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  1. Oh right... Celcius. Yeah, the wind chill got down there on Mt Washington. I think it was some kind of record.
  2. I really don't know anymore. I have missed out in the past, but the world is a mystery to me since covid started. One of my metal friends up here told me the show was selling fast. Ralph's is not too big. Extra 4 bucks to buy it early online, better safe than sorry, etc.
  3. I feel for you... we're currently at 10°F and it's gonna drop another 20 degrees tonight (that's -23°C for you lot) but I imagine that's peaches and cream compared to having a cool day in the middle of an Australian summer
  4. We had a cooking thread in the Hobbies section but it died off. We wound up locking it for archiving. I think we posted recipes in the Whatcha Eating thread, too, but again, not much happening there. You're welcome to start a new one and see where it goes.
  5. Fuck yes. Just got a ticket for Dead Congregation with Phrenelith, at lovely Ralph's in nearby Worcester (Woostah) this April. Haven't seen either band live before. Good venue, haven't been since the before times, and only my second real metal show in the last 3 years or so. Pumped.
  6. It depends on what you're trying to blow holes in, I suppose. His main punching bag was religion as a force for authoritarian social control and sole arbiter of morality. The people on the other side weren't competing for control; they were fighting against it. And they weren't presented as "good" people - they were morally ambiguous, sometimes downright shitty people, who did bad stuff, made a lot of mistakes, and often wound up doing the right thing for crummy selfish reasons. And in some cases they grew up, got past it, changed their minds, gained self-knowledge, etc. So I take the story as saying we all deserve the freedom to make our own mistakes, and that figuring out and doing the right thing is an ongoing matter of choices and actions that are within our grasp at any given moment, not some essentialist judgement about being inherently "good" or "evil", or forever defined by our pasts. The supernatural stuff... well, they're fantasy novels. He does present the supernatural elements as being "natural" within their own worlds, the products of natural processes, and he hangs some of it on contemporary understanding of evolution and history - the mulefa with their diamond-shaped body plan and symbiotic development with the trees, the idea of parallel worldtracks, the advent of Dust coinciding with the "great leap" in cultural development observed in the historical record roughly 50-60,000 years ago. So he tells the story with concepts from science, even if he's got witches and angels flying around. Overall not a bad set of messages for a young adult coming-of-age/love story.
  7. We finished His Dark Materials a couple nights ago. I'm a fan of the books and I think they did a great job with the adaptation, but I can't tell how it would come across to someone who hasn't read them. It did seem like they made a lot of changes based on the medium, and even though I wish they'd gone deeper a handful of times, the changes made sense to me. Also re-watched Dune a few days ago and I think I liked it better this time around... maybe because I wasn't on the edge of my seat waiting for them to fuck something up?
  8. Five points from Gryffindor! NP: Schoenberg - Suite, op. 29/Verklärte Nacht/3 Pieces
  9. 1993? 1985? My favorite of theirs, anyway.
  10. Jesus. I guess, in that context, it's a good thing you think most new music sucks?
  11. Just going by the cover art, it would be really hilarious and fun to me if this was an album called "Tongue of the Ancient One" by a band called Sucking The.
  12. Indeed, happy birthday young goat.
  13. I'm interested in it but haven't started yet. Really liked Bella Ramsey in Catherine Called Birdy. We're currently watching the last season of His Dark Materials and a little bit of Midsomer Murders. But also, not watching a ton of stuff because I'm trying really hard to keep us all in the habit of getting to sleep on time.
  14. The part where he says "got your nose". Such a helpless feeling.
  15. True. I got it then, too. That was brutal. This is way more manageable so far. I just have a lot of shit to do and I've already been sick almost every week since late November. My immune system will either be a beefcake by the end of this, or it'll be in tatters!
  16. Well, fuck, it turns out this is Covid. It could be worse so far, but I'm bummed. Really can't seem to catch a break right now.
  17. I'm not saying this stuff isn't thrash. I'm saying it's also something else, and that something else is part of the roots of DM, in a way that some other thrash isn't. More savage, more chunky, less rock n' roll. So when you're interested in the history of DM you inevitably get led back to those first few bands who started doing the stuff that would eventually become the death metal we all know and love. I don't hear a discontinuity. I started listening to DM in the early 90s in North Carolina and had a similar experience. I guess we were all at the mercy of regional or local metalhead culture that included some stuff and randomly omitted lots of other stuff. The Florida bands and a handful of NYDM bands were the biggest names when I was growing up, although we also had a little bit of Swedish and Finnish DM. I never even heard of Possessed until I moved up to NY for college. The metal people I met up there seemed to universally regard them as DM originators. The first time I listened to the album, I was like, what the hell is this... sure as fuck not death metal. Took me a while to hear it. Or maybe I'm fooling myself. I have to disagree. The demos were getting traded around and the bands were playing shows and influencing each other before the full-lengths started coming out. Studio albums are the tip of the iceberg. I think the demos help flesh out how it came together and take away some of the mythical "from the head of Zeus" quality that gets attributed to whichever album is the earliest to sound sufficiently death metally in our pantheons.
  18. My wife wouldn't stand for it!
  19. Nobody who remembers your old avatar is gonna buy this for a second. You're a fruit who dressed as a mammal. We all know it. But I'm actually on the other side of this argument when it comes to genre labels. People struggle to figure out what to call bands on the edges of different styles, and maybe they settle on something for a while, and then more stuff happens and the boundaries need to be revisited. It's not "redefining history" in the way you're trying to do when you pretend you never pretended you were an orca, it's just (mostly) trying to integrate new information in a way that makes sense.
  20. Says the cucumber who pretended to be a killer whale for two whole years and now won't even admit to being a cucumber anymore.
  21. I feel like Seven Churches is a transitional-sounding early DM record with a lot of heavy metal influence. People actually do tend to give it a lot of credit as an originator - too much credit IMO. I think it's fine to call it "the first death metal album" but that ignores the fact that Possessed, Death (Mantas), and Necrophagia were all writing and recording stuff that's recognizable proto-DM as early as 1983. By 85 there were more bands playing DM. So giving any one band the "originator" credit based on a first-past-the-post full length recording is missing a lot.
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