Thursday, January 16, 2014

Most "black metal" is fake

I think that throughout the course of history, there have always been very few bands that have been able to live up to my standards, at least of black metal… Then there are thousands and thousands of misrepresentations and misconceptions of it. But true and genuine black metal is always something that will always be a minority in the music scene. A small minority even. Then there's all these people that kind of want to… It's just like punk, you know? You have a few real punk bands, and you have a thousand bands that try to do the same thing, but fail because they don't have the right spirit and they don't really believe in it. But at the same time, it fascinates a lot of people, because it is an extreme way of expression, and it is controversial, and it's therefore also popular and people are fascinated by it. That's why it's also so often, like with other forms of extreme art, whatever it may be, that's why it's also so often misused, and just even commercialised, just for the sake of that, horror sells. And extreme metal sells, controversy sells, and that's why there's so many charlatans in this kind of music.

"WATAIN's DANIELSSON: True And Genuine Black Metal Will Always Be A Minority In The Music Scene," Blabbermouth, January 15, 2014

Apparently this guy has some kind of melodic heavy metal band and they're relatively well known, but I've never heard them. I think he makes a good point though. Most black metal is ersatz at best or a forgery at worst.

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Anders Breivik, King of All Media

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Aristokratia Vol. II - Julius Evola Edition

Manticore Press releases the next edition of its Aristokratia series in late January 2014.

The second edition focuses on the philosophy of Julius Evola. Featuring the following articles:

  • Unfashionable Observations: Philosophies Against Time
  • The Once and Future King: The Philosophy of Julius Evola
  • Homo Modernus: An Evolian-Gomezian Portrait of Modern Man
  • Corporatism as a Perennial Method of Traditional Social Organisation
  • The Eldritch Evola
  • Meditazioni delle Vette: Julius Evola and the Metaphysics of Alpinism
  • Emperor of the Sun: Vedic Models of Polity, the Arthashastra and Contemporary Relevance
  • Fernando Pessoa as Portugal: Prometheus Unchained
  • The King's True Champion
  • Nietzsche's Olympian Synthesis
  • Androgyne
  • The Re-Evaluation of all History
  • Plato and Platonism: The Republic
  • Oblivion and Discourse of Being
  • Europe: A Sudden Flash of Will
  • Book Reviews, including:
    • The Biocentric Worldview
    • Generation Identity
    • Attack the System
    • Handbook of Traditional Living

Video scryed by Kalki, audio conjured by Goatcraft.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wolves in the Throne Room


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Death Metal Underground Newsletter 1/6-1/12

Death Metal Underground

Newsletter 1/6-1/12

Because Metal Is Art


Various Artists – Servants of Chaos (Debemur Morti Productions)
SMR-style reviews of a interesting compilation from Debemur Morti productions in which we cut through the advertising and give you the truth.

Rotten – Cryptic Catacombs
Death metal in its heyday achieved an atmosphere: an impending sense of demise from impersonal forces beyond the listener’s control. Technique was used to achieve this, but mechanical dexterity was not the end objective of an album – which is where many modern death metal bands go astray. This, coupled with crystal-clear production, often creates a product which evokes no sensation beyond being pummeled with a digital baseball bat. Fortunately, the real “underground resistance” against this monstrosity still exists.

Assück – Anticapital
Grindcore requires some magic to pull off convincingly in the first place, but it’s doubly hard because 95% of grindcore bands confuse music and message in importance. Grindcore is music first, message second. When the message comes first, grindcore becomes an incoherent advertising campaign, not art.

Assück’s strength is that they do not let the messages of the songs (which are often from a leftist angle) eclipse the power of their music. The music is the most important thing here. The first album from Florida’s purveyors of supreme grindcore is also their definitive work.

— / Dawning – Split
Preposterous Creations put out a split between reclusive act — and by their own description, long-standing but frequently interrupted American band Dawning, who re-recorded their signature song “Divine Arrival of the Massive Hoof.” The result makes for interesting listening and aims to be obscure and withdrawn, which for the most part enhances the experience.

Shakira (feat. Wyclef Jean) – “Hips Don’t Lie”
Every now and then, even the most cynical of metal writers loses a bet.

We who toil in darkness and expect no reward because we consider pop music to be the incoherent rantings of a egomaniac egalitarian society gone amok, despite our misgivings, must sometimes venture to the above-ground world to see what the majority listen to.

