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Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 06 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

WoT is a great series and, like other books there is the place where it gets somewhat slow and because it is so epic in scale, that just makes the stall seem much larger. Im on book five so im not fully done and im reading Erikson now but its a long series... its how its written... maybe becuase ive not read it all im not understanding exactly how boring it is but idk, i took a stab at it.

worst book ive ever read has to be Medalon by Jennifer Fallon... wow... halfway through i wanted to remove a stake from some random campsite and jam it repeatedly into my spine. it was bland, and not a whole lot of excitement. i read it all the way through somehow and im glad i did just to know im not gonna read any more of the series unless every biography, history, and computer repair book was eliminated from the earth. and even then i may decide to use the book to bludgeon myself to death instead of read it.

ok thats my rant. ^_^ view post


What area of writing are you good at? posted 06 October 2004 in Writing TipsWhat area of writing are you good at? by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

i always try to give my characters traits, all kinds random, contradictory, and then try to mold them to situations using those traits as a basis for thier actions. if you chose random traits it gives your characters great diversity. a character in my book hates having his cape dirty... whereas another gets random feelings of hopelessness and depression.

it seems easy for me to build a complex plot. i dont know why. i keep getting so many ideas for the book im writiing that i dont know if ill be able to fit them in the story. i like being able to build around a simple story line and make it something special and unique. view post


Now listening to... posted 31 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

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Opeth-Blackwater Park[/quote:2jfwdnbs]

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Suffocation - Despise The Sun[/quote:2jfwdnbs]


both excellent albums. i prefer still life and morningrise myself.

NP: Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly view post


Now Reading... posted 31 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Im gonna try to finish Gardens Of The Moon when i go away for the week. then who knows. I want to read Chariots of The Gods by Von Daniken though and Mien Kampf has always been on my list too. view post


Now listening to... posted 14 November 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Quote: "AjDeath":1aestjhb
Orphaned Land-Mabool, The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven[/quote:1aestjhb]

absolutley AMAZING album.

NP: Pestilence - Spheres

BEFORE:

carnal forge
suffocation
creamatory
gordon lightfoot
slayer
killswitch engage
mastodon
black sabbath

AJ - if you into Deathmetal which it seems you are, check out Pestilence. amazing stuff. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 14 November 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

sounds view post


Now Reading... posted 06 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

im gonna start reading The Fires Of Heaven by Robert Jordan

i just finished The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

im still reading The Age Of Reason by Thomas Paine view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 06 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

i finished reading Gardens Of The Moon, it was really good, a bit confusing at a couple spots - mainly because of the huge cast of characters but the story was excellent.

i wish the book had a bigger glossary - it would help alot. view post


What area of writing are you good at? posted 06 December 2004 in Writing TipsWhat area of writing are you good at? by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

if we could all just figure out a way to keep a running story going on. just, people continually add to it when they come out onto the site. like a massive book writing project. it would help people learn new skills at writing. might be a good idea? view post


Beyond The Prince of Nothing? posted 19 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBeyond The Prince of Nothing? by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

yeah, exactly what AJ said, i only check this maybe...once a week if that.. not much goes on here sadly.

i think it would be pretty cool. im waiting for The Warrior Prophet to finally come out in Hardcover by me. its coming out in january i beleive. ill have to juggle some money between that and the new Kreator and Dark Tranquility albums. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 19 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Penis view post


Now Reading... posted 19 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Reading The Fires of Heaven -Robert jordan,

Age Of Reason - Thomas paine

finished The Secret Code by these two overly religious guys

waiting for christmas so i can read Chariots of The Gods and buy my History of Death Metal book. Hopefully ill get Annihilation - 5th book in the War Of the Spider queen and i wont have to buy it myself. view post


Now listening to... posted 19 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Taake - Nattestid ser Porten Vid
Hate Forest - The Gates view post


Terry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? posted 19 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

if you decide to read The Sword Of Truth, just know that the first book is the best. and it declines from there.

Im looking foward to Chainfire just so i can be done with the series. hahaha view post


dark tower? posted 19 December 2004 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

i gotta pick these up. King is a great writer and for him to take the chance to write a fantasy series - if that is what it really is - is a great experience to read. I saw The Gunslinger in waldenbooks in hardcover so ill have to stop back in and pick it up when i have some money after christmas. view post


Please read and tell me what you think. posted 27 October 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionPlease read and tell me what you think. by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

I wrote this for an english asignment.

