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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: June 12, 2008, 12:45:24 PM »
Moss - Cthonic Rites
Catacombs - Into the Depths of R'Lyeh

Metal / Bolt Thrower on Artistic Hiatus "Indefinitely"
« on: June 12, 2008, 12:36:55 PM »
We've spent the last year trying to write songs for a new album, planning to go into the studio this summer, unfortunately, after a lot of thought, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the recording indefinitely. We know everybody says that their new album is better than their last, but with us we really believed that. From day one we made it clear that we'd stop recording when we felt we'd written the ultimate Bolt Thrower album, we just never knew when that would be, we kind of took for granted that each release would get better and better. But we have realised now that our last release, "Those Once Loyal" turned out to be that album, and basically the new stuff we have written just doesn't match up to it. We have a lot of pride in our back catalogue, and we refuse to turn into one of the many bands (like the ones we grew up listening to) who end up releasing crap, and we're also not prepared to compromise by instead releasing an album of cover versions or a 'best of' album. Sorry to disappoint those of you looking forward to hearing new BT songs, but we always said that we would never release anything we weren't happy with or that, in our view, didn't at least match up to our previous work.

For those of you living in Holland, Germany and Belgium, you will get the chance to see Bolt Thrower live soon, as there are a few select shows lined up. The confirmed shows are:

7th August - Atak, Enschede (NL) - This is our second home, and we've played at Atak on every tour for the last 18 years. Sadly the club will be closing down this month and they will be moving to a new building in the Autumn. So we were chuffed when they contacted us and offered to re-open for one night, so we can say farewell to this cult club and be the last band to ever play there. We decided that the tickets will be free and we will be informing you soon on the line-up and how to get tickets.

8th August - Party.San Festival, Bad Berka (D) - As headliner we will play a longer set than usual, so expect to hear a lot of songs we haven't played for a while. http://www.party-san.de/openair/

9th August - Hof ter Lo, Antwerp (B) - For this show we will be joined by the best and upcoming bands from the Benelux. The confirmed support bands are: God Dethroned, Born from Pain, The Setup and Anaphylactic Shock. Tickets are 11 Euros, and you can find more info here: http://www.heartbreaktunes.com/en/concert_detail.php?id=831

We'll post more info when we have it.

Hope to see you at the gigs.

Bolt Thrower


That's kind of a bummer, but in the end it's the respectable thing to do. They ran out of ideas.  It happens.  I salute them for having the courage to admit it and not take the Deicide/Therion/Entombed/Obituary/Suffocation/Cryptopsy etc... path to mediocrity.
I encourage everyone to listen to Realm of Chaos, the IVth Crusade, and ...For Victory in remembrance and at least appreciate the fact that they had a solid discography througout their career, which is quite a feat for any band in this decaying society. Sure, they weren't the most original and they made three albums too many, but they always made respectable music.

Metal / Pestilence-Malleus Malficarum to be Remastered
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:14:30 PM »
Pestilence is considered one of the most important icons of the technical metal scene. Known for mixing various influences, from thrash to jazz and fusion with classic death metal, the band became a legend a long time before their final split-up in 1993. Now, with the exclusive re-release of Pestilence’s debut album "Malleus Malficarum", metal fans may once again witness the sheer genius of this truly unique formation…

“Malleus Malficarum” is definitely an album worth picking up by any metal enthusiast. It delivers a solid thrash/death metal assault and marks the beginning of Pestilence’s artistic journey through a brutal world of damnation. If you’re a true fan of technical death metal, be sure to include yourself in that voyage!

New digipak edition limited to 2000 copies will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 19th May 2008 in Europe (except for Benelux) and on 8th July 2008 in USA (via MVD). Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc.

Metal Mind Website

Wasn't this reissued in the late 90s?  I picked up a copy for about $8 on eBay a few years ago, and it seemed to be in good condition, if not completely new.

Metal / Master to Tour the US
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:05:33 PM »
Oct 17 2008      8:00P  The Sterling                   Allentown, Pennsylvania
Oct 18 2008      8:00P  Rehab                        New York, New York
Oct 19 2008      8:00P  The Church                    Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 23 2008      8:00P  TBA                         San Antonio, Texas
Oct 24 2008      8:00P  The War Legion                       Amarillo, Texas
Oct 26 2008      8:00P  The Knitting Factory           Hollywood, California
Central Illinois Metal MySpace

Son of a bitch.  Looks like I picked to wrong year to graduate from college and leave Boston.  Oh well, I hope the rest of you have fun.  I'm sure this will be awesome, seeing as how Mr. Speckmann seems to still care about the music he's making.

