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  • International Day of Slayer - June 6, 2011

    21. Mai. 2011, 17:07 von Conservationist

    The Inter-National Day of Slayer is coming up on June 6, 2011.



    The International Day of Slayer is a worldwide holiday for metalheads by metalheads.

    Slayer is an emblem of metal: fast, powerful, still alien to the mainstream after 28 years.

    If every other religious, ethnic and political group gets their own holiday, we deserve one too.



    On June 6th:

    Who is Slayer

    Slayer is a band from California. Their music has come to epitomize Satanic speed metal music in the latter half of the 20th century. Their 1986 album, "Reign in Blood" is one of the single most influential metal albums of all time, typified by the modern classic "Angel of Death".

    How to Celebrate

    • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
    • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
    • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
    • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.


    DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren't just about celebrating; they're about forcing it upon non-participants.
    Taking that participation to a problematic level

    • Stage a "Slay-out." Don't go to work. Listen to Slayer.
    • Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
    • Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
    • Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
    • Kill the neighbor's dog and blame it on Slayer.


    Visit the International Day of Slayer website for more information!

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    Thanks for reading!

    - The International Day of Slayer team
  • Nihilism: Center for Nihilism and Nihilist Studies

    30. Aug. 2010, 18:27 von Conservationist

    I got curious about nihilism and went to find out more about it. The closest I can come to an "official" definition that's also credible (sorry, Wikipedia) is this:


    Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy.

    http://www.iep.utm.edu/nihilism/


    I found that to be a little extreme, since any philosophy that truly negates knowing anything has already negated itself, if it claims to know anything.

    Then there was this, which seemed semi-apocalyptic:


    Values and purpose are human inventions designed to be shared between us. Like language, values and purpose only work if we all know and agree on what they mean. They are easily manipulated by changing meaning without changing the symbol for it.

    http://www.anus.com/zine/philosophy/


    There was a more sensible definition elsewhere:


    Nihilism is the perception that no inherent value exists.

    Nihilism at Nihil.org: Center for the Nihilism and Nihilist Studies


    Basically, it's a belief that there is no singular Cause or Truth in the universe, just our interpretations -- some of which are right, some of which are crap, in varying degrees.
  • Black metal movie "Until the Light Takes Us" 4/5 stars

    8. Dez. 2009, 2:38 von Conservationist

    Until the Light Takes Us tells the story of black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-nineties with a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings.



    The documentary goes behind the highly sensationalized media reports of "Satanists running amok in Europe" to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principles that led to this rebellion against both Christianity and modern culture.

    he result is a poignant, moving story that's as much about the idea that reality is composed of whatever the most people believe, regardless of what's actually true, as it is a music scene that blazed a path of murder and arson across the northern sky.

    "Until the Light Takes Us" Showtimes and Tickets

    Features:

    * Burzum
    * Darkthrone
    * Mayhem
    * Satyricon
    * Ulver
    * Boards of Canada
  • Hipster metal

    26. Nov. 2009, 2:50 von Conservationist

    So the AV Club decided to get all wise on us about metal:




    If there’s one thing in the world more head-slammingly dull than reading a bunch of online Realness Police argue about what constitutes real hip-hop, it’s reading similar web manifestos by metal’s “trü-kvlt” militia. Did they happen to spot a Mastodon album at Best Buy? Must be “hipster metal.” Did they read an interview with Boris in which Wata expressed enthusiasm for pop music? Must be “hipster metal.” Did they spot a guy enjoying The Sword who had an ironic T-shirt or thick-framed cheaters? Must be “hipster metal.”

    ...

    In fact, that’s one of the hallmarks of the “hipster metal” complaint: It’s never about the music.

    The irritating myth of "hipster metal," by Leonard Pierce


    And then Examiner's Brett Stevens fires back a salvo in the opposite direction:


    But the truth is that being a hipster isn't how you dress, where you live, or even what brand of beer you drink. It's how you approach the music. It's how you approach life. It's an attitude and philosophy.

    These people called metalheads were ostracized, called geeks, belittled and spat upon for insisting metal is important. And what is that idea? Metal is the idea of worshipping power and intensity, not the "safe" and twee personalized Jesus that rock music is.

    ...

    Because the people behind them are not thinking of the music as in metal as a genre, but of how they can be ironic and twee and unique, metalheads tend to write them off as "hipster metal."

    Hipster Metal: no myth, but not as exciting as it sounds either, by Brett Stevens


    It's about the music: metal is not compatible with twee indie rock pretending to be metal. We're not saying not to listen to it, or to ban it or burn it, just that it's not real metal in the same way Christians or Nazis pretending to be metal so they can preach at us aren't real metal.

    Are we all clear on that?

