Category: Reflections

Spirituality in black metal —a follow up

This is a follow-up on a conversation started with Old Disgruntled Bastard, and specifically to his article ‘Spirituality in black metal’ Starts ODB: “In effect, what D.A.R.G. proposes is treating black metal on a spiritual plane first and foremost, albeit always guided by those stylistic markers as auxiliaries.” Yes, and no. I’d say, there is

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Three Apprehensions of Black Metal

§ Some considerations It is futile to try and have a discussion on whether black metal should be regarded as pure music, as myth or as entirely subservient to some ideology. Yet, each of the these three views are held by different camps of people who believe theirs is the only ultimately valid appreciation of

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Piercing the Veil into Possession

§ Levels in a meditative exploration of black metal musick An effective exploration and discovery of black metal (and related genres) as transcendent art can only take place as the individual fosters the development of a new paradigm of thought, essentially, with the aid of an underlying culture that opposes the programming to which one

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Underground turned Funderground, and the Obscurantist Elite

It would seem that the bemoaned, real “underground” of metal music and counter-culture movement is not actually dead, but has rather only gone deeper underground with the rise of the Internet and the transformation of its gross material into the new funderground. A theory could be that, rather than enrichment, the Internet has since opened

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Prognosis de un Elitismo Personal — Parte II: Más Allá del Gusto Personal

§ Más Allá del Gusto Personal  En su libro más personal, Nietzsche toca el tema del gusto personal, tanto para las artes como para cualquier otra cosa. Dice, en la octava sección del segundo capítulo de Ecce homo, que lo que este “gusto” realmente es, es un instinto de autodefensa. Procede después el ilustre filósofo a

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Prognosis de un Elitismo Personal – Parte I: Arte y Vida

§ Estética y Esencia El arte, comprendido de manera acertada y cercana a su naturaleza verdadera, está frecuentemente vinculado a la vida humana como experiencia total —como una expresión de su esencia, y en la música en particular es el efecto total lo que cuenta, reflejando y comunicándose con el todo del oyente. Es por

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Problems With Perennial Philosophy

I. Admitting biases Before starting this brief recount of reasons for rejecting some of the aspects of Perennial Philosophy (later ‘Primordial Tradition’), it would only be fair to admit to some of the own biases that affect this judgement. In so doing it will also be useful to point out how this background, and a

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A Second Comment on Perceiving Music

The present is a follow-up to a previous article on musical perception via a discussion of the nature of music and the unfortunately common misapprehensions and misapplications thereof. This time around, certain liberties will be taken with an esoteric bent in the words that reduces the needs for incomplete systematizations but places a greater burden

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Remember that you’ll die

On approaching the end of the year, many feel drawn towards either the superficial self-assurance, or a fatalism that is the result of mechanic lives guided by motivations completely divorced from a conscious “spiritual” goal (read as materialist; unconscious animal drives). For most people these seem to blend into one, and if they are religiously

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La Ilusión de la Sociedad Secular

I. Religión, espiritualidad y materialismo Hoy en día, nos parece normal hablar de la separación del estado y la religión, pues es bastante obvio para cualquiera que los ve, que son cosas separadas. Sin embargo, no siempre fue así, y no porque estuvieran arbitrariamente unidos de una manera inadecuada, pero porque hubo un tiempo en

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