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The Horned Void

lundi 1 janvier 2018 à 07:00

2018 has arrived...
praise the demolition of the kingdom...
as tyranny gives way to chaos...
as life and light meet their end...
hails to capra diaboli...
may we all be embraced...
within the horned void


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A glimpse of the Void..

lundi 18 décembre 2017 à 18:47
On 6/2/17 the Capra Diaboli album and Horned Assault companion EP were released together. Since that day more and more black and death metal-inspired chiptune has spawned from the distorted pulse waves and grumbling triangle bass...



Now, Horned Assault is poised to unleash its first full length album upon the new year's dawn. With fifteen tracks spanning over 50 minutes, The Horned Void will be available for download on 1/1/18.

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Tracks

vendredi 15 décembre 2017 à 03:28
A little EP of old Voi.xce music, Tracks is a "spiritual predecessor" of the Kbos release. Preview and download link below.


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Avatar: The Last Airbender

jeudi 14 décembre 2017 à 03:39
Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Series 2005-2008)
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios, DR Movie, JM Animation, MOI Animation, Titmouse

A world of four unique nations, each home to a style of the supernatural martial arts known as Bending, which itself is based on one of the elements: Water, Earth, Fire, Air. The elements, and therefore the nations which claim them, exist in a delicate balance with one another. Overseeing and guiding this balance is an individual capable of mastering all four elements: the Avatar. The Last Airbender takes place at time when the Fire Nation has gone on the warpath and has thrown the world seriously off kilter. Making matters worse for those of the three other nations, the Avatar has been absent an entire century with no sign of return or reincarnation.


This concept of war on such an epic scale certainly seems unusual for Nickelodeon Studios, and my first exposure to the series resulted in no real interest*. But as I was able to see more of Avatar and better-understand its characters I began to find myself enjoying it (more than I would have been willing to admit, originally).

Avatar'score characters include the carefree and impish Aang, pun-packing Sokka and his Waterbending sister: the motherly Katara. This main trio quickly find themselves threatened by the exiled Fire Nation prince named Zuko. As episodes come and go an extensive cast of characters, hailing from all kingdoms and walks of life, is introduced. I really enjoyed this large cast of characters, the ways they interact with each other and the ways in which they develop along with the story. Even the chattering, bellowing animals have loads of personality. Friendships, rivalries and romances are fun to see unfold.


Action can be dangerously-intense, quite circus-like and more often than not a combination of the two. Rimshot puns and slapstick moments momentarily lighten the mood of many fight scenes. Choreography on the Bending is fluid, with stances and movements of each element inspired by a different school of Kung fu. The absence of serious on-screen violence forces Avatar's hand, but the creators' manage to show many dire consequences of war nonetheless.

The animation (a task taken on by the South Korean studios JM Animation, DR Movie and MOI Animation) is very colorful. Many characters are drawn with exaggerated attributes, giving them all a distinguishable appearance. Settings portrayed in Avatar are equally diverse. There are rolling plains, seemingly-endless deserts, open skies, stormy seas, arctic villages, stone-walled cities and everything else in between. Inconsistencies spring up regularly in the television series due to the amount of wide shots, movement and scenes needing animation. Quality of animation on the DVD releases is degraded due to some aberration and low resolution (I'd gladly shell out some cash for a good HD remaster, *cough cough*). Generally the animation ranges from "pretty good" to solid. Production elements see a serious spike in the "Sozin's Comet" episodes (which serve as a great ending for the series).


Composed by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, working under the guise of The Track Team, Avatar'ssoundtrack is full of thundering drums, melodic chimes, hair-raising strings and rich blown instruments. None of the themes really pin themselves to memory, but they sound great and work perfectly with the series. Zuckerman and Wynn are also the ones behind the sound design of The Last Airbender, which may explain why the series' score and sound play off each other so well.

Avatar succeeds as an entertaining piece of storytelling. A 61-episode (massive by my own standards) series with excellent characters in an intriguing and quite-convincing setting. Nickelodeon may have pulled some punches, but their affect on The Last Airbender is dismissible.



*Note: My very first exposure to Avatar was the unwilling, repeated viewing of a season 2 episode. Over and over and over.

Ratings
-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
+2 Superb

Story: +2
Writing: +1
Characters: +2
Art/Animation: +1
Music: +1
Entertainment: +2
Personal Bias: -1

References
https://www.soundtrack.net/content/article/?id=252
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar%3A_The_Last_Airbender
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417299/fullcredits

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Goat Horns

jeudi 23 novembre 2017 à 07:28
Goat Horns (Full-length album, 1998 The End Records Version)
Performed by Nokturnal Mortum, Released by Morbid Noizz Productions

Whether in artwork, lyrics or name of artist, goats have always been a draw for me in black metal. Goatmoon, Archgoat, the covers of Schwarzwald and Bathory come to mind immediately. Years ago this preference brought me to the furious Ukranian outfit Nokturnal Mortum's first full-length album: Goat Horns.

An interesting group, Nokturnal Mortum has seen a good deal of evolution in their music and quite a number of lineup changes since forming in 1991 (originally to play death metal under the banner of Suppuration). Changing moniker and style, Suppuration became Crystaline Darkness, then Nocturnal Mortum before settling on Nokturnal Mortum. Throughout the middle years of the 1990s, the band put out a handful of demos in addition to a split with Ukrainian black metal neighbors Lucifugum before releasing Goat Horns in 1997.


Somewhere between charming and cheesy, Nokturnal Mortum's keyboard duo—Sataroth and Saturious—produced the meat of the album's melody. The synths' are similar to the keyboard work heard in Bal-Sagoth's music, equally up front in sound but less flamboyant in composition. Twin guitars pick away in support of the synthesized orchestral and folk elements, while lead man Varggoth snarls throaty cries and Munruthel efficiently pounds away on his drums, typically at mid-to-low (by black metal standards) tempo.

The album's general tone could be described as proud and, in a romantic sense, tragic. Goat Hornsopens and closes with keyboard instrumentals: “Black Moon Overture” and “Eternal Circle.” Between them, all five main tracks surpass the seven minute mark, but they're, luckily, dynamic and laden with numerous, interesting sections. The title track, start to finish, is the strongest of the album. Marching snares and tense acoustic guitar, reminiscent of early Viking-era Bathory, are followed by a rousing, stomping mid-paced sequence; verses gathering energy before giving way to a determined blast beat, which then explodes gloriously into a gallant, galloping chorus, complete with excited riffing and drums. “Kolyada,” another standout track, kicks off with a slow, folksy opening that gradually builds into a quite-stunning climax of twanging keyboard notes, constant tremolo guitar picks and driving drumbeat.


Production is raw and suffers from an awkward balance in the panning, which has the kick and snare drum overtly-favoring the left ear (a minor annoyance considering the drum sound is fine otherwise). Prominence of the keyboards may be an issue for some, while the guitars have a thin and gritty sound and may require extra attention to fully enjoy.

Flaws do not compromise Goat Horns as a whole—this is quite solid black metal, musically-speaking—but flaws are certainly there: the mixing quirks and a few inorganic transitions within tracks being this album's most obvious stains. Give at least "Kolyada" and "Goat Horns" a listen, if nothing else.

Ratings
-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
+2 Superb

Songwriting: +1
Production: 0
Entertainment: +1
PersonalBias: +1
Random %:86%

References
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Nokturnal_Mortum/528
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokturnal_Mortum

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