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  • Birthday 08/22/1961


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    I'm a very old, extremely opinionated and loudmouthed New Yorker. Dyed in the wool metalhead who loves black metal
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  1. Don't see Bobby Blitz as a weed guy. He was more of a hard drinking coke head. Word is he's gotten himself all cleaned up since well before the nose cancer thing even.
  2. Santa is definitely a metalhead, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind. And his reindeer too, especially Blitzen is a real headbanger. Tervetuloa
  3. I agree with the palette to play with thing 100%. Technology has come so far that anyone is free to choose any type of sound they like whether it be a sound from the past or the present or their imagination or whenever and it can sometimes be hard to tell what's actually 20 or 30 years old and what has just been made to sound like it. Doesn't seem that long ago when most stuff from before about 1995 or so gave itself away but that's not the case anymore. There was a time when advances in recording and amplification technologies were the limiting factors in what a band could expect their records to sound like, but we have long since obliterated those barriers. Obviously there will be technological advances yet to come but the farther we progress the less of a difference they will make. That said I guess maybe I am more optimistic than you because I don't believe that giving artists more freedom to fine tune their sounds to recreate precicely what they hear in their heads down to the very last detail could possibly be a bad thing. This is what we've been striving for ever since they invented a way to record music and play it back. I don't believe new and modern will cease to have meaning and I don't believe language, culture, music or art will ever become completely homogenized or literally timeless and impossible to date. And with regards to music specifically I believe at least as long as there are humans involved people will always look for new ways to set themselves apart, if not by the mix or the instrument sounds then I'm confident they'll find other ways. It's simply human nature especially in creatives to want to feel unique and special and to stand out even as musicians and artists will also always look to pay homage to their influences by emulating/immitating them. Which might seem at first glance to be a contradiction, but I really don't think it is. I suppose there could come a day when they've created computers that can write and generate music as well or better than humans, as well as truly self driving vehicles and no contact procreation (curbside pickup custom configured babies) but I'd just as soon not be alive when that day comes. The part of your thesis I have trouble understanding our Father who art Alabaster is the part about learning and growing by way of listening to music. Not that I can't understand what you mean, of course I get it, I've heard this 1,000 times. I just don't understand how or why this feeling has become so widespread and common as to be nearly universal. Or maybe I should just flip that around and say that I can't understand why I don't share such a commonly held sentiment among my peers. Seems to me like that's a lot of pressure to put on bands to ask them to make music that will not only make me bang my head but also teach me something and make me grow as a person. I'm not saying learning and growing are in any way bad things, they're obviosuly good, desirable and necessary things for all of us. But I guess I just don't require them from my music. I look to get my learning and growing from other places and experiences in life. For me music is more of an escape, a catharsis and a wind-down. It's relaxation and entertainment and an adrenaline rush and an endorphin release. Pleasure for pleasure's sake. More visceral than cerebral. I don't really do drugs (save for the occasional late night thc gummy) so I suppose I use music as my drug. As a person who could describe himself as an overthinker, I think music is one of the few areas in life where I'm content to suspend that constant, chronic pensiveness and just let myself feel it. I don't need my music to mean anything, or to stand for anything, or to teach me anything. I think it's nice to be able to put my brain in neutral as it were and just enjoy music without pretense, prerequisites or expecatations. Always confuses me when I hear/read people dismiss perfectly good music as too predictable, too boring, too derivative, or too static, or not adventurous enough or not forward thinking enough or whatever words they might use to express thoughts like this. And like these peope who use phrases like "it doesn't reinvent the wheel" as some kind of an apologetic disclaimer, as if to imply that music should by default be expected to inform or invent or reinvent anything and must be devalued and diminished if it doesn't. I mean it certainly can at times, and there's nothing wrong with that, that's totally fine. But my point is it shouldn't always be expected or required to at all times. I really think that sometimes music should be allowed to just sound good and make you feel good and nothing more.
