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Metal / Re: Instrumentals
« on: February 01, 2012, 07:32:56 AM »
I like Darkthrone's Goatlord rehearsal (without vocals) as it really emphasises the twisted, algorithmic structures of their early style. It totally stands on its own without vocals. Otherwise I'm very mindful of the correct use of vocals i.e. whether it has the right power or if the texture and style is in keeping with the shape of the riffs etc. Ideally, vocals would be viewed as a component part of a group of instuments which is not so easily separable from the final composition (wherein each instrument is necessary in forming its delicate support structure).

Metal / Mozart
« on: January 27, 2012, 05:43:48 AM »
256 years today since the birth of this great musical genius. What are some of your favourite works by this composer?

Metal / Re: New Burzum album out in May.
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:06:08 AM »
I can't agree there. It's obviously fake music made for money.

I'd rather just cut out all the shit -- the fake sell-outs like Burzum, the shitty hipster indie emo shoegaze metalcore post-metal post-hardcore crap like Krallice, the shitty two-note drone like Om, the shitty "trve kvlt" tvrds that imitate the past with zero skill or inspiration, Cannibal Corpse -- and praise the good. If that means I've got two albums on my list, at least they are two albums I'll listen to and learn from, instead of more shit to pass the time. I don't need ways to pass the time. My life isn't that boring. I need music that has some spirit and balls, perhaps even an 8" cock (flaccid)

Exactly, people are comparing dogshit and catshit; it's still just shit.

Metal / Re: Hate Music
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:38:33 PM »
Old stuff by Graveland, Veles or Ildjarn is perfect. But to me, it's more an emotion of disgust than blind hatred, which is important to understand otherwise you miss the whole point; Disgust for the modern world is a deep affection for the natural order.

Interzone / Re: Occult black magic
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:10:39 AM »
This doesn't surprise me. When I spent some time in Malaysia I realised people are extremely superstitious, believing in spirits (Jinn), possession of the soul etc. But generally speaking tradition is very strong there, and it permeates every aspect of life in a way that people from the spiritually-sterile western societies could never comprehend. On the flipside they too are subject to the materialistic western culture and go to absolute extremes with it, but it is more clearly divisible from the more traditional aspects.

Metal / Re: Black Metal as Greek or Wagnerian Drama
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:56:19 AM »
But let's not trap ourselves and say that a Black Metal attempt at drama should be some kind of stupid Opera with two hour metal albums where characters appear and dress in elaborate costumes and sing out dialogue.  I don't think that is the goal.

Though imagine something like Beherit's "Demon Advance" from Engram with characters and dialogue singing over that kind of music with that same type of vocal performance.  That might have something to it....

Interesting you mention Beherit, as it certainly occured to me as one of the few that could build on black metal without negating the overall spirit/meaning of the genre. Nuclear Holocausto even touched on the subject in the DLA interview as well as mixing audio and visual or using audio to represent an unseen visual stimuli.

Regarding the use of characters and dialogue, again I'm reminded of Summoning and their use of the dual-vocals to expand the poetic nature of the music.

Metal / Re: In that case: Black Metal as Greek or Wagnerian Drama
« on: January 20, 2012, 02:25:12 AM »
This is not neccessarily about the future of metal as it is seeing if there is indeed a case to be made that the activities in Norway in the early 90s were somehow an acommplishment of the Greek ideal of art in music, that being the idea of a full experience of music and drama, along with imagery to match the two.

That is indeed some of the superficial appeal of the early Norwegian scene, that it plays out like a drama with real life consequences. But I don't think this link to real life events enhances the quality of the art, and it also doesn't make the inherent romanticism of the music any less relevant.

I think live performance is the closest aspect to the full visual/audial experience in the Greek ideal, but it's also severely lacking. Not to say I don't appreciate the genius of bands that have mastered their craft, but oftentimes I feel bored with the incongruency of the music and the performance. I hate seeing inferior renditions of the album version and I don't think the typical pub/club atmosphere (and all the loonies it attracts) is worthy of the music. I really admire groups like The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud for totally connecting every aspect of their art, playing at old churches, ruins etc.

