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Metal / There's a new Black Sabbath song
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:05:32 PM »

metal-by-numbers effort featuring Ozzy's typically atrocious pop music vocal processing.  everybody knows Iommi is capable of endlessly generating riffs but this song is a fucking charade.

Metal / Guy posts video of himself buying a CD
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:50:08 PM »

Came across the link on Suffocation's Facebook page.  I'm not sure what exactly disgusts me so much about this - perhaps it's the glee of this little metalhead muppet showing how excited he is to have $20 to spend, or the constant plugs of his middling band, or that walking into a store to buy a CD passes for social disobedience in 2013, or that said muppet doesn't realize Suffocation hasn't been worth a shit in nearly 20 years, but yeah, I find this to be such an utterly impotent, priggish and ineffectual display of solidarity that I was hardly surprised a whole bunch of other people have posted similar videos in the name of protecting artists by STOPPING ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS, MAAAAAAAN!!!!  Is this really the best we can do?

Audiofile / Esker
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:37:19 AM »

Some people have been up in arms about Dave Mustaine's recent tacit (and meaningless) endorsement of Rick Santorum.

"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at whichNewt has gone back at Romney… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House… and that it's Rick Santorum."

That list grew later in the week when Mustaine said his heterosexuality precludes him from supporting gay marriage.

When asked if he supports gay marriage, Mustaine said, "Well, since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no." Dave was then questioned if he would support legislation to make marriage between a man and another man legal. He replied, "I'm Christian. The answer to that would be no."

Although Mustaine's transparent politics are of no interest to me, one of the many Mustaine-bashing blog pieces cited a recent statement made by Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato as an example of, "one person who is not alienating his fanbase."  Below is an interaction between Mr. Puciato and an alleged fan that took place on his website.  The fan, who claimed to be a homosexual, asked why, in his opinion, "homophobia is still huge in metal."  Here is  Mr. Puciato's response:

I really think masculinity insecurity issues are the problem, and listening to testosterone charged music and putting on a tough guy front enables the people with those issues to live in a sort of constructed “man suit”, helping them to feel more adequate in their gender/sex role confusion. It masks the fact that they probably need therapy to deal with whatever went wrong in their transition from boyhood to manhood.  Combine that with lack of education and culture, two things that we have a massive problem with in the US, and there you have it. It grosses me out. I think the younger generations are obviously progressing, everything progresses with time, but it’s annoying to wait for the world around you to play catch up when you’re already on that level.  Understanding of homosexuality is one of the largest humanist issues of our time. Well, that and educating people about the evils that organized religion have perpetuated in society. Those two things go hand in hand really. It’s frustrating that the United States leans so much on Christianity politically, a religion that teaches at its fundamental core complete intolerance toward homosexuality. Every time a candidate endorses Christianity or uses it as a tool to get votes of bible belt states, he’s saying “go fuck yourselves” to all of the gay population. The problem needs to be dissolved through different angles. Proper education and culture exposure will catch everyone up, but again, waiting is annoying….and I totally see what you are saying about the comical false masculinity that is unfortunately prevalent in metal and hip hop and country music. It’s not a coincidence that homophobia is most rampant in those three genres, and that those genres are primarily embraced by low income groups, groups that have low exposure to quality education, and almost no exposure to travel or different cultures. Punk and hardcore ethics have always been more refreshing and progressive, however, which is partly why we as a band feel more aligned with those movements than with “metal” as far as mindset. The real movements, not the “check it out I’m wearing a CBGB’s shirt I bought at Nordstroms” mall versions. Sorry I’m rambling…too much caffeine to type this very coherently, but it is something I actually feel fairly passionately about so I’m glad you brought it up. I scroll through most of these but this I felt I needed to say something about. If we ever do a show that I feel is gonna have an overtly high level of homophobes in the audience, I promise to wear a shirt that has a picture of a dude sucking a cock on the front of it or something. Funny how the same people who would act violently offended by that would probably cheer if there were two girls making out or going down on one another onstage. Like I said, fucking insecure babies trapped in man bodies. Masculinity insecurity issues. Hopefully they’ll all have gay kids.

