I’m going to a massive bash tonight in celebration (a day late) of the 254th birthday of Robert Burns. Whisky will be drunk, songs will be sung, whisky will be drunk, poems will be recited, whisky will be drunk, haggis will be eaten, whisky will be drunk. Also, whisky will be drunk, and we will all be drunk.
Therefore, I will be writing something for tomorrow today, because I have a feeling tomorrow will be lost to incapacitation. I will also be preparing myself today for some sort of performance tonight, and also updating my last will and testament, just in case. Between the writing for tomorrow and the preparation for tonight, I will be scarce around the site on this Saturday. But before disappearing, I thought I’d share a few recent discoveries and a few old favorites that are on my mind today, all of which are metal, even if they’re not all music.
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You see, spammers have figured out ways around the kind of spam filters that this site and others use. They prepare actual texts (albeit in garbled English) that look like they could be real comments, or at least they look that way to anti-spam software agents.
I’m not sure what this kind of spam accomplishes for the spammers. I always delete them when I see them. But this one I’m leaving alone. Because of “extraordinarily brilliant”, “kind”, “full of fun”, and “stunning techniques”. Really, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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A friend of mine who knows of my occasional posts about science here at NCS sent me a link to a most informative article on the DISCOVER site, which answered a question I’ve had in my mind since experiencing puberty.
The DISCOVER article quoted an abstract of a study at the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK, which appeared in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, entitled “Breast Displacement In Three Dimensions During the Walking and Running Gait Cycles”. In relevant part:
Fifteen D-cup participants had reflective markers attached to their nipples and trunk to monitor absolute and relative breast displacement during treadmill walking (5 kph) and running (10 kph). During the gait cycle, the breast followed a figure-of-eight pattern with four movement phases. . . . Fifty-six percent of overall breast movement was vertical, suggesting that 3-D assessment and the elimination of trunk movement in 6 degrees of freedom are essential to accurately report breast displacement during the gait cycle.
Yes, science rules. Undoubtedly, this ground-breaking analysis has led to the development of garments that have prevented more than one black eye among D-cup runners.
A member of this band recently left a link on our Contact page. Because my mind has turned to things Celtic in anticipation of tonight’s revels, I decided to check out their music, because their name is “Celtefog”.
They are, however, from Greece. Two days ago they released a three-song demo entitled Rats for download on Bandcamp. It may be the power of suggestion based on the band’s name, but I do hear strains of Celtic folk music here and there. In the main, however, Celtefog are much more a melodic black metal band than a folk metal band.
The opening song “Incest Miasma” includes a riveting instrumental break in the last third of the song that also puts me in mind of Celtic traditions, but before that it’s a racing blast of swarming riffs and sulphuric vocals. “Rats” weaves back and forth between the slow sounds of monastic choral vocals and face-ripping tumult laced with tremolo melody. The final song “Your Eyes, My Pleasure” rolls on at a slower gait, though it too has its fair share of blasting and vocal acid to go along with a vibrant melancholic melody and rumbling pagan drumming.
I like what Celtefog have done on this demo. Hope you do too.
BEARDOS WITH BAGPIPES
And finally I leave you with this stirring rendition of “Mull of Kintyre”. These guys aren’t from Scotland either.
Scottish drunk is the best kind of drunk.
I subscribe to this theory too. Whisky is in my future, as it has been in my past.
Whisky is the alpha and the omega
I don’t do whiskey anymore, but in celebration of your celebration I’ll hit the jager and weed fuckin hard tonight!
I’ll drink to that!
Burns, whiskey, and black eyes. Seems like a Cnoc an Tursa review is in order.
I concur with your logic.
Not really much of a whiskey drinker, but Ill be sure to knock back a couple of bottles of Skull Splitter’s in your honor
Celtefog sounds quite promising, indeed. Hope they can get the chance to do some more. By the way, since you’re on a bit of Celtic kick, check out In Extremo if you haven’t yet. I only mention them, since I was listening to them earlier today while on a brief medieval metal kind of kick for some reason.
As for the gibberish, I wonder if it’s originally Finnish, since it seems to be the kind of articulate prose that one can expect from Google Translate. Or maybe it’s Bing, via http://ackuna.com/badtranslator instead. While it’s been a while since I tried in vain to have a site or blog, I remember fondly some of the things the spam filters would catch. Some true gems in there, along with a few that still give me waking nightmares.
Some moron named Dana Caffrey have repeatedly tried promoting an online music school through spam comments; thankfully he always gets caught by the Blogger spam filter. But his spam is really targeted towards a metal blog:
“Another great band feature! I’m a fan of metal bands, I’ve been looking for new music to listen. This is great!” (on Hunter’s Ground – No God But The Wild)
“I agree this is one classic album. I get the feeling that this will really go mainstream and will go far”. (on Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness)
“This music is interesting. Although metal band is not my thing, I’m open to hear other kinds of music like this. I don’t think there’s no harm in doing this and appreciate the art of music.” (on Life in the Dark – The Sunya is Rising)
“I’m not really a fan of black metal bands, I’m more of an alternative person. But I appreciate how the music’s been made and compiled. The screetch and pitch are just right.” (on Dephosphorus – Night Sky Transform)
Robbie Burns? The town I live in has a statue to him in the town centre (usually covered in bird shit, but you know, it’s the thought that counts!), a bar called ‘The Robbie Burns pub’ with plaques of his poems lining the walls, he’s a bit of an icon around these parts.
aha! Spammers galore.. These guys always seem to get around the best of spam filtering algorithms out there. I’ve had my share on my site as well. also doubt the fact that these guys are involved in putting malicious code in my site as well,through these comments or somehow. For my site, got hacked into soon after the akismet spam filter started to dysfunction and suddenly let all the spams come through. Hope you are backing up all content mate. Cause these assholes can kill you.