It would be cool if bands did something akin to live variations around the basic spirit/ideals of the recorded works. Or in the case of a band like Summoning, move closer into the realms of poetry, using music to carry it, actually it's a shame they don't play live as I'm sure it wouldn't dissapoint.

Metal / Re: ILDJARN contributes positive view of A.N.U.S.
« on: January 17, 2012, 06:38:34 AM »
Does anyone know what he's up to these days? According to the interview he should be dead by now. It's a shame he didn't make more tracks like the opening on Ildjarn-Nidhogg s/t. Apparently he broke his four-tracker and called it quits, but what the hell kind of excuse is that?

Also does anyone remember his old website where he put up some photography of the Hardanger countryside? I saved a few but it would be cool to get the rest if anyone has access to them.

Metal / Re: The album of your day
« on: January 16, 2012, 01:52:49 PM »
I remember making compilations of stuff from late night metal radio shows taped onto cassette. Usually odd songs interspersed by interviews and some introductory effects, that was about the best I had back then. I imagine the process of finding material worthy of listening to was much different than today where everything is downloadable, before it's even released.

Now I tend to listen to one type of music for a few days and gradually move onto something else, ideally making this transition as smooth as possible. Sometimes it might relate to seasons or phases of the moon. Certain albums I can only listen to at night (like Ildjarn-Nidhogg - Hardangervidda). But I guess over time I've also realized that the absence of music can be as valuable as music itself in order to fully defrag the mind prior to immersion.

Metal / Re: Deicide
« on: January 16, 2012, 12:43:16 PM »
The first Deicide album was some of the first metal I ever really got into so I still have a soft spot for their old stuff. Though I find Once upon the cross is a bit too simple and blockheaded to really enjoy nowadays, and I wouldn't bother with anything after that. I guess the band kind of fullfil the same purpose as Profanatica, Slayer, Impaled Nazarene etc. as pure and simple blasphemy, it's just that I'm way past that stage at this point. Regarding being raped by priests, well that pretty much says it all; who wouldn't become a narcisistic/borderline self-harming PD as a result?

Metal / Re: Production versus Composition
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:19:14 PM »
If production has any legitimate value at all, it is surely when it helps enhance the compositional material in question. So in the case of something like Transylvanian Hunger or any of the Ildjarn albums, I think it's also a matter of there being no more appropriate a production than what they achieved given the compositional material.

But there's also some oddball albums that are not so easily separated in these terms. My Bloody Valentine's Loveless strikes me as more than a little dependent on that twisted, blurry production to carry the material through. It's a great album nonetheless.

Metal / Re: Australian/nz metal
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:51:47 AM »
Midnight Odyssey has some good ideas but I mainly like the Firmament album. Otherwise there's not much, but the first four Dead Can Dance albums makes up for it where metal is lacking.

Metal / Re: Lost inheritances
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:43:32 AM »
The problem seems to be that a band will find a unique sound and others will think 'we're going to play innovatitive music in the style of x blended with y'. This is just a contradiction. Either you end up playing innovative music or you immitate; the choice is yours but don't lie about what you're doing. Reading interviews from seminal bands one can see that they simply played the music that they loved and let it grow naturally into something unique. There's too much forcing it going.

The thing is though, some music developed a very unique, unmistakable voice i.e. Satyricon (or maybe even a composer like Mahler) but it still doesn't amount to anything. Whereas a band like Darkthrone only ever admits to paying homage to Bathory/Celtic Frost.

Interzone / Re: Lack of audience kills quality art
« on: January 11, 2012, 12:26:13 PM »
Interesting question. Supposing someone today wrote music that wholly resembled Bach or any of the great masters in form and spirit, would it cease to have meaning based on the inability of moderns to comprehend it? Or does audience popularity not apply to immortal music?

Interzone / Re: Another way technology wreaks your life
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:59:26 AM »
This is true. In my case I have to restrict myself to maybe 1-2 hours every second day otherwise it takes over and totally derails the body-clock.

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