Let me also throw in how proud we are as a band that our fans appear to be accepting and tolerant and progressive as well. Haven’t met a DEP fan ever that didn’t seem like a quality human being. I’m pretty sure that we turn everyone off that isn’t that way. I’d like to at least. Don’t come in here with that shit.

As for you, the person who submitted this question….don’t let that shit get you down. Feeling ostracized may sting at times, but the truth is that you’re a forward person in a primitive time. Moving at a faster speed than others. Being ahead of the pack? That’s called being a leader. Embrace it.

And here's a photo of Mr. Puciato, who is assuredly not working through any "masculinity insecurity issues" of his own:

Interzone / Study suggests morons favor conservativism and racism
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:52:40 PM »
curious to know how some here feel about this and whether the psychological framework of the study invalidates its findings.

Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact

Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.

some definitions to keep in mind:

Social conservatism

In both the NCDS* and the BCS*, socially conservative ideology was assessed in terms of respect for and submission to authority (7 items in the NCDS and 10 items in the BCS; e.g., “Give law breakers stiffer sentences” and “Schools should teach children to obey authority”) and support for conventional (i.e., unequal) sex roles (6 items in both studies; e.g., “Family life suffers if mum is working full-time”); scale reliabilities ranged from .63 to .68 (Deary et al., 2008; Schoon et al., 2010). These measures tap socially conservative values, including desire for law and order, punitive reactions toward wrongdoers, adherence to social conventions or traditions, and social control. Without reference to racial out-groups, these items reflect ideological orientations rooted in resistance to change and a desire to maintain existing social stratifications, making them ideal for our purposes.


Attitudes toward racial out-groups were assessed in the NCDS and the BCS with the same five items (e.g., “I wouldn’t mind working with people from other races” and “I wouldn’t mind if a family of a different race moved next door”; αs = .82; Deary et al., 2008; Schoon et al., 2010). Items were reverse-scored; higher scores indicate a generalized antipathy toward racial out-groups, rather than antipathy toward a specific racial group.


We used two large-scale U.K. data sets to test our hypothesized mediation model: the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS). In the NCDS, all participants (4,267 men and 4,537 women) were born in the same week in March 1958; in the BCS, all participants (3,412 men and 3,658 women) were born in the same week in April 1970. Cognitive abilities were assessed with standardized measures when NCDS participants were 11 years old and BCS participants were 10 years old, and socially conservative ideology and racism were assessed at ages 33 and 30, respectively. In both studies, thousands of men and women completed relevant measures; both data sets are regarded as excellent sources of representative data


Metal / Spotify available in U.S. but metal presence needs work
« on: July 23, 2011, 11:17:44 AM »
I really know nothing about this other than to say that it's a pretty excellent concept and works very well.  For a great many metal bands, the offering is excellent.  If one enacts an exhaustive search, however, there is bit of a deficiency in the level of streamable metal albums.  For example, a search of "Burzum" yields Det Som Engag Var, Hildskjalf, the Draugen collection and Fallen.  Searching for Immolation yields only Majesty and Decay.  Autopsy, Massacra, Demilich, Graveland, Ildjarn have no releases at all.  Darkthrone has nothing earlier than Panzerfaust.  Averse Sefira is limited to two albums.  Profanatica/Havohej etc. are not represented.  And so on and so on. 

Does anyone here use the service and are there any plans for ANUS to develop a presence there?  I think it is easily the best means yet for introducing a much wider audience to our music.

