IXXI – Assorted Armament

IXXI – Assorted Armament

The way modernity destroys you is entry through the back door (hehe). While you’re watching for the enemy at the gates, someone sidles up to you with a mild proposition and you OK it. In the process, you’ve admitted the basic ideas of your enemy and those then grow inside of you.

IXXI is one such fifth column. Like a cross between Rammstein, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and Ministry with an emphasis on black metal stylings and more organic percussion, this band seems extreme but in fact is a domesticated version of the feral emotions that metal unleashes. This is tamed; it panders to you, repeats itself, has jazzy interludes and rides the offbeat like a rock band. This is entertainment, not subversion.

The result is that you can listen to this whole thing and tune in for the death metal and black metal riffs in it and not notice how it quickly detours to hardcore riffing and then some funky, hooky, cheesy and quirky rock-n-roll tricked out in powerchords. Nothing here is badly done, and it’s catchier than most, but it has nothing to offer.

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Harkonin – Ghanima

I am a nihilist; I believe nothing is inherent, not even nothingness. It all arose as a result of the logical composition of the universe.

I am also fond of many of the people in this universe, and am aware that others hate me. I understand. Nothing I do is without purpose and I do not compromise my principles.

Part of that is the old saw: the best reviewer is a friendless hermit.

You want to help people you like; what if you don’t like their music? Or what if you like their music, and they don’t like you?

The answer is that such things are irrelevant.

Harkonin – Ghanima

This is the first album to get everything right but be all wrong. Harkonin just broke up, probably from the huge amount of hope invested in this CD. After all, they did all of the parts right — riffs, rhythms, production, songs that fit together at the right paces, on top of every development in metal, good vocals, excellent playing — but when they put those together, the result was less than the sum of its parts.

Like a rock record, this album comes across as disorganized, mainly because it attempts to hit us with contrasts between unrelated elements instead of seemingly unrelated elements that resolve to complementary pieces which cooperate like partners in a conversation to tell a story. It’s amazing that this is the case, given how much proficiency is shown. It as if confidence in their own tastes in metal held these guys back. That, the aforementioned “modern metal” style disorganization, and boring melodies that result from trying to keep it short and hookish and playing it too conservative.

Mixed elements of black metal, death metal, speed metal and even power metal comprise this CD. The problem is that they change within songs without any clear roadmap, so what results is the sensation of random pieces thrown together into carnival music, trying to shock us with how radically different each part is and as a result, creating a norm of differentness in which some kind of developing consistency would be the only shocker. The case is not song structures being constructed to fit a song, but archetypes modified to be distinctive from one another and their origins. As a result, form and content are confused. It is as if the band is trying to use form to substitute for content, but the result is not songs that are “about” a certain kind of impression, but a general song theory adapted to fit whatever topic is assigned.

It’s a heartbreaker to hear this one. It is fundamentally not interesting. It’s not boring, in that there are frequent changes. It’s not bad as in incompetent; in fact, it’s so super-competent that had it been interesting, this would have been an A-level album and a new classic. But it’s not about anything. It centers only on the idea of tweaking appearance to create a pattern, but that pattern gestures at nothing else, and descends even if in negative impression from an archetype, which leads to this album not distinguishing itself and so remaining a pile of high-quality parts that never gels into a whole.

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Lord Wind & Alruna “Ales Stenar”

Lord Wind & Alruna
“Ales Stenar”

Photos for album Lord Wind “Ales Stenar” (2011) Wolftyr Prod (USA)

with Alruna (fiddle)

Fraghments of Lord Wind music with Alruna fiddle, you can listen on : http://www.reverbnation.com/lordwind

(first song : fragment of song19 “Cult of Set” with A…)

From the Graveland web presence.

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The grim truth about mainstream entertainment

You could have art, or meaningful exploration of life through media, but instead you want the lowest common denominator “entertainment” e.g. ways to pass the time between job and sleep, waiting for death. No surprise your chosen dalits are degenerates:

According to former child star Corey Feldman, child molestation is rampant in the entertainment industry, as he told Nightline in an interview.

“The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” he said Wednesday. According to Feldman, the “casting couch” exists for children, too.

Feldman asserts that directors and other adults in the industry take advantage of young aspiring actors on a regular basis. “It’s all done under the radar… But it’s the big secret,” the 40-year-old said. – CNN

Sodomy, pedophilia, race fetishism, sexual musical chairs… it’s a wonder anyone listens to Hollywood at all.

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Black Lake fest

Black Lake Fest VI
3 Locations – 3 Weekends – 3 Headliner
The 6th Edition of Black Lake Fest will grow up and go with a different approach.
3 different locations, 3 different kind of black metal, 3 different dates.
3 headliners: Necros Christos, Lifelover, Dornenrech.
All in October. All in Lumbardia / Italy
Part 1
1st October, Carlito’s Way – Retorbido (PV)
Necros Christos + Mortuary Drape + Abysmal Grief + Black Oath + guests
Part 2
15th October, Shelter Live – Lipomo (CO)
Lifelover + Hypothermia + guest
Part 3
31st October, Decimo Secolo – Brescia (BS)
Dornenreich + Agrypnie + (EchO) + Sedna + guest
Info & Presales


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History of a Time to Come (documentary)

Looks like someone is making a history of Brokeback Island UK speed metal (sometimes miscalled “thrash”):

Welcome to the website of A History of a Time To Come – the story of UK thrash, a documentary telling the tale of british thrash metal through the ages, from the early 80s to the present day.

The film aims to fill in the blanks in the history of the genre, where those bands who were once so popular, have faded from memory.

Check out the film:

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