Uranium in Uranus

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , on September 3, 2010 by kathartic666

“With their diseases and orgasm drugs and their sexless parasite life forms—Heavy Metal People of Uranus wrapped in cool blue mist of vaporized bank notes—And The Insect People of Minraud with metal music.”
William S. Burroughs in Nova Express

Heavy Metal people are same in all the planets. There’s no discrimination, no segregation, no prejudice within the Heavy Metal scene, although, there is enough bloodshed over defining bands as Heavy Metal, no doubt. To call Heavy Metal as a music genre is a huge understatement – it is much more than just about the music – it’s a culture, a religion, a creed.
It’s not easy to define what Heavy Metal is. It is a pretty intangible entity, like intelligent thought or, for that matter, Life. One can only describe what Heavy Metal feels like to him/her. Some might say Heavy Metal is sex, drugs, booze, leather, bikes, tattoos and long hair, while others might say Heavy Metal is jumping off the front porch air guitaring to The Number Of The Beast, covering your bedroom wall with band posters, flocking to the gigs in huge numbers, crowd surfing, headbanging and having a garage sale of the local Metal bands’ merchs.
A Heavy Metal obsessed fan, i.e., a metalhead, is never content with just listening to the music as a pastime. As Rob Zombie once put it, “It’s lifestyle music. It’s not like some secretary who likes some pop song, but can’t name who the band is; whereas a heavy metal fan is into every aspect of it.” A metalhead can trace the history of his favorite metal band, can scream along to his favorite bands’ songs, posts cryptic song lyrics on Facebook, etc., basically, knows his Metal.
The passion for Metal among metalheads is such that fellow metalheads can easily pin-point and seeks out the “tr00” metalhead, filtering out the riff-raff (poseurs, as they are called). When two metalheads meet, there are no handshakes involved, just flashing of the Devil’s Horns. This brotherhood is unique across the musical spectrum, and no other type of music can boast of such faithful and passionate followers. This is called the Heavy Metal Scene. This Scene is so huge, and so underground, that people outside of the scene – the non-metalheads, the Muggles – are largely oblivious to it. It’s the Heavy Metal scene which hosts online forums/websites, publishes magazines, organizes and promotes gigs and truly drives the music.
Heavy Metal is anti-authority, pro-anarchy, allergic to bullshit, exclusivist, welcoming, escapist, realist, loud, fast, in-your-face, Devil-may-care, misanthropic, humanist, God-hating, God-fearing, life-affirming, life-threatening and, overall, ecstatic. Heavy Metal is to music what beer is to beverages – not everyone loves it and it is an acquired taste – but, once you dig it, it’s for life. \URANIUM IN URANUS/ (Go figure. :P)


Negură Bunget – Vîrstele Pămîntului: Album Review

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by kathartic666

Negură Bunget - Vîrstele PămîntuluiHuddle around a black metal campfire and you will come across all types of characters – gloomy lone bedroom dwellers, nun-ravaging nutjobs, funny face painted clowns and the occasional true musician. And then you come across a band which grabs you by the scruff of your neck and demands you pay attention. And, not because they are the usual in-your-face true blue black metal gimmicks, but because of their dedication to create ethereal and surrealistic music.
Negura Bunget have been amongst the forerunners in experimenting with the black metal sound while staying true to its root. That movement has lately caught on and is called post-black metal now. (Check out Alcest,Agalloch or Lantlos to find out what I’m talking about.)
The latest album, Virstele Pamintului, is the first (apart from the appetizer Maiestrit) without the founding member Hupogrammos and long standing member Sol Faur. So, with only Negru from the original lineup, and almost all new faces, it was intriguing to check out what the new Negura Bunget would dish out. This new album features a lot of folk instruments like pipes, flutes, indigenous percussion instruments that I wouldn’t hazard a guess at. The new guy, Corb’s, vocals are, in parts, soothing and, in parts, very harsh, but all the while blending with the rest of the music. And the music itself is quite haunting with a lot of tracks displaying significant progressive folk instrumentation. Take the first track Pamint, for instance. For the first five or so minutes, the flutes/pipes do a folk melody leading into some delightful percussive sounds with acoustic guitar strumming, moving onward to keyboard melodies and clean vocals and only in the last 1-2 minutes the voice turns into a howl and metal parts kick in. Umbra and Jar are the two other such tracks on the album.
Ochiul Inimii is another great track which starts with acoustic guitars and narrated vocals but moves onto rapidwork drumming and riffage associated with black metal. Being a black metal band, there are indeed a lot of heavy tracks like Arborele Lumii and Intoarcerea Amurgului. These don’t build the usual distorted “wall-of-sound” effect associated with black metal, but, instead, the rapid strumming is clear and melodic.
The great part of this band is the way black metal is melded seamlessly with folk instrumentation. Very much like what Eluveitie does with death metal, only with ambient music sensibilities. This album, clocking just under 60 mins, brings a fresh breath of air to the black metal scene. Highly recommended.

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