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 +1Posted on Jan 24th | re: Ryan Adams And Mandy Moore Divorce (13 comments)

Ryan Adams is slowly morphing into Emo Dad.

 0Posted on Jan 18th | re: Watch Sia, Maddie Ziegler, & A Signing Mime Do SNL (4 comments)

It was cooler when Chelsea Wolfe did it

It doesn’t matter that the numbers are higher. The human ear, even in the best of circumstances, lack the capacity to discern any noticeable difference between 320 kbps mp3 files and uncompressed audio. If you factor in normal hearing loss from age and the fact that most people don’t have access to studio level playback equipment, referring to any kind of real distinction between the formats becomes an even bigger exercise in self-delusion.

Because the 15 year old format covers the entire audible spectrum without extravagantly decadent file sizes.

“It provides CD-quality audio with the convenience of digital device.”

Like any mp3 player then.

 +1Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 (85 comments)

I would genuinely be interested in what you think differentiates the record (Wovenhand’s) from metal.

It certainly as the “thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness” that Wikipedia claims to be the hallmarks of metal music.

It also bears aesthetic and lyrical similarities, applying religious imagery in similar ways as many of the top ranked albums on this list, as well as manic, driven vocals.

It might seem somewhat marginal to the genre, but isn’t that the nature of experimentality in general? Do we really need to subscribe to a homogenous view of the genre?

To clarify, I’m posing these questions out of interest rather than trolling. And because it would have been nice to see my favorite album of the year at least earn a mention on the rankings, considering it made album of the week on this very site.

 -7Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 | re: The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 (85 comments)

Wovenhand’s Refractory Obdurate not being on this list or the best albums list is a travesty.

A lot of this list is corny screamo.

 0Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 | re: iTunes Pulls White Power Music, Amazon Does Not (10 comments)

You either have free speech or you don’t.

 -4Posted on Dec 15th, 2014 | re: iTunes Pulls White Power Music, Amazon Does Not (10 comments)

What about rappers who use the N-word? Would that be considered racist? Maybe in some situations? Who decides what’s racist and what’s not?

And listing religious intolerance next to ethnicity and sexuality continues to be problematic. It’s too often conflated with any religious criticism and debate that’s deemed defamatory or blasphemous – a debate that should be culturally and politically essential.

Both are valid, depending on whether or not you choose to conceptualize the word as a collection of individuals or as a singular unit.