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Interzone / Re: Hip Hop From A Hessian's Perspective.
« on: September 16, 2008, 01:13:57 PM »
I guess the commercialized culcha that surrounds it is what puts me off of it the most - yes, I can and do judge an artform by the audience it attracts. That, and the fact that I couldn't care what anyone is saying lyrically - I don't listen to music for words, I listen to it for the music itself. Following that line, listening to a sampled over-compressed beat repeat itself endlessly while some retard talks to me about bling, the bitches he's fucked, political rhetoric, and/or stoned ramblings that make no sense to anyone but the singer himself is not really a "musical" format that will draw me or my attention in.

Yes, yes, you could make similar comparisons to many different artforms - people hit on a formula, culture springs up around it, it grows decadent, and malingers on in perpetual self-reverence and -reference till the"next big thing" hits - but I'm also not stating that other forms of music are immune to the same or similar problems. Metal has these same issues in spades. Classical does too. Not verbatim, but it's there. I dismiss shit when shit is presented to me. I look for whatever good I can find, but hip hop doesn't impel me to want to seek out anything worthwhile in its confines. It's a black subculture - I'm not black and don't share their values, or what they find to be aesthetically or musically pleasing. I'll stick with what I find to be engaging, until something comes along to give me good reason to search outside what has already given me worthwhile content thus far. I'm not so hungry for novelty that I need five hundred varied sources of entertainment or art or music at any given time to choose from and devour. Metal, classical, food, books, friends and family will suffice. Modernity is a fucking cancer, exemplified by most modern music. To me, hip hop emblematizes modern decay, and I see no reason to involve myself with it.

Interzone / Re: Dynamics.
« on: August 30, 2008, 04:49:21 AM »
I would actually put forth that Burzum's Filosofem illustrates exactly what you are describing - the album as a whole moves across its songs like a sine-wave of dynamic-flow, ranging from mid-tempo distorted-depression to a high-octane gallop, descending back into the first movement, into percussion-less ambiance, a complete tempo- and aesthetic-reversal of 25 minutes, than a revisitation of the prior theme before dwindling away into silence. That album works beautifully along those lines, but greater contextual and individual variance within the motifs could have been explored.

Interzone / Re: Dynamics.
« on: August 30, 2008, 04:03:08 AM »
I've been arguing this for years, but alas, metal with this kind of intent doesn't exist, as far as I can discern. A forum member from way back in the day experimented with this method in some pieces he wrote, (Since then, untraceable by all acoounts) and while the effect was interesting, it was also plagued by its own infancy. It essentially amounted to volume pedal contol on the part of the melody the guitar was playing, and this admittedly was not expertly rendered. Too sudden a change (even though it was still a noticable gradation rather than on/off switches), and not enough varied voices in the mix. If this is to be applied to metal, metal musicians have to learn how to write polyphonically and contemplatively before any evolution will occur within the limitations inherent to distorted guitar, blindingly fast tempoes and anger at Christianity; these will never give birth to anything other than more of the same.


Metal / Re: ATHEIST jam session
« on: July 29, 2008, 07:20:48 AM »
He's always sounded like that, ever since the time I offended him by making a crack about his girlfriend at the time. Legendary music, but Flynn has always been much more articulate, in my own experience of talking to the both of them. Shaefer's been mired in nu-metal for too long to have emerged unscathed.

Interzone / Re: The Top 2% Project
« on: July 05, 2008, 07:44:50 AM »
At least 90% of the above list I'd omit.

What's the 10% worth keeping?
The first five on the list. (Yeah, that was a bit of a non-reply, wasn't it?) Even then, that's still questionable in some of those instances. Averse isn't even playing black metal anymore, to my ears - it's more like savage classical. Darken should stick with Lord Wind, Mutiilation should've hung up their gauntlets and wheelchairs long ago, Summoning I'm still on the fence over, and Sorcier is really head and shoulders above many pre-96-ish bands.

Then again, I'm just a fag, so don't listen to me. I still think it's a worthwhile venture to go on with such a project, but nothing leaps out at me anymore. Hell, I don't listen to anything post-96 other than Averse's last two albums.

