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The Great Black Metal Debate

Is  old-school, uncompromising black metal better or worse than the modern styles of progressive, atmospheric, melodic or symphonic black metal? Or are they equally good in their different ways?

This topic sparks more frequent discussions, debates or fights than most metal topics. Some fans are so biased towards either the old or the new approach that they steadfastly refuse to listen to the other approach.

I won’t take sides. I will make one technical observation which has nothing to with the music itself – modern black metal does generally seem to benefit from better engineering and production.

This video was posted on YouTube a few years ago. It’s still very relevant and interesting. So… what do you think?




There’s Good DRM!?!?!?!

Over the weekend the digital video game distribution platform, Steam, began its famous Summer of Steam Sale which will run until July 22, 2012.  In this sale PC games of all kinds find a nice discount with an average of 50% off (almost the entire catalog of games in the Steam store), daily deals with 75% discounts (some even higher), community choice sales where you vote for an 8 hour deeply discounted game, and flash sales that run for about 8 hours before the next round comes in, and insane bundle deals (entire publisher catalogs for the average of $50).  All in all, it’s absolute video game purchasing madness.  For example, since Saturday I’ve dropped about €35 and got 22 games ranging from AAA to excellent indie games.  And there’s still a whole week to go, luckily I’ve gotten everything I really wanted to play at %75 off and the rest will be games that seem interesting to me but wouldn’t buy without a discount.

This event would be the first time I really got into using Steam past when I had to install it on my computer years ago when I purchased a retail copy of Half Life 2.  Then the program was a bit clunky and just seemed like unnecessary DRM, and it was, then.  Over the years, whenever I bought a game online through digital distribution I either went directly to the developers site to buy or through, who prides itself on offering an amazing collection of classic PC games and many indie games completely DRM free and at universal prices (they also have a lot of classic games not available on Steam).  Pretty much, I was doing everything in my power to avoid getting wrapped up in the pain in the ass of DRM again.

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