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« Last post by gabalgabow on April 01, 2016, 08:17:56 AM »
Last distro news:

AFFLICTION GATE (Fra) Dying alone MCD. Death metal/ Old school death

ALTARS (Australia) Paramnesia Tape. Obscure death

CASTLEUMBRA (Mex) Cthulu wgah'nagl fntagn MCD. Digipack. Obscure death

DECOMPOSED (Swe) Decomposesd Tape. Old school death

EXALTER (Bangladesh) Obituary for the Living CD. Old school thrash/ death.

INFRA (Por) Initiation on the ordeals of lower vibrations Demo tape. Death doom/ Black

FUNERAL BITCH (Usa) The demos tape. Old death metal/ Thrash. Pre Master, or something.

NOMINON (Swe) Chaos in the flesh... Live. Tape. Old school death

ORTHODOXY (Spa) Shaarimoth MCD. Death black

PURGE (Fra) Symbols of disgrace Demo tape. Old school death

PURGE (Fra) Sordid preludes to purgatory CD. Old school death/ Obscure death

REMAINS (Mex) Evoking darkness CD. Old school death la early Grave...

UTTERTOMB (Chile) Necrocentrism MCD. Old school death

Metal / Gateway bands
« Last post by vOddy on March 29, 2016, 11:19:19 AM »
I am assuming that none of you were able to start with Burzum, Morbid Angel, Darkthrone, Entombed, or the like. If you were, then I congratulate you on being a superior musical being.

However, for us mortals, I want to discuss which kind of music led us to that glorious darkness. It really is like esoteric knowledge; it must be revealed in steps, and if you jump to a level that you are not ready for, then you will not understand it.

There are many paths to take. Tell me which one you took, and if the music which helped unlock parts of the gate still hold up today.
The OSSUAIRE MCD is available, or will be available soon,
from the following labels/ distros/ peoples:

Equinox discos         
Hexed cemetery recs      
Auto de fe recs      

Destruktion Records   
Iron Hammer zine   
Go fuck yourself recs   

Chaos and hell recs   
Miasmal sabbath   
Nuclear winter recs   

Eye of the dead recs      
Calabrian metal inferno recs     
Gravplass propaganda recs 

War productions      

Invictus recs   

Metal music austria recs   

Metal or die recs   


Rising beast recs   Usa   
Nomos dei recs   Russia   

Odmetnik recs/   Serbia   

Inhuman assault recs   Thailand

Transcending obscurity recs   India   

Apocalyptic recs   Chile   

Metal / Re: OrthodoxBlackMetal webzine
« Last post by Mpastardos on March 23, 2016, 11:14:15 AM »
The review for the second full length album of the experienced band from Slovakia called Evil, "Studňa (2015)", is online.

English http://orthodoxblackmetal.com/evil-studna2015.php

Greek http://orthodoxblackmetal.com/evil-studna2015gv.php

« Last post by gabalgabow on March 18, 2016, 02:39:09 PM »
Last distro news:

ABYSSUS (Gre) Into the abyss Tape. Old school death

ABYSSUS (Gre)/ SLAUGHTERDAY (Ger) Split tape. Old school death

DEKAPITED (Chile) Nacidos del odio Demo tape. Old school thrash

MIASMAL SABBATH (Gre) Miasmal sabbath MCD. Digipack. Old school death/ Crust with death grind touches.

RECIDIVIST (Malaysia) Persistent offender Demo tape. Death metal

WITCHBURNER (Ger) Blood of witches Tape. Thrash metal

Fanzine: POSTHUMAN (Hungary) #8: Agonized, Temple of adoration zine, Devoured christ, Betonrot, Anvil kvlt, Zudaskrust, Matka teresa, Six score, Madre coca, Kyliga dalen, Sriba boys... + Reviews, articles. Punk/ Hardcore/ Grind and metal zine. 64 pages. A5. In english. 2016.

Metal / Re: Folk Metal
« Last post by vOddy on March 14, 2016, 06:08:16 PM »
Thanks for the exposition voddy. I haven't heard any of those bands - except for one or two songs by Finntroll played to me by a friend some 10-15 years ago - so I'm not in a position to criticize or salute them really. What I can say is that I stay firm to my thesis that most folk metal is not very good metal or folk music! This convinction stems from earlier hearings of bands like Storm, Moonsorrow, etc. The genres just doesn't mix well when all you do is bring folkish melodies into a (often heavy) metal context. When you take - whether they are authentical recorded melodies or pastiches of folk material - to spice up your average metal it just sounds... too jolly and faux maybee? Many older folk musics often feature a vast emotional span encoded in melodies that on the surface sounds simple, but works tremendously well in their original context thanks to other factors like song structure, performances, timbre and whatnot. Almost all of this tends to get lost in folk metal. Or it's just that I haven't discovered the better groups  :)

I could go on about the so-called viking metal, but I guess noone's reading this anyway...

