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Portal - Outre

Discussion in 'LotFP' started by Zealotry, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Zealotry

    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    o_O:zombie:
    I didn't think it was possible, but Portal have actually taken ludicrous, exorbitant, unfettered and unchecked musical extremity and made it worth something.
    I swear I can feel the slimy fingers of the spectral elder horrors on my flesh when I listen to it.

    Either this band is really fucking good, or I've gone soft on the whole 'more-extreme-than-thou' issue in my old age.
     
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    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    Checked it out. Really can't say it left any impression.
     
  3. Zealotry

    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    It appears that you and I are impressed by different things...
     
  4. Jim LotFP

    Jim LotFP The Keeper of Metal

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    I notice that people are talking about something here, but nobody's really saying anything. :p
     
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    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    Zealotry, well yes, no harm in that.

    Jim, it's a death/black metal album, I suppose. Great aesthetic sense, really focused concept. But the music itself is disconnectingly strange. It doesn't really sound like anything else but it doesn't really sound like something either. Closer in effect to noise than to metal, though probably not in the way it is designed. It doesn't seem to have ambitions it fails on, it just seems to have alien ambitions. Not for me. You should probably give them a listen on myspace or something just so you know what's up.
     
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    Ahh. I was somewhat confused as to me Portal is that pre-Cynic band.
     
  7. Zealotry

    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    It's just really abrasive, Lovecraft Mythos-themed black/death metal with absolutely filthy production and weird minimalist percussion. The overall sound is very otherworldly. I think 'alien ambitions' is a very apt way to describe what they're going for. But IMO it captures the lyrical themes phenomenally well.
     
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    I'll have to check it out sometime.
     
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    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    Zealotry: but it's not interesting musically for me, and if something is great conceptually but weak musically, I will not discredit it, but I'll probably look at it more as an aesthetic excerise than a record of good music. I need the (noneucledian is fine) hooks too, not just a good concept.
     
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    AnTz0r Crimson King

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    post-cynic ;)
     
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  12. Zealotry

    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    CD came in the mail today.
    Packaging is awesome. A major 'fuck-you' to those who would pirate this album without purchasing it.
     
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    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    ...or those that are trying really really hard to like something.
     
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    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    Heh. That would mean something if you were, I dunno, psychic. But I know that I liked the album well before I realized how complex the music was.
     
  16. Helm

    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    well I'm just saying, I don't claim to be right. It's a common thing that happens. The more alienating and offputting a piece of art is, the more exclusive and elite the few that like it or select to like it will feel. Furthermore they will assign hidden meaning and purpose to it, just like the ANUS people your signature satirizes.

    I wouldn't even be questioning your taste in this if it didn't sound like a rumbling rug cleaner and a thin drum set.
     
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    Zealotry fruit of failure's loins

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    I don't think there's anything 'hidden' about the meaning this album holds. It's pretty clear by the lyrics and artwork Portal use that they're trying to create an atmosphere similar to what Lovecraft created with his writing. And obviously, I feel that they accomplish what they set out to do.
     
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    Helm Maybe on Luna

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    hm to be clearer because yes, the aesthetics of this release are clear, I ment assign value to it. Of course this is a subjective and very personal process, but I do fear for the worst when it comes to avant-garde metal like this.
     
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    circus_brimstone Forest: Sold Out

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    Didn't really care for Seepia all that much. I usually prefer a cleaner recording when it comes to death metal, plus a lot of it is too jumbled-sounding for my tastes.
     
  20. Death Aflame

    Death Aflame voice of dissent

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    Sorry to bump an old thread, but I have just been spinning this (and Seepia) lately, really killer stuff that goes woefully under-appreciated by the typical metal crowd. Yes, the band's sound is obtuse and fortress-thick initially, but under repeated and carefully attuned listens, their subtlety in technique and melody bleeds through in an extremely fulfilling manner.
     

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