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Metal / Beithíoch - Summoning the Past (new release)
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:22:20 AM »

Irish black metallers Beithíoch return with new mini album Summoning the Past.

Summoning the Past consists mostly of updated versions of old tracks, that until now never quite felt fully realised, and is intended to showcase how the band has matured stylistically since its early days playing raw ambient metal.

The full release (including bonus tracks - totalling 18 minutes extra playing time) can be bought for 2.50 euro on beithioch.bandcamp.com in a variety of formats, whilst the shortened version (no bonus tracks) can be downloaded as mp3 for free from hiarctow.com

The album's two bonus tracks are both never before heard cuts, and are available exclusively on the Beithíoch Bandcamp page.

Preview track:

Metal / Re: Asphyx - Deathhammer
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:55:34 PM »
They made the mistake of thinking people wanted a death metal Manowar; something self-referential and masturbatory, rather than the real deal.

Metal / Re: Lord of the Rings with live orchestra (!!!)
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:52:22 PM »
I can't agree. It's background music; there's a good reason classical doesn't accept soundtrack as part of its canon. However, it's good for what it is, in part because it's derivative. I normally don't like the songwriter's work either but I think in this case Peter Jackson browbeat him into effectiveness.
That surprises me, normally wouldn't expect you to accept 'background music' as an excuse for something being half-assed.

Film soundtrack is not really high art; even still, here it could've been done better.

Its saccharine and repetitive; a handful of cheap emotional cues recycled verbatim over the course of 9 or so hours (?) of film. Only way to keep the proles reminded that its the same story they're watching, maybe.

I don't know what the story is in America but over here things like this seem to devour big chunks of orchestra's concert series programs; because the state funding bodies they live off expect them to do things to keep the idiots satisfied ("come see the music of the movies!!"). Seems a waste of great talent, and I can imagine a lot of amazing orchestral musicians getting very bored doing this.

Interzone / Re: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:55:44 PM »
Highland pipes are a fucking menace. They're not musical instruments they're instruments of torture.Anyone who gets misty eyed about them has obviously never been in close proximity with them. Uilleann pipes and Northumbrian pipes are alright; only problem is, most of the music written for them sucks.

I can't remember my UK types correctly. The English are the homosexuals, the Irish are of African descent, the Scots are violent but go around half-naked, and the Welsh fuck sheep?
Got it in one.

Metal / Re: Lord of the Rings with live orchestra (!!!)
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:16:43 PM »
shame the soundtrack is crap.

Interzone / Re: No cultural direction = Perverted definition of art
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:41:17 PM »
 "yeah! art!" derp.

best bit of the whole video was watching this chimp slowly discover the use of thumbs. reminded me of this: http://youtu.be/6Oe_qPcTnz0?t=36s

Metal / Re: Stop Hobby Metal
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:07:35 AM »
Social conditions probably aren't right for producing anything but hobby bands (too many shitheads with too much input, too many distractions). Will have to wait for metal to be forgotten about for a few decades, then to be picked up again in a future desert-earth without the internet.

Metal / Re: Voyager Golden METAL Record
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:01:11 AM »

The question arises what metal would I preserve so much that it would belong to the universe and not only humanity?


1. Sepultura - Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation - pure subconscious nervous energy and poetry of conflict, totally historical viewpoint.
2. Incantation - Onward to Golgotha - total death metal perfection.
3. Slayer - Hell Awaits - raw spirit


1. Black Sabbath - didn't stand up well over time. Two-riff one-bridge songs are yawn.
2. Metallica - maybe send "Orion," other than that, now bored.
3. Burzum - maybe "My Journey to the Stars," but the rest seems too emo now
4. Judas Priest - too normal
5. Absu - too uneven
6. anything new after 1994 - too shitty

Being brutally honest, I've no contentions with either the Yes or No list. I'd possibly add: The Red in the Sky is Ours, Nespithe and maybe Mental Funeral. Other than that, ready for take off.

Interzone / Re: Black History Month
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:42:43 PM »

Metal / Re: Metal BANDS are obsolete
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:51:36 AM »
none of that means you can't actually have a discussion.
True, but the lack of notable output to back up all the talk has been a problem at this forum for years. Lots of grand talk, comparatively little sign of any people going away and working on anything.

All but my first point was engaging with the discussion anyway.

Metal / Re: Metal BANDS are obsolete
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:30:00 PM »
- Stop theorising, start acting. Stop over-thinking and just create. This forum's users are too fond of polemics on how things should be/the future of metal/etc (me included; I'm not going to pass on my share of the blame).

This'll get a bit tangential but it all serves the main point, which is an argument FOR bands:

- Start working on stuff and you'll learn that its handy to work in a known format/niche because it means people can understand the language you're speaking, you'll find an audience and the thrust of your presentation will be intelligible. Bands are the norm in metal, much of the cultural machinery of the genre ties into the band format. eg: One man shows don't get gigs (thats for djs and acoustic singer-songwriters - not metal musicians) -  making them less desirable to the labels/people who have money and take their music to a proper audience; they aren't impossible to make a success, but theres a reason why most of them are never more than bedroom-bm bands no ones really hears of (or glorified bedroom-bm like Xasthur and Leviathan).

- All functioning bands, even shitty rock bands, have a single, dominant creative/dictatorial force behind them, the ones that don't fall apart because everyone pulls in their own direction. Group-think bands last about five minutes, they survive beyond that when one person elects themselves king-dick and takes over deciding most of what needs to be done. Democracy is a pleasant falsehood.

- Division of labour: even if you are the main song-writer its unlikely you'll be any good at doing everything. So unless you've a simple vision in mind expect the execution to be either permanently unsatisfactory or extremely arduous. eg: Its helpful to have a drummer who knows his shit, roughly knows what you're looking for and doesn't have to be shown every single pattern/fill.

Metal / Re: Ancient - Trolltaar
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:37:34 PM »
Stuff I actually listen to these days:

Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion/Morbid Tales/Satanic Rites
Autopsy - Mental Funeral/Severed Survival
Black Sabbath - first five albums
Therion - Beyond Sanctorum
Incantation - Onwards to Golgotha
At the Gates - The Red in the Sky is ours
Varathron - His Majesty at the Swamps
Massacra - Final Holocaust
Morbid Angel - Blessed are the Sick/Altars of Madness
Burzum - first two albums
Darkthrone - Soulside Journey/Goatlord (instrumental version usually)
Sepultura - first five releases
Slayer - first five releases
Sinister - Cross the Styx/Diabolical Summoning

Metal hardly makes up 20% of what I listen to these days, the rest is just Bach with occasional Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn.

Stuff I 'should' listen to more according to what consensus says is good or I know is on some level genuinely commendable, but that doesn't seize me with a great urge to listen to it like it maybe once did:
Darkthrone's black metal material
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Immolation after the first album
Burzum - Filosofem
Death - Human
Cynic - Focus
Iron Maiden
Ambient music

Interzone / Re: Love for Radio Nihil
« on: July 19, 2011, 03:01:47 AM »
Sorry, only just seen the PM you sent me, music lover.  I can contribute a few scripts/playlists, and I could, feasibly, record them, though I'm not certain of the quality of the recording.  I'm generally busy with music at the moment (I have a million and one ideas floating around), but could easily set aside time for this project.

Great. I appreciate that everyone is always going to be busy with their own work/studies/projects. However, I do think that if a few us pool together our time, resources and energy we should be able to put together something that will be of real lasting value. Email me some script drafts/ideas at info@hiarctow.com and i'll take a look at them.

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