I haven't heard Storm or Moonsorrow, but I have heard Korpiklaani, and it just wasn't very good. It had an obvious romantic tone, but it was so obvious that it was doomed to being flat and shallow. There was no room for anything interesting or deep. This left the music only with the potential of being aesthetically and technically deep, but it wasn't particularly so. I'd rather just listen to Mozart for that, which I do on occasion.

I can imagine that creating bad folk metal is easy - just take some melodies which on the surface resemble Scandinavian folk music and place them next to metal riffs, in the same way that a band like Children of Bodom can be "neo classical".

What I think is compatible with metal about Scandinavian folk music, however, is the sentiment of existence being a struggle, while dealing with that without whining about it. This is apparent in the lyrics, but it also tinges the compositions themselves.
However, I have not seen this part of folk music being used a lot in folk metal. They tend to just grab surface elements.
Having said that, I stand by my comments on Ensiferum and Finntroll.
Metal / The message of metal
« Last post by vOddy on March 14, 2016, 05:59:48 PM »

By message, I am not referring to the sung lyrics, but to what idea or emotion is described or expressed by the sounds. If there is a clear inspiration for the art, then the lyrics tend to be inspired by the same thing as the music, and so they tend to deal with similar subject matter. Nonetheless, when I write "message",  I mean what information is communicated by the sounds. The music itself is the message. Note that a message does not need to be infused with human values. It is possible for a message to simply contain data.

When I write morality, I am referring to a kind of value that humans place in certain natural phenomena, not to any kind of intrinsic objective morality.

Universal traits of metal

What, if anything, does all metal have in common?
In this text, I will present the opinion that so far in history, all metal has two things in common:

1: The message that reality is terrifying, but that it can be faced honestly with dignity and valour.

2: Certain compositional techniques used to communicate this.

The message

There are variations of the universal message. Some bands focus mostly on the horrors of reality. Others focus more on the valour with which those horrors can be faced. Some have a balance of both. Within both categories, there is also variation. Horror can take the form of murder, rape, or war. It can also use mythology or fantasy to demonstrate the relatively feeble position of a human in the universe.

On the valourous side, the moral values, if there are any, can differ. Some bands emphasize fighting for a just cause, while others are drawn to describing the act of fighting bravely itself. Conflict, however, is always recognized as inevitable, or even necessary. From the masculine "we can fix this" attitude of speed metal, to the cheesy orcs and elves of power metal, to the pagan mythology of folk metal and some black metal, It is presented as a valid solution to many problems.

No matter what mixture of ingredients is used, the result will always have certain traits.
It will have honesty; because no matter how terrifying or disgusting reality is, it is viewed as it is rather than diluted by self deception.
It will be optimistic; not in the sense of expecting pleasant outcomes, but in the sense of seeing the beautiful in the ugly, the good in the evil, and the value in darkness.
It will have valour; Because it does not whine about reality, nor attempt to deny it. It accepts the inevitability of conflict and death with dignity, and if it finds parts of reality unacceptable, it struggles to change them. It can be a call to action, but never a lullaby.

The composition

It may be possible to say what metal says in a different way. Would such music be a metal sub genre, because it says the same things as metal, or would it be some other music genre, because it speaks differently?
In either case, metal in its current and past forms has its particular methods.

In summary, metal uses melodic passages, riffs, which repeat. A lot of the nuance comes from how the music progresses. What happened in the past determines the meaning of the present. For riffs, this can mean how many times one was repeated before a different one took over. It can also mean if the riff mutated, while still being recognizably related. It can also mean that harmony and rhythm, which perform important but more supportive functions, change around the riff - or any combination of the above.

Post Scriptum to DeathMetal.Org

This is intended as an easy to understand explanation of metal. It is directed at outsiders and at uninitiated potential "Hessians". I want feedback and constructive criticism on this text.

The MCD of OSSUAIRE is now available on Bandcamp!

Into and old school death.


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