    HIPSTER METAL

    * Baroness
    * Mastodon
    * Isis
    * Between the Buried and Me
    * All That Remains
    * Boris

    REAL METAL

    * Immolation
    * Enslaved
    * Darkthrone
    * Incantation
    * Morbid Angel
    * Deicide
    * Obituary
    * Demigod
    * Atheist
    * Demilich
    * Carnage
    * Blaspherian
  • Interview with Vijay Prozak

    31. Okt. 2009, 16:17 von Conservationist



    Metal writer, DJ and nihilist philosopher Vijay Prozak speaks with The Right Hand Path, a metal news source and collection of esoteric but vital metal bands.

    Vijay Prozak interview
  • All that you know is a lie

    21. Sep. 2009, 16:21 von Conservationist

    Reality is still out there, and you're in here. With me.


    Pascal is right in maintaining that if the same dream came to us every night we would be just as occupied with it as we are with the things that we see every day. "If a workman were sure to dream for twelve straight hours every night that he was king," said Pascal, "I believe that he would be just as happy as a king who dreamt for twelve hours every night that he was a workman. In fact, because of the way that myth takes it for granted that miracles are always happening, the waking life of a mythically inspired people -- the ancient Greeks, for instance -- more closely resembles a dream than it does the waking world of a scientifically disenchanted thinker. When every tree can suddenly speak as a nymph, when a god in the shape of a bull can drag away maidens, when even the goddess Athena herself is suddenly seen in the company of Peisastratus driving through the market place of Athens with a beautiful team of horses -- and this is what the honest Athenian believed -- then, as in a dream, anything is possible at each moment, and all of nature swarms around man as if it were nothing but a masquerade of the gods, who were merely amusing themselves by deceiving men in all these shapes.

    Friedrich Nietzsche - On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense


    You can touch reality, but only a part of it at a time. Therefore you can never experience it. Be careful representing the touch of an elephant's anus as a picture of an elephant.

    Allahu ackbar!

    NP: Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 1in C minor
  • Thrash

    21. Sep. 2009, 7:23 von Conservationist



    Thrash is crossover punk/metal with short punk songs using fast simple metal riffs. Good examples are Dirty rotten imbeciles (DRI), Corrosion of Conformity(COC), Cryptic Slaughter, BIRTH A.D., Suicidal Tendencies, MDC, Dead Horse and Fearless Iranians From Hell. Sometimes called skatethrash, crossover thrash, crossover, thrash or thrash metal.

    http://www.last.fm/group/Thrash

    Join today!
  • Elohim Gadol

    18. Sep. 2009, 17:57 von Conservationist

    Someone brought to mind a recent thread about Nihilism and "fascism," by which modern people mean any system of government that motivates people to act in some way other than for their personal pleasure and wealth:


    Faustian Nihilism is the optimal nihilism Nietzsche aspired to conquer its peak. And according to him, he accomplished that task - for has overcame nihilism to become the first actual nihilist. It is a life endorsing Nihilism, that accepts life as a whole, life as comedy, unholiness, and tragedy - in Goethe's spirit. It calls for action, overcoming logical and meditative complexities and for actual completeness (compilation of mind and matter of ideal and reality, of logic and pathos). This Nihilism is not that of individualism, but of certain individuals / groups who are capable of changing their surroundings by attaining power, by their realistic and visionary approach. Faustian Nihilism, more then the two previous form seeks the reevaluation of all values Nietzsche speaks of. The same way Goethe's protagonist, the old scientist / philosopher tried to get a full taste of life.

    Nihilism and fascism?


    Nihilism is to my mind reducing life into cause and effect, removing the mediating effect of human "knowing" as described by Nietzsche in On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense.

    Long before I read Nietzsche or Plato, I knew that most people separate life into mind and body, but what really makes sense is to look for structure beneath appearance -- not a separation, because the two create other, but an understanding of the chains of causes that produce that final appearance, instead of taking appearance at face value.

    This is Faustian Nihilism. We do not embrace comforting solutions, but strive to be ultra-realists who recognize that, as conscious actors, we also have the ability to aesthetically choose to pick the best of life. We love life; we confront its emptiness head-on, and in the warrior spirit, make beauty from it. We are not afraid of nothingness and in fact we worship it. Without nothingness, somethingness would be impossible.

    Faustian Nihilism negates all of which is not connected to this vision of life as an interconnected whole produced by causal chains. If there is a God, in our view, he, she or it is not separate from the world but a manifestation or patterning to the world. Faustian Nihilism is inherently idealistic (meaning: reality is thought-correlative, or formed of the same patterns and structure as thoughts) because we recognize that organization and structure are more important than the material in which they manifest. This in turn lets us know that the ends "justify" the means, or rather, that goals are more important than whatever stands in the way of us accomplishing them.

