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19 août 2010, 14h24m



Something is said to be transcendent when it exceeds the ordinary and even the best, yet this form of transcendence is a perverted caricature. Man no longer knows where his place in the universe is; his existence is no longer derived from something higher than himself. More specifically, what is greater than him today is but a machine that crushes, dissects, exploits and uses him, thus making a production tool out of him. Man is looked upon from a mechanical point of view: brain, neurons, hormones, genes, and a body devoid of breath and energy. Considered as such, Man lost any reason to exist; suicides are increasing in all environments. Human life no longer has value.

Philosophical questions – Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? – are shunned questions today; questions considered no longer valid, which make us smile and do not deserve attention. In a world where time is money, asking such questions is a waste of time.

There is a way of questioning that is not even one: the skeptical and disillusioned way. We ask questions without expecting answers. Believing in nothing, expecting nothing from anyone, we march on head in the sand. Man became his own god. He knows before having learned, he interprets what he comes across in the way that best suits him – without any questioning. Then, disgust and despair bring about a devaluation of human life.

Transcendence is perhaps Man’s most specific trait, which gives him value and a place in history. Traces from ancient times – buildings, paints, sagas, myths and rites – prove that Man made an effort to understand the meaning of life and longed for eternity.

Without transcendence, man lives, not kneeling, but flat like a mollusk. Without transcendence, the human race is threatened with extinction. I say race, not species – the human species may well survive – but race, such as one can say: “this one is of a noble race, of the race of brave men, of the race of those who stand up”. Race is an endangered species in favor of a thirst for power and possession – a barbaric species that will destroy the world.

What remains of Man when transcendence vanishes?

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█ Honorable mention (Top 250, discriminating)

Source charts: AA®
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Absurd
Facta Loquuntur
Adramelech
Psychostasia
Aeternus
...And So the Night Became
Amorphis
The Karelian Isthmus
Privilege of Evil
Asphyx
The Rack
At the Gates
The Red in the Sky Is Ours (#6)
With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
Atheist
Unquestionable Presence
Piece of Time
Atrocity
Longing for Death
Autopsy
Mental Funeral
Severed Survival
Averse Sefira
Tetragrammatical Astygmata
Advent Parallax
Bathory
Blood Fire Death
Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Hammerheart
Beherit
Engram
Drawing Down the Moon
Electric Doom Synthesis
Bethlehem
Dark Metal
Biosphere
Substrata
Shenzhou
Burzum
Hvis lyset tar oss
Filosofem
Det som engang var
Burzum
Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion
Ceremonium
Into the Autumn Shade
No Longer Silent
Coroner
Mental Vortex
Grin
No More Color
Darkthrone
Transilvanian Hunger
Under a Funeral Moon
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Dawn
Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher
Deeds of Flesh
Mark of the Legion
Reduced to Ashes
Deicide
Legion
Deicide
Demigod
Slumber of Sullen Eyes
Demilich
Nespithe
Demoncy
Joined in Darkness
Destruction
Infernal Overkill
Dismember
Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Dolorian
Dolorian
Emperor
In the Nightside Eclipse
Enemite (怨)
Wuyuan (巫怨) (The Necrolatry) (#1)
Enslaved
Vikingligr Veldi (#5)
Hordanes Land
Evoken
A Caress of the Void
Eyes of Ligeia
A Fever Which Would Cling to Thee Forever
Fanisk
Die and Become
Fates Warning
The Spectre Within
Awaken the Guardian
Funeral
Tragedies (#7)
Tristesse
Godflesh
Streetcleaner
Gorgoroth
Antichrist
Gorguts
From Wisdom to Hate
Obscura
Graveland
Thousand Swords
The Celtic Winter
Havohej
Dethrone the Son of God
Hellhammer
Apocalyptic Raids
Helstar
Nosferatu
Ildjarn
Forest Poetry
Minnesjord
Strength and Anger
Ildjarn-Nidhogg
Immolation
Here in After
Failures for Gods
Unholy Cult
Close to a World Below
Immortal
Pure Holocaust
Incantation
Onward to Golgotha
Infester
To the Depths, in Degradation
Klaus Schulze
X (#4)
Timewind (#10)
Mirage
Cyborg
Irrlicht
Dune
Body Love
Body Love: Vol.2
Moondawn
King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King
Red
Kreator
Pleasure to Kill
Flag of Hate
Liers In Wait
Spiritually Uncontrolled Art
Maleficarum
Across the Heavens
Massacra
Final Holocaust (#2)
Enjoy the Violence
Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Miasma
Changes
Molested
Blod-draum
Morbid Angel
Blessed Are the Sick
Altars of Madness
Covenant
Morgoth
Resurrection Absurd
Mournful Congregation
An Epic Dream of Desire
The Monad of Creation
Weeping
Tears From a Grieving Heart
Necromantia / Varathron
The Black Arts / The Everlasting Sins
Ras Algethi
Onericon - The White Hypnotic
Rippikoulu
Musta seremonia
Rotting Christ
Thy Mighty Contract
Sacramentum
Far Away From the Sun
Septic Flesh
Mystic Places of Dawn (#3)
Esoptron
Slayer
Hell Awaits
Reign in Blood
Show No Mercy
Sepultura
Beneath the Remains
Schizophrenia
Morbid Visions
Skepticism
Stormcrowfleet (#8)
Lead and Aether
Sodom
Expurse of Sodomy
Suffocation
Effigy of the Forgotten
Breeding the Spawn
Pierced From Within
Human Waste
Summoning
Nightshade Forests
Minas Morgul
Dol Guldur
Therion
Beyond Sanctorum
Voivod
Killing Technology
Dimension Hatröss
Watchtower
Energetic Disassembly
Control and Resistance
Winter
Into Darkness
Worship
Last Tape Before Doomsday (#6)
Xibalba
Ah dzam poop ek
Zhurong
Zhurong's Anger