  4. I've thought of that too, how the fidelity just doesn't degrade like it used to so 50 or maybe even 100 years from now anyone who chooses to will still be able to find and listen to music from the 2000's/10's/20's... But I must say in response to your final point that I don't think of it as looking backwards as much as I believe that some of us just figure if it ain't broke then there's no need to fix it. Seems to me almost everyone kind of selects an era and style(s) of music that speaks to them the loudest and that's gonna be different for everyone. Not that anyone need ever be locked into only liking that one thing, but you know what I mean. I do realize I've always been well outnumbered in every group of metalheads I've ever been associated with where most of the group will genrally seek out new, innovative and forward thinking bands while I just want throwback caveman DM and 2nd wave Darkthrone and Finnblack clones. I like what I like and I give no bonus points for innovation or originality, that stuff doesn't even enter into the equation for me. Got into a little friendly argument with some friends via text just last night about "classic rock" and more specifically we were talking about albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall and bands like The Who that my buddies mostly all hold in high esteem but I have absolutely no use for. They seem to think because I'm 10-15 years older than the rest of them I'm supposed to be all gung-ho nostallgic for any and all classic rock from 40 - 50 years ago because that was my era. Now there are a small handful of things I still really dig from the pre-metal days way back in the 70's like Sabbath and Zeppelin and Skynyrd and ZZ Top and of course I still love the Beatles and The Ramones but there's not too much more from those days really. It's as if they don't believe me when I say I only listened to some of that stuff when I was a kid back in the 70's because they hadn't invented actual metal yet so that's all there was available. Not saying it's "bad" or that they shouldn't listen to it just that I'm not into it. I jumped from hard rock in the mid 70's to punk rock in the late 70's, to heavy metal in the early 80's then thrash metal, hardcore & crossover in the mid to late 80's then eventually I found death metal and then black metal and "crust" in the oughts when I was in my 40's. I now finally feel like I've found the music that speaks to me the most profoundly and that I'm most comfortable with and I've pretty much settled in at this point and have stopped looking elsewhere. Not looking for anything progressive or innovative or original or different, at this point I just want more of what I like. I will check some different stuff out every now and then out of curiosity I guess, but these days little to nothing ever comes of it. And because as you say these throwback bands seem to be everywhere you turn, I'm thinking this means I can't be the only one who feels this way. Which is not to say I believe I'm/we're right and that everyone else is wrong, not at all. Just that having all this insane amount of musical choice of stuff that doesn't age the way music used to means there's something out there for everyone and we all need to follow our guts and embrace the shit that makes us feel the way we like music to make us feel no matter what it is and what era it might be from. I certainly don't feel like I'm drowning under the weight of it all. Because I reckon I only have to shoulder the weight of whatever resides in my little corner of the metal world.
  5. Didn't Norwegian black metallers burn Santa's workshop to the ground back in the 90's? Thought I saw something about that in Lords of Chaos.
  6. So you're saying Cairns and Darwin are even worse?!? I had heard that Perth was a bit hotter, but I had just assumed (erroneously it seems) that the northeast coast of Queensland might be a wee bit cooler. What about down Melbourne & Adelaide way on the southern coast, do they get a break from the heat? I guess New Zealand for whatever reason doesn't get nearly as hot in the summer, don't think it goes much above 80°F in Auckland most years. But I have no desire to move there no matter how many times my M-i-L suggests it (even though she herself lives in Sydney now). It's been 4 years since I've been down there now so I will have to go back down to visit all the Anzacs at some point if restrictions are ever lifted so the boy's grandparents and coussies can get another glimpse of him before he's fully grown. He's almost 8 now and they're all so chuffed that his once golden blonde hair has changed into auburn now just like his mum. I'd like to go in late fall or winter this time so maybe I can finally get someone to take me to see a rugby game, but they all keep insisting that I wouldn't want to come in winter. They can't seem to understand that their idea of winter sounds like a lovely spring day to me. Thing is now that he's in school the only time he gets an extended break from school longer than a week is between years in July & August so I don't have any choice but to go in winter. I've been down in Dec/Jan, April/May, Oct/Nov and the NZ weather didn't really seem to me like it changed all that much from one visit to the next anyway. Much cheaper for us to fly into Sydney and then get a short-hopper over to Auckland and back at some point and then return home from Sydney again. It's a pain in the ass traveling internationally with a little kid and I'll have to renew the passports which expire this year but anything beats the time my mother-in law invited herself to come and stay with us for 3 weeks in June 2018, I was ready to strangle her after about 3 days. I only tolerate her because she's the boy's grandmother and he's the only child of her only child, so she sees him as all she has left now since she lost her daughter. Otherwise I wouldn't even bother to answer her calls and messages in hopes she would maybe take a hint. I genuinely like all the rest of his Kiwi rellies on her ex-husband's side but unfortunately she's the one who regularly reaches out to keep in touch. Just my luck.
  7. I had a girlfriend back in 1982/83 who drank her coffee black so I learned to drink mine black too. Took a little getting used to as I had always taken mine with milk & sugar, but after a couple of weeks I got used to it. That was a long time ago and I have long since reverted to my old ways. I don't drink it nearly as sweet as I once did, I don't add sugar just a little splash of Kalhua to take the edge off the bitterness and I could skip the sweetener altogether if I had to. But I need my half & half. I really don't think there's any way to make a flat white without some kind of milk and I wouldn't want to anyway.
