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  • Death-something needed or to be avoided?

    25 maj 2008, 20:10 av the_abyss91

    Death is the end of life.But what's the actual meaning of death?Why do we all die?Is there a special reason behind death?
    What if dying is only an option?And at the moment humanity isn't evolved enough to take the other option,which is obviously not dying?Although immortality may seem a rather foolish idea,why are we so afraid of death?Perhaps we are aware of the fact that we could actually prevent death,if we continue to evolve?Our bodies may not naturally cope with our desire,but our mind desperately tries to exist.So maybe the reason why we die is only because our bodies aren't made to last as long as we want.What if death is actually more like a disease,would there be a cure to it?If so then I'm positive that there is,because there's no such thing as an incurable disease,only temporarily incurable diseases.As we humans evolve,we always find cures for what was once known as incurable.Currently I think that the only known weakness of death may be birth,but what if there is another one?
    Life is currently defined as the period between birth and death.But the birth of what?The birth of our bodies and our minds,or the birth of one of those two alone?Since the mind is directly connected to our body through the brain,it is given birth along with our body.However must the "breaking" of our bodies result in the mind ceasing to exist?Maybe the key to immortality is preserving our mind,in other words keeping the brain functioning.
    I believe that deep inside our subconscious we know that we can prevent death,and that is the reason why we fear death and always try to stay alive.If we knew that death is 100% something unavoidable why would we have gone to such efforts to cure diseases?Perhaps our mind is still consciously unaware of its true desires,and that our true desires are leaking out our current desires.If that is right,then I think our egoistical struggle to avoid death may be our true minds awareness of the power to do so.
    But I won't deny the possibility that humans are simply naive,irrational creatures whom,in their ignorance,believe they have the power to do anything.I may have mistook the fear of death for something bigger,and that it actually is simply like an arrogant child's wish for something they can't have.However that seemingly foolish desire is what kept humanity taking one step forward.Immortality seems like an impossible dream but it's what kept humans evolving,so achieving immortality wouldn't be such a good thing for humanity in the end.
    Let's assume that humans were to achieve immortality.What next?Humanity may become more ignorant than it currently is,since all humans would act like some spoiled kid whose every wish came true.Also we would nave no mortality rate and we would be too many for our everybody's sake,and so humanity would only cause itself more problems than it can handle.
    Death may be an error of nature,but good errors still exist nowadays.Humanity may need more death than we can accept.Maybe if we stop seeking eternal life humanity will actually take a big step forwards,and only genetically good humans will inhabit the world,unfortunately for those who didn't have the chance to be genetically normal.In any pack of animals the sick are always left at the back,and if they cannot keep up with the rest of the pack then they are sacrificed for the good of the head.Humans don't do that.Humans want to "keep the pace" with those who can't run as good as the others,and that may be what keeps humanity for reaching it's full potential.Even though it sounds like a drastic idea,you should try to look at the bigger picture.This planet has a limit to how many humans it can actually support,and our numbers are more than Earth,or better said nature,can handle.Humans in their desperate battle to prevent death as much as they could destroyed the natural balance and nature suffered more than it should and we are seeing the consequences of it now.
    So until humanity will see the true beauty behind the ugly mask of the grim reaper humans will have to crawl their way through history,and eventually to their extinction.After all,the big bad wolf is humanity and not the big scary "monster" with a scythe.

    P.S.:If you see some mistakes with grammar ignore them please and I'll give you a Scooby Snack.

    Added later:There is yet one more possibility.Albert Einstein believed that if humans were to use 100% of their brain capacity they would become pure energy and they wouldn't need bodies.And since energy cannot be destroyed we can assume that we could become immortal if we'll take a few steps up on the evolutionary stair.I guess that immortality comes with time.
  • New ZXZW website online!

    11 jun 2008, 11:14 av zxzw

    The long awaited new ZXZW website finally released! It’s not the regular festival-website you normally expect. We wouldn’t be ZXZW without a totally new festival-website concept.
    Just like Wikipedia, ZXZW gives you, the audience, the opportunity to fill the site. You can give your opinion about an artist and write their biography, add photo’s, video’s, links and (personal) tags.
    The final bio’s will end up in the festival guide!

    So, you better check out the new website right… NOW!
    www.zxzw.nl

    You can find a little walkthrough here:
    http://zxzwblog.com/2008/06/09/new-zxzw-website-online/


    Cheers Erik ZXZW
  • 50% of the line-up booked!

