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Messages - K. Sear

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Interzone / Re: Exams
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:35:28 PM »
teachers should be able to ascertain the intelligence of their pupils without such tests.

Instructors can't have a personal relationship with every student in a class of hundreds.  Besides, exams aren't about judging intelligence, they are about determining knowledge level.

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Interzone / Re: Nihilist films.
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:58:56 AM »
Film is an inherently spiritually corrupt mode of expression.

It always blows my mind that people can have such a visceral hatred of a medium. 

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Metal / Re: Classical Movies
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:27:43 PM »
Point is he was a rude, immature, giddy young adult who was immensely talented, and ultimately whose greatest love was his craft. This is what the movie shows, and not only is it hilarious, but it's probably more accurate than how most composers are portrayed in the movies.

It also shows the distinction between wannabees and true masters, and how politics forces these mediocrities of music into positions of prominence that they don't deserve, only to have history forget them once their work is forced to stand on its own against the test of time, aside Mozart and all other suppressed masters.

If you can turn off your "nothing worthwhile is fun or funny" switch before you watch, I think you'll enjoy the movie, and also get a few things out of it.

What you say is true, but I find it difficult to take the film as an exemplar of how to deal with the subject of composers when it is so highly fictionalized; where does the fiction end and the history begin?

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Interzone / Re: Scientists discover Nihilist particles
« on: October 02, 2011, 03:05:35 PM »

I suspect that this may have important philosophical rammifications.

(I even see a generalisation into a statistical explanation of the big bang, as well as multiverse theories, though this may not be possible)

It's too early to be finding great implications of anything in this report.  The findings are considered rather suspect by the majority of the worlds scientists.  A lot of careful work is still called for.

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Metal / Re: Classical Movies
« on: July 18, 2011, 06:11:19 PM »
As already mentioned, Amadeus is not really anything to get excited about, being more a historical fiction than actual history, but is rather famous.

Another famous one is Immortal Beloved and isn't any better.  It's kind of a mystery tale trying to figure out who Beethoven's "immortal beloved" was.  Entertaining mainly for Gary Oldman's acting.

A much better work is Krzysztof Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs:Bleu telling the tale of coping with the loss of loved ones, woven around the theme of composing a "Song for the Unification of Europe."  This is another well known and easily found film.  The whole trilogy is worth watching.

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Interzone / Re: Krokodil, better than jenkem (slowly we rot)
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:54:30 PM »
is it society or have people been doing this type of thing since the beginning?

I'm no expert on the history of addiction, but it would shock me to find out it is a recent phenomenon.  My guess is that as we continually develop "better" drugs, the crazier (and more media grabbing) the side effects will become.  That photo almost made me vomit by the way.  Perhaps we will one day develop a drug that is sheer heaven, but will make your head explode.  The catch is, you never know when it will happen, so you can play Russian roulette until you lose your nerve or go out like your life is a Cronenberg film.  Incidentally, desomorphine itself is apparently not any worse than many controlled substances.  It seems that the junkies are just too strung out to put in the effort to purify it once they have it.

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"You're dreaming of heroin, of something that feels clean and not like poison. But you can't afford it, so you keep doing the krokodil. Until you die."

That made me laugh.  If you have the skill to make desomorphine, making heroin is no more difficult.  Perhaps getting the reagents is a little harder, but come on guys, apply yourselves!

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Although I think we all know deep down that this material was recorded within the last 18 months and is merely re-packaged as the original for extra nostalgia value, it is nonetheless nice to believe.

That sounds like a pointless activity to me.  Engram was warmly received, therefore there is no need to lie about it being a previously lost recording to cash in on nostalgia.

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Metal / Re: Who else enjoys early Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir?
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:14:33 PM »
This thread inspired me to take a another listen to these early Cradle of FIlth recordings, which I have ignored for many years.  I was astonished to find I actually enjoyed them greatly, beyond a merely nostalgic walk down memory lane.  While definitely overblown and cheesy at times, this early work sounds genuine and not merely intended to cash in on the mindless herds as the review above suggested.  "Dusk...and her Embrace" is a far cry from the dumbed down material that appeals to such folk.  I am now convinced that it is the horrid material they have been releasing recently and their obsession with image that has poisoned the impression of their early work, despite the fact it has merit and showed there was potential in a "gothic" direction in black metal.  WIth "Cruelty and the Beast" the definite shift towards blackened rock and roll can be heard and marked the decline to what they are now.