Ill give a basic idea on what its about.

The main character has already died. His/her soul has lived on until it was time for it (his/her soul) to die. Then the act of the soul dying. It may be kind of abstract but whatever.

the link is here you can just reply here though so you dont have to make an account there.

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Now listening to... posted 27 October 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

wow i havent posted here in a longggg time.

NP: Demons And Wizards - Touched By The Crimson King view post


Starring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! posted 27 October 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

keanu..... definitely.... view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 28 October 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Quote: &quot;AjDeath&quot;:2n540fdg
Atheist
Cynic
Gordian Knot
Opeth
Crowbar

Those are my favorite metal bands. I could list a hundred of those.

These are other.

Led Zeppelin
Martin Springett
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Bill Evans
Dredg
The Cars
Rammstein
Russian Circles
Isis
Pelican


I'll probably do another list. <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->[/quote:2n540fdg]

Mahavishnu Orchestra is incredible. view post


Now listening to... posted 31 October 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Quote: &quot;AjDeath&quot;:9klednyt
Ephel Duath - pleonasm

Anybody else like this wacky jazzy death metallers and their wacky avant-garde jazzy death metal hardcore stew of whackiness.[/quote:9klednyt]

How good is the new arsis? i have a sample of one of the songs but i havent got a change to hear the whole thing. is it worth buying view post


Now Reading... posted 22 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Glen Cook - The Books of the South: I am enjoying it so far. His writing is impeccably subtle. I love the attention he has given to making each character's relationship with the others in the group well thought out and natural. His prose in sharper than a fucking scalpel as well. To call him a decent writer would be a massive understatement.

Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince: Although his use of maxims becomes a burden on the reader, the book's historical significance as a political handbook as well as containing controversial philosophical jumping points continually force me from shelving the book.

Currently reading various music magazines as well. I finished Metal Maniac's May 2007 issue today (a year late I know but I have a stack of magazines almost as high as the stack of books I have yet to read). The highlight would be the article on the almighty Manowar as well as the small blurb about Full Blown Chaos. I am also in the midst of Zero Tolerance 019. Finished the Fifth issue of the Grimoire of Exalted Deeds the other night too. Always a humorous read. view post


Now listening to... posted 22 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Quote: &quot;gierra&quot;:3eoi2t6p
new tyr [/quote:3eoi2t6p]
Is that Land? I purchased that a few days ago as well. Will throw it in the cd player tomorrow. I've been stuck on Judas Priest's new album for the past four days now. Time for a change.

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anacrusis albums...[/quote:3eoi2t6p]
This is worth quoting for the mention of Anacrusis.

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gotta stop getting so many new albums at once :p[/quote:3eoi2t6p]
I have the same problem.

NP:
Edguy - Rocketride
Chemical Annihilation - Why Die?
Tyr - Land
Grand Magus - Monument view post


Your First Time posted 22 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour First Time by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Shadowdale, the first book of the Avatar Trilogy. I saw it on a shelf in some used bookstore in middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. Read it in one day. The rest of the series (Aside for the inferior follow up Crucible which was released 10 years after the series was released) proved to me that fantasy can be dark, dreary and morbid. Excellent series. I would say that the books were the first real foray into the fantasy genre that I truly enjoyed. view post


Music..not generally... posted 22 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionMusic..not generally... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Funny thing is for me, Pink Floyd's lesser known albums have much more impact on me than say, The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon. I'd rather listen to Meddle than any of the Pink Floyd albums.

But this topic is interesting. The question &quot;what makes one music 'greater' than another&quot; is a loaded question that involves diving into listening to music objectively as well as subjectively. For instance, While Pink Floyd might be thought of as being &quot;complex&quot; I don't find their music anywhere near as complex as say, Watchtower or Fates Warning (Awaken the Guardian specifically comes to mind) though their lyrics are more complex. At the same time, I would say that Pink Floyd's music is more complex than some bands with more complex lyrical themes. With that said however, what makes lyrics inherently complex? With music, you can measure the complexity - the amount of notes, the structure of the compositions, the arrangements. With lyrics though, who is to say that Manowar's lyrics are inferior to those of Pink Floyd? I know that I can get emotional when I hear the lyrics to Battle Hymn or Metal Daze (or any song off their debut album) however there has never been a Pink Floyd song that has had an emotional effect on me. Its the same for me with Classical music as well. Igor Stravinky's Rite of Spring always touches my heart and calms me yet Mozart doesn't do anything for me.