Interzone / Re: The Top 2% Project
« on: June 13, 2008, 06:22:07 AM »
At least 90% of the above list I'd omit.

Interzone / Re: Early A.N.U.S.
« on: June 09, 2008, 01:52:20 PM »
I miss the old forum. There were some fantastic arguments here and there.

Metal / Re: Pig Destroyer
« on: March 29, 2008, 05:46:45 AM »
Yet the complaints against the "supposed" "elitists" is nothing more than a veiled attempt to put yourself above them. You're engaging in the same friggin' behaviour, and you're making it public, which doesn't aid the problem you're apparently trying to aid - it only adds to it.

Now let's all of us quit fagging up this thread, that's already HIV++++++, and move on to other more important matters.

Metal / Re: New Sorcier Des Glaces album announced
« on: March 22, 2008, 10:33:04 AM »
Sorcier Des Glaces is such a refreshing band. The latest album grew on me quite a bit since I initially slammed it; maybe I should learn to shut up about shit before I shoot my mouth off, if this teaches me anything.

I look forward to this, muchly.

Metal / Re: Immolation / consistency
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:33:34 PM »
Shadows in the Light is a vast improvement. The drummer is doing better work also.

However, I still lack much inspiration to haul out their back catalogue.

I don't think so at all - Henderson or whoever the hell he is sounds to my ears like the personification of every percussive death-metal-cliche, even on the new one. He is buried in the mix, his drums sound like cardboard boxes with all the mids removed, and he has all the imagination of the drummer for P.O.D., albeit faster handspeed. He is doing their music a massive disservice, but that of course is strictly my humble opinion.

Metal / Re: Immolation / consistency
« on: March 18, 2008, 08:59:14 AM »
Immolation is a tough band sometimes; their newest effort has some good ideas, but they need to can the new drummer. Fast. Overall, they've put out consistent quality albums, but with Harnessing Ruin, they've fallen hard. They've just fallen victim to their own formulas.

Interzone / Re: Keep your mouth shut
« on: March 07, 2008, 05:28:26 PM »
You must consider the school board's feelings on the subject - do you really think any big business is going to bend over backwards to accomodate "free speech" concerns over the potential for shootings and other displays (not to mention what this costs a university in the long run, not just in money)?

I realize only retards would need the justification or incitation of a friggin' comic strip in order to commit their crime, but these days, school's can't be too careful. Academia is big business, and random acts of sodomy and mutilation can really hamper the everyday routine.

Interzone / Re: World Creation
« on: February 26, 2008, 09:50:54 AM »
Is there a particular reason as to why you don't believe the scientific explanations for how planets come to be? I'd think it's pretty straight-forward.

Interzone / Re: Chuck Schuldiner died of AIDS
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:03:22 AM »
hehehehehe. That was awesome. I needed that, onan.

(quote unquote, C . Schuldiner, Dec. 2, 2001)

Metal / Re: Sacramentum
« on: December 19, 2006, 07:18:50 PM »
Help a brother out here, Stranger:

I agree that it takes many listenings to understand an album, but this thinking also allows one to argue that...

What I am trying to show is that there is no need to tell someone that they need to listen more to an album to finally understand it. Yes, listening to an album many times will reveal more to a listener, but whether it registers to this person to mean what is apparently, "supposed" to be understood is entirely out of the hands of the art, but solely on the listener.

Which is it?

And this:
Telling someone that they don't have the patience to understand something doesn't always make sense.  
In this case, my statement to this poster in question is incredibly sensible. He downloads the album, and after one listen, deletes it out of hand, because he didn't "get it" the first time around. Obviously, he hasn't the patience to attempt to appreciate what others are trying to tell him about the album, either because of his own delusion ("Great art should be immediately explicable and understandable to anyone, so why am I not getting it? Obviously, these knobjockeys at ANUS.com are full of it") or his own relatavistic inability ("What makes this album so great compared to something I already enjoy, like Storm of The Light's Bane? I've listened to it now at least five times, and I don't see any of the enjoyment I get out of that album. I guess it's all subjective.") to understand that some things in this world that influence our daily lives are in fact objectively grounded in their importance, regardless of whether or not the perceiver perceives it.

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