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Interzone / Re: Dark Legions Archive comments and critique
« on: March 04, 2010, 05:33:25 PM »
Keep in mind that bands like Asphyx, Profanatica, Beherit and Celtic Frost somehow still get good reviews, even though the amount of trolling that negatively rated albums have to sustain gets obnoxious at times. Deathmetal.org doesn't seem to have a problem with exploring new releases that generally get panned by 'alternatively trendy hipster DLA staff that kids really enjoy emulating nowadays', and the Sadistic Metal Reviews often turn out surprisingly lenient with a pat in the back and a 'lose the gimmick, do some music' one-liner.
It's rather funny how that blog entry about Belus (not the official review, mind you) stirred up such a commotion and a storm of new anti-ANUS sentiment.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: March 03, 2010, 06:06:11 PM »
If it's not too late to add some fuel to the church fire...

Belus makes sense when analyzed in context of the previous two synth albums, which, as it turns out, didn't represent a change in composition brought on by the inconvenience of not being allowed to keep a guitar behind bars, but a larger shift in perspective. Baldr's Death carried out the storyline concept thing rather nicely with an A to Z approach, while Hlidskjalf consisted of powerful vignettes which could be played in any order, given that they were basically snippets of a larger chunk of ambience. The latest release gives the impression that Varg wanted to merge both compositional concepts and create something that is capable of jumping from profound tragedy to bouts of bucolic elation, and telling a meaningful tale at the same time.

Obviously, this is entirely removed from what he did on DSEV or HLTO, so it's not really surprising that fans of that particular era felt alienated. Still, what is Belus in terms of its own identity, exactly (well yeah, apart from being sui generis)? It's not the self-titled part two, as it's supposed to pull off a lengthy narrative... yet, we get a pleroma of songforms which are arranged in succession so that they make sense as a story, as long as you keep the description handy. There are lots of distinctly Burzumic techniques used now and then: the glimmering of Glemselens Elv, the savage riff at the beginning of Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning and the ominous drone in the background of Keliohesten, but frankly, all of it feels like the two middle tracks of HLTO dissected with their innards smeared over an odd 50 minutes, so that no song gets, God forbid, too texturally complex for its own sake.

Now the thing that got me into listening to Burzum and hailing it as "the" thing that defined black metal by transcending it, was the peculiar characteristic that none of those albums (the first three in particular) required a willful suspension of disbelief. You know, the thing you usually have to do when you listen to fantasy music about Elves and what once was. Burzum actually felt as if it had more to do with real life than what most people do on a day to day basis. It stimulated the fantasy of mortals, as we all know. The guy who mentioned that Varg stopped casting spells and started making music is right on. Fuck, after repeated listening I can confess that I enjoy Belus the same way I enjoy Peste Noire. And that's probably why most people feel so butthurt.
</personal drama>

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:10:51 PM »
Hey, I just figured out that Den Hvite Guden is the second best Burzum EP, right after Aske.
It all makes sense once you realize that it's a perfectly good reject compilation with Drudkh tracks inserted by the label, in order to convince the kids that if Varg had not been incarcerated, he would have recorded more albums in the vein of the timeless classics, like Abyssic Hate and Wolves in the Throne Room.
So, to break it down, the Den Hvite Guden EP probably looks like this:
1. Belus' Dųd
2. Keliohesten
3. Sverddans
4. Glemselens Elv
...though frankly, the last one was obviously stolen from a Summoning Oath Bound-era bootleg and re-recorded in a half-assed manner.

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Metal / Re: Thrash
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:42:37 PM »
Not to deride Birth A.D. (which Metalenema fans especially enjoyed), but have there been any more interesting developments to warrant an actual revival?

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Metal / Re: New DARKTHRONE album "Circle the Wagons" available 3/8/10
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:34:37 AM »
It got worse. "The Cult Is Alive" was an honest fuck that statement, equally derivative as the previous two albums, but at least it felt as if the guys had some sort of fun while recording. It would have even worked in the long term if Darkthrone was an Amebix/Green Day clone from A to Z. Alas, with the next two releases, DT stopped even being fun and/or funny.

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Metal / Re: Piano metal
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:21:38 PM »
The Vital Remains cover hilariously reminds me of "Hermošr Į Helferš" and "Die Liebe Neržus'" at times.

Here's Dissection - Where Dead Angels Lie.

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Metal / Re: Piano metal
« on: February 10, 2010, 09:45:11 AM »
Might be interesting on organ since you wont lose the wall of sound effect that distorted guitars have.

It's interesting in respect to the production fetish/nihilism argument. This cover unmasked some compositional fragmentation and latent rock'n'rollisms (unless it's just the perfomer's mannerisms), while uncovering that on piano, the otherwise immersive hellish intro gets more boring with every consecutive repetition.
The girl charges 70 euro per song for sheet music and an MP3 recording, so the Metal Score Project should start its own foundation, unless there's someone from Amsterdam here who'd persuade her to do it for teh lulz.

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Metal / Re: Averse Sefira: hype or reality?
« on: February 08, 2010, 11:29:56 AM »
The "praying at the altar" statement in the other thread was intended as a smartass troll comment, but with the above discussion done, I guess the sentiment still stays valid.

As far as wave-contemporary bands go, AS seems to be the only one that hasn't succumbed to some sort of genre-conscious artificiality and successively expanded on concepts brought forth a decade ago on their first releases. I might be drooling over consistency too much, but then again, I've lost faith in Antaeus, Watain and the sort, so why not root for a band that still has its feet firmly standing in what really made those bands better than Ukrainian indie bands doing the Burzum clone routine?

