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Rock / Re: ISON
« on: June 15, 2017, 02:52:12 AM »
This is pretty spot on.

Knightfall, if you're looking for more stuff that is something like this, have you checked out dream pop and trip hop as genres? A lot of those kinds of bands create the same ambient and drone effects, but it's hard to find stuff that's this dark.

General discussion / Re: Video Games
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:22:43 AM »
I wish someone would design a little modem-like module that would connect 8/16/32 bit systems to a user base for online multiplayer.

General discussion / Re: Movies/Television/Bullshit
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:47:41 AM »
I watched Z For Zachariah last night. It doesn't follow the plot of the book whatsoever, to the point where one of the main characters in the movie wasn't even in the book. I'm not sure what they thought they were doing.

General discussion / Re: Post You Are Vinyl & Cassette Collection
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:17:37 AM »
If you can give me the make and model (serial number is ideal), I'm bored enough to look up its specs and user manual. I can be more help from there.

General discussion / Re: Movies/Television/Bullshit
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:19:41 AM »
I have to rewatch The X Files in its entirety before Netflix discontinues it on April 1. I'm currently at the end of season 3.

General discussion / Re: Post You Are Vinyl & Cassette Collection
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:15:33 AM »
IMHO, with such a find, the best way to ensure it will be around forever is lifting the cover and cleaning any dust or grime with compressed air. If you do, try to identify any preamp and power amp tubes and replace them with new ones of the same rating. Replace the table belt unless it's gear driven to make sure play back speed is perfect. If you have an old snow globe with a tiny bit of air in the top, you can stack enough vinyl on the spindle to put it smack in the center and use the bubble to level the table.

For real, old tube decks give a sound that you can't find elsewhere.

General discussion / Re: Your present state
« on: February 23, 2017, 05:21:53 AM »
After a hard drive crash about a year ago that killed 15 years of my music collecting, I'm starting from scratch, this time in lossless. It sucks, but in the end it will be better than what I originally had.

If you know of extensive torrent sites that have a good amount of lossless files, please link me.

General discussion / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:36:23 AM »
Post youtube links from now on for the hopelessly lazy, like myself, who would like to check what you post out.

News / General Events / Re: What'a up with this crap?
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:31:48 AM »
it is a little gratifying to see black metal returning to its roots of inaccessibility and provocation.  It was never meant to be something that everyone liked.  Inb4 edgelord.

These were along my thoughts. Black metal has withstood the test of time against Christianity, yellow journalism, many forms of censorship, and commoditization. There's no reason to worry about misguided backlash from Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

This may be a good thing as well; maybe recent years have marked the end of hipster infatuation with the genre.

On a side note, I was both unimpressed and somewhat disheartened that Incantation was lumped in with all of it. They're not a favorite of mine, but they are decent death metal, and they are all guys who mean well. They have helped to coordinate a lot of shows and tours around the tristate area, and I've seen them set up well curated buy/sell/trade tables at even the shittiest of shows. A lot of my personal collection was bought straight from John himself, and he took a good-sized stack of my old band's CDs at a very fair price.

News / General Events / What'a up with this crap?
« on: February 18, 2017, 07:51:33 PM »

I don't understand the correlation between Donald Trump winning the election, the subsequent media scare over the rise in new Nazis, and... metal shows.

General discussion / Re: Playing with yourself (instrument thread)
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:22:50 AM »
Guitarists, here's my set up:

Edwards AL 120
-With ESP, I would never ever EVER buy an LTD. Every LTD I've picked up plays like shit with molasses-like action. Here's the real hierarchy:
LTD<ESP stock<ESP custom USA<Edwards<ESP custom Japan

So, what's Edwards? Well, it's a goofy little sub company of ESP Japan that handles making signature series guitars and basses, but the parts it uses are B stock from ESP custom. There's usually a picky, minute visual defect that doesn't meet the custom shop's standards, or the parts are over manufactured. In the case of my guitar, it has a visual imperfection where the saw slipped shaping the bottom of the headstock. I paid less than 1/3 of the price for the same build quality as an ESP custom from Japan. Enough said.

Furman Power Conditioner
-Buy a lower end one. If you want a higher end one, go with another company, because many companies eclipse their high end performance at a lower price.

