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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.

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).

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Interzone / Re: Youth need modern life alternative
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:43:32 PM »
Perhaps I'm missing something as I couldn't distinguish between most areas of education and career-oriented financial security. This is what already occurs in society and is not an alternative to it.

Metal / Albums you used to bother with
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:13:02 PM »
If art can function as communication, then one might receive it, use it and move on. If it can convey infinite perfection of the universe, then one might embody it. The best of metal has a bit of the latter, but is mostly the former, meaning it doesnít take preference over the great composers in a desert island type scenario.  Understanding this, I then set off for the local CD recyclers to sell everything I used to bother with.

Interzone / Re: The gay police
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:10:58 PM »
Most faggots seems to be perverts. At least in my experience. Though, it is difficult to tell, as there migth be a great majority of fags who are decent people, but who are not vocal about being fags.

If some fags really are being ostracized and mocked as in the video, then  it's  just another example of how humans are evil in a petty way like chickens -- but they probably are not.

Iíve never been able to forget that homosexuality once was classified as a mental illness, and that some great injustice was committed by scrapping the idea. But now it would seem there are considerable differences between homosexuals and queers. What about men and gentlemen?

Interzone / Re: Fatherhood
« on: September 06, 2012, 12:25:48 AM »
It might be hard to directly connect the adult person as an end result of their childhood. As it often occurs that breaking away from perceived errors of the parents defines them more than anything. This is why I'm sceptical of a disciplinary approach that isn't mixed with equal parts of love and dedication; the inevitability of rebellion.

I say: Give knowledge instead of propaganda, encourage experience to develop knowledge, give what the body needs rather than what the mind thinks it wants and so on. In other words be firm yet gentle, otherwise you damage it.

Interzone / Re: Caffeinated beverages
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:43:24 PM »
Coffee beans were not meant to be drunk. Tea is much more natural.
Tea leaves weren't meant to be drunk any more than coffee beans were. Incidentally, both of them are meant to be drunk, inasmuch as anything can be meant to have a specific purpose; we selectively breed them to be as drinkable as possible.

Coffee bean vs instant coffee? In this case even cheap tea would be better.

(a metaphor of life)

Metal / Re: Ainulindale
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:30:26 AM »
From such a description can be drawn infinite inspiration. The point isn't to try and replicate it but to be inpired and let the timewinds carry you where they may.

Interzone / Re: Am I an atheist, agnostic, or theist?
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:21:29 AM »
Are results secondary to the path that leads us to them? Sometimes the unquestioning belief/faith of religion works better than the philosopher that dissects everything.

Interzone / Re: Fatherhood
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:00:29 AM »
There is a saying that to raise the child is like shaping bamboo while itís young, or something like that. With the right ingredients, the right environment, the right direction, the child will grow to do what is right.

The thing that complicates this is the time we live in.

Also, does guidance directly translate into discipline (beatings and emotional manipulation)? Better to deal with the root problem and bypass this method altogether.

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