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Metal / BEHEMOTH frontman diagnosed with leukemia
« on: September 04, 2010, 03:05:39 PM »
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.


    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!"


Metal / Gorgasm to enter studio
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:38:00 PM »
From their MySpace

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.

Metal / American Renaissance article on black metal.
« on: May 17, 2010, 06:14:52 PM »
I just came across this and thought others may be interested.  I have not yet had a chance to read the article and make no claims about it's quality, but it is interesting to see a high profile nationalist publication like American Renaissance give some space to black metal.  It is possible to obtain a free trial copy by simply clicking the "Download it now." link at American Renaissance.

Black Metal Ethno-nationalism: Alex Kurtagić, a musician and head of a European record label, provides an extraordinary overview of a bourgeoning phenomenon—ethno-nationalist “heavy metal” music. This genre, largely based in Scandinavia, is especially controversial. Drawing from elements of pagan mythology, classical music and Romantic art, so-called Black Metal expresses a "neo-võlkisch" ideology that also features occultic—including Satanic—imagery, often evincing strong anti-Christian overtones. Some offshoots flirt with National Socialism. Black Metal’s popularity is on the rise in the West, and enjoys a small but loyal fan base in the United States. This article considers the larger cultural implications of this movement, in which young whites are finding a channel for racial identity and expression that is denied them in what passes for mainstream culture today.

EDIT:  After reading the article, I find it is a well written piece that extols many of the ideas that a member of these forums is already well aware of in a fashion very accessible to the outsider (although one passage sounds like it could have been plagiarized from the mission statement on the back of a volume of TYR).  Kurtagić (the guy behind Supernal Music for those who are not aware) avoids any critical evaluation of the bands being mentioned, but that is acceptable in a piece discussing philosophy and ideology rather than objective quality.  A comment made by Jared Taylor in his postscript probably sums up the reaction of many non-metal listeners who may be prompted to investigate the genre after reading this article:  "What you see may not be the future of Western Civilization you may have had in mind, but it is certainly not a celebration of 'diversity.' "

Audiofile / Reich, Steve
« on: March 10, 2008, 07:17:17 PM »
Reich, Steve: Rapidshare, Blogspot, Megaupload

Steve Reich

Reich, Steve - Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint (1987-88, Megaupload)

Reich, Steve - Music for 18 Musicians (1974–76, Megaupload)

Reich, Steve - Works 1965-1995 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 (Divshare)

Metal / Asphyx Post New Track
« on: February 09, 2008, 11:07:47 AM »
Asphyx have posted a new track "Death the Brutal Way" on their MySpace page.  The track features the reunited line-up with Martin van Drunen.  While it is rough and unmastered, some (although not much) of the old glory of Asphyx can be heard.  However, the track has made me curious to hear what a full album will be like.


Audiofile / Thou Art Lord
« on: July 13, 2007, 08:28:45 PM »

Audiofile / Gorgoroth / Orcustus
« on: July 07, 2006, 10:20:39 PM »
Gorgoroth / Orcustus
Gorgoroth / Orcustus MP3s


"A relatively unknown member of the cabal of old-school black metal, Gorgoroth make simple but searing melodic blast metal with epic structures and symphonic narration."

Gorgoroth - Pentagram (1993) [ CD $7 ]

Gorgoroth - Pentagram (1993, Mega)

Gorgoroth - Antichrist (1995) [ CD $9 ]

Gorgoroth - Antichrist (1995, Mega)


Orcustus - Demo 2002 (2002)

Orcustus - Demo 2002 (2002, Mega)