ENGL 530 Preamp
-This thing just fucking kicks ass. It's a 2 channel preamp with a clean and an overdrive channel, but it can mimic 4 channels. Each channel has a dipswitch that boosts the gain on it. Essentially, you're getting clean, dirty, lead, and overdrive channels out of a 2 channel amp, but the limitation is that you have to pick 2 to switch on the fly from a foot switch. The overdrive channel has a second dip switch to alter the contour of the channel itself, so add 2 more sounds for a total of 6 possible sounds you can produce. You can use a 1/4" jack to plug headphones into it, as it has its own (weak) power amp. You can use the same feature to plug into a small practice amp output for practicing, so by buying this, you can forego a power amp for a little while if you aren't in a band and don't have a live setup. For live output to a power amp, you can send the signal in 2 different channels to a stereo power amp, or you can use the FX loop out for mono output. You can use any 2 button foot pedal (I use one from a shitty Marshall DFX combo). There are 2 places to plug in the foot switch: the first jack makes one button a mute switch and the second button assigns to the contour dip switch, so you've got a preamp defeat with a rhythm sound and lead sound for metal performance. The second jack has one button switch between the clean and lead channel, and the second button... I can't even remember right now. The overall gain of the gain channel is enough to rival an ENGL powerball, and is more than enough to play slam, brutal death, deathgrind, etc. For a preamp that only takes up one rack space, its ~$500 price is WELL worth it.

EV 7100 Power Amp
-This guy isn't made anymore. It's a 2 channel stereo power amp that uses convection cooling, so it doesn't have a cooling fan or the noise that goes along with it. You can bridge both channels into a mono output that is loud enough to not need to be mic'd on stage at a mid size venue. You do need to get a banana male to 1/4" female adapter to plug a shielded 1/4" from your rig to your cab.

Vader 4x12
-These aren't made anymore, either. I have the straight cab version. It's on caster wheels because I have a shit back, but the low end is more than enough without having to put it directly on the ground. It's loaded with Eminence Red Coat speakers. I wouldn't recommend paying the price to get one of these nowadays. I would instead recommend Orange cabs, or buy a cheapo Marshall or Peavey amp and RIP THOSE MOTHERFUCKING CELESTION SPEAKERS OUT and replace them with Eminence speakers... unless you like to spend lots of money on an amp head and have it sound the same as a Line 6 Spider. Just my $0.02

The only modifications I'm thinking about in the entire setup are a decent reverb pedal or a 31 band mono eq to be able to do subtractive equalization through my own signal.

If you have any questions about anything, shoot.

General discussion / Re: Playing with yourself (instrument thread)
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:52:58 AM »
I have 2 methods to composing: either I sit with my guitar while I think about concepts and ideas and see what I can make happen, or I go ahead and use composition software (either guitar pro or sibelius, both of which are easy to pirate). When I'm using composition software, I'm not so concerned with what is and isn't possible to pull off, but rather I'm trying as hard as I can to completely replicate what I'm coming up with in my head. Figuring out how to pull it off comes secondary and is a non issue in my opinion; I feel that most of the awesome song parts that set a new standard of technical limitations over the years (even way back when with classical composition) came from a lot of pushing to just make it happen, or making the necessary sacrifices in the learning process.

General discussion / Re: Playing with yourself (instrument thread)
« on: February 12, 2017, 09:51:51 PM »
Nice thread title. I will be contributing here, just give me time to work out some quick exercises and such.

Events / Re: MDF deathcult 2017
« on: February 11, 2017, 06:21:49 AM »
Will all of you be first timers?

Those who are driving in (if any) are going to want to pack a trunk full of booze for the hotel room. The last time I went, they ran out of alcohol towards the headliners of one of the nights.

Drink a shit ton of water and bring sun block to wear. The outdoor soundstage cooks you alive.

If someone doesn't have a ticket, someone down there always has an extra ticket. Don't buy one from an obvious scalper- actual attendees who give a shit will be vocal that they have an extra ticket at the entrance and will charge you the actual value of the ticket and not up the price. I have also successfully slipped a $20 to a side door security guy at one of the indoor locations to get someone in (remember, it's a depressed area... it can work as long as you're not a goon about it). This will not work for the outdoor stage. You'll see train hopping wooks trying to hop the fence from the parking lot all fucking night to no avail.

Save the psychedelics for after the sun goes down, and have a good idea how to get back to the hotel on your own. Baltimore is a shit hole to get lost in.

General discussion / Re: Things of various (dis)interest
« on: February 11, 2017, 06:00:43 AM »
I'll check through the forum and see if there is one, and if there isn't, I'll gladly start a thread about it and edit a link into this post. I'd rather it be an open thread than a PM thing. No use keeping knowledge a secret, and most of what gives metal songs their character is variations of the same riff with different right hand techniques (and often expressed in multiple time signatures, but we can work up to that).

An instrument technique thread would be nice.  I could lecture about how bass is meant to be fingered and picks are a false narrative.

Right on. It's always good to hear tips from bassists with talent.

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