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Inner Peace Through Metal [Revisited]

I quickly realized I had struck gold; “Tonight Tonight” was just a warmup, quite an epic one at that, but still—very much still a warmup for the main event: the buzz-sawing Zero; the crushingly distorted Bodies; Bullet With Butterfly Wings, with its hilarious chorus, “Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage”.

…>While it is not clear to me if the motivating power of death metal is generating a vanguard of _energetic youth_ or drawing artistic and creative young people into a trap of _naive individualism_, I believe that the political significance of musical sound is rooted in the _meanings that the participants constitute_ and the consequences of those meanings for the participants’ lives and the larger society.

Cats, Marbles, and a School Teacher: Another Un-braided Braided Essay

I don’t know what whore you give the tip on this Night of Joy, but our boys have been in there almost every night and they haven’t turned up anything.

…She padded her way purposefully down each link of the fire escape, pausing only once to watch a man groggily swat at his blaring alarm clock.

Braided Metal v2

On Death Metal: >But unlike the garbled sound emanating from the lovable and occasionally frenetic Cookie Monster, death-metal vocals seem to come from a dark spot in a troubled soul, as if they were the narrator’s voice on a tour of Dante’s seventh circle of hell… Early death-metal bands such as Death and Morbid Angel that emerged from Florida in the mid-’80s helped create the musical template that characterized the blasting sound as well as that of its Satan- and occult-obsessed sibling, black metal: fast, relentless drumming often featuring two bass drums; grinding, rapid-fire chording on guitars; squealing guitar solos; muted electric bass; unexpected sudden tempo changes; and a sense of theatricality that’s inevitably threatening—“a horror film put to music” is how Monte Conner, a vice president at Roadrunner Records, sees it… To be a true Cookie Monster vocal, said Mr. Conner, who signed some of the subgenre’s biggest bands, including Sepultura and Fear Factory, “it’s got to be really, really guttural.

…>While it is not clear to me if the motivating power of death metal is generating a vanguard of energetic youth or drawing artistic and creative young people into a trap of naive individualism, I believe that the political significance of musical sound is rooted in the meanings that the participants constitute and the consequences of those meanings for the participants’ lives and the larger society.[^motpower] [^motpower]:Harris M Berger, “Death Metal Tonality and the Act of Listening,” Popular Music 18, no.

Inner Peace Through METAL (an early draft)

(as posted to mefi and the ultimate-metal.com forums ) Image and Posturing : As fan of Metal, I’d like to think that it can be (re)defined in terms that isolate it from the [at-worst bigoted , at best hetero-male-centric ] behaviors and ideas currently associated with it…. To give some impression of the stuff that’s out in the cultural void, but not yet represented by traditional (or even non-traditional) media, we look at the bowels of the internet and what it has spit out over the years.