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Metal / Organ music
« on: April 17, 2011, 04:54:23 AM »
What do you think of organ music? initially I felt it evokes a more finite corridor of emotions than music composed for orchestra, but this can be advantageous as the composition then concentrates more on structure in an atonal space, and so instead of creating a bigger picture it reveals the inner detail. I also thought there is some parallel to the primordial drone sound of certain non-western traditional music/s.

Interzone / Re: Thinking about death.
« on: April 16, 2011, 07:29:57 PM »
I try not to think about it.

Metal / Relating metal album stucture to symphonic 'movements'
« on: April 05, 2011, 05:31:17 AM »
One of the triumphs of the development of metal over time would be the expansion of structure from well developed songs to songs which support each other in the context of the album. By this I mean not merely selecting songs in an order that makes the album flow freely, but actually composing each segment with a deep knowledge of how it relates to what came before and what comes next. In this it resembles the movements of a classical symphony rather than a collection of tracks on a cd. Hvis lyset tar oss would epitomise this appraoch. Also of note is the use of recurring themes throughout the composition i.e. Filosofem and Kraftwerk's Computerwelt album.

Metal / Re: Electric Doom Synthesis as a proto-genre
« on: March 30, 2011, 12:02:39 AM »
The album offers some interesting ideas which have their inherent obstacles:

- It uses both a narrative and ambient structure however there is often too much division between the two.

- Its thematics give a sense of the blurring of heaven and hell.

- While structure and texture can be expanded, electronic sound often lacks the same 'spontaneous' dynamic of live instuments.

- Compared to metal instruments, electronic sound requires more careful attention to 'production' detail, knowledge of tone sounds is essential.

Metal / Re: key to the gate
« on: March 26, 2011, 03:51:41 AM »
The lyrics fit perfectly with the music.  The song starts with harshness and dissonance.  In the second half of a beautiful hopeful melody floats through the harshness and counterpoints the first half.  On repeated listening, it is clear that the harshness is just as beautiful as the hopeful melody.  The hopeful melody is telling us  “I will open the gates to Hell one day...”

There are several pieces on this album that feature a kind of build and release structure to great effect whereas Hvis lyset tar oss applies the idea to the album as a whole. And yes I would agree this method is a great example of how music, concepts and lyrics can be one and the same.

Metal / Re: Who else enjoys early Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir?
« on: March 26, 2011, 03:21:19 AM »
The first two Dimmu Borgir albums are great with a grain of salt, better than anything by Satyricon or later Burzum. Cradle of Filth is about as relevant to black metal as Lionel Richie.

Metal / Re: Coherent Black Metal Philosophy
« on: March 26, 2011, 03:15:17 AM »
I meant more the actual philisophical ideologies found in black metal like existentialism, nihilism, satanism,individualism, atheism, antitheism, paganism, nationalism, misanthropy ect...

They should be viewed as different sides of the same coin rather than distinct ideological offshoots of black metal.

Metal / Re: Favourite metal poetry
« on: March 25, 2011, 01:25:44 AM »

Lyrics don't generally matter in (death & black) metal, certainly not to the extent that they do in most other forms of music. But that is one of the genre's primary strengths. It both moves focus onto the music itself, which discourages fans from liking shitty songs just because they have emotive words embedded among the notes, AND drives what lyrical focus there is onto the core concepts being expressed - as opposed to focusing on the expression itself. At its best, this makes for some statements that derive power from their almost-retarded simplicity (RAPE THE HOLY ASSHOLE) and prevents those who DO ENTRY from trying to be "original" - no ideas are new, although dumbfuck parasites will always try to gain peer cred by painting old ideas in ways that make them look new. Which of course gets reflected in the music itself eventually.

Lyrics/vocals cannot be seperated from the rest of the composition and this generally follows through both conceptually and musically. I find metal lyrics are like narration of an epic/abstract journey but the style of singing is rhythmic/tonal as oppose to melodic which makes it perceptually innaccessible for most non-metal listners, indeed vocals are their most frequent criticism. I'm particularly interested when lyrics project what they mean fluently within a given work without compromizing the esoteric nature.

