Category Archives: Thoughts

Music is amoral in essence

The debate over the musician’s social responsibility is moot. Music is an aesthetic phenomenon and should be judged on that ground alone. To pollute the experience with political consideration is to bring it just that much farther out of the … Continue reading

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Of Deceased and Robert Frost

“I told her to cherish the spirit  She just sat and cried at the grave” – Deceased, A Very Familiar Stranger Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Many things change as we grow older and colored by the vagaries … Continue reading

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The curse of blanket assumptions

Blood overcomes flesh Sulphur overcomes silver Strictness kills mercy, And fire overcomes earth And when the sun sets, It’s red, you see An Omen for when the final dusk comes -Condemner, Omens of Perdition Sometimes, generalizations are made to serve … Continue reading

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It is good to be human

A strange thing to say on a metal blog, very Biblical in its “…go forth, replenish and multiply, and establish thy dominion over all the fish of the water and the fowl of the air and everything that creepeth over … Continue reading

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Spirituality in black metal and Highland’s Loyal to the Night Sky

D.A.R.G. left an interesting comment on a previous post which expressed my general ambivalence towards what passes for black metal today. According to him, “…what we want from black metal, is its capacity to transmit an experience of transformation, of … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde on the critic as artist

The Critic As Artist is the most comprehensive picture of Oscar Wilde’s aesthetic philosophy. Here, using the form of the Socratic dialogue, Wilde contrasts the role of artist with that of the art critic, and comes away with the conclusion … Continue reading

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What does veganism have to do with metal?

(1) The advent of social justice in heavy metal and ignorance of metal philosophy Thrash metal, speed metal, whatever one chooses to call it, did a profound ideological disservice to metal at large by introducing politically charged themes from the … Continue reading

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On suicide

There is one school of thought which deems suicide to be the ultimate display of cowardice. No one is excused from the troubles of life, as disparate and unjust as the degrees to which they are inflicted on various people … Continue reading

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What is the essence of metal? Part I

British philosopher John Locke in his seminal Essay Concerning Human Understanding wrote at length on the subject of essence or that which is immanent in an idea. To give the briefest of primers, ideas, according to Locke, can be classified as simple … Continue reading

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My take on elitism

This blog at times has been accused of promoting mediocre music. If such has been the case, then that would lie at cross purposes with the many vituperative posts previously published here, ranting against the rot plaguing the metal scene, … Continue reading

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