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Interzone / Re: International Day of Slayer -- June 6, 2011
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:24:17 PM »
a bit surprised (and disappointed) this hasn't received more attention around here and that very little has been done with the official site

nevertheless, I'll be blasting Slayer all day tomorrow

Metal / Re: Best death metal
« on: May 01, 2012, 12:32:16 PM »
Maybe 5 of those albums are remotely obscure

Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:15:30 PM »
this album is an insurmountable load of drek couched in flimsy "skaldic" mythos.  

Short review: boring.

for as much of a fan I am of your writing, in certain cases, a single sentence works because it:
(a) doesn't inadvertently convey gravity to rubbish
(b) doesn't mask the juvenile aims of the artist

so, in this case, "boring" is really all that's worth being said about this record.  

Metal / Re: Burzum - Umskiptar
« on: April 02, 2012, 05:18:00 PM »




is this where Varg's thematic "inspiration" is derived from these days?

Metal / Re: Wishlist for new SUMMONING album
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:47:03 PM »
my wish has little to do with the songwriting and everything to do with mastering.  in the case of Oath Bound, the album was mastered so poorly that any nuances in the music are utterly lost when played louder than a whisper.  the incessant distortion serves no purpose other than to detract from the overall result and makes the listening experience quite unpleasant.

lesson to be learned: there's no reason to master an album of folk music like it's a Limp Bizkit single. 

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:

Metal / Re: Were black metal bands politically correct?
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:52:48 PM »
does Grutle acknowledge his participation in "the scene" of the early 90s?

Interzone / Re: How to get brutally misled
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:50:35 PM »
In the time and place we live in, I think only adults can decode that story.  Perhaps in another time or place it would be/will be appropriate for children.

The story was never really intended for children.  As the church grew in power, the story was transformed from a rather subtle and incisive narrative on the unification the individual to an easy means of herding morons by threatening them with damnation if they asked too many questions.  I don't believe that the essence of Christianity as conveyed by the Bible is one that can be absorbed by the young mind.  And nor should it, really.  Children have enough trouble trying to understand why their parents are so bloody awful at being parents; philosophical musings on how to become a whole person are basically beyond the grasp of the mind at that stage.  Are there ways to educate the child so that he/she can be in a better position to ultimately understand the essence of the Jesus mythos?  Sure.  I don't think anyone would contend that Sunday school has the slightest degree of usefulness beyond reinforcing the need to rigidly adhere to the rules and regulations of society.  Christian education at the grade school and high school levels does pretty much the same thing, and fights an even more fruitless battle in trying to sway the student's will from the influence of his/her burgeoning sexuality (read; identity).  The great failing of the church is that it is a faithless organization: it not only practices distrust, but utterly denies the ability of its followers to comprehend the true significance of the Jesus mythos, choosing rather to treat them all as if they were children unable to think more critically than is required to put a cracker in one's mouth.   

Metal / Re: Bill Ward fired by Sharon Osbourne
« on: February 13, 2012, 08:43:25 AM »
don't kid yourselves...

A Black Sabbath reunion in 2012 was wholly unappealing before this nonsense started.  We should all be grateful to Sharon Osbourne for reminding us how morbid anything featuring a 63-year old Ozzy Osbourne really is.

Metal / Re: Bill Ward fired by Sharon Osbourne
« on: February 10, 2012, 12:49:02 PM »

the horrid shrew is denying she's fired Bill Ward

Interzone / Re: What free filehost should we use?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:39:41 PM »
This would essentially serve as a "time capsule," correct?  It sounds like a good idea, but someone is going to need to get the ball rolling.  Magnet links and seeders sound Greek to me.  So someone is going to need to dumb it down or give me something to look at so I can help.  Just PM me.  I have time and I have plenty of CDs to rip.  PM me, get me up to speed or get an infrastructure in place.  Would downloading DC++ be a necessary way to start?

I know nothing of how to actually set up a torrent tracker, though the key is that it has to be private if it's to have any chance of surviving and protecting the identities of the people using it.  My experience with private torrent sites, especially the larger ones, is that the trackers facilitating the torrent "connections" are seldom ever located in the United States, and since torrents work by sharing files residing on the computers of users rather than in some central location, it doesn't require the operators to house large amounts of equipment. 

Have a look at this:


Interzone / Re: Study suggests morons favor conservativism and racism
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:19:44 PM »
Then, we have the omitted, likely because it is problematic for the political agenda, answer e. Working with people of other races is meaningless to me

Which, given the nature of the study, is in and of itself reducible to racism/bigotry/primitive deep south conservative jesus luvin' idealism.  And obviously this study has everything to do with trying to establish a link between undesirable behavior of any kind with undesirable people.  In actuality studies of this sort don't hold up to the kind of scrutiny you proposed - which is something of a shock given the love affair the so-called liberal side has with grey areas.  A vast number of the greatest minds civilization has produced, and I'm talking exclusively about the most politically correct historical touchstones, have exhibited tendencies that could be viewed as racist by any modern liberal metric.  The aggressive cosmopolitan mindset doesn't accept the "that's what it was like back then" disclaimer, so upon closer scrutiny, any of the most revered figures you could think of could be quickly discredited and replaced by more acceptable (i.e. less European male) figures.  That process doesn't rely on any cognitive behavioral study to assess the diminishing returns of a former hero, instead he is disqualified from the hall of fame for turning out to be just another old fashioned bigot.  The academic realm isn't quite as comfortable with that process (yet).  I highly doubt the folks responsible for this study would attempt to question the cognitive ability of Michelangelo even though the modern progressive view is that he was a sexist and possibly a misogynist.  The research is very carefully tailored to form a somewhat truistic judgement about lesser members of the community, people who are likely to exhibit sub par traits no matter the focus. 

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


Interzone / Re: What free filehost should we use?
« on: February 09, 2012, 03:43:37 PM »
honestly, I think filehosting is ultimately a dead end, as these services are far too easy a target and will either all vanish or continue doing what we've seen in recent weeks: deleting files with even the slightest suspicion of being copyrighted material.

a private torrent site is the way to go

Metal / Re: Fenriz gives a black metal history lesson
« on: February 05, 2012, 09:01:35 PM »
that clip is quite a few years old.  he doesn't really look like that anymore. 

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