Monthly Archives: December 2015

Motific clusterfuck: Anata vs Deeds Of Flesh

There was a time I remember when I had a higher opinion of Anata, at least as technically nimble metal goes. But the much acclaimed Under A Stone With No Inscription, after an almost decade-long gap between listens, now presents … Continue reading

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Mysticum – Planet Satan (2014)

Humanity may be in equal parts both human and inhuman, but to be inhuman is in fact a part of being human. Nothing man does is outside of nature, as unnatural as his acts may seem to idealistic eyes. Good … Continue reading

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The powerful drama of death metal

Hearing Mortem‘s The Devil Speaks In Tongues, it strikes one just how powerfully dramatic good death metal is. Every motif, every riff, and every progression aims to build up to a rousing conclusion with no room for ambiguities. There is … Continue reading

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The death of aesthetic

The awareness and appreciation of what constitutes good form no longer exists. Even providing for individual preferences and cultural relativism, the fact that we are one species and so share some salient features means that we should ideally recognize a … Continue reading

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The thing about death

The contemplation of death is likely to be more frightening than the actual act of dying itself. The fear of the overwhelming physical pain that probably¬†accompanies death cannot be dismissed lightly but pain is a tangible quantity to some extent; … Continue reading

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Melodic units of information and a note on the new Mgla

Is it possible to appreciate a piece of music in terms of discrete packets of musical information while simultaneously dismissing it at the level of¬†composition? Individual phrases are the products of raw, intuitive feeling in the moment whereas composition assumes … Continue reading

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