Commentaires

  • NegruVoda

    all these suck except evoken, take prozak's cock out of your mouth (it's so deep it's lodged into your hindbrain) and listen to some better music

    23 août 2010, 1h06m
  • BFD31095

    Ignore NegruVoda, he is clearly retarded. Though everyone knows that already, so I'm not sure what's the point of my comment.

    23 août 2010, 1h59m
  • ArjunArman45

    In regards to your written peice I'd say our only choice is to evolve. While we try to understand what it means to be human in our own ways, I feel that such attempts are inherently limited by the nearsightedness of most of our expressions. I assume that if we can find a way to overcome the chalianges at hand(which isn't garanteed) we might be able to connect the mundane and the subline and disregard the middle man (which in your statements means money or subjection). I also beleive that some sort of symbiosis with the machine, while making us lose our humanity, might allow us to acheive something very beautiful eventually. I am not lecturing or anything just giving my spin so please do not take offense. I also very much liked your musical choices, keep searching my friend, perhaps you will find what you are looking for in time. (I sure haven't, but music and art can get us close)

    23 août 2010, 7h28m
  • vikingligrveldi

    @ArjunArman45: thank you for the intelligent comment. The first thing to do is for those of worth to lead a fight within themselves so as not to be contaminated by the technical-liberal-bourgeois "values" of our time, which are empty but provide the herd with something to strive for.

    23 août 2010, 9h03m
  • BFD31095

    On a related note, this is a very interesting article - and list.

    23 août 2010, 21h59m
  • ArjunArman45

    It seems hard to know who is of worth and who isn't because alot of times it is probably hard for many people who are in pain and suffering do not have the "vocabulary" of self-fulfillment and the search for something more, nor the time to work upon such virtues. There are indeed some virtues to being a member of the herd, but in the case of your premises here it might make such resistance incapable of catching on. After all, the herd is safe, but if the suffering was at an unbearable level I image that even those who are content might have something to add to the discussion.