Metal / Who wrote Black Metal, God and Hitler?
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:42:25 PM »

Apart from a few minor details (such as the role of drumming in metal), I thought this was an absolutely brilliant piece.I found it to be a nearly-anthemic piece of writing that perfectly distilled the crux of metal as a philosophy and ethos.  In particular, I applaud the choice to spurn the pat response many musicians give when asked why they play metal.  In the case of bands like Immortal and Enslaved who all but defecate on their pasts, they ostensibly do so for political reasons and any answers they would give to a question like, "why do you guys do this?" will inevitably result in a slickly clad version of Venom/Bathory/Sabbath hero worship.  The biggest problem I have with the metal-musician community is that it often seems as if what they're doing is completely apparent to us but not them.  Far too many musicians are still preoccupied with being cool guys who play guitar and go to great lengths to disavow any skill in their craft beyond being able to play an instrument.  Worse, you get the other extreme with children like the dweeb in Liturgy who front-load worthless music with a lot of empty rhetoric and hope that no one notices they've actually got nothing to say.  So yeah, a crucial element to that entire piece for me is how the "gravity" of metal frequently succeeds in spite of the people who create the music.  This is one of the reasons I believe metal will never be held in the same regard as classical or even jazz.

Just as an aside, I'd like to see all of those blog entries posted on here.  Given the despicable level of trolling that occurs in the "comments" section of the blog entries, I've never felt impelled to reply to a single thing I've read there.  Signal-to-noise and all of that.

Metal / NECROHARMONIC: reliable?
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:23:32 PM »
fantastic new track.  as deadite alluded to, this pretty blatantly (and brilliantly) hearkens back to Incantation and Funebrarum.  certainly one of my most anticipated albums of the last two years.  

I'll admit that I'm hesitant to place a preorder for that rather nifty looking 7" after learning Necroharmonic is the distro.  everyone I know who has ordered from Necroharmonic has waited a minimum of three months to receive their goods - everything ranging from a CD to a t-shirt.  and in all cases, they received no responses from the owner when inquiring about the status of their orders.  has anyone here had a positive experience with them?

I started this thread to gauge whether there is any music of quality within this genre that's somehow eluded me.  Ostensibly, there are some good bands that fall within the bounds of heavy metal, but the overwhelming majority of this material strikes me as the sort of musclehead workout music that civil servants put on while getting tanked before a night of barhopping.  I'm speaking specifically about the Scorpions'/AC/DC's/Y&Ts/Van Halens of the world.  For the most part I've never heard anything more than louder verse-chorus-verse blues-inspired rock music from these folks and with almost exclusively nauseating results.  I played an Accept album this weekend (one of their supposed "classics") and was driven to the brink of mania by its banality.

Does any of this stuff resonate with any of you?

Metal / Pitchfork namechecks ANUS
« on: December 07, 2010, 06:35:01 PM »
Just days after giving Kanye West's latest abomination a perfect score, Pitchfork attempt to reclaim their white boy hipper-than-thou crown with this:

Whether you self-identify as a metal-attuned hipster or a hipster-hating metalhead, and whether you scan Pitchfork's reviews or prowl the message boards of the American Nihilist Underground Society, you've likely considered the shifting sound of black metal during the last decade.

The review is the usual sort of Mad Libs pap they do, but I can't recall ever seeing ANUS getting a mention.


Interzone / Three weeds from the same root
« on: October 14, 2010, 03:38:58 PM »
Seems more like a case of reductio ad absurdum, but it still gave me a chuckle.

Many anthropologists argue that we are all related -- it's called the "Eve Theory." But this is almost too much. A genealogist, going back several centuries, says President Obama is distantly related to Sarah Palin on his mother's side, and is a 10th cousin once removed of one of his arch-critics, fiery conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.

Utah-based Ancestry.com said it examined Obama's family tree and found he has a common matriarchal ancestor to Palin named John Smith, a 17th-century pastor in Massachusetts who opposed the persecution of Quakers, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. "He was a very socially conscious man," said genealogist Anastasia Tyler.

President ObamaLimbaugh, who declared last year that he hoped Obama's presidency would fail, is said to be related through a man named Richmond Terrell, a landowner in 17th-century Virginia.

Obama's late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Wichita, Kan., and of English, Irish and German descent.

Genealogists find ancestors by tracing family trees back as far as possible. Connecting well known people through distant cousins is a time-honored exercise.