Metal / Re: Monstrosity (and Vital Remains) on Tour
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:16:35 AM »
Well, I saw them last night.  They were short a touring rhythm guitar player, and were allowed to play only five songs so Vapid Remains could play for an entire hour.  Besides the fact that the drums overpowered the guitar and bass, I would say that they played well.

Songs played:

1. ? (Something mid-paced, I assume from "Spiritual Apocalypse)
2. Firestorm
3. Imperial Doom
4. The Angels Venom
5. ?

I thankfully arrived halfway through Forever in Terror's set, and I didn't stay for the mediocre Deicide cover band, seeing as how the meathead antics of the lead singer during the Grave/Dismember tour are still fresh in my mind.

In summary: attend at your own risk.  And if you do go, be sure to arrive at least two hours after the doors open.

Metal / Monstrosity (and Vital Remains) on Tour
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:37:37 AM »
I just found out about this:

Mar 26 2008      8:00P           The Knitting Factory NY         New York, New York
Mar 27 2008      8:00P           Middle East      Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 28 2008 8:00P           Michalina’s       Buffalo, New York
Mar 29 2008      8:00P          UW Parkside     Kenosha, Wisconsin
Mar 30 2008      8:00P          Tyomies     Superior, Wisconsin
Mar 31 2008      8:00P          Jigsaw      Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 1 2008      8:00P          Howards Club H      Bowling Green, Ohio
Apr 2 2008      8:00P          Macs            Lansing, Michigan
Apr 3 2008      8:00P          Vnuks       Milwaukee
Apr 4 2008      8:00P          Pearl Room      Mokena, Illinois
Apr 5 2008      8:00P          Elvas      South      Bend, Indiana
Apr 6 2008      8:00P          Zanies Too       Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 7 2008      8:00P          The Muse         Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 8 2008      8:00P          The Picador      Iowa City, Iowa
Apr 9 2008      8:00P          Otherside      Tulsa, Oklahoma
Apr 10 2008      8:00P          The Riot Room          Kansas City, Kansas
Apr 11 2008      8:00P          Marquis Theatre      Denver, Colorado
Apr 12 2008      8:00P          Kamikazes            Ogden, Utah
Apr 13 2008      8:00P          Rock n Roll Pizza     Portland, Oregon
Apr 14 2008      8:00P          Studio Seven      Seattle, Washington
Apr 15 2008      8:00P          Metro Opera House     Oakland, California
Apr 16 2008      8:00P          Island Oasis     Reno, Nevada
Apr 17 2008      8:00P          Fat Cats     Modesto, California
Apr 18 2008      8:00P          The Exit     Fresno, California
Apr 19 2008      8:00P          The Knitting Factory LA     Los Angeles, California
Apr 20 2008      8:00P          Gators      Farmington, New Mexico
Apr 21 2008      8:00P          The Compound     Albuquerque, New Mexico
Apr 22 2008      8:00P          Chics     El Paso, Texas
Apr 23 2008      8:00P          Red 7     Austin, Texas
Apr 24 2008      8:00P          Mugsys     Carbondale, Illinois
Apr 25 2008      8:00P          Montage Music Hall     Rochester, New York
Apr 26 2008      8:00P          The Palladium     Worcester, Massachusetts
Apr 27 2008      8:00P          The Haunt     Yonkers, New York
May 24 2008      8:00P          Sonar     Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 18 2008      8:00P          Canopy Club     Urbana, Illinois

Source:Monstrosity MySpace Page

Metal / Re: Academic recognition of metal possible
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:20:39 AM »
Dear Mr. [The Ancient One],

Thank you for your two compact discs of these groups.  We will add these to our small but choice collection of death metal items.

Thank you for your generosity.


Dr. David Hunter
Music Librarian
The University of Texas Fine Arts Library

He's noticed :).  I would make a scan of the letter he sent me, but I don't have access to any sort of scanner.  But he apparently appreciates what we're doing, so keep them coming. Also, be sure to send reviews or letters to give him some frame of reference for his academic interpretation.  So far I've sent him Paul Speckmann's "Speckmann Project," Bolt Thrower's "...For Victory" and Burzum's "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss." I'll try to send him "Pure Holocaust" in the near future, but if anyone has a spare copy to send feel free to beat me to the punch.

Metal / Re: Co-Creator of Dungeons and Dragons Dies
« on: March 10, 2008, 03:05:42 PM »
I'm assuming that it's pretty widely known that the game and its underlying concepts had a hand in the development of metal.  

