Some songs really know how to spring a surprise. Don’t worry, it’s not going to bite, but boy when this baby kicks in… it makes one appreciate the value of a good build-up. Top-notch electronica!
How to destroy democracy in 7 simple steps: 1. Employ representative democracy. 2. Own the democratic menu. 3. Control education. 4. Control the media. 5. Suppress dialogue. 6. By controlling education & the media, representative democracy should be presented just as “democracy”: this is the real democracy, there is no other. 7. Continuously spray each crop of politicians and research new spraying methods and compounds.
Oh, democracy, how proud some countries are to have you. But oh, democracy, are you really there? The vast majority of “democratic” countries in the world employ a twisted version of the original concept called “representative democracy”. That is to say, instead of direct democracy – where all citizens can directly express their opinion about each and every single thing happening in their society) – the country is run by a select group of “experts” (politicians) who are supposedly more qualified to decide regarding what’s best for their constituents.
Now-a-days, few people seem to realize that specialized ministries (education, agriculture, development) are in fact drowned by graduates of political schools and other bureaucrats that have almost no clue about the ministry they’re supposed to lead. These people are quickly transformed into puppets of corporations that gladly offer their “advice” regarding how things should be run.
Perhaps not the happiest song out there but one that deserves a good play nevertheless, if only to open the history book and listen to how people found ways to express and experience anger at the end of the 20th century. This tune can be safely labeled “industrial dark symphonic metal”. Beside the staple metal instruments, we’re treated to a diverse side-dish of keyboarding while Sarah’s reverbed vocals contrast Nagash’s angry growls. And beware, the lyrics are even darker than the song.
the way we take, the one we don’t
the one we left, the one we change
the one that burns, the one that freezes
the one we built, the one we are
along the way there’s some ways we take another way
A hymn of change, an ode for being. A song that says a lot behind those wild distorted guitars and out-of-control drum machines. Vorph’s raspy voice is a peculiar vehicle for delivering this message, but some messages stand out more when they come in exotic packaging. Samael’s blend of electronic industrial metal may be difficult to stomach for some, but that’s why I started this review with the lyrics, because that’s one thing that anybody can and should take from this piece of music history.
Mentatul 5×5 Focus
April 2019 Edition
– (War-torn) Developing Countries –
The way superpowers and developed countries have spent money in order to „help” developing countries is often highly questionable. The „help” ranges from plain naive to ruthless neo-colonialism.
What adds insult to injury is that more often than not, the problem was caused by those „helpful” nation-states in the first place. This is a very complex topic that, for now, I will not debate. I’ll just give you the information along with a few short comments.
1. We’re going to start with borders, more specifically what happens when one draws a straight line between communities that share the same religion or put vastly different cultures in the same bucket.
2. Then we’re going to go into neo-colonialism with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
3. A naïve interlude will tell the story of an idealist computer scientist who hoped that giving poor children laptops would improve their chances of success in a world where technology plays an ever-increasing role. We will never know if he was right, because the project failed (not with a bang, but with a whimper).
4. No list of atrocities done to/in developing countries would be complete without a story about weapons trade.
5. The dismal situation in the world’s youngest country.
A song of contrast and surrender, of great power and intricate delicacy. There’s a certain something that radiates from a well-sung duet. It’s more than just symmetry, more than pleasing for the ear, more than food for the soul and mind. But then again, all music radiates certain somethings other than soundwaves…
This is when the ineffable comes on as sound, as echoes from an abyss where technology has finally fused with spirituality in a mystic dance that cannot yet be imagined. Sometimes an artist manages to travel back in time, reaching that future from where little can be brought back other than these snaking synths, creeping choirs, monolithic bass lines and the lost electronic voices of ascending civilizations.
Slow down, lay back and close your eyes. Let yourself be moved by the soft yet willful vibrations brought to you by the beautiful composition of Greek mastermind, MIKTEK. This is for those evenings spent sunken in a comfy couch or armchair, eardrums spellbound by the caress of musical magic.
You can listen to the melody for free, in good quality, on BandCamp, which is one of the best websites when it comes to supporting artists. You can also purchase the song (or album) from this same location. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I did purchase MIKTEK’s album :).
This brutally beautiful song is a magnificent sample of the best gothic metal has to offer. Infernal guitars, harsh vocals, dreamy soundscapes, clean vocals, head banging percussion, female vocals and choirs, it’s all here. It’s an adventurous composition that crams a lot of action in 5 minutes.
Sink in, lose yourself in these echoes of melancholy. What would life be without its ups and downs? But don’t worry, a beautiful voice and a dreamy guitar will keep you firmly anchored to beauty.