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Forces of the Northern Lights, Assemble!

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

If anyone’s seen me wandering around the Library muttering darkly under my breath lately, I can explain. Dimmu Borgir (Black Fortress), the reigning kings of Black Metal just recently released their latest album Abrahadabra and, thanks to my slowly maturing tastes in metal, I’ve been capitvated.

Black Metal is one of the few metals that can be accurately described as satanic, and while Abrahadabra lacks any real satanic overtones, a sense of malice and evil pervades the album just the same. Thanks to the inclusion of a full symphonic orchestra, the tracks on Abrahadabra alternate between darkly majestic and disturbingly eerie. The guest vocals by Agnete Kjolsrud on “Gateways” never fails to raise the hairs on the back of my neck. But then again, this entire album is filled with great songs. “Endings and Continuations,” “Chess with the Abyss”, and a black metal anthem I can finally get behind: “Dimmu Borgir”

So if you see me stalking around the Library, growling and muttering, just ignore me and let me finish my game with the abyss.

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To The Metal!

October 1, 2010 1 comment

Ben here! Sorry I haven’t posted in forever and a half, but my internet time has been consumed by another task recently. Namely, downloading music.

Now that the band is actually semi-underway, I’ve started noticing things when it comes to music I’ve never noticed before. For example, despite all it’s hype, I just dismissed Hammerfall’s “Hearts on Fire” as another generic power metal anthem the first time I heard it. Now that I’m actually participating in real practices though, I can detect the more subtle nuances a song easier. Now that I’ve listened to “Hearts on Fire” again, it’s become one of my favorite Hammerfall songs. (Though it’s STILL nowhere near “Any Means Necessary”. Or even “Natural High” for that matter.)

So now that I’ve apparently matured *cough cough* as a metalhead, I’ve been going back over bands I’ve already listened to before and finding new favorites hidden in songs I previously hated.

Where exactly am I getting all these songs, you ask? Limewire. (Oh, what? It’s not as if that can possibly let anything worse than @ in…)

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. It’s almost time for band practice. I still need to find a bass for Avak too…

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METAAAAAAAAAAL~

PUSH THE VENOOOOM! \m/(>.<)\m/

Kataklysm’s new album “Heaven’s Venom” is coming out TOMORROW and needless to say I am UBER psyched for it.

Now that we’ve settled for a genre it seems like mine, Jess’ and Shirley’s jam sessions are finally getting somewhere! Before it was just a discordant jumble with a couple of good lines hidden inside, but now we’re starting to make progress towards our own style.

I’ve been playing a lot of Kalmah for Jess and Shirley too. (Moon of my Nights, Time Takes Us All, Ect. Ect.) Symphonic Death Metal is going to be tricky to pull off and Kalmah is about as close as you can get to symphonic. Anyway, we need to start working on some lyrics before anything else.

Now where is my tuner…

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