The assets Arctic Sun previously mentioned seem to suggest that while the rest are comfortable in a certain aesthetic niche and can be expected to keep on releasing music with a certain deal of substance, Sefira have "the" potential to create an official soundtrack to life.

So yeah, it's hype, but it's probably healthier than promoting Woodtemple (*bump*).

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Interzone / Use social networking to your advantage
« on: February 07, 2010, 12:17:11 AM »
www.livemocha.com

Livemocha.com is a social networking site geared towards reciprocal tutoring in foreign languages.
Signing up for a course gives you an intuitive manual, tests, assignments and feedback from other users.
If you're a college/university student, you finally get a good excuse for procrastinating.

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Metal / Re: Averse Sefira: hype or reality?
« on: February 07, 2010, 12:04:10 AM »
(I actually wanted to start a new threat to discuss this, so here's to the admin).

Bands such as Demilich, Massacra and Averse Sefira get their deal of hype backlash due to being possibly overdiscussed here, at the bad aspie/elitist/nazi forum.
Frankly, I myself used to enjoy Averse Sefira as one of those bands that are quite articulate in what they intend to convey, but without the, let's say, metaphysical appreciation and personal attachment as with the good ol' bands like Burzum or Morbid Angel. Then came Beherit's "Engram", which completely annihilated my tolerance for sub-par effort, proving that even a guy who had spent the last 15 years as a gabber DJ in Bangkok (or whatever the real story is) can regain a certain sense of purpose and create an album with loads of more substance than most "good" black metal albums since his last release combined. The point being: having removed the crap tolerance, I got to the conclusion that Averse Sefira have been doing since 1999 what most of the "Swedish Ninth Wave of Satanic Orthodox Black Metal" wanted to achieve, but couldn't, because they were too obsessed with the image, the singular "concept" and technical proficiency in ripping off of Mayhem. Anyone who lived through both the ANUS-led Averse Sefira hype and the 2000s Swedish Satanic Metal hype should probably notice that one of the above is hyped to perdition, and the other is brilliant. Done guessing?

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Metal / Re: New Burzum album info
« on: February 06, 2010, 11:40:40 AM »
Seriously though, last year Beherit set a standard high enough for people to stop caring about the entire "Swedish Mayhem rip-off" scene and the crap Immortal and Gorgoroth excreted later on. Now, everyone probably expected the new Burzum to be Daudi Baldrs done properly or Hvis Lyset Tar Oss Part 2 (as shown here, erm... at least for the first 30 seconds), but at this point we can at best hope for another Burzum s/t. Then again, while 30 seconds of "Ea, Lord of the Depths" or "Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown" would probably sound as derivative and blockheaded as the new stuff, I'm afraid the overall criticism might not be unfounded. Even if it's better than most black metal nowadays, it'll still be regressive in respect to HLTO or even DSEV. We should probably start praying at the altar of Averse Sefira or something.

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Metal / Re: New Gorgoroth sample
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:48:15 PM »
I gather that some have heard the album in its entirety?
http://www.myspace.com/gorgoroth
"Prayer" sounds like the Gorgoroth we all like, given that the sample does contain a rather lucid progression of moods - and that's already something. Admittedly, "Aneuthanasia" reminds me of Ildjarn turned mainstream. Obviously, it's irrelevant as long as we have no context in which these themes are supposed to play a role (if any). The point is that these two samples might be part of either something memorable or utter debris. I wouldn't pass a judgement yet, hence my initial question.

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: August 27, 2009, 07:50:09 AM »
Fall (Pol) - Black Autumnal Void

Not sure whether you're suggesting it or asking about the quality. In the latter case... their logo is hilariously appropriate at first glance. Well, at least it's honest on a subconscious level. Seriously though, this is generic mid 2000's "moody" consonance infused with post-rock, catching up with the general indie rock black metal trend. Think Alcest, just less drugged out and thus more boring.

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Interzone / Neofolk that doesn't suck
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:47:18 PM »
Disillusioned with metal, I've been on a neofolk and martial industrial binge last year, looking for inspiration (then springtime and Beherit came, but that's another story).
Most of the people here probably know that neofolk basically sucks and usually serves as an "alternative" version of mainstream popular music - equally boring, but the lyrical "message" sounds cool and rebellious. It's quite surprising that the most popular neofolk acts are absolutely tedious, while there's quite a lot of interesting stuff going on in the underground. After all, Burzum, Immortal or Darkthrone are household names in the black metal community - while neofolkers clinge to crap like Death in June.

Enough whining, let's get to the recommendations.

Neun Welten
http://www.myspace.com/neunwelten

Instrumental violin+guitar. It's not Andres Segovia, but the general idea seems somehow similar.

Changes
http://www.myspace.com/changesfolknoir

These guys - who served in a local militia instead of living a hippie life in the 60s - are apparently Rolling Stones contemporaries who restarted their career in the early 90s. The bad part is that you can hear their best songs on their MyAIDS site, so don't bother with the rest of their ouevre.

Triarii
http://www.myspace.com/triariiheadquarters

This is positively great "fascist propaganda". Brass, snares and kettle drums bordering on kitsch - organised into short epics which relate to the experience of European interwar conservative revolutionaries. It's very metal once you notice that Triarii steals from Bruckner like Burzum does.

Pantheon Legio Musica
http://www.myspace.com/pantheonhq

Majestic romantic Roman music translated into a popular format. Lord Wind and late DCD fans will probably enjoy it.

Any more ideas?

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