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Unlikely Xasthur Shout Out: Part 1 Redux

Hydra Head Records has posted their reactions to yet another shout out to Xasthur from Ryan Adams. Here's what they had to say:

"That Ryan Adams guy just gets better and better...first he gave Xasthur a shout out in the NYTimes, and now in the new issue of Blender he's listed off his 13 favorite metal tracks...and, yep, you guessed it...he listed Xasthur on there. And at 13 no less! We're still not entirely sure what his music sounds like (although we are fairly certain it does not sound like Xasthur) but we are inching closer and closer to buying a record of his. Or maybe just illegally downloading it AND THEN buying it. Either way, we're going to check him out. Can some one put us in touch with him? Seriously. We want to send him the new Xasthur 2xLP that comes out next month!"

Here's what he says in the new Blender:

13. "The Prison of Mirrors," Xasthur
"I imagine a sad demon who just broke up with his demon girlfriend, and he's sitting on a big ash pile with his 'Dear Demonic John' letter going, 'Fuuuuck!' Then again, if you're making black metal that good, you probably don't have a girlfriend."

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1. Cynic writes:

Ha awesome - I mean, I have no idea who Ryan Adams is either but the guy has good taste.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 2:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. khanate writes:

Xasthur's sh** he basically ripped off the sound of My Bloody Valentine and made it depressing, repetitive and heavy. If you want to listen to good USBM listen to Leviathan he kills Xasthur.

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# Dec 13, 2008 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Kali writes:

^Hail The Night is better. :)

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Cynic writes:

Leviathan is good but I prefer Xasthur, better vocals and atmosphere imo. Though his new stuff hasn't really grabbed me. I see what you are getting at but to say he ripped off My Bloody Valentine is ridiculous.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. khanate writes:

Another thing, why has this story caught so much attention I mean who really cares, if it was about Britney Spears masturbating over Xasthur that's news material.

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# Dec 13, 2008 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. khanate writes:

Sorry I disagree Leviathan's vocals are extremly raw plus he doesn't use a drum machine. Really if you listen closer to Xasthur it's very lazy weak music, plus most of his stuff sounds the same.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Cynic writes:

Music doesn't need to be technically accomplished or played well to be good, I mean look at Mutiilation or something.

I prefer Malefic's vocals, thats just me. But I enjoy Leviathan as well. Maybe for me Leviathan are closer to the Norwegian progenitors of bm, having some stuff which is more uptempo etc. whereas I like Xasthur's washed out approach.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jackrum writes:

explain to me how this is newsworthy??

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

Xasthur is an esoteric underground depressive black metal band, so it is amazing that due to a country rock singer he's getting his name in places like the New York Times.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Kali writes:

Cynic, I was wondering the same thing as Jackrum. Thanks for explaining that to us.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. khanate writes:

Yeah but do you really think Xasthur cares about getting in the New York Times. I'm sure he want's to be doing Calvin Klein commercials next. Can you imagine a black and white advert with him standing under a rope with the voice over "suicide by Calvin Klein. Then again there has been a KFC black metal advert so it wouldn't surprise me.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. khanate writes:

What you have to understand about Black Metal is that it doesn't want publicity unless your Ghaal and dream of Norwegian Mcdonalds commercials. So any press surrounding misanthropic Black Metallers is a negative thing to them.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kali writes:

^Oh trust me, I know MUCH about black metal. It's my favorite genre of music. Then it goes death, and thrash.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 8:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Cynic writes:

Oh and what makes you think I don't understand black metal? Whether Malefic cares about being mentioned or not doesn't make this story any less interesting. Hydra Head Records obviously does.

# Dec 13, 2008 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. khanate writes:

Trust me Hydrahead don't care about this news, why do you think they have such particular bands and artists on there label. Also Aaron Turner has mentioned in so many interviews that when he had full control of the label he wanted to keep it underground, and out of the lime light. If they wanted to sell out they would have done it ages ago. Hydrahead make you think there interested because it seems to be the Hip thing to do at the moment. Just like this crappy Rock singer saying he likes Xasthur. I've also heard that Cameron Diaz likes Cannibal Corpse now that's bigger news plus she's hot.

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# Dec 14, 2008 @ 8:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Cynic writes:

Well if they didn't care, why have they posted two articles about it on their blog? Did you read the quote above? Selling out and being mentioned a lot are not mutually exclusive.

# Dec 14, 2008 @ 1:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. khanate writes:

Anyway this discussions boring, lets talk about the next Xasthur release.

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# Dec 14, 2008 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Cynic writes:

Good point - you have awesome taste in music by the way, Burning Witch are easily one of my favorite bands. Xasthur's new stuff, meh I'll probably check it out but I agree that his stuff gets samey. Hope he tries something new.

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 12:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. mirrorprison writes:

ryan adams is an alt country singer. fine. to me xasthur speaks to a certain type of person. let it be known that ryan adams is someone who dates celebrities, whines about love all the time and last but not least did a f***ing GAP jeans commercial. im sure that Scott/Malefic gives less than a f*** about the opinions of such a person, positive or negative. im so sick of people name dropping Xasthur for always the wrong reason. im willing to bet none of any of these indie, hardcore, death metal, scene sucking morons have ever actually LISTENED to what is contained on a Xasthur record. as for people saying Xasthur is too repetitive, unskilled and boring: you dont hear Xasthur, you never will, so why are you wasting your time. isnt Marduk or Immortal playing somewhere??? go waste your time on that sh**.

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 1:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. khanate writes:

Trust me I hear Xasthur, but the only time I have listened to his material was when I was depressed. Actually his stuff is quite liberating, I used to own Violate The Oblivious on vinyl and used to get drunk and go into a trance.
Thanks for the comment Cynic.

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# Dec 15, 2008 @ 11:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. cruor writes:

Xasthur is awesome, Leviathan is awesome but more black and less depressing. Its weird the first time I ever listened to Xasthur it felt like I was going to go into a trance.

Khanate I love that band man. Pretty much everything I've heard by Stephen O'Malley has been awesome. Too bad that Burning Witch is not one of those things by him I've heard.

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Cynic writes:

Burning Witch is the tops I highly recommend - I rate it over Khanate, Teeth and Sunn.

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. khanate writes:

Khanate are so innovative though, but yeah Burning Witch shred. "Cynic" You should check out this Australian Doom band called Whitehorse there pretty cool a bit like BW. Also if you like Xasthur check out Tasmanian Black Metaller Striborg, I personally think his sound is alot more depressing than Xasthur and the vocals even kick Leviathans ass.

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Jackrum writes:

I know who Xasthur is, i wondered why a "shout out" was news..

isnt shout outs something retarded dj's or (C)rap stars do???

# Dec 15, 2008 @ 3:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Cynic writes:

Thanks I will do, I've heard Striborg's name a few times before but never checked the music out.

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