Ladies and Djentlemen

I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing anything recently, so as an excuse; I made a 3×3 panel beginners guide to the metal sub-genre Djent.

Hope you’ll enjoy, or just find it interesting. ­čÖé

A small guide to djent

As I promised:I’ll post a couple of djent bands/songs for anyone to enjoy.

Meshuggah – Bleed There’s a very small chance that anyone not familiar with really hard metal is going to like this.

Periphery – Buttersnips This one (Or rather the whole band) is a little more kind on the ears, but again; that doesn’t mean anyone is going to like it.

TesseracT – Deception part II This one is yet again a little kinder on your ears, and you’ll probably survive even if you are a musically obvious 8’th grader.

TesseracT – Ambient sax solo This could probably be the most beautiful piece of djent I’ve ever listened to. It’s isn’t really heavy, and everyone should be able to listen to it.

Cloudkicker – Dysphobia Djent in its true form, showing both the ambient, futuristic sides and the rhythmic beats. No vocals, and slightly heavy.

Vildhjarta – Shiver This one isn’t for the faint of heart. It really shows how *Squee* can make any *djum djum djum* good.

Keith Merrow – Pillars of creation I found this guy some day back, and he simply blew my mind. No vocal this time either.

Abscent distance – Traces I found these two guys a week ago, and I’m impressed.

There’s an ocean of more djent bands out there, including sky harbour and such, but these are the ones I listen to the most.

If anyone also happens to wonder, the guy with the beanie, scarf and black hair is suppose to look like me, which I actually think he does… Well, except for being a cartoony, ├╝bber pale dude with arms the size of a thin stick.

Again: Sorry for not posting a lot, but I promise I’ll post something interesting before next Thursday.

-Jonas Christensen

Edit:

I am aware of the multiple spelling errors in the picture (So much for drawing it 4AM)

The biggest one is in frame 8:

“…The song is understandably called ‘Ambient sax solo’, and is probably the song with the-…”

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Ponies, ponies everywhere…

Never in my rather short life, have I ever witnessed a culture, based on a cartoon like that, spread like fire on a pool of oil. But the speed isn’t really the most odd thing that riddles me about this, it’s the peculiar fanbase it has created. If anyone is still clad in incomprehension, and haven’t figured out what cartoon I’m talking about, then you probably┬áhaven’t been beyond the borders of Google, and into the wast barrens of the desultory, antipathetic oblivion, for the last 7 months. Well, this matter isn’t really of origin on the internet.

I’m talking about the cartoon “My little pony: Friendship is magic” And yes, as cute as it sounds, as cute it is. The show is originally made to the target fanbase consisting of young girls, around the age of 8. Despite that very fact, the show has gained a large group of “cult-like” followers, which is in public speech being called by the name “Bronies”.

Bronies are predominately male adults, as well as teenager. The age group 15-25 are the most common among Bronies. And I’m not sure what to think of this jolly, and otherwise cultistic regime. On one hand: It’s cute that some people are just trying to find the childish side of themselves, and doing it with a harmless show as MLP:FiM is nothing to see as a ludicrous nor bizarre act. On the other hand: It seems a little out of hand, considering it’s is a kids show after all. I’ve seen things like enthusiastic radio podcasts, to the endless ocean of fan art on popular sites like Deviantart and 4chan. (If you aren’t familiar with 4chan, then don’t google it, count yourselves as lucky) Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to demote these acts of fascination. I think it’s awesome to be creative for any hobby anyone might have, and the to be passionate about something will always make the result better.

Before I continue, I might add that I, out of simple curiosity, chose to watch some episodes of the show. (Don’t judge me without having watched the show yourselves) As I said, part curiosity, and part “knowing what the hell I was going to write about” made me watch it. And I must admit; it is a very good show. My artistic nature genuinely want to promote the animations, and excellent drawings. But it is a rather unique show, actually explaining moral values without being too sugary. The show came out October 2010, thus it isn’t that old.

Anyways, to return to the Bronies:

It’s hard not to find traces of ponies around the internet now-a-days. But there’s some “Brony-sites” to be found, and after a rather quick search in some rather obscure (And rainbow coloured) corners of the internet, I found an image board called “Ponychan”. It’s a Brony counterpart of the infamous 4chan I mentioned earlier, but this site isn’t infested with morbid hentai (I’m still scarred since last visit… Never again) and cryptic paranormal stories.