    9 jun 2008, 10:22 av zxzw

    We've been working on the line-up for several months now, and have 116 acts confirmed! In total, more than 200 artists will perform during ZXZW 2008! This means, we've got 50% of the line-up booked

    This is the list of confirmed artists at this moment:
    Pelican, Sun Ra, Gay Against You, Paint It Black, Skinless, Cadence Weapon, Watain, Torche, Otto von Schirach, FFF, Guapo, Trash Talk, Steadycam, Ebola, Lakes, Usurper, LFO Demon, Pulling Teeth, Glorior Belli, Schlammpeitziger, Pisstank, PRE, Seein Red, Z’EV, Electric Kettle, Ambassador 21, Jeremy Jay, Enablers, Chops, Manatees, Religious Knives, Computer Truck, Bunkur, Ladyscraper, Ponytail, Gorath, Munch Munch, Throne of Katarsis, Eva Braun, Starving Weirdos, Hey Colossus, Tokota, Dj Floorclearer, Chris Moss Acid, Vogue, Gastón Arévalo, Agents Of Abhorrence, Talibam!, The Pharmacy, GoldieLocks, Kid Kishore, Tep, Night Wounds, Tigrova Mast, Aguynguerran, Judith Priest, Ladycop, Bulbul, Radio Eris, Kylie Minoise, Gewapend Beton, The Devil's Blood, Tapage, Seven That Spells, Gelbart, Peeesseye, Raxinasky, Potop, flu.ID, Arquettes, Tortuga, Fractional, Speedranch, Tank 86, Throats, BabyShaker, Penguins Know Why, Bonne Aparte, This Leo Sunrise, incite/, Nackt Insecten, Bram Stadhouders & Onno Govaert, Harry Poppins, James Kumo, Two Minute Noodles, The Hong Kong Dong, Gura, Black Anvil, Pilgrim Fathers, Neurosis Orchestra, Trouble vs. Glue, Dethscalator, Black Napkins, Koonda Holaa, F.M.G., Jack Beauregard, Blastocyst, Ars Dada, De Haan/Spruit, Punt Uit, Botborg,Gala Drop, Die Pferde, Pu:ppkakkbaggrlull, Company Fuck, Håvard Volden/Daniel Meyer Grønvold duo, Total System Failure, Pessariüm, Nanostrike, TV Buddas, Freeka Peeka & Guadaloupé, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, The USA Kings

    Keep checking our event-page for updates!

    More info:
    http://www.zxzw.nl
    http://www.zxzwblog.com
    http://www.myspace.com/zxzwtilburg
    http://zxzwtilburg.hyves.net
    http://zxzwfest.hyves.net
    http://www.last.fm/event/361621
    http://www.last.fm/group/zxzw


    http://flickr.com/photos/zxzw/2553812832/
  • DARKTHRONE: "Frostland Tapes" 3-CD-Box

    23 maj 2008, 16:38 av Astarot

    DARKTHRONE - FROSTLAND TAPES BOX SET

    Release: 23.June.2008



    Infos:

    http://www.peaceville.com/darkthrone/frostlandtapes/

    Tracklist:

    Disc 1:

    "Land Of Frost" Demo (1988)

    01. Land of Frost
    02. Winds of Triton
    03. Forest of Darkness
    04. Odyssey of Freedom
    05. Day of the Dead

    "A New Dimension" Demo (1988)

    06. Intro: Twilight Dimension
    07. Snowfall

    "Thulcandra" Demo (1989)

    08. Eon
    09. Thulcandra
    10. Archipelago
    Extra track: "Soria Moria"

    Disc 2:

    "Cromlech" Demo (1989)

    01. The Watchtower
    02. Accumulation of Generalization
    03. Sempiternal Past/Presence View Sepulchrality
    04. Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia

    Live From Denmark 1990:

    05. Cromlech
    06. Sunrise over Locus Mortis
    07. Soulside Journey
    08. Accumulation of Generalization
    09. Sempiternal Past/Presence View Sepulchrality
    10. Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia
    11. Neptune Towers

    Disc 3:

    "Goatlord" – Rare Instrumental Version (1991)

    01. Rex
    02. Pure Demoniac Blessing
    03. (The) Grimness of which Shepherds Mourn
    04. Sadomasochistic Rites
    05. As Desertshadows
    06. In his Lovely Kingdom
    07. Black Daimon
    08. Toward(s) the Thornfields
    09. (Birth of Evil) Virgin Sin
    10. Green Cave Float
    11. A Blaze In The Northern Sky
    12. Fenriz Drum Solo



    Darkthrone
  • Wolfnacht - "Heidentum" Review

    17 maj 2007, 21:55 av stjimmy666

    Wolfnacht's Heiduntum, is the one of, if not best NSBM record i own, although, having said that, my NSBM collection is currently miniscule (consisting of a Der Sturmer album, an Aryan Kampf 88 album a Wotanorden album and an Absurd album) the production values are typical kvlt BM, guitars that sounds like barbed wire being tremolo picked with a razorblade, pounding, repetitive drums, almost non-existant bass guitaring (although when it does shine through, it's immense) and throat scorching vocals. However, while sounding typical (in some ways) its also brilliant. the variety of moods and feelings that he creates with (what seems to be) the same chord patterns are amazing.