Indeed.  D&D, once I began to truly understand it and take it seriously, made great contributions to my understanding of metal.  It provided me with a basic, but important, introduction to concepts such as heroism, pre-Chrisitian beliefs and morality,  the development of individual potential, and so on.   Obviously these ideas were simplified but the game encouraged, and still encourages me, to further explore them.  That may sound ridiculous but, hey, you have to do something to cast off the bullshit beliefs of the modern world.

I won't pretend that Gygax's death really means anything to me, seeing as how I only started playing right when version 3.0 came out and I know next to nothing about him, but the man definitely made an important contribution to the world. Oh well.  I'm sure he's taken his throne on the outer Ethereral Plane next to Ehlonna, Obad-Hai, and Moradin.  

Additionally, I would encourage all ANUSians to play at least a few D&D sessions.  It's one of the better passtimes anyone can take up, and it is a pretty awesome game.  And remember: Varg and the guys in Immortal used to play D&D before they started playing music. May the spirit of Gygax watch over your ability score rolls. Horlemmar Mernar.

Metal / Re: Perfect Visions (ex-Immortal)
« on: November 29, 2007, 07:12:37 PM »
New songs...now with vocals

Apparently he has renamed the band 'Demonaz'

Upon first listen of the finished songs, it sounds like he's living out his Eurotrash rock star dreams.  Good for him.

The listening continues...

Interzone / Re: Suicide
« on: November 17, 2007, 11:32:02 AM »
Although I'm not 100% certain that it's a black and white issue, I cannot imagine any admirable suicide which is based on phsychological issues.  The whole "content with your accomplishments" thing is BULLSHIT and I cannot believe people here are espousing that kind of crap.  No human being will reach the end of their rope mentally; we only fool ourselves into thinking we do.  You can always do more.  Unless...

I agree with you.  No individual ever know everything, and there will never be a shortage of things to experience, to learn, to perceive, etc...  I know that I will never stop trying to learn until the day I die (unless I develop alzheimers...fuck that).  However, I interpret the Buddhist decision to commit suicide as an (older) man becoming completely aware and accepting of his ignorance.  People generally don't understand what's happening around them in nature, and most of the things they "know" are faulty interpretations about the world that they have inherited from their ancestors (see writings by Heraclitus for better explanations on these ideas).  

Well, there are several ways in which a person can react to this.  Socrates chose to walk around Athens and call people on their bullshit.  He realized that 99.9% of all people (including him) don't know what they're talking about, and all he wanted to do was inform them of their inherent ignorance.  We all know how that ended.  

I suppose another way is the Buddhist suicide route.  I personally would never choose it, but it seems like a man would make this decision after learning and thinking all of his life and coming to the conclusion that we can't really know anything.   It's a fairly profound realization to come to, realizing the true limits of the human mind and the human condition.  I admit that suicide seems like a cop out in this situation, but maybe the man committing suicide is simply ready to take the "next step." Man is ignorant, so maybe he no longer wants or needs his human body after coming to this realization...

On a more personal level I realize that I, along with the rest of humanity, am ignorant.  We are all destined to misinterpret the world around us, and our minds are so fragile and underdeveloped that we can't really "know" how or why things happen; there can only be interpretations that are closer to the truth than others.  However, that doesn't give us any right to give up and say that trying anything or declaring anything is a futile task.  Some interpretations are better than others, and some decisions are better than others.  Nothing we do is ever guaranteed to succeed, but sitting back and assuming everything will be okay guarantees failure.  We all have a duty to try and prevent the world from turning into complete shit, even though most of our decisions are destined to fail.  All we can do is learn to make better, but not perfect, decisions, which will hopefully prevent man from completely destroying himself.  I guess it's a little something to think about.

Interzone / Re: Suicide
« on: November 10, 2007, 07:04:49 PM »
I wouldn't say that suicide should always be seen as a fatalistic decision.  In Buddhism there are a few stories of men that committed suicide because they felt that they had accomplished all they could accomplish or had learned all they could learn (don't ask me to quote any specific examples.  I don't have the book, Breaking The Circle, in by dorm room right now, but I would recommend it as it's an interesting read).  

You could argue that such an action is fatalistic, but I would say that it's an example of a man being  content with his life and accomplishments. He realizes he has nothing more to contribute or has nothing more to learn (or is incapable of learning more), and is ready to..."learn" about what happens after death.