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Metal / Re: Gorgasm to enter studio
« on: February 13, 2011, 11:54:21 AM »
A new track has been posted.


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Metal / Re: Sorcier Des Glaces announces 3 new albums for 2011.
« on: December 18, 2010, 11:56:16 PM »
Hopefully at least one of these gets released.

Yeah, I'm reminded of when Demoncy announced three new albums would come out in one year about a decade ago.  One managed to come out in a reasonable time frame.  We're still awaiting the rest!

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Metal / Re: BEHEMOTH frontman diagnosed with leukemia
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:14:02 PM »
The AIDS brigade moves on.

I wondered how long it would take for someone to contribute that tired and stale bit.

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Metal / BEHEMOTH frontman diagnosed with leukemia
« on: September 04, 2010, 10:05:39 PM »
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Adam "Nergal" Darski, the 33-year-old guitarist/vocalist from Poland's greatest extreme-metal export, BEHEMOTH, has been diagnosed with a life-threatening form of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming tissues of the bone marrow. The disease, for which Adam is currently receiving treatment at the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, has advanced to the point where he is in urgent need of a bone-marrow transplant. (A bone-marrow transplant is when special cells [called stem cells] that are normally found in the bone marrow are taken out, filtered, and given back either to the same person or to another person.) In light of this, Darski wants to remind everyone about the need to be on the marrow registry. The more people get tested and donate, the more of a chance for life there is for him and others in the same situation.

Blabbermouth

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    Nergal also used the statement as an opportunity to lash out at those in the Polish media and elsewhere who've suggested that the disease will cause him to renounce his anti-Christian stance, or possibly even convert to Christianity.
    "Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me," he writes. "This is a typical example of supporting one's own views by preying on someone's misfortune. 'He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.' Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery — each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don't understand the message of the Bible. I'd rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!"

ShockHound

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Metal / Re: Blackened Death Metal
« on: August 22, 2010, 02:35:21 PM »
Early Belphegor is probably the purest example of blackdeath that I can think of.   Aeturnus also walked the line between the two quite well.  Other bands that deserve consideration are Aurora Borealis and Forest of Impaled (if only just for Demonvoid).  As for more modern bands, I have no clue or interest.

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Metal / Gorgasm to enter studio
« on: August 13, 2010, 11:38:00 PM »
From their MySpace

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Well this has been a long time coming, and we have kept it under wraps for a while.  There have been set backs in the past for various reasons, as well as rumors.  We have been writing new Gorgasm material for the last 3 years and kept it to ourselves.  To some it may be surprising, others have seen it coming(and thank you to the people who have kept it quiet that knew).  It has been 7 years now since the last release, and with all new members and some new elements added(but definitely not losing the sound that we have carried with us since the beginning).  So here is the deal, we wanted to keep it entirely to us so we created the name Sadichist and kept the name Gorgasm quiet for a while, no shows, no tours, and not wanting to promise the new album yet again just incase things didn’t work out as planned.  With all the material written, and a full and very solid line up, we played the CIM under the name Sadichist to sort of test the waters with the new material, and it was great to see and hear the positive reactions.  Also, kinda funny and cool to hear everyone compare it to Gorgasm at the show, and online over the past couple years.  After the CIM we figured it was finally time to let out what we have been keeping to ourselves.  Gorgasm is back!!!  No more rumors, no more hype, no more bullshit.  We are proud to announce that we have signed with Brutal Bands, are going into the Studio next month to record the long awaited full length.  We feel that this is our most brutal material yet, and long time fans wont be let down.   With 10 brand new songs, plus a little surprise,  and some slightly new elements here and there throughout(don’t worry…stayed fucking brutal!!) look for the new album out soon, for fuckin’ real this time!!!

The demise of this act was unfortunate for the whole brutal death metal movement.  Hopefully this material will live up to the expectations set by their previous work.  I for one highly anticipate it.

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Metal / Re: DM/BM Groups on the Verge of Creative Sucess
« on: August 02, 2010, 09:48:09 PM »
Profanity.  While their first album was forgettable, the follow up "Slaughtering Thoughts" marks a huge improvement in composition.  It strikes me as what a blending of Gorgasm and Sinister would sound like.  They have already accomplished something significant by writing something worthy of attention in a sub-genre of death metal dominated by idiocy.  If they can further improve on their sound and find an element of originality, they would be into the realm of A class material.

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