  8. I loathe weak coffee as well. I buy whole beans and grind them to order for my espresso (most Americans just buy pre-ground coffe for their drip coffee makers) but I'm way too cheap to pay $16 for 12oz of Deathwish coffee. I buy the store brand beans, Italian roast, 2 pound (32oz, 1 kg is 35oz) bag for $10 and by the time I get my steamed milk and shot of kalhua in there I can't taste any difference between that and the gourmet roaster stuff that costs 3 times as much. And I don't have to make a separate trip to the Daily Bean. I find that the way I fill the porta-filter and pull the shot affects the taste much more than which beans I'm using.
  9. I don't like extreme heat or extreme cold but for me the cold is definitely the lesser of two evils. I'm good with temps from about 25°F/-4°C up to about 27°C/80°F, I find anything more than that to be unpleasant unless you're just sitting in the A/C sipping a cold beverage. I find it much easier to keep warm when it's cold out than to keep cool in the heat. Fortunately I live somewhere where the daily high temps rarely get much above 95°F/35°C or below 10°F/-12°C, only maybe two or three days a year so I guess I'm in the right spot. I could never live somewhere that routinely gets above 90°F/32°C and stays there for half the year. When I was in Australia for 5 weeks Jan '17 I think there were more days that got above 100°F/37°C than not, and to me that's just insane. I'm sure the whole country can't be like that but Sydney summers are not for me. And this whole summer Christmas thing is complete nonsense, you Australiasians can keep that bullshit. Can't have fucking Christmas without Frosty the snowman. Strange though how humans perceive temperature differently. This time of year mid-late November if it's 25° when you wake up in the morning that seems impossibly cold, we're like wtf is this shit?? But by February that 25° won't phase us. Conversely when it gets down to 50° at 7am in mid September we think that's cold and bundle up in 3 layers if we're working outside, but a 50° day in early March will seem like a heat wave, we'll be walking around outside in just t-shirts. We still need to rent a lift to finish these sofits and the last little section of siding at the top of the back gable wall side of my house and even here in late November we've been checking the weather repeatedly these last couple of weeks trying to find a nice 50° day it might be available so we can do it when it's not too cold and windy. I reckon of any place I've been Denver has just about perfect winters. They get their share of below freezing days with a little snow here and there but they also have a lot of days in the 50's and 60's so you don't feel like you're in the deep freezer for 4 months. They don't even bother to plow the snow out there because it usually gets warm enough to melt away on its own by lunchtime, or at least within 24 hours. Here on the east coast once it officially gets to be winter and really gets cold for good in 3 more weeks we won't see 60° again probably until April and that's when the piles of snow that have built up by then will finally melt.
  10. Í Myrkri - Bag Skyggernes Slør, Danish black, third full length in 3 years. One of my favorite atmo-black acts. Temple of Evil - Apolytrosis, Cyprotian black metal
  11. Iron Triumph - Iron Triumph Demo Ossuaire - Triumvirat
  12. I think you likely expect more out of your black/death than I do Marky Mark. I just want a couple of cool riffs to bang my head to and for it to sound sufficiently filthy & evil. That's it, I'm a very simple man. If it checks those boxes I'm happy. I wouldn't put Satanism on the same level as Teitanblood or Profane Order and the very best that genre has to offer, but those 2 solid little sausage grinder EP's were at least as good as Weregoat. And in my favorite sub-genre that's rife with lackluster sub-par acts that's good enough for me. Sorry you didn't dig 'em. Nice to see you back hanging around a bit more Marky Mark. I had been missing you. I hope you had a lovely turkey day with your family and are enjoying these few days off from work. Nice to see Navy pop by as well. I hadn't seen him in many weeks so I shot him a text and he replied that he wasn't abandoning us or anything, he had just been super busy lately. And that happens to all of us from time to time.
  13. The only songs I ever liked on that album were Cold Sweat (maybe my all-time favorite Lizzy track) and Holy War. And I guess the title track as well which always made us laugh with the line "god damn it's so exciting" At the time I'm sure I thought the album was worth the price I paid for those three tunes alone, but overall I have to agree it was not a stellar swan song despite those classic Lizzy tracks. More filler than killer. Strange that even as a metalhead who normally wants the heaviest shit he can find when I'm in the mood for some Lizzy, the Sykes albums are not the ones I usually reach for. Lizzy's not an 80's metal band, they were a 70's rock band. I liked them more with Robo & Gorham when they stuck to what they did best.
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