Why Listen to Metal

New article posted at Deathmetal.org

Metal music by focusing on the bigger things — and by having an often ruthlessly dark sense of humour about human frailty — reminds me of the bigger questions in life and reflects the topics I think are really worth talking about.

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For me, what begins as a question of why someone would listen to Ildjarn and not The Smiths ultimately boils down to how one views the world: either to see everything as knowable and within the grasp of human understanding, if we only figure out the maths behind it; or through the metal lens – which views humans as tiny, arrogant and probably doomed. The former to me seems painfully dull and conformist, whilst the latter is dangerous but leaves plenty of possibilities open and ready to be explored.

Read More @ Deathmetal.org

Síol Na Gréine – Rúndiamhair video now online

Creative Commons music meets Creative Commons video.

 

Neoclassical ambient project Síol Na Gréine has a new video out for the track ‘Rúndiamhair’ (Mystery).

The video consists of a number of time-lapse sequences edited together from sources available under Creative Commons usage licenses. Together with the music they create a fascinating impression of the world we know,  revealing a mysterious and oft-missed beauty within it.

 

Origins of music (and metal)

From a new article posted at Deathmetal.org:

In my view, music is a cognitive hack. It taps into a number of different pre-existing ways that our brain uses to interact with and make sense of the external world, not least our inherent hard wiring for pattern recognition and the (evolutionarily useful) enjoyment of discovery, surprise and invention.

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Looking at some of the most obvious descriptions we tend to attach to metal music: ‘assertive’, ‘violent’, ‘primitive’… Perhaps these descriptors aren’t really all that arbitrary or socially-defined; rather the music really does hearken back to things you could fairly associate with those descriptions.

Imagine the sounds of primates screaming at each other as they bite and tear shreds off one another, the din of battle, etc. These impressions embedded somewhere inside our psychology from generations past are brought to the forefront by metal. If rock ‘n roll is the rhythm of sex, then metal is the rhythm of battle, of running, of methodically tracking then pounding the skulls in of prey.

Read more @ Deathmetal.org

Culmination: New album from Cryosyncopy available for download

culmination

Dark electro-industral project Cryosyncopy returns with a new album for 2013.

Produced by Síol Na Gréine, Culmination syncretises all of Cryosyncopy’s work to date in an album that combines the expansive cinematic feel of their dark ambient tracks and the grimy technological misanthropy of their more beat-centric work.

Download Culmination HERE.


Cryosyncopy offers preview of new album

culmination

Sci-fi loving industrial ambient project Cryosyncopy is back and ready to release a new album. Culmination will coalesce all of the artist’s work to date in a sleek mix of sonorous, dark ambient and punishing electro industrial tracks.

Produced by and featuring contributions from Síol Na Gréine, the album will undoubtedly consist of some of the most accomplished material from the project to date.

Before then, sample the sound of the album by streaming the track Neuromantic Ceremony below.

Excerpt from Beithíoch interview at Occult Black metal zine

Food for thought:

“Many people I think instinctively regard modern civilization as a sort of sickness; a stultifying, sugary, but ultimately false experience, with too many bureaucratic rules and too little opportunity to face the wild and live or die by one’s own volition. Beithíoch is for those people who are happier with the wind in the face, dirt on their hands and cuts on their knees than benumbed in front of a tv or computer screen.”

Full interview here

The Fires of Celestial Ardour: Khand returns with new album

Khand - The Fires of Celestial Ardour

HI ARC TOW presents the long-awaited return of ambient cosmonaut Khand.

The Fires of Celestial Ardour consists of ten pieces of deliciously neoclassical synth-ambient that take the listener on a journey through lonesome, starlit expanses. For fans of Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance, Raison D’Etre, Endura, Mortiis, Nox Arcana, Ildjarn.

Download The Fires of Celestial Ardour HERE.



Khand’s page at BANDCAMP.com

Beithíoch – Summoning the Past, download the extended version from Bandcamp.com

Summoning the Past

Now that you’ve got your teeth stuck in to the new Beithíoch release, Summoning the Past, you can now download the mini-album in various high quality formats from the band’s bandcamp page – with an added bonus of two all new tracks (totalling a further 18 minutes of music) for 2.50 euro.

Click here to visit Beithioch.bandcamp.com and DOWNLOAD THE FULL RELEASE





Download Summoning the Past (RAR archived MP3) here


Deathless Order – new music from Absvrdist/Abhorrent mastermind

Twisted, moody death metal by the mind behind Absvrdist & Abhorrent (similar maybe to both those other projects, if a lot less grindy than Absvrdist, and less overtly technical than Abhorrent). Tentacles of Circumstance is the first track to be aired from the forthcoming album Obeisance, to be released some time in 2013.

Beithíoch – Summoning the Past: download free from hiarctow.com

For one reason or another, the planned physical release of the newest Beithíoch EP, Summoning the Past, appears to have been indefinitely delayed.

In the meantime – eager for people to hear the work, Beithíoch has decided to offer the EP up on HIARCTOW.com as a free Creative Commons download.

The EP is made up of tracks originally released on other albums/demos/etc, that have here been re-recorded to bring them to a more ‘definitive’ level of completion. The EP is intended to presage the next Beithíoch album, showcasing how the project has matured stylistically over the years, and to give a little bit of a sense of what can be expected from new material.


Download Summoning the Past (RAR archived MP3) here

DOWNLOAD THE EP HERE
or
STREAM IT AT BANDCAMP.com

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Culmination: New album from Cryosyncopy available for download

August 7, 2013

Culmination: New album from Cryosyncopy available for download

Dark electro-industral project Cryosyncopy returns with a new album for 2013. Produced by Síol Na Gréine, Culmination syncretises all of Cryosyncopy’s work to date in an album that combines the expansive cinematic feel of their dark ambient tracks and the grimy technological misanthropy of their more beat-centric work. Download Culmination HERE. […]

The Fires of Celestial Ardour: Khand returns with new album

The Fires of Celestial Ardour: Khand returns with new album

HI ARC TOW presents the long-awaited return of ambient cosmonaut Khand. The Fires of Celestial Ardour consists of ten pieces of deliciously neoclassical synth-ambient that take the listener on a journey through lonesome, starlit expanses. For fans of Tangerine Dream, Dead Can Dance, Raison D’Etre, Endura, Mortiis, Nox Arcana, Ildjarn. […]

Beithíoch – Summoning the Past, download the extended version from Bandcamp.com

Beithíoch - Summoning the Past, download the extended version from Bandcamp.com

Now that you’ve got your teeth stuck in to the new Beithíoch release, Summoning the Past, you can now download the mini-album in various high quality formats from the band’s bandcamp page – with an added bonus of two all new tracks (totalling a further 18 minutes of music) for 2.50 euro. Click here to visit Beithioch. […]

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Buy Absvrdist – Illusory digipack CD & Abhorrent news

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