General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

10 Comments

  1. Pickled Possum

     /  June 17, 2018

    New Zealand’s first te reo Māori heavy metal band Alien Weaponry is knocking the world over with their debut album.

    Tū has gone straight to number one on the NZ Music charts, knocking out Tami Nielsen’s Sassafrass and Katchafire’s Legacy, which were released on the same day.

    But Kiwi metal lovers are not the only audience the Northland high school band is impressing.

    A review of the album by Dutch publication Metal Fan stated: “Despite the fact that nothing can be made of it, the sing-along content is high. The songs remain in your head, whether or not phonetically, so you sometimes suddenly mutter a kind of Māori.”

    Alien Weaponry, comprised of brothers Henry, 17, (drums) and Lewis De Jong, 15 (guitar and vocals) and bassist Ethan Trembath, 15, are gearing up for a three-day tour in Australia next July, before making their way to Europe.

    “In 1820, the great Northern War Chief Hongi Hika departed New Zealand for England. On his return, he brought with him the word of God and hundreds of muskets. Things would never be the same again …”
    so begins the video for Alien Weaponry’s new single, ‘Kai Tangata’.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/104623701/te-reo-metal-band-alien-weaponry-hits-number-1-on-charts
    Beware …..heavy metal thrash sang in Maori

    • phantom snowflake

       /  June 17, 2018

      I noticed that the album Tū just appeared at no.25 on Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart in the U.S.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  June 17, 2018

      This one won them the Smokefree Rockquest in 2016:

      • Pickled Possum

         /  June 17, 2018

        Skálmöld (pronounced [ˈskau̯lmœlt])[1] is a Viking / folk metal band from Reykjavík, Iceland, formed in August 2009.[2] The band’s name is literally translated as Age of Swords and also means “lawlessness”, referring to the Age of the Sturlungs of Icelandic history, when a civil war broke out between the country’s family clans.

        “In the light of recent events, we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. “Blade Reflections” is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, so I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, We do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying.”

        • phantom snowflake

           /  June 17, 2018

          Hey that’s great, all the way down to the feedback-drenched finale. Here comes a slice of Celtic Folk/Melodic Death Metal from Switzerland:

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  June 17, 2018

    Classic 80s Wellington Synthwave!

    When life is an illusion,
    conversation creates confusion

    [Unfortunately comes with crappy, recent, fan-made video.]

  3. Gezza

     /  June 17, 2018

    Aspen was perching on the low trellis in the sun outside the kitchen window at lunchtime. The others were all down in the stream or along the parengas up or downstream somewhere, having had their breakfast cereal, but for some reason he’s really bonded & he likes to hang round with his friend Gez, on his own, whether he gets more food or not, as often as possible.

    As pooks go he’s got a really nice, very curious personality.

    Although both Sweety & Now Pickles will come right up & take a chunk of wet wholemeal bread from my hand, they snatch it & quickly retreat to hold it in their feet/hands & break it up into bite-sized morsels to eat it, none of them will let me touch them. Some ducks will accept a stroke of their front, or even a stroke of their back feathers, but the pooks won’t. Not even after a year of daily visiting.

    They’re known in all the continents & countries in the world where there are sub-species by the English common name as purple swamp hens. Ours are an Australasian sub-species. They’re in Australia and a couple of other places. It’s thought they came with the Maori, I’ve read.

    I thought their feathers were just purple, black & white, but now I’ve had so many countless opportunities to study them up close it’s clear ours are actually a deep blue, not purple. And they have more colours in their feathers than just those three already mentioned.

    All my cameras unfortunately have automatic colour settings & don’t 100% accurately show their colours so I’ve had to try and image process these pics of Aspen showing off his wings & grooming this morning. The pics show that as well as on their front & lower body, they all have blue feathers on the leading edges of the inside half of their wings. And although these pics still haven’t managed to show it very clearly, they have a gorgeous turquoise colour in some of their leading edge flight feathers out towards the wingtips.

    They also have a range of blue/green iridescent colours at the base or shoulders of their wings, where they join the body, although you have to be very close up in bright sun to see these – and they’re only visible when they stretch their wings out or lift them up in a certain way to groom along the body seam.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  June 17, 2018

      beautiful bro.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 17, 2018

        I have never seen them as purple, they look a glorious deep shade of blue. Or shades of blue, you know what I mean. Are they the same as purple moorhens ?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 17, 2018

          I have just looked them up, and they don’t seem to be,

          It’s odd that they are moor and swamp hens, when these are so different.

          By the pricking of my thumbs, the PDT this way comes…..