Music is so personal and individual that the only music that matters is the music that matters to you. view post


Music..not generally... posted 24 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionMusic..not generally... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

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Funny thing is for me, Pink Floyd's lesser known albums have much more impact on me than say, The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon. I'd rather listen to Meddle than any of the Pink Floyd albums. [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

Sign me up for Piper at the Gates of Dawn! <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> While I respect the achievements of the later Floyd albums, they never really did that much for me at a gut level. And I kept thinking people who were that successful while still sounding that miserable were clearly taking the wrong drugs. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

I think that the later P.F albums soak into my interior better than the earlier stuff because I view them more as &quot;musician's&quot; albums. There is more focus on the music. The latter era of Floyd albums have a distinctive jazz/fusion flare to them that the early ones don't. The fact that I enjoy my Camel, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever may affect my preference for which era of Floyd I enjoy. Don't get me wrong or take my opinion on their repertoire as looking down on their early albums because I think that The Wall has some incredibly brilliant tracks on it. Overall I lean towards the latter.

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But this topic is interesting. The question &quot;what makes one music 'greater' than another&quot; is a loaded question that involves diving into listening to music objectively as well as subjectively. For instance, While Pink Floyd might be thought of as being &quot;complex&quot; I don't find their music anywhere near as complex as say, Watchtower or Fates Warning (Awaken the Guardian specifically comes to mind) though their lyrics are more complex. At the same time, I would say that Pink Floyd's music is more complex than some bands with more complex lyrical themes.[/quote:2j7cdgfn]

I think it would be hard to objectively measure &quot;greatness&quot; unless we transformed that into a measure of &quot;influence&quot; or &quot;(commercial) success&quot; (though, IMO, preferably not just the latter!). In any case, we would clearly have to separate &quot;greatness&quot; and &quot;complexity&quot; as very different things. It would be hard to describe the Ramones' music as &quot;complex&quot; <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> but it might well be judged objectively &quot;great&quot; in terms of influence or something. (And perhaps subjectively great, depending on the taste of the individual listener -- but that's another thing.) [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

Well, I use the term &quot;greatness&quot; loosely. I think that a more apt attempt at ranking would be credibility as artists but that too poses infinite amounts of &quot;cracked-cup-filling.&quot; I don't think that it really is necessary to attempt and give music or art a particular score, I was more or less just running with the topic.

Influence is a possible way to base whether a band is &quot;great&quot; or not I suppose but it poses many problems. I think that people throw the word &quot;influence&quot; around these days as a marketing ploy so as to link a band's generic and entirely watered down sound with a more credible scene or group of artists to gain the favor of real music fans. I think that happens a lot and it seeps through the cracks like worms through an ancient rotting coffin. Case and point would be a band (which I happen to like) called The Absence. They were listed by critics and the band in interviews as an old-school Gothenburg band (Ala At The Gates, Dark Tranquility, In Flames) however they sound almost entirely like any other melodic death metal band to my ears. Hints of some of the Swedish melodies here and there and songs like Dead and Gone slay 95% of all the other melodic death metal floating around the used bins of FYE and Coconuts however they have no connection to the scene - they are from fucking Florida. These days, everyone and their mother's best friend's dog is influenced by At The Gates and In Flames. I would say that In Flames is an influential band but less because of them in particular and more because of the scene that they were involved in. At The Gates on the other hand was downright excellent and somehow get less credit than In Flames. They had more atmosphere than the stratosphere and a morbid sense of melody and musical cynicism. As artists they were top notch experimentalists and progenitors. A band like Nirvana - who I would love to argue and bash all day for being the worst thing to happen to music until American Idol decided to claim the throne to that position - who were incredibly influential would also, in my ears, be listed as less than great. They were influential but that was all they were. They too were part of a scene that spewed forth more enduring and talented bands. The only good musician was Dave Grohl and I would go so far as to say that the Foo Fighters are a &quot;greater&quot; band than Nirvana.

