Tr00 Kvlt or not Tr00 Kvlt

American Apparel, you are more amazing than your sleazy porn aesthetic let on.

Explaining why I find the black metal shirt not to be a good idea is probably beyond my capacity, but what is learning and growth but pushing beyond the limits of our capabilities?

Let us start off by saying they take this very seriously (read from Dead’s suicide onwards).

So yes, commercialising something like Black Metal can seem like an incredibly stupid thing to do… to certain people. Black Metal is an ideology. I know I am risking a lot by comparing it to Punk, but in the same way that the commercialisation of Punk served to undercut its aesthetic and raison d’ĂȘtre, commercialising Black Metal kind of goes against everything it stands for. The word Kvlt (pronounced cult) exists for a reason, and that’s because for purists, most Black Metal isn’t Black Metal enough! And most of this non-Kvlt material is stuff that I can’t listen to because it’s so damn obtuse and alienating to most listeners. As a friend of mine had said (albeit about extreme metal in general):

“to me it just sounds like every single person playing an instrument in that band is having a seizure”

Another bad analogy, if bands like Keep of Kalessin are the Black Metal equivalent of Greedo shooting first, an American Apparel Black Metal T-Shirt will be the equivalent of being forced to watch the entire Prequel Trilogy in some sort of perversion of the ludovico technique.

Or hell, it may as well be analogous to this:

To people who don’t care about the consequences of printing a culture onto a t-shirt and then selling it to clueless teens that attempt to look hard, I’m sure there are plenty of Cradle of Filth merch at Hot Topic. Well, not as much as I had expected, but you get the point.

ps. I am aware of how horrible the title of this post is.

Hard Reset

I know there is a myriad of blogs on the internet that will cover movies, video games and other ‘geek’ subjects, but seeing as this is more of a personal project of mine, I shall not hold back from flooding the internet with the utterly pointless musings that I deem worthy of publishing.

That said, automated messages from large publishers can sometimes yield amusing results. Old news as it may be in the age of the information super highway and the Instant Gratification Generation, I am posting this here in the hopes that it will help “Perform a Hard Reset” becomes the new “Arrow to the knee”. It really should be “Arrow in the knee” anyway.

Oh hey, I forgot what else I was going to say after I accidentally hit the publish button instead of the preview button. I am silly like that. I am also stupid to a point it contradicts highly standardised and rigorously normed IQ tests I was given by trained professionals!! Self Deprecation!!

So with that said, I shall retire from this post.
The end!