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Metal / Re: Graveland Memory and Destiny remake
« on: October 05, 2012, 12:29:08 AM »
This was my favorite Graveland release. Darken didn't like the reception so went for muddier production with forthcoming Graveland albums. I loved those albums but felt there was some missed potential. Fortunately Summoning picked up on them. Oath Bound scratched every itch I had from Memory an Destiny.

Interzone / Re: Female fronted pop/rock
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:51:58 PM »
Siouxsie and the Banshees obviously. Cocteau Twins as well. Blondie's okay too I guess.

Metal / Re: Metal-like soundtracks
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:18:17 AM »
I was surprised to discover "The Thing" was scored by Ennio Morricone. The opening theme sounded just like Carpenter.

Metal / Re: Dead Can Dance - 2012 Setlist
« on: August 26, 2012, 07:18:58 PM »
I don't contest them for playing their new album. I thought it was excellent. (Though maybe that's because I'm older and closer to death.). But choosing cover songs, soundtrack, and solo songs over songs from DCD's excellent output is questionable. Something about their decision makes me want to point out the fact that you can see Lisa Gerrard totally nude in this trailer for "El niņo de la luna".


Metal / Primordial: The Gathering Wilderness
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:53:50 PM »
Is this album not the greatest "mainstreamization" of the ideas of black metal. I emphasis that word because this band seems to get a lot of flak. On analysis, this seems to be more due to the band's abandonment of rasps in favor of clean Halford-style heavy metal vocals. Other than that, it's pure black metal. The lyrics, the riffs, ect.

When I first heard this album, I was scared because it evoked the same emotions I get while listening to nostalgic childhood tunes like those from Debbie Gibson and Cyndi Lauper. The difference here is I didn't hear this album when I was a child. Perhaps it taps into something more universal.

Interzone / Re: How do people cure their addictions?
« on: August 04, 2012, 02:54:40 PM »
William S. Burroughs died on methadone. When the trudgedom of our pathological society really gets it scurvies in you, there's little we can do for katharsis short of killing and fucking everyone we see. People need artificial motive to function in an artificial world. Give us drugs!

Is early Sonic Youth worth checking out? I've been getting into The Chameleons, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, and Killing Joke recently. Does the American post-punk scene have anything to offer besides Debbie Harry and Lydia Lunch's fuckability?

I've been interested in the New York No Wave scene. I admire their films but their music seems pretentious. They said they wanted to "destroy" music. Well, I like music and see little reason to deconstruct it. One thing that really sets metal apart from the rest of "underground" music is a true appreciation of musical form.

Metal / Re: post-black metal
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:00:11 PM »
American black metal is usually found empty due the lack of any pagan background in our culture. The only key for us is in the transcendent. Agalloch have got a good grip on this, I think. It's arguable on whether their ideas belong in metal, though. (A lot of Cure and Fields of Nephilim influence). There's a genre called dreampop. I guess Agalloch are the metal equivalent of that.

Metal / Re: Punk and metal don't mix
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:12:26 AM »

Interzone / Re: Pro-tard viewpoints
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:11:04 AM »
I feel sorry for retards. Of all the problems with society, I would rate the existence of retards rather low. If they don't want to be called "retards", then I won't call them that. It's the least I can give to them. Such a maimed existence.

Metal / Re: post-black metal
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:46:49 AM »
I experience profound dream recall while listening to Agalloch. I think they're onto something.

I got a soft spot for Wolves in the Throne Room as well. To deny that I was genuinely moved by their music would prove me a hipster, actually. Two Hunters is a masterpiece of this genre.

Metal / Re: Punk and metal don't mix
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:23:20 AM »
If punk and metal didn't mix, Black Sabbath would still be the only metal band.

« on: April 16, 2012, 09:33:14 PM »
If death metal is about showing people the truth, black metal is about finding beauty in that truth. It is to metal what goth was to punk. Romantic revelry in the dark side of nature. Active participation in the sorrows of life.

Interzone / Re: Nihilism and Atheism
« on: April 16, 2012, 05:35:40 PM »
People should check out Joseph Campbell. If you have the service, many of his lectures are available on Netflix.

Metal / Re: videos about death
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:10:10 PM »

This reminds me of another discussion I recently took part in about snuff videos. When I was young, angry and excessively metal, sure they were cool, whatever, but I always have had a hard time watching executions, brutal beheadings and senseless murders of innocents.  I hate beheadings especially, because I can't help but put myself in their shoes and the agony they're feeling. The gargling desperation of a slashed Russian throat under a Chechnyan boot. Shit creeps me out. I don't like to disturb myself with that nonsense anymore. I am not maladjusted. I don't like obsessing too much on my mortality.

Slayer understands.

Necrophobic, can't control the paranoia, scared to die.


Sitting alone creepily getting off on brutal killings is a sign of serious psychological problems, but sometimes these videos have educational value. When my kids start driving, I'll take five minutes to show them some after math footage. Every American should be forced to watch an hour of Iraq and Afghanistan war videos so they can truly understand what the fuck we're really doing over there. Maybe then society would actually ask why with intellectual honesty. Once we've figured out what the lies are, then we would figure out who the liars are.

From a strictly entertainment perspective, gun fights between gangstas are still pretty cool to check out from time to time. It is always awesome to see a shopkeep smoke a robber or a brilliant headshot from a sniper on a hostage taker.

[/i]If anyone knows of any authentic sword fighting videos please, please share. I think all of us would greatly appreciate those. [/i]

J.G. Ballard's covered this in his novel Crash. Getting off on atrocities is an attempt at adaptation, I think.
Humans do have natural bloodlust. It comes from our apeish past. The Vikings romanticised it and made it a part of their religion. Modern people celebrate it through movies and videogames.

We also have empathy, love, and all those "girly things". I'm becoming increasingly partial to those over the years, but those hippies and new agers have got it all fucking wrong. They love the flowers but can't accept the dirt they grow in.

Humanity is definitely at a crossroads. Where we go from here is anyone's guess. There have been many attempts to direct it. (ANUS being one.)

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