save the situation (or ourselves if nothing else).

I often think about this stuff while gardening and birdwatching.

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Metal / Re: Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:15:07 PM »
The original marked the beginning of my disinterest in the band so hopefully this re-recording is an improvement, certainly the latest Lord Wind album was top notch.

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Metal / Re: Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:04:03 PM »
Which 3 Summoning's would you consider the worthy ones? I assume Nightshade Forests for sure but feel the other two could go anyway between Dol Guldur, Stronghold, Minas Morgul, or Oath Bound.

I would guess Minas Morgul, Dol Guldur and Oath Bound. No Nightshade Forests.

This is correct as the other two donít constitute fully formed works; Nightshade Forests being an experimental EP and Stronghold being a somewhat shaky start to a new direction. I like Nightshade Forests and the first couple of tracks from Stronghold have some magic as well but to listen to the album as a whole is just painful.

Perhaps such works could be kept as a study much like later Emperor (technical skill vs death of artistic cohesion) but at the same time, why bother?

I also believe the initial impetus and success of great works is not some balancing act of getting it right by including all the right elements, but is more of a subconscious offering that flows as naturally and spontaneously as breath; the simple result of environment and necessity.

To that end, one could listen to something like In the Nightside Eclipse time and time again only to find it endlessly enduring, as they become like a child again, exploring in a great, vast forest. There arenít too many albums like this, but the quality of the few improves the background of my mind and is more than enough to keep me occupied (thus not having to justify time spent on lesser works).

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Metal / Re: Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:42:17 PM »
I used to adore the pants off of Beyond Sanctorum by Therion. However I keep getting hung up on all the block head chugga chugga filler riffs. Half of this album is solid gold, the rest is aggravatingly pedestrian

Not much filler on this classic, Beyond Sanctorum is natural selection itself, building from simple elements an architectural narrative of imagery that transcends genre.

It's not stylistically novel by today's standards but then, when choosing a riff, the best metal would rather eschew the most attention grabbing for one that fits the greater purpose of composition and, that word again, narrative.

I'd give it another bash or seven before dumping it.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R31SCFU7UNRMPL

When I first heard this album I considered it "good but rock-based"
now I say it's "rock-based but good"  ;)

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Interzone / What have you been reading lately?
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:35:28 PM »
I am reading The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima and am currently into the second book of this tetrology.  Itís like philosophy converted to art and I am simply spellbound by it.

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Interzone / Re: a small ponderance
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:16:07 PM »
Moralistic reasons aside, they are usually geared towards global capitalist economies at the expense of the local people and their environment.

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Metal / Re: Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:54:52 PM »
So what albums did you get rid of?

Basically anything that wouldnít qualify as classic/near-classic status after a certain point. I simply donít have time for anything less these days. Of particular note would be the first two by Napalm Death, post-Legion Deicide, Summoning (minus their 3 best works), post-In the Nightside Eclipse Emperor, Krieg and any French LLN bands etc. One might add that some of these are ok but when I only listen to 1-2 albums every couple of days itís naturally not going to be sub-par stuff (if metal at all). Other stuff like early Napalm Death was enjoyed at the time but now seems thoroughly transient (Oddly enough I still get a lot out of Ildjarn).

So why do I torture myself with a trip into the city, knowing Iíll have to endure interaction with the most appalling examples of hipsters and other neurotics, in the end getting maybe $30 total for these little treasures I collected in my teens (obviously before internet eliminated the risk of chance-buying). Well, perhaps Iím lazy and impatient, not being bothered to list them on discogs.com, getting rid of one at a time over the span of several months (or years more likely). But I also need space in my CD rack to put something better.

I also hope these albums might serve as a stepping stone to the person that buys them, or that by chance they would trace it back to better works if they find something in it.

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Metal / Re: Wishlist for new SUMMONING album
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:46:24 PM »
This is great news. I hope for something to top Oathbound.

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