Metal / Re: Mortal Throne of Nazarene
« on: March 25, 2011, 12:03:33 AM »
I noticed it wasn't reviewed by DLA, Any reason why?

If it's any consolation Onwards to Golgotha review was only fairly recent, but it was kind of essential.

Interzone / Re: A Manís Workout. Work out like wild animal. GRRRRRR
« on: March 16, 2011, 05:33:29 AM »
I like swimming and rowing because it is a natural form of fitness and I can feel the primordial serenity of the water. Weight lifting and martial arts etc just seems like you're attracting violence.

Metal / Electric Doom Synthesis as a proto-genre
« on: March 16, 2011, 05:14:10 AM »
Holocausto mentions in the DLA interview that he thought there would be room for growth between black metal and industrial. So I'm interested in what this would sound like. An obvious example would be Electric Doom Synthesis which is essentially the darkly majestic spirit of occult black metal removed from its instrumentation and expanded by a new one. However it is a style that sounds unfinished and neither Beherit nor anyone else has even attempted to expand upon it. Personally I think there's a wealth of ideas here and I'm curious to see what would come if we consider it a stepping stone to something more complete.

Metal / Re: Old Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, and Kvist.
« on: March 06, 2011, 07:46:36 PM »
I would very much advise you to skip Kataxu's Hunger of Elements. I thought it was a few notches below the usual thirteen a dozen bad darkclones. The other Kataxu album, Roots Thunder, is sort of ok though. I'd also skip the Abigor.

Disagree with you here. Hunger of Elements makes structural sense, and is executed with passion and conviction that surpasses a good deal of contemporary black metal (although falls quite far from the quality of Averse Sefira, ect.) It is by all means a high C grade album, but of course not "necessary". It's composition relies allot on surface/asthetic elements and "hooks", however it wins out because of it's spirit. Fans of the style will be pleased.

Hunger of Elements isn't an outright failure but it's nothing compared to Roots Thunder, too much emphasis on song stucture and heavy metal technique as oppose to the free flowing chaotic black metal theatrics. Auzhia is a more structurally coherent version of that same style, only it lacks the same nordic euro-soul.

Metal / Re: Favourite metal poetry
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:51:53 AM »
"How feeble thy man hast come forth unto us
 to thine blessed land, provoking his crucifixion"

Maybe it parodies victim-blaming? and disconnects christ from anything sacred or natural (thine blessed land) while identifying him as a passive aggressive sociopath that planned his own martyrdom. anyway it's such an intense, thunderous way to start the album and it reads like an ancient script (or incantation).

"Humanity on the cross and nailed to the earth, humanity to be served as food for the master race"

The christ is a metaphor for those who shrug their shoulders and find comfort in human weakness. The master-race is probably the jews.

Metal / Favourite metal poetry
« on: February 27, 2011, 01:36:06 AM »
Understanding metal vocals/lyrics is like discovering an encrypted impression of reality, some parts become immediately obvious while others help build both detail and structural complexity from a distance. I find certain lyrics drive deeper into the subconscious than others, and this is also true for one or two lines within a lyric depending on how it's phrased within the composition. Here are a few examples that always stood out to me as being the anchor of context within the song or even entire album.

"Kathaaria was built - world without end"

"...the mind was open like the sights in a dream, but the sword was like a stone around my neck"

"How feele thy man hast come forth unto us
 to thine blessed land, provoking his crucifixion"

"flesh crumbles in the real world"

"Humanity on the cross and nailed to the earth, humanity to be served as food for the master race"

Interzone / Re: Why all movies are shallow entertainment
« on: February 27, 2011, 01:04:44 AM »
What did you think of Stalker? I found it left me with a profound, otherworldly sense of purpose and understanding. Hard to put in words. Such an abstract film, full of beautiful symbolism.

It's good but I generally dislike the abstract/surrealistic approach he took at that point. In Andrei Rublyov this is kept to a minimal and serves the romanticism of the film well given its historical context. Maybe I need to watch stalker again to fully grasp it, I've seen Andrei Rublyov several times.

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