Massacre reveals track listing for Back From Beyond

Mortuary Drape – All The Witches Dance
Mortuary Drape resembles Emperor in its focus on the more bombastic elements of black metal. Mortuary Drape takes a more heavy metal flavored take on the genre, similar to Root or Master’s Hammer.

The speed metal influenced riffing which dominates most of this album lends further credence to that comparison. The mix is unusual for the time as well, in that it de­emphasizes the guitars in favor of the bass and vocals. Guitars are still present, but thinner than one would expect from speed metal and not trebly enough to make one think of black metal.

Interview with Dr. Martin Jacobsen who teaches “Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre”
Over the four decades that heavy metal has been with us, people in responsible positions in society have gradually become more accepting of it as an art form and a message from its fanbase.

Such acceptance could not exist without people like Dr. Martin Jacobsen, who by teaching a class on heavy metal as literature has introduced academics to the depth and richness of this genre.

For the past semester, Dr. Jacobsen has been teaching “Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre” at WTAMU, where he introduces students to the literary and artistic aspects of heavy metal. In addition, he writes for Death Metal Underground and is a world-recognized expert in death metal who is active in his local death metal scene.

Jacobsen has returned to teach another semester of the class, which seems to be attracting more students as word of it spreads. We were able to follow up on our first interview with Professor Jacobsen to get a feel for what has changed between the years.

Sammath – Godless Arrogance pre-orders shipping now

Fan kills black metal singer for not being Satanic enough
I’m going to hell for this, but it’s an observation, not a recommendation: black metal was a lot better when it was the Wild West, with bodies cropping up everywhere, churches aflame, and musicians stockpiling paramilitary gear.

Then it got all civilized — about the same time it became sociable and profitable — and immediately descended to the same repetitive and soulless level as all other music that has been socially accepted.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Signs of the decline

If you've been around in the world at all, it should be clear to your that our society is in collapse not from "global warming" or "peak oil," but because it has rotted from within.

Note this compact analysis:

Durant largely discusses the life cycle of civilizations thus, from birth to decay:

  1. New civilizations begin with pasture and agriculture,
  2. Then expand into industry and commerce,
  3. And luxuriate with finance;
  4. Thought passes first from the supernatural (gods),
  5. To the legendary (heroes),
  6. To those naturalistic (scientific) explanations;
  7. Experiments in morals loosen tradition and frighten its beneficiaries,
  8. And the excitement of innovation is forgotten in the unconcern of time.

He notes that every situation is different, and there is no guarantee the future will repeat the past. The overall trajectory of history, though, is one of a pendulum, with each civilization swinging back and forth between order (in the beginning) and freedom (in the end).

During periods of order, the emphasis is on following tradition, respecting the rules, and consolidating society to be more insular and exclusive. During periods of freedom, the emphasis is on tearing down tradition, violating the rules, and expanding society to be more open and inclusive. Both periods are needed; freedom, to challenge outmoded and stale rules and traditions; and order, to establish control and rein in man's baser instincts.

I don't necessarily buy into this. I think Plato is somewhat off-base as well, in that the best time for everything in society is an order period. It doesn't need freedom to challenge "outmoded and stale rules" because it doesn't work by rules. All is done by a healthy and active elite who can actually think, which almost no one in a freedom period can.

I think decay just happens. Why? Because people want to be dramatic. They are basically procrastinating from life's actual questions and instead, invent these "new" ways of living that get them around the traditional path. Socially at least, it gets them around it. In reality, they've dodged nothing at all. The culprit is individualism, which turns a society from something larger than the sum of its parts to those parts in competition with one another, and thus it tears itself apart from within.

The evidence for this won't be found in history, or rationality, but it can be found in logic itself. When people are committed to freedom, there is no shared goal except the non-goal of freedom, which is the choice to not make a choice regarding goal and instead to keep up the state of making no decision. It's tautological circularity. This produces people who fall into the abyss of themselves, and become selfish:

I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited — they went there. They got into automobiles which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.

Here's what extreme freedom gets you:

Friends find it interesting that I, a straight male, agreed to take it up the ass not once but twice, and would willingly do so again. My immigrant grandfather thought that clearing the dinner table was a womanly act. I reason that since I clear the table and do the dishes, getting fucked by a woman wearing a strap-on doesn't rob me of my manhood either. For me it wasn't a sexual orientation thing, or a power thing: It was just a sex thing. And if Mac feels like sliding her long legs into that harness tonight, I'll be more than happy to get on all fours and take it in the ass like a man.

He's just so precious and unique.

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