    Including our fear of nothingness, death, horror and sadness.

    Faustian Nihilism transcends the "opportunity cost" of life, which is that for every great thing, there must be an equal and opposite reaction, or great sadness. Life demands death. But then again, without that death, life would not be so sweet.

    It is an ultimate form of maturity that allows us to retain our inner childlike wonder at the universe and its mechanisms, and as such, is more reverent than most interpretations of religion. If God is the cosmos and reality, Faustian Nihilism is the most advanced form of the worship of God.

    Where most will use judgments in their minds to seal reality into little categories, and hide behind manipulating appearance to make life less scary, we say: only forward, only onward, only upward. Take the pain in hand and charge forward to make something so great it balances the pain.

    Infinity awaits.

    Allahu ackbar!
    Elohim Gadol!
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    The emptiness is our ally and the source of our transcendence. Evil and Good, Positive and Negative, Life and Death are all part of God, of whom the world is the visible manifestation.

    All things are connected and all that matters is the pattern language which enables us to design goals that match emptiness with greatness.

    We love life.

    Good music for Faustian Nihilists and cosmic thinkers:

    * Tangerine Dream
    * Burzum
    * Beethoven, Ludwig Van
    * Kraftwerk
    * Bruckner, Anton
    * Schubert, Franz
    * Atheist
    * Corelli, Arcangelo
    * Fripp/Eno
    * Maeror Tri
    * Biosphere
    * Saint-Saens, Camille
    * Beherit
    * Slayer

    Good reading for Faustian Nihilists and cosmic thinkers:

    * Celine, Ferdinand
    * Houellebecq, Michel
    * Huxley, Aldous
    * Shelley, Mary
    * Wordsworth, William
    * Burroughs, William

    We have choice but not free will: we are created in its image by the universe, not the other way around. We are part of the world, and it is not contained within us. Only the structure and clarity of thought matters, and from this we formulate our goals, and with our goals, we create a balance and surpassing of Death.

    Nihil Omnis Est
  • Why I enjoy the Dark Legions Archive

    20. Aug. 2009, 18:25 von Conservationist

    To make it clear, I'm talking about this site:

    http://www.anus.com/metal

    I know the name (ANUS) is sort of goofy, but it stands for the American Nihilist Underground Society and is part of the weird sense of humor this site has. Basically, they're trying to filter out anyone who gets offended, or is so dumb they think they're the first to notice "hay ur site is called anus."

    Why I like it:

    * Interviews with classic metal bands like Bathory, Ildjarn, Cadaver, Master, Amebix, Imprecation, Beherit, Blood, Autopsy, Cryptic Slaughter and Suffocation.
    * It's the net's oldest underground metal site, and the longest-running, predating even the web.
    * The reviews pick only the best of classic-era and current underground death metal and black metal.
    * The articles always either make me really mad or finally put into words what I've been thinking for years.
    * They support both metal and classical music, combining two of my interests, and have knowledge of Romantic art and existential philosophy in there too.

    I'm sure it will upset many people to see this, but I think this site is worth paying attention to for the casual metalhead or classical listener, and it's just going to keep getting bigger.

    They have a group on last.fm:

    Dark Legions Archive

    Join today!
  • What is a hipster?

    6. Aug. 2009, 3:31 von Conservationist

    You will hear people like me talking about hipsters, scenesters and other fakes.

    Who are these people?

    Simple definition: anyone who makes the art the means and themselves the ends.

    An artist makes the art the end, and themselves (and anything else) the means.

    The hipster is the inverse artist, who wants the cachet and cool of being an artist. They want to be unique, different, innovative, charming, etc. because inside they're ordinary.

    That's part of their inversion... they turn themselves inside out to demonstrate to you how cool they are, and to justify their meaningless, modern lifestyles. They make their ego the goal and use their lives as accessories to that end.

    Two great definitions:

    Kill the hipster: A modest proposal to save New York cool

    Hipster: The dead end of Western civilization

    And some related articles:

    The field guide to the North American hipster

    Hipster fatigue

    Hipster: a subculture ripe for parody

    End the bike hipsters

    The hipster grifter

    Your Scene Sucks!

    And here's a stunner:


    Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hipster


    Let me re-write that for you:


    Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value the appearance of independent thinking, the appearance of counter-culture, "progressive" politics, an appreciation of "unique" but banal art and indie-rock, the appearance of creativity, the appearance of intelligence, and cleverly self-righteous and vapid banter.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hipster


    If all hipsters and scenesters died tomorrow, would life be:

    (a) better
    (b) worse

    Think hard about that one as you reload.