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Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:32:57 AM »
I'm not familiar, is FYE one of those Hot Topic type stores or something?

Pretty much. It's an overpriced shopping mall CD/DVD chain you see everywhere in America.

Metal / Re: Introductions: User Relationships to Classical Music
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:04:51 PM »
The Scarlatti sonatas are a must for anyone who enjoys the harpsichord. They just don't sound right on a piano.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:02:34 PM »
They sell Burzum albums in FYE now so he can't be doing too bad.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: March 31, 2012, 11:14:47 AM »
Burzum has become the George Lucas of black metal.

Metal / Re: Asphyx - Deathhammer
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:34:49 AM »
The best parts of Asphyx have always been the aesthetic elements (the chainsaw guitar tone and the powerful vocal style).

Compositionally, they are a simple band.

Aesthetics can go a long way in making an album enjoyable, however.

Metal / Re: Mike Smith Leaves Suffocation
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:10:41 PM »
When you consider that Cannibal Corpse's new album just broke into the American Billboard charts at #38, selling just shy of 10,000 copies in its first week, you can see why he would be frustrated by the lack of success by Suffocation.

They came out about the same time as Cannibal Corpse, and from the same state, even.

Cannibal Corpse went on to become the highest-selling extreme metal act of all time (over 500,000 records sold total), yet most Suffocation records probably haven't even sold 10,000 total.

Even though Suffocation's toured a ton recently, I doubt they pulled in much of a profit considering most of those gigs were the typical 5-band, $20 shows in small clubs and bars.

Metal / Re: Mike Smith Leaves Suffocation
« on: March 22, 2012, 06:46:49 AM »
It sounds like he was angry at their touring guitarist and bassist for not taking the job seriously.

The new drummer won't have a hard time, because the hired guitarists can't play the songs, so he will have nothing to worry about. Whatever songs are played will be the same ones we've been playing for the last 1000 shows or so. Forcing the crew to learn and practice all the Suffo songs was a battle that later became not worth fighting for. You're only as strong as the weak links in a band.

Metal / Mike Smith Leaves Suffocation
« on: March 21, 2012, 12:09:07 PM »
Not surprising, given their constant touring with terrible bands and string of bad albums.

The decision was pretty much inevitable. When we first reunited, the economy was in a much different place and I was able to make Suffocation my full-time job. Over the last few years the ability to tour and support a house, family and all it entails, became a strain on myself and my family. Once you reach a certain point financially, decisions have to be made before falling to a point of no return.


Metal / Re: Coroner and Tech-Thrash
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:16:44 AM »
The problem with technical music is that the technical always eclipses music. I know it's a cliche but the desire to write songs gets buried under the desire to play around with music theory. There just aren't songs there, but experiments in dissonance or polyrythym. When I graduated high school people stopped worshipping technical bands like Rush, Dream Theatre and all tech death. It just no longer has any relevance because it all sounds the same once youve heard enough of it.

Your statement is correct for Rush and Dream Theater and 99% of the tech crap that's put out today.

But I think the bands I mentioned put out great songs that just happened have a little more technique than the average metal band. Coroner, especially, was always about RIFFS and HEADBANGING, primarily. At least, until they went to shit on Mental Vortex and started playing music more like ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?

Metal / Re: Coroner and Tech-Thrash
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:09:24 AM »
Punishment For Decadence is great. Easily Coroner's finest moment.

RIP and No More Color are also good, the latter a bit more than the former.

Grin and Mental Vortex suck hard.

For Obliveon, I like From this Day Forward, but Nemesis was a weak follow-up. I never listen to it.

Voivod is also great from their beginning up to The Outer Limits (minus Angel Rat -- that one sucked).

The first Watchtower album, Energetic Disassembly, also deserves mention. Just avoid their second one (Control and Resistance), which was basically them moving away from speed metal and becoming typical lame "tech prog."

Metal / Re: Wishlist for new SUMMONING album
« on: February 26, 2012, 09:29:14 AM »
The best part of Mortal Heroes was the advancements made to the percussion. The early Summoning albums have painfully simple drum beats. Mortal Heroes was the album where the drums finally became more nuanced and layered.

Summoning's use of percussion on Oath Bound is really unlike any other metal band. There is zero "rock n roll" or "metal" drumming. It is more like something you'd hear in an orchestra setting or tribal counsel.

Metal / Re: Wishlist for new SUMMONING album
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:34:34 AM »
Yes, if we're adding things to the Summoning wishlist, no more hip hop beats or female vocals is high on my list.





I try to forget that album exists in their discography.

Mortal Heroes at least has three or so good tracks on it at the beginning and at the very end. But everything in the middle of that album sucks, too.

Metal / Re: Wishlist for new SUMMONING album
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:48:56 PM »
I don't recall much palm muting in Oath Bound. The guitar parts are mostly chords and tremolo picking.

Mortal Heroes and Stronghold were full of it, though. That is one of the reasons why those two albums are Summoning's weakest.

Metal / Re: Deeds of Flesh-Portal to Canaan
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:49:15 PM »
"Reduced to Ashes" was the last album I enjoyed from this band.

Everything since then has missed the mark, some more badly than others.

Metal / Re: Metal Evolution's episode about Nu Metal
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:51:17 PM »
Also, from the opening of the power metal one:

Q) How would you describe power metal...the sound of it?

A) Girlish. Lots of people who go to festivals have girlfriends and they need a band to show their girlfriend to.

A) Very easy melodies. Very happy melodies. Melodies that you can sing along to.

A) Playing dress up to loud obnoxious fun music.

A) It's like a big beer hall, soccer hall chant situation.

A) When people go out to a bar in Germany and have ten beers, the stuff they can sing must be very simple. As melodic as possible so everybody can join in.

A) It has to do with our history. People looking back on our traditions because they believe in them.

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