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Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 28, 2019, 11:14:12 PM »
If you're in the mood for something really gnarly, Car Bomb's latest delivers in spades.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: 4K movies and documentaries
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:08:36 PM »
Planet Earth II was amazing in 4K. Be sure to grab Blade Runner 2049 when it drops.

Hi Tomas. Are the first three Quiet Calling discs among those that have been remastered? It says "2016 Version" next to them, but I can't tell if that's just referring to them now being formatted as one track.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: April 15, 2016, 11:57:04 PM »
My comp decided to upgrade me to 10 without my consent. Lovely. My microphone won't work now (apparently, this is a known compatibility issue between HP and MS for which there's currently no fix), and Chrome seems to crash all the time. I have no idea why this kind of bullshit is legal. I was holding off on updating precisely because I wanted them to have time to work out these sorts of kinks.

Ok, so this did work, but the follow-up e-mail went to my junk folder, so check there if you purchase the digital album and don't see the e-mail.

Thanks Chris. This is very weird. Here's hoping I get that follow-up e-mail from them. I won't be too pleased if I just paid an album's fair price for a single track.

How were you able to purchase it on bc? GSP seems to only have one track available for purchase/download unless you also buy the limited ed. digipack.

Seamlessly bliss is really wonderful (if not grammatically the most pleasing).

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 28, 2016, 06:28:37 PM »
Just finished Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark.

This was McCarthy's second novel, but the trademarks of his Blood Meridian-era style are already in full swing here. This dude knows imagery, cadence, metaphor, and general sensory immersion like no one else writing today. Every page is a harrowing language-gasm. It's a shorter novel, also, and thematically tighter than the works that follow it. In some ways this makes it a more satisfying read than those books (though it's still not as a good, all in all, as Blood Meridian). In general, I was pleasantly surprised. I'd been under the impression that McCarthy only really came into his own with Suttree. This book disabused me of that.

Also, it's grim as all hell, of course, know...caveat lector.

Next up:
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:03:18 AM »
I heartily disagree.  The number symbolizes the antichrist, destruction of God's creation, and hell on Earth.  Not exactly nature loving peacenik from what I can tell.  Also a Satanist and atheist are two completely different belief systems.

I don't want to drag this out, but one quick note: The two most prominent Satanic organizations in the US, LaVey's "Church of Satan" and the Detroit-based "Satanic Temple", are both explicitly atheistic. They seem to view Satan, along the lines Castleview suggested, as something more like a symbol of self-realization, enlightenment, etc. It's all pretty silly to me (I'm no great fan of prodigal metaphysics or even pseudospiritual theater), but the latter organization has at least done some tangible good in calling attention to breaches in the Establishment Clause that other religious institutions have been permitted to get away with. None of this, of course, obligates you to buy anyone's music, but the detail is worth mentioning.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 04:34:09 PM »
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.

It's a fine album, btw.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Non Ambient Purchases 2015
« on: January 03, 2016, 06:05:24 PM »
2015 was a very metal-intensive year for me. Must be due to frustration over the educational/vocational cul-de-sac I've steered myself into.

Anyway, my top 15 non-ambient releases:

1.) A Forest of Stars Beware the Sword You Cannot See
2.) Dreadnought Bridging Realms
3.) Enshine Singularity
4.) Ethereal Shroud They Became the Falling Ash
5.) Kauan Sorni Nai
6.) Nechochwen Heart of Akamon
7.) xx Xx Nmd
8.) Pomegranate Tiger Boundless
9.) So Hideous Laurestine
10.) Sunset in the 12th House Mozaic
11.) Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Yield to Despair
12.) Thy Catafalque Sgrr
13.) Ulvesang Ulvesang
14.) Kamasi Washington The Epic
15.) We Lost the Sea Departure Songs

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 20, 2015, 07:42:34 PM »
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A poignant little work of astounding, besieged humanity. Every American should read it. Every lover of language too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: September 06, 2015, 11:50:38 AM »
Sadly, the 8-hour version only appears to be available through iTunes. I hope that will change soon.

Anyone playing Bloodborne? Mike's recent post on CthulhuCon made me think of it. I'm a n00b to the Souls games, so it's been a bit of a...frustrating experience acclimating to the difficulty, but the strangeness of the lore (there are a lot of Lovecraftian elements there) keeps me coming back for more punishment.





Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:51:37 AM »
Really digging Rishloo's newest. Some delicious prog here. Fantastic energy, emotional climaxes, and some truly acrobatic singing.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 09, 2014, 02:40:58 AM »
Just saw this tonight. A very, very ambitious movie. There's a lot of cool stuff happening, but its reach definitely sometimes exceeds its grasp (in a way, this is somewhat thematically appropriate). Plenty of fantastic set pieces and a good amount of compelling drama, but things tended to get cringe-worthy pretty quickly whenever anyone started talking "science." I'm a pretty huge science nerd, so these moments took me out of the film. I should definitely say that I think most of you will be pleasantly surprised with Zimmer's score. Refreshingly different from the bombast for which he's famous. Possibly my favorite work of his since The Thin Red Line.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:27:12 PM »
I've been meaning to check those out. The only thing I've read by Simmons is Song of Kali, many, many years ago. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but parts of it have definitely stayed with me.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:22:29 PM »
Really enjoying this.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:32:32 PM »
Just finished Cormac McCarthy's Suttree. Funny, sad, and written in stupefyingly beautiful prose (it might not be evident from later, more tersely written works like No Country for Old Men, but this guy is an absolute master of imagery). Currently about 150 pages into Gravity's Rainbow. Thus far, it's proving a tougher swallow. Though Pynchon's talent is undeniable, there's always been something about that cheeky-yet-politically-heavy-handed American species of historiographic metafiction that sticks in my craw a little (not for especially political reasons, mind). We'll see, though; there's still a lot of the book left to explore.

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