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FatherAlabaster last won the day on July 15

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About FatherAlabaster

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    Give Me All Your Coffee
  • Birthday 11/05/1979


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    After several days in a larval stage, I have finally achieved immobility, and am currently digesting my own former body while I wait for new jaws to form.
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    Death metal, black metal, grind, guitar, vocals, painting, Star Trek, books galore

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  1. FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Not exactly my cup of tea, but this is a nice album nonetheless. Good melodies and some nice chord changes that make it more interesting to me than other doom I've heard in this vein, and I appreciate the breathy quality of the vocals, as opposed to overwrought drama. I can't help but think part of the allure of this album for a lot of people is the personal tragedy surrounding its release.
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    First Guitar, First Build, and Gear Questions.

    A good place to start if you're interested in building a guitar is a kit from stewmac.com. You can also order parts separately if you want more choices (rosewood fretboard for instance) and better hardware. It'll cost more money that way, but I'd recommend upgrading the bridge, nut, tuners, and pickups in any case. Here's a link: https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Instrument_Kits/S-Style_Electric_Guitar_Kit.html I'd highly recommend buying an entry-level guitar and learning to play a bit before you even start building, though. That way you'll have some idea of whether or not you've done a good job once you get the thing up and running. No sense in going through the process when you're blind to what the end result should be. Start off with something with a fixed bridge and make sure at least one of the pickups is a humbucker. Ibanez, Jackson, Schecter, ESP LTD, and Epiphone make totally playable beginner instruments that won't break the bank. One of those paired up with a decent practice amp will get you something like the tone you hear in that video.
  3. FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain
  4. FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    By way of contrast, I'm now out at a "lowest common denominator" local black and death metal show that could easily be a parody of the worst shows I ever played in my youth. How I could have ever thought this town needed more death metal is beyond me at the moment. A great reminder of how much work it takes to simply not suck at this kind of thing.
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    What Are You Listening To?

    Mournful Congregation - Concrescence Of The Sophia
  6. FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Evoken - Embrace The Emptiness Evoken - Atra Mors
  7. FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    Just got back from seeing Artificial Brain in Cambridge. They were great, and after the minor difficulties they had on their last tour, it was gratifying to see them back in top form - powerful, clear, tighter'n a witch's cleft, and pushed over the top by their vocalist's monstrous charisma. Aeviterne was the highlight for me among the openers - dissonant and abrasive, but with simple song structures that had an oddly hypnotic effect, and great sound and musicianship, featuring members from Castevet and Flourishing. ____ I'm burned out on extreme metal lately. I love seeing death and black metal live, and that's pretty much all I want to play when I pick up my guitar, but as far as listening goes, nothing's ticking the boxes. I honestly haven't been listening to much of anything. It's kind of a weird feeling.
  8. FatherAlabaster

    Saludos fellow headbangers!

    Glad you're finding some stuff to enjoy, welcome to the forum.
  9. FatherAlabaster

    Controversial Metal Opinions

    Such a rebel! So strong.
  10. FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Soundgarden - Ultramega OK
  11. FatherAlabaster


    On the one hand, I see where you're coming from - it's annoying to read some article about how "Tolkien was a racist because the bad guys had dark skin and Italian fascists were inspired by his novels", or a hot take insisting that anyone who listens to Burzum is a Nazi apologist. On the other hand, it can be disturbing to find out that books you grew up admiring were written by a bigoted asshole; all the more so if you find that sort of outlook pervading their work when you approach it more critically. I don't see a problem with remarking on that. And let's not pretend that "contemporary views" are so enlightened. It's a mess out there. I haven't read it yet - basically working my way backwards through the New Crobuzon books because of what's available at my library. I'm pretty sure they don't have it. I'm really enjoying The Scar and I'm very interested to get my hands on that one next.
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    Here's a Sarcofago track from a split released in 1986: Bathory was less "messy chaos" and more "incessant pounding", but they had a few tracks with this sort of raw proto-blast, which became a second-wave staple:
  13. FatherAlabaster

    What Are You Listening To?

    Those Gil Evans arrangements are superb, too. Drool. NP: Thelonious Monk - Thelonious Alone In San Francisco Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
  14. FatherAlabaster

    What's on your mind?

    Ah yes, the mysterious Monsieur M_______.
  15. FatherAlabaster

    My 100 favorite metal albums (a list)

    Hey, speak for yourself!