    Despite the fact that any genre outsider will have already dismissed the album as "typical" (because of my earlier statement), a real BM fan will sit down and listen to this, because it is actually an incredibly good album, one that grows on you the more you listen to it, in particular the tracks "Heidentum" (track 1), "Licht Des Seiges" (track 4) and "Ein Dämonischer Winter Verhüllt Den Schattenturm..." (Which is the last track)

    now, im not going to do a track by track analysis, because that will bore you, however, i will go into detail on the best track on the album, the outro track, "Ein Dämonischer Winter Verhüllt Den Schattenturm...". The track starts off similarly to the rest of the album, a mid-paced to fast BM attack, with pounding drums, searing guitar and brilliant riffing, but then, at about 2/3 minutes in, it drops out for a second, and in comes the brilliant, yet haunting, keyboard melody along with the vocals, which are lower than on the rest of the album, slowly, everything builds back up into what is a brillaint song, the riffs precise, the drums rythmic and pounding (especially the fills on this song, theyre awesome) and the haunting, eerie keyboard melody penetrating the thick, foggy, pervasive atmosphere that the song (and album) create.

    the only downsides i can think of are that a lot of people write off Wolfnacht as an Absurd clone, and also that none of the tracks have anything as catchy as say, Der Sturmers' "The Hammer Falls On Zion"

    overall, a great slice of NSBM, well worth the money.

    90/100

    Written by Jimmy, posted under metal archives username Something_Inside. Also posted in the Last.fm NSBM group
  • New last.fm group for Irish black metal

    8 feb 2007, 22:39 av neGev

    Okay, I'll keep this short and sweet. A new group has been set up here.

    Anyone interested in supporting and discussing the scene should join. Let's see how far we can go with this.

    Abaddon Incarnate/For Ruin/Slidhr/Enecare/Primordial Primal Dawn/Geasa
  • Cosmic insignificance...

    3 feb 2007, 07:25 av -Reaper-

    Man has pondered about the cosmos ever since he could look up and understand that there is more out there. Philosophers have struggled with with our very existence for millennia, at best coming up with Descartes' claim of "Cogito ergo sum", 'I think, therefore I am'. But in reality all of it doesn't matter. We as humans might understand how we operate, but we will never comprehend the cosmos.

    However, let me illustrate a point, because a picture says a thousand words. You have to view the whole image.

    Remember you have to read this slowly and absorb each step back..


    We start off with our nearest members of stars, only 33 within 12.5 light years.



    We zoom away a little more and we can see within 250 light years, although we're still on the edge of the galactic tail.



    At 5000 light year view, we see that our order of stars was just shading on the tail of the galaxy.



    This is our galaxy, but wait, I'm not done.



    We zoom out even further and 500,000 light years we see that our Galaxy has s few globular galaxy clusters floating around it, drawing them into through gravity.



    This Galaxy system (containing a Galaxy and galaxy clusters} is only one of 3 in our tiny corner of 5 million light years.



    However as we zoom away, we can see that we're only one of many galaxies within the Virgo Supercluster. The Supercluster contains the Virgo Cluster and 2 other clusters. We're only in a lone group of 3 galaxies somewhere cast on the side of the cluster, hanging on to its tail.



    This amazingly huge Virgo Supercluster is but a bump on an endless intertwining of galactic filament that's the texture of the Universe. Connecting like yarn thread to other superclusters.



    WHICH, is but an amazingly tiny portion of yarn on a scale of 14 billion light years. Everything is intertwined and composed of endless possibilities and compositions.



    And where did we start? At a portion so insignificant that you can't even locate without retracing your steps. And you live there.

    We are extremely insignificant beings in a place that is infinite. We will never understand IT, but at least we can realize that we are nothing in comparison.
  • Our journey through the Universe. Part 1: The Solar System and Oort Cloud

    29 jan 2007, 17:06 av -Reaper-

    This will be a journal of several parts appearing weekly until we are finished with our journey. Distance will be explained when needed, such as AUs, and given as rounded and [exact]. Imagination is required, psychedelic trance music is recommended.

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    Let's begin by imagining ourselves as giants, titans of the skies if you will. In fact we are so large that the Sun is as big as a basketball to us. Our journey begins here.

    The Sun


    This is our star, without it life on Earth would be impossible. It is a fairly small star, as there are many more that are more massive, more luminous and larger. However we don’t need much more, in fact if it were smaller or bigger we would not be here.

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    1 light second
    As we start walking we put one foot forward. The speed of light is measured as 300 million meters per second [299,792,458 meters/sec]. However, due to our size this is only 5.1 cm away from the basketball. One light second is several times smaller than our foot.

