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Metal / Re: Who else enjoys early Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir?
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:21:19 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, 10:15:17 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, 08:25:44 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, 07:03:33 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, 12:33:29 PM »
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, 12:14:10 PM »
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 07, 2011, 03:46:36 AM »
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, 10:51:53 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, 09:36:06 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, 09:04:44 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.

Interzone / Re: Why all movies are shallow entertainment
« on: February 26, 2011, 10:20:48 AM »
Andrei Rublyov was Tarkovsky's masterwork. One of few films to ever achieve a philosophical and historical profundity.

Metal / Re: Exotic Black Metal - BM gone too far?
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:01:46 AM »
Remember, art must speak simultaneously about and to a given cultural audience; therein is its value as a means of transmission of heritage maintained. Without such cultural context, it ceases to have meaning.

Yes. A healthy culture can be influenced by other cultures, but when it tries to emulate the other culture its sense of context has become corrupt. That's why non-european bands playing in the northern european style will never surpass novelty; the artform cannot have the same meaning for those who haven't inherited the last couple of centuries of european history.

Metal / Re: What would a metal society look like?
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:09:56 AM »
Metal is a temporary manifestation of a type of thought process; dissidence. But it's inherently romanticist. In the past there was no need for metal as classical and traditional music were still relevant, in the future this will also be the case. Metal will dissappear when it's goal is achieved hence a "metal society" would be an impossibility.

Metal / Re: New Burzum album 2011 (Fallen)
« on: February 13, 2011, 04:04:03 AM »
Filosofem was aimed at expanding atmosphere through abstracting older material, and it's miles away from these last two albums as it still had the spirit to create something profound.

Fallen fails to achieve ambience and only seems like it does to appear connected to older works, in the end ambience is incompatible with the pop structure/technique found on Fallen. The concepts, lyrcs, interviews and posing for the camera are also a derailment from the original vision.

Interzone / Re: Beherit - Engram
« on: January 22, 2011, 03:44:17 PM »
Needs the death metal inspired tempo/riff breaks and weirdness of DDTM

Yes, while it's evolutionary and bustling with an energy waiting to be expanded upon, its maturity has led to a marked decrease in spontaneity causing it to sound a bit 'scripted' in its use of traditional metal technique (though I think this is much more of a problem for recent Profanatica). The thing I notice all through Beherit compositions is it maintains a balance between careful design (as found in ambient structures) and honest spontaneous expression. I think coming back to metal after centuries of studying soundwaves also took it's toll but added a profound understanding of structure at the molecular level. New material would be awesome.

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