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Metal / Re: Hipster Metal
« on: August 02, 2010, 06:02:02 AM »
Dying Bride were mentioned, as well as some other shit.

My Dying Bride are something worth investigating if you are searching out "better" death metal, at least their early output.  The "God is Alone" EP, the "Trinity" collection, and "As the Flower WIthers" are all great examples of early death doom.  If they had continued in this vein, they would likely have gone down in history as one of the sickest death metal bands of all time.  Instead, they began to incorporate more clean vocal and violin/keyboard elements on their next album, "Turn Loose the Swans", almost single-handedly inventing the genre of gothic doom metal.  After that point, it is a mixed bag.  For sentimental reasons I find it hard to reject them completely, but very much understand why others dislike them.

Interzone / Re: Last.fm
« on: June 30, 2010, 05:04:34 AM »
Don't read the comments and it's a fine website.

That is a true sentiment for so many websites.  The introduction of the comments section so that everyone can have their opinion heard, no matter how uneducated or degenerate, was the downfall of many a decent project.  Sometimes there is the odd, genuinely interesting/informative comment, but searching them out isn't worth the effort.

Metal / Re: Ildjarn: Last Man Standing
« on: June 27, 2010, 05:37:01 AM »
Could you explain why?

By stripping everything down to the barest essentials, and delivering everything in a violently hypnotic fashion, the albums in their entirety express complete misanthropy and disdain for the modern world.  At least that's what I get out of it.  No one has ever claimed he demonstrates great proficiency with his instruments, least of all Vidar himself.

Quote from: Cargést
Ildjarn, so as not to sully his musical legacy, decided to stop writing and releasing music.

I recall reading somewhere that he stopped because his four-track broke.  While humourous, I'm not sure how true that claim was.

Quote from: Forbinator
Darken...really? Fire Chariot of Destruction is amazing, but the last two albums (or next two...just in case he releases more albums while I'm typing) are poor imitations of previous work, and are guilty of the same offenses that people accuse Belus of.

I agree that Graveland is an act that has gotten trapped in a rut.  Everything since "Memory and Destiny" has essentially been the same album over and over.  While no one can accuse Ildjarn of much progression over his albums either, they were at least expressive (but, admittedly, it would have gotten old if he continued for much longer).

Metal / Re: Ildjarn: Last Man Standing
« on: June 26, 2010, 12:28:20 PM »
He takes a couple of two-chord chugging riffs and calls it a song. I think we're deluding ourselves here.

The technicality isn't the point.  The metal albums are a near perfect microcosm of black metal aesthetic/ideology.

Metal / Re: The "Bad" Immortal Albums. Are we asking too much?
« on: June 25, 2010, 12:16:09 AM »
1) As independent entities, Post-Demonaz (on guitar) Immortal albums aren't bad, in fact they're very good. This is quite evident.

Honestly, I don't understand how this is "quite evident".  Just saying it is doesn't make it so.  The only post-Demonaz album that had a glimmer of interesting material was ATHOW, and I used to defend it, but recently it's shallowness has made me reevaluate it.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:03:05 AM »
I gave In the Woods' first album a try a while back, and I've never been more bored. So many bands listen to Burzum's droning style on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, and rather than go through the arduous task of figuring out why that album is great, they just assume that repetitive=good and put like three boring riffs end to end for two hours or so. Layer some ambient keyboard over it, and you've got an "avantgarde masterpiece". Personally, I'd go for Graveland's Immortal Pride instead: it's got a similar aesthetic, but it does a lot more with it.

That is a rather accurate summation of the album, although I find enjoyment in it.  However, that album gives a very inaccurate picture of how good this band really is.  Their follow up, "Omnio", is far superior and I would highly recommend giving it a listen.  They dropped the annoying Burzum worship that disrupted the continuity of the first album and trimmed much of the fat from the compositions (although they are still lengthy) resulting in a much more "progressive" sound for lack of a better term.  I like to think of it as what modern Amorphis could have sounded like if they decided to not suck.  They continued this evolution on their follow up, "Strange in Stereo", but it started to wander a little too far for me to claim it is as good as "Omnio".

Metal / Re: American Renaissance article on black metal.
« on: May 19, 2010, 11:09:20 AM »
It overplays NS in BM. I guess this paper/site holds primarily NS beliefs.

American Renaissance is a race realist publication that deals extensively with race relations.  As a result, a BM article that is going to be published in it should fit the subject matter they deal with.

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.' "

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:15:23 PM »
House of Usher. Uncanny. Abhoth. Megaslaughter. Necrony.

Uncanny are a very worthwhile, rather esoteric take on Swedish death metal, finding a good balance between melody and heaviness.  They are one of the bands that I always find myself wondering what another full-length would have been like.

Abhoth are, unlike Uncanny, a very generic Swedish death outfit.  It is not surprising they didn't release a full-length.

Necrony are not terrible, but not essential either.  I'd rather listen to Pathologist if I'm going to listen to Carcass worship.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: April 12, 2010, 10:57:00 PM »
Sotajumala is a disappointing take at modernizing the Finnish death metal sound by excising groove in favour of chugging simplicity, and covering the whole thing with a slick, plastic, and stale production.  Not worth the time it takes to listen to.

Metal / Re: Metal zines project
« on: April 11, 2010, 05:29:25 PM »
Some old zine scans have been getting posted to LOCKJAW.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: April 03, 2010, 09:37:06 PM »
The second album is more speed metal/riff based, probably closer to OFC, but nowhere near as good as the debut.

While I agree with most of the post, I have to disagree with this.  "The Distracting Stone" is quite possibly one of the most ferocious and brilliant albums in the so called "war metal" movement.  "River of Corticone" is great, but falls short of the sonic onslaught of the follow up.  The beautifully controlled chaotic rage is something I have not heard reproduced by any other act, not even Axis of Advance.

Metal / Re: GORGUTS: New Song Samples Available - Mar. 21, 2010
« on: March 22, 2010, 08:47:14 PM »
While I didn't hear anything to get excited about, they are just samples.  I'm willing to wait and see how the whole thing is going to come together.

Metal / Re: Album Devaluation
« on: March 21, 2010, 01:31:55 AM »
I would have to say, of course not.  It is completely possible to separate one piece of work from the next.  If one really doesn't enjoy "Under a Funeral Moon" or "Transilvanian Hunger" after a number of crap releases, I would have to ask if they ever enjoyed them for what they are in the first place.

As the poster above said, is there anything worth listening to anymore if we take that approach?  It seems like a defeatist dead end to me.

Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: March 16, 2010, 09:48:49 PM »
DLA reviews it and everyone else's opinions are silenced??

As others have pointed out above, some bands have already been thoroughly discussed in the ANUS/DLA community, so a little research will unearth what you are looking for before you even need to ask.  It's also a safe bet that when the discography in Audiofile is rather complete, the band is well regarded and worth investigating.  Or, if there is something that warrants a much deeper discussion than it has undergone thus far, consider making a new discussion thread.

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