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    1 light minute
    We get to 3.1 meters and have passed the distance known as 1 light minute. We have not reached Earth just yet; we haven’t even reached the nearest planet, Mercury. Did you think that it was much closer? Most of our Solar System, not to mention the Galaxy and Universe is empty space.

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    1 AU, The Earth
    We keep walking and get to a distance known as 1 Astronomical Unit [AU]. This is the distance between the Sun and the Earth, it is 145.6 million km [145,597,870.691 km] away, however because we are so huge this is only 25.7 meters from the basketball. We glance at the Earth, and it's very difficult to find because it is only 7mm in circumference, or the size BB gun ammunition known as BBs. We can't stop and chat with the tiny inhabitants because we wouldn't even be able to see them. The Moon is about 2mm away from the Earth and from our point of view, basically touching it.

    The Earth


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    Jupiter
    We move on because we have to explore most of the Solar System and beyond. We start walking again, this time it'll be a short trip. About 134 meters from the basketball we encounter Jupiter, it lies about 5 AU from the Sun. It is the 5th planet from the Sun and the largest of all. However to us it only appears as big as a strawberry sized ball of gas. It's moon's are tiny strawberry seeds circling the planet.



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    1 light hour
    We keep walking a little further and at about 7 AU or about 1 billion km we get the distance of 1 light hour. Light took 1 hour to travel here, but we made it here relatively fast. This is only 185 meters away from the basketball. It is very difficult to see the basketball from here, it appears as a tiny blur from where we are standing. We need to start jogging at this point.

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    Neptune
    We jog for a while stopping at 771 meters to see if we can find Neptune. Neptune is about as small as a paintball so we have to search carefully. It is the last planet in the Solar System but we are not finished yet. (Also listen to Neptune Towers since we are here.)



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    Pluto
    Once we jogged a little more we get to a place called Pluto's Aphelion, or the farthest Pluto can be away from the Sun. This is 49 AU or 7.4 billion km from the Sun, but for us it was a nice jog of 1,265 meters. If you're good you got here in about 9-10 minutes. Light however took about 7 hours to get here [6h 50m 3s]. Don't bother looking for Pluto however, it is far too small. Only about 1 mm in circumference or the size of the dot at the end of this sentence.



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    Sedna's Aphelion
    We are finished with our jog now but we get into a car, because our next destination is Sedna's Aphelion. Sedna is the farthest planetoid observed in the Solar System. It makes its closest approach only 25 AU away from Pluto's Aphelion, but where we are traveling to its Aphelion which is 975 AU. However we do have a car and the trip will be much easier. We drive until we are 25 km away from the basketball!
    Even at such a size it is still that far for us to travel, however our journey has just begun and we are nowhere near our destination.


    We want to travel to the farthest point in its orbit, it'll be a quick drive but we have to take a pit stop once we get there because we're boarding our airplane.

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    Entering the Oort Cloud
    We get to Sedna's aphelion and board the plane. We travel until we are 1249 km away from our point of origin. We start to enter the Oort Cloud at ~50,000 AU.
    It's going to be a bumpy ride because the Oort cloud is basically a huge cloud of material that’s left over from the creation of our Solar System.
    We are enclosed within a cloud of comets, rock and other debris. The plane's not going to get damaged due to our size, as the comets are smaller than dots in a sentence, but there might be some turbulence due to the amount of material here. It'll be more of a swim than a flight.



    The red line is Sedna's orbit.

    Oort Cloud


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    1 light year
    Once we are inside this Oort Cloud we travel 374 more km, or 1623 km away from our point of origin to the distance of 1 light year. It is defined as 9.46 trillion kilometers [9,460,730,472,580.8 km] or 63,241 AU.
    Light has taken 1 full year to travel to this point, but we have made it here within a matter of hours. We have to continue on and get out of this Cloud, the turbulence might be getting us sick.

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    Exiting the Oort Cloud
    We travel on a bit more to a distance of 2565 km or 1.6 light years or 100,000 AUs and finally exit the Oort Cloud. There are still a few remaining comets here and there, but for the most part it is clear again and we can see the sky. We look ahead and notice that the stars aren't as close as we thought they would be. In fact we can't even make out the closest star. We continue to travel in our airplane, but our adventures to the stars will have to wait for another week. Our journey has just begun...

  • Malvoisie (free download)

    14 jan 2007, 08:48 av Nocturnalpriest

    Malvoisie is an obscure project that should please fans of chaotic and devilish black noise.

    Dowload the apocalypse: http://www.mad3music.com/Malvoisie.rar

    There is also a myspace group page: http://www.myspace.com/kvltofdarkness
  • The Adventures Of God

    22 dec 2006, 10:56 av Vortus