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Magic.

In the course of my research for the game’s magic system, I’ve taken a great deal of effort in reading a great many books.  The common thread of this all is the sheer imagination with which humanity exists.  I’ve re-read Michael Taussig’s commodity fetishism book, Kuru Sorcery, the Golden Bough, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Healing and Music, and so forth.  Every system is different; very unique in and of itself.  Yet, the most interesting facet is simply the amount of magical thinking necessary to construct these systems and how daunting it is to take that very tiny sinew of compatibility between differing world views and put them into a system.

 

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Accountability, Cultura, Game, Geek, Magic

 

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Photography: Cold

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Night in the Andes Ice Forest 
Image Credit & CopyrightBabak Tafreshi (TWAN)

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Art, Geek, Inspiration, Landscape, Magic, Photography

 

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Review: Scorned Deity’s Adventum

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Recovering from my break and general state of busy, I tossed on some tunes and got to thinking.  Part of writing about music you love is making sure it does not turn into a business, unless you will or wish it as so.  Generally, I listen to European music.  Most of the bands I end up falling in love with anymore are from the Great White North and a few from the Isles.  Having cut my teeth on American metal in my youth, I constantly look for American bands to follow.  And, in the interest of full disclosure, I missed this band.  They contacted me regarding a review for their sophomore release.

The problem with the style of music this band plays is that it tends to come across as a wall of sound unless it’s done well.  Scorned Deity offer a symphonic black-death mixture of metal.  A generally flagging sound that has altogether caused more headaches of late than anything worthy of a listen.  However, this Detroit, Michigan band hits the right notes of intensity and pushes the sound through from the operatic opening to its blackened end.

The mixture of the brutality of harmonizing death metal guitars and the frigidity of black metal soundscapes sewed together through Dream Theater/prog rock styled keys and synths.  Each instrument inhabits its own spaces, reducing the wailing wall of sound so common of recent Dark Tranquility and other melodeath bands.  The guitar tones are strong (it’s been a damn long time since guitar solos really got to me in metal) and well produced and the percussion is well on display.  The band’s approach evokes Emperor to my ear, especially in its use of the aforementioned synths which in combination with the choral female voice creates an epically woven tapestry.

Well written and considered, Adventum pulls you straight into the music through its majesty and draws you down into its core with its intensity.  The ride is generally satisfying, especially when the sounds don’t bleed together.  If anything, the album suffers from a touch of schizophrenia as the band pulls from the two different styles and then attempts to also include industrial electronics.  However, if that is my only complaint, I feel as if I’m nitpicking.

Scorned Deity’s second album is a worthy release and definitely puts the band on my watch list. I enjoyed their use of harmonizing melody and brutality.  It is a writhing intense ride, but one that is completely worth your time if you’re interested in this music.  And, damn is it good to have another American Metal band about whom to write that.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Accountability, Art, Geek, Magic, Reviews

 

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From APOD, 7/4/13.  This is the M82 Starburst Galaxy with a Superwind by Ken Crawford.

I have not yet had the time yet to really get into a review or really to get to anything else of consequence due to some family commitments.  That said, I think this more than fills in for my writing.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Art, Geek, Inspiration, Magic, Nature, Space

 

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Diurnal Aural Experiences: Leprous’ “Chronic” from Coal (2013).

Enjoy; from the music review earlier today.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Art, Geek, Magic, Music

 

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Diurnal Aural Experiences: Katatonia’s “The Act of Darkening”

The bonus track from their 2012 release is the best song off the album.  The effects in the song are neatly used and the theme of a darkened and rotting playground/carnival is reinforced by the gloomy melancholy.  Beautifully done.  Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Art, Geek, Inspiration, Landscape, Magic

 

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Diurnal Aural Experiences: Anciients – Heart of Oak (2013)

Here’s the full album stream from bandcamp.  Listen to this album and buy it.  Amazing.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Art, Geek, Inspiration, Magic, Nature

 

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