Palin, for instance, is said to be distantly related to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man she is trying to defeat in Nevada by backing his Republican rival, Sharron Angle. Obama is believed to have a great-great-great-grandfather in County Offaly, Ireland. And Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, believes Cheney and Obama are eighth cousins (The Chicago Sun-times says they're ninth cousins, once removed). And finally, former President George W. Bush is related -- going way back -- to both Obama and Palin, according to Ancestry.com.



the story just seemed relevant to ANUS at the moment.


Hours after a Kansas City woman was accused of threatening to kill an Internet acquaintance in Iowa, authorities arrested her mother for allegedly harassing the same man.

Police in Ottumwa, Iowa, said they arrested 25-year-old Breana Greathouse on Wednesday morning as she stood outside the man’s house holding a loaded .38-caliber handgun behind her back.

“She was screaming for him to come out so she could kill him,” said Ottumwa Police Chief Jim Clark.

Clark said Greathouse and the man had corresponded over the Internet for several years, but he recently had communicated that he didn’t want anything more to do with her. She apparently was angry about derogatory things she believed he had posted online about her.

According to court documents, Greathouse parked about half a block away and walked to the man’s house.

“She called the victim and told him she was outside the residence and also that she was going to kill him,” according to an affidavit filed in Wapello County District Court.

Prosecutors charged her with a felony and two misdemeanors.

Later Wednesday night, the victim contacted Ottumwa police and reported that he had received a phone call from Greathouse’s mother, who also had traveled to Ottumwa. According to court documents, she allegedly told him, “I’m not your friend. I’m just calling to make sure you’re home.”

Because of the earlier incident, the man “took this as a threat to his safety,” according to an affidavit filed to support the misdemeanor charge of harassment filed against 50-year-old Susan Greathouse.

Both women posted bond and were released from custody.

Reached at home Friday, Susan Greathouse said she and her daughter have been advised by their attorney not to comment.

Interzone / Foobar users, your help is requested
« on: August 25, 2010, 04:27:33 PM »
I know absolutely nothing about this app other than that when I view its resource requirements up against winamp, it uses about 1/5 of the memory to run.  Winamp has proven to be a bloated piece of shit, and I'm no longer interested in tolerating its numerous security holes and embedded adware.  Over the past few years, I can recall a number of you mentioning that you'd switched to foobar, so any help you can offer will be appreciated. At this point, all I did was download and run the installer.  The program is fairly minimal, and while I don't want to get this thing bloated to the point of winampdom, I'd like to know if any of you have recommendations regarding tweaks to both the appearance and functionality of the app.  I realize I'm starting from square one here, and I was probably the last remaining winamp user on ANUS.

Metal / Compositional analysis of metal?
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:51:50 PM »
Has anyone on the board undertook a compositional analysis of metal?   I've searched multiple times but the search engine being what it is, my efforts have proven fruitless.  A number of you seem to have had some secondary education (or beyond) courses in music theory and composition, and I'd appreciate your knowledge being applied to anything in the death metal or black metal realms.

Interzone / Homo sapiens extinct within 100 years
« on: June 18, 2010, 10:06:08 AM »
Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University, has predicted that the human race will be extinct within the next 100 years.  He has claimed that the human race will be unable to survive a population explosion and 'unbridled consumption.’  Fenner told The Australian newspaper that 'homo sapiens will become extinct, perhaps within 100 years.'  'A lot of other animals will, too,' he added.  'It's an irreversible situation. I think it's too late. I try not to express that because people are trying to do something, but they keep putting it off.'

Fenner blames the onset of climate change for the human race’s imminent demise.  He said: 'We'll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island.  Climate change is just at the very beginning. But we're seeing remarkable changes in the weather already.  The Aborigines showed that without science and the production of carbon dioxide and global warming, they could survive for 40,000 or 50,000 years.  But the world can't. The human species is likely to go the same way as many of the species that we've seen disappear.'


This should carry a bit more weight than Prince Charles telling the world to embrace Islam but I doubt it'll be viewed with anything more than condescension and dismissiveness.

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