Also, as I mentioned earlier; I found a podcast made by the most enthusiastic Bronies I’ve ever witnessed. It’s basically two guys, having a good time talking about the series, merchandise and what not. Still, I’ve nothing again thing like this. I actually think it’s rather cool to hear people loving their hobby as much as they do, and the show is actually very neatly put together, with guest commentators and etc…The sh0w is called “The BronyShow” if anyone is interested in joining the pony fever. You can also find it on iTunes, which I found out yesterday.

There’s also being held Brony meet-ups around the world. Somehow, I couldn’t help myself laughing a little about that, I think it’s a little crazy, but that’s okay. I think it’s a little too extreme, but my opinion won’t keep a handful of happy Bronies from having a BBQ or anything like that.

Just for the record: MLP:FiM is made by Lauren Faust. She’s known for her unique style, and her previous animated series like: The Powerpuff Girls, Kids Next Door and the animated movie: The Iron Giant.

So be nice to all the Bronies out there. They might be a little bizarre, but they could also be anyone you know, the mania isn’t that hard to hide I’m sure of. It’s not like it is the holocaust of the modern era. ­čÖé

Now I’ll go and listen to some Machine head to wash the rainbows out my ears.

-Jonas Christensen

The topic of ages: Video game violence?

It has been discussed since the dawn of games like Grand Theft Auto, with its obscure sandbox-like gameplay about being a criminal in the urban metropolis: Liberty city. And the gaming industry didn’t let those the new possibilities go pass without ‘abusing’ them to match the market. Back then, those bloody pixels wasn’t a target of verbal annihilation for concerned parent, or at least not as heavy as it is today, but as we walked over the border from 2D to 3D; things blew up.

Of course there’s notable examples as the classic Wolfenstein 3D, which was armed with a rather obscure storyline that allowed the player to actually kill Hitler, but the main example I want to focus on is Manhunt. Manhunt is a third-person stealth horror game, and it is easily the most gory game series for the Playstation 2 I’ve seen so far. It was even gory enough to get banned in New Zealand and Australia, even though it was marked as a “15+” game before it was banned in Australia. Manhunt is also a violation of ┬ž 131 StGB in Germany, and yet it was the country where I got my hands on the game, kinda ironic. Anyways: When Manhunt hit the stores back in October 2007, it quickly became the media’s punching bag and was accused for being the catalyst of a number of murders. The media quickly jumped to conclusions with this new and ‘vile’ game. Things like “Police reject game link to murder”, “Game blamed for hammer murder” and “The murder of a 14-year-old boy was game’s fault”┬á Though that wasn’t enough to stop the teenagers and young adults of UK from buying the exciting collection of sinister pixels.

That should be enough information to state my subjective opinion.

I know it isn’t that serious as it sound, or well, the murders are serious yes, but not the game itself. It’s like blaming the bullet in the skull of a dead man, and not the human behind the trigger. The media are blowing a fiery wind at the fire, with the intention of getting a new shocking reason and false truth behind any tragic event. Then the innocent parents are sitting home┬á in front of the tv, in all their ignorance, and listening to journalists, reporters, psychologists and what not, talking about the vile,┬ánefarious nature of video games. Sure, if I didn’t have a living clue about games, I would also be worried for my children. (Please note that I don’t have any children) It’s easy to make the games seem like the villain, especially you don’t know better, but banning the game will only get the young more curious.

I must admit that I love video games, and I think that they play a huge part in the social and emotional evolution of children, but I don’t consider them dangerous. But again, it’s hard to talk about some of the mainstream games without realizing how grotesque it actually is. Taking an overly popular game like Call of duty, you’ll see children down to ages of 10 playing, even though the PEGI mark clearly says either 16+ or 18+. (I’ll discuss my relationship with PEGI another time) And these modern shooting games aren’t all that family friendly. I’m also mentioning this as a site note, that games like these are not only meant for kids with their level of gore, but the game itself isn’t designed for ten-year old kids either, which means that the kids way of playing the game online, is against the way more mature gamers plays it, and that is very annoying for anyone who expects to play with decent people.

I don’t think children see these violent things as clearly, or rather, it just isn’t what matters in their universe, especially not when it comes to competitive games. I’m not saying that parents should let their children play games like Manhunt, but they shouldn’t be afraid of their kids becoming something they aren’t already.

So all in all, I think that the mature society are making a way to big deal out of games, and adults should protect their kids of course, but they should know their “enemy” before making any unnecessary accusations. They should simply bear in mind; that maybe the game is violent, but that doesn’t mean it’s dangerous.

-Jonas Christensen