Also, I would see no shame in suicide if a person is in a condition where all of their effort is devoted to staying alive.  For example, I'll be damned if I'll live the rest of my life as a quadriplegic or strapped some iron lung.  If someone feels that they are incapable of adding anything more to the human race because they are in a condition like this, then I would argue that they have every right to end their own life. I wouldn't look down on a person for taking such an action.  In fact, it would say the person would be accepting their fate in a more rational an dignified manner, which is definitely a commendable decision.  Being in such a helpless condition would simply mean existing for the sake of existing, which, in my opinion, is not the purpose of life. Sure, you could spend the rest of your life watching tv while accumulating bed sores, but I don't think that would be very productive or enjoyable.

But then again, that's just me.

Interzone / Re: Art
« on: October 19, 2007, 07:44:48 PM »
Ah, 18th-19th century German nationalist art. It's...inspiring:

Caspar David Friedrich

Born Sept. 5, 1774, Greifswald, Pomerania [Germany] died May 7, 1840, Dresden, Saxony                                                                              Pioneer early 19th-century German Romantic painter. Friedrich's vast, mysterious landscapes and seascape paintings proclaimed man’s helplessness against the forces of nature and did much to establish the idea of the sublime as central concerns of the Romantic movement.
Friedrich studied from 1794 to 1798 at the academy at Copenhagen but was largely self-taught. Settling at Dresden, Friedrich became a member of an artistic and literary circle that included the painter Philipp Otto Runge and the writers Ludwig Tieck and Novalis. Friedrich's drawings in sepia, executed in his neat early style, won the poet J.W. von Goethe’s approval and a prize from the Weimar Art Society in 1805. Friedrich's first important oil painting, “The Cross in the Mountains” (c. 1807), established his mature style, characterized by an overwhelming sense of isolation, and was an attempt to replace the traditional symbology of religious painting with one drawn from nature. Other symbolic landscape paintings, such as “Shipwreck in the Ice” (1822), reveal his fatalism and obsession with death. Though based on close observation of nature, Friedrich paintings were coloured by his imaginative response to the atmosphere of the Baltic coast and the Harz Mountains, which he found both awesome and ominous. Friedrich paintings portray the untamed power of nature; this is in sharp contrast to Enlightenment-era painters such as Thomas Gainsborough, who used nature to bring out qualities in their human subjects. Friedrich paintings are often read as expressing German nationalism and patriotism during a time of the Napoleonic Wars. In 1824 Friedrich was made professor of the Dresden academy. For a long time Friedrich paintings were forgotten; but these paintings were revived when the 20th century recognized its own existential isolation in his paintings.

I don't know.  He sounds fairly metal to me.

Winter Landscape With Church

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

Graveyard Under Snow


Interzone / Re: Hair
« on: October 14, 2007, 10:11:16 AM »
I've been growing my hair out for the past five years, and it's down to my stomach.  I probably will have to cut it in a few years, even though I genuinely enjoy headbanging (especially 'the whip'). But, like Vorago says, it'll make significant cuts in showering time.

In regards to the original poster: Yes, ancient pagans used to dye their hair and do other cool things with it, but dying your hair in modern society is fucking lame.  The only thing I can think when I see a person with dyed hair is "Wow, that jackass actually thinks he or she is doing something creative.  I hope they have fun wasting their lives listening to Green Day until they turn 30."  I'm not saying that you listen to Green Day, but I am saying that even though dying your hair seems like a cool idea, it's pointless.  Be happy with your natural locks, and show the world that you're different by demonstrating your superior intellect :)

Oh yeah: I completely agree with the idea that the only haircuts you need are grown out hair or a shaved-ish head. Hairstyling is pointless

« on: October 14, 2007, 09:50:50 AM »
Does anyone know how to get to Bedford, New Hampshire from Boston?  I've heard that there's a bus line that stops near "Mark's Place," which is apperently in the middle of nowhere.  However, so far I haven't found any way to get to the place.  The search continues.

Metal / Re: ANUS meetings worldwide disturb
« on: October 14, 2007, 09:47:04 AM »
Incidentally, a later flyering run through NYC was not without effect.

Whoops.  Now that you mention it, I did a fairly extensive flyering run in the very heart of Liberalism itself: the campus of UC Berkeley.  I did this in mid August but I forgot to bring a camera to document it, and forgot to post the incident on the board. Unfortunately, since ANUS/corrupt admin. haven't reported any incidents of angry UC Berkeley students flooding ANUS/corrupt mailboxes with angry emails, I can only assume that the flyers didn't receive very much attention ???. Unless Prozak and co. are still responding to the thousands of e-mails sent by thousands of self righteous Berkeley students...

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