    23 août 2010, 23h12m
  • ArjunArman45

    Also, I recommend Lykathea Aflame and Apalling Spawn, (different incarnations of the same band) that might be to your liking and help you focus your spiritual needs. Their releases in my opinion are among the best within the metal genre. they made my life a great deal better since I discovered them

    23 août 2010, 23h14m
  • vikingligrveldi

    It is difficult to live and we all share that, yet we experience this differently. Those who eventually come out of their suffering have experienced something key to their understanding of transcendence, but those of worth are those who, IMO, also possess the qualities required to better themselves not functionally but spiritually).

    24 août 2010, 9h53m
  • ArjunArman45

    I think such experiences can work in both ways, earthly functions can seen by many old schools of spiritutality the world over (such as rituals and fetishes) are both involved in the material world but also are used to contact the otherworld. Even now we haven't abandoned such rituals, they have only changed thier faces (and perhaps the meaning is lost on us) and perhaps we can harness them to place us into the mindset of our ancestors

    25 août 2010, 21h47m
  • Omega_Switch22B

    How about Ulver's Nattens Madrigal? And I too recommend Lykathea Aflame/Appalling Spawn, especially since their take on the themes you have discussed here differ in orientation than most of the other albums listed here.

    22 oct. 2010, 7h55m
  • EnemyOfTheState

    Great list, though I must ask as to why you think so highly of Mournful Congregation? I recall the music not having very much staying power in that it relies too heavily on its "mournful" aesthetic and glossy production, though doesn't seem very compositionally adventurous and seems to reach for something sublime, but rather too often dragging on simple ideas for too long.

    6 déc. 2010, 3h50m
  • vikingligrveldi

    Mournful Congregation simply stands at the upper echelon of Doom. Deep, ethereal and coherent, it emphasizes melody over extended song structures that, although not "adventurous", are still WAY more advanced than everything popular in Doom -- without even trying. It never drags but requires that you be fully in the moment to unveil its beauty.

    6 déc. 2010, 13h00m
  • ArjunArman45

    Glad you see you've updated your list! I am also glad that somebody else recommended Lykathea Aflame/Appalling Spawn!

    11 jan. 2011, 9h48m
  • ArjunArman45

    I am not sure if you've listened to it, but diSEMBOWELMENT's Transcendence into Peripheral is a masterpiece, I highly recommend it

    11 jan. 2011, 9h52m
  • vikingligrveldi

    Gorgoroth, [i]Transcendence into the Peripheral[/i] and [i]Elvenefris[/i] are not good enough.

    11 jan. 2011, 16h52m
  • ArjunArman45

    aw. I love those two...

    12 jan. 2011, 1h52m
  • ArjunArman45

    Have you given Root a try? I just began to listen to them and their take on black metal is pretty amazing.

    12 jan. 2011, 10h23m
  • Vesupria

    Not until the Way PMs him and says it's allowed, though bro. Hold your horses!

    14 jan. 2011, 7h49m
  • vikingligrveldi

    Considering this list reflects the opinion of exactly 9 people, yes, it will indeed stay on hold lol (poor guy)

    14 jan. 2011, 10h26m
  • Vesupria

    Yeah, because you still can't form a coherent opinion of your own. :)

    14 jan. 2011, 11h13m
  • vikingligrveldi

    Haha, do you know how fucking important I am? I exist to provide you with an opportunity to stress your own worthless opinion.

    14 jan. 2011, 13h38m
  • vikingligrveldi

    ** Updated to current AA standards ** [i]Wuyuan[/i] reaches #1 again, followed by [i]Final Holocaust[/i]. Enter Zhurong, Fanisk, and Eyes of Ligeia.

    15 jan. 2011, 11h39m
  • Omega_Switch22B

    It must be such a burden to be in such a righteous position lol

    28 jan. 2011, 7h45m
  • vikingligrveldi

    Nah it's fine, really.

    28 jan. 2011, 9h59m
  • Vesupria

    How does this list shape up more than a year on? Still relevant or completely changed? Most notable additions or omitions?

    22 sept. 2011, 12h01m
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