I won't even touch upon commercial success. To claim that N'Sync is a greater... musical outfit than say, Darkthrone is ridiculous.

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With that said however, what makes lyrics inherently complex? With music, you can measure the complexity - the amount of notes, the structure of the compositions, the arrangements. With lyrics though, who is to say that Manowar's lyrics are inferior to those of Pink Floyd? [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

Ah, but we must not confuse objective complexity with subjective superiority. That said, I think we can set up measures for lyrical complexity just as we could for music. In all cases, we would have to define our standard for complexity, but just we might judge &quot;complex&quot; music as that which contains more notes, more chords, more harmonic structures, etc. we could judge those lyrics to be complex that include a wider range of vocabulary, or a wider range of grammatical structures or rhetorical devices, etc. (and we might rate certain grammatical structures or rhetorical devices as more complex than others).

We could do similar things to rate the &quot;complexity&quot; of prose ....

Of course, this isn't to say that a given subjective listener would necessarily judge the objectively more complex lyrics (or prose, or music) to be &quot;superior&quot;, in their opinion, but with an agreed set of definitions for &quot;complexity&quot;, they could objectively determine the complexity of the piece. [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

Lyrical &quot;superiority&quot; would be easier to judge than musical &quot;superiority / greatness.&quot;

I do however frown upon any attempt to create a set of rules or definitions for judging complexity and the like. Setting a manual of guidelines creates a prison for the creative potential of the artist. It would drive them to create music that fits the definitions given and write lyrics that would fall into the missing places that the rules cut out of the sod.

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I know that I can get emotional when I hear the lyrics to Battle Hymn or Metal Daze (or any song off their debut album) however there has never been a Pink Floyd song that has had an emotional effect on me. Its the same for me with Classical music as well. Igor Stravinky's Rite of Spring always touches my heart and calms me yet Mozart doesn't do anything for me.[/quote:2j7cdgfn]

I often find Mozart strangely irritating -- though possibly I was traumatized by seeing Amadeus at an early age. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> On the other hand, I can listen to piles of 19th-century Romanticism all day: Sibelius (OK, early 20th-century, too!), Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Grieg .... some good ol' thumping Wagner. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> [/quote:2j7cdgfn]

I'm not a HUGE fan of classical but I don't care for the big bombastic symphonies so much. I do like Tchaikovsky's pieces however so, I guess its a matter of individual composers in the case of classical for me. I would like to get more involved in the classical genre and delve deeper into that rabbit hole but I just get caught up in the other genres.

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Music is so personal and individual that the only music that matters is the music that matters to you.[/quote:2j7cdgfn]

As I'm sure I once read as a quote from someone knowledgeable about such things (though I forget who!), there is no good or bad music -- only music you like more or less.[/quote:2j7cdgfn]

Yeah, thats a great quote. I've heard it as well. It too raises some interesting questions. Is there any such thing as truly BAD music? view post


Now listening to... posted 24 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Ha! Most excellent! Better be careful of those Faeroese (sp?) however. Heri mentioned in an interview that their nation kidnapped almost all their women from the British Isles during the times they were settling the Islands.

Gatu Rima is without a doubt my personal favorite on the album though its all fairly solid. I will have to salvage their other albums off my hard drive and burn them to cd's for the car.

NP: Manegarm - Vargstenen view post


Definition of AWESOME posted 24 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionDefinition of AWESOME by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

I saw the title and thought this entire thread would be about Negura Bunget... I am most displeased. view post


Now listening to... posted 24 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Curethan&quot;:18xrms7c
Ha. I just scored Judas Preist's newie. Idk, liked angel of destruction better. Finally I get to see em play in september tho, woooooo stoked! Horns up![/quote:18xrms7c]

I thought that Nostradamus had some excellent tracks but if it wasn't two discs it would be a stronger. more consistent album. It is worth its price for Conquest alone though. Damn, that song slays. As far as I am concerned, Screaming for Vengeance will always be the best. BLOOODSTONE!!

I am seeing them in August with Heaven and Hell, Motorhead and Testament. view post


Music..not generally... posted 25 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionMusic..not generally... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Yes... Yes they do. view post


Now listening to... posted 25 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Carl, check out Hardingrock. Immediately.

NP: Lethal Strike - Mass Hysteria... I haven't finished mixing the track but I should finish this one up today. view post


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