Thoughts On Codex Omega

Thoughts On Codex Omega

Haven’t really written much lately (laptop was down, was mostly using my father’s crippled computer). Also haven’t really listened much to music from this year, till Septicflesh released this album. It’s not even their best album (that’s a fight between Communion and The Great Mass), but some things immediately stand out:

  • Despite the replacement of Fotis Gianakopoulos with Kerim “Krimh” Lechner , the songwriting and drumming have actually gotten tighter. In fact, I was very surprised that Krimh went for atmosphere and slow drumming, with very little blastbeats. Krimh fills in tastefully without being predictable.
  • The bass guitar is very audible despite the album mastered at DR5. This is an audio-engineering miracle.
  • There are many doom-heavy moments, especially at the end of most of the songs here- where there are no drums, just symphonic elements and some wailing electric guitar (especially at the end of ‘Enemy Of Truth’). In fact the symphonic elements in this album have been particularly strong. Sounds like the Bloodborne soundtrack at times.
  • The album is more than the sum of its parts- as a whole, there are numerous small moments within the song that sound really interesting or powerful. However, the song structures are very simple and most of the songs in the second half can be downright forgettable. The band could have done with some more experimentation.
  • Album feels like an extension of Titan- it’s better than Titan in my opinion, but it doesn’t quite have the tonal variation on Communion & Mass.

Overall not the best album, but one that did meet a lot of expectations I had. I’ve been listening to ‘Martyr’ and ‘Enemy Of Truth’ a lot lately.


Autonomy Lost

I’ve been in a funk, lately.

I have been unfriending people for a while now, to the point that my friend list now stands at about a hundred. It should be less, but I got tired of sifting people out.

Not that these folks were bad friends, some of them are well-meaning in their own ways, most were just people who I don’t feel any chemistry with. I don’t mean this in any snobbish way- I’m quite confident that I am different from most people. The structure of my thinking, my reliance on instinct, I don’t know (the logicians want to put everything in words on a piece of paper. I’ve tried that, and I realised there were too many things we can’t impose logic on). I want to be in an empty room while tending to the fires of my rebirth. In most cliques / friendships, I am just playing a role. I don’t want to be an actor anymore.

Most of the people I know tend to be ultra rich people (owing to my education in ACS).

My parents thought I would be inspired to to join the ranks of the rich if I went to school with them.

Shame. It only taught me that the system’s rigged. I will never be rich, not in this life.

I have to consider every cent that I spend, even with the expensive luxuries like a pint of beer or a pair of earphones. These decisions aren’t made lightly. I had to skip outings and prepare meals at home for weeks, sometimes a couple of months.

The people on my social media drive their own cars while posting about how they want to give back to society. Also please type ‘JWOO’ in the discount code to redeem 50% of my protein powder.

I’ve also been trying to let go of my ideologies, which proves more difficult than letting go of people. Feels like learning to walk again without my crutches. The goal is to learn to stand.

Being in free-fall induces a mental vertigo. Questioning everything from the meaning of life to the meaning in life. I tide the time with the things I love best- media. Games, music, movies, television. Creation. The materialization of a person’s intellectual or psychological impulses.

I’ve been listening to Jordan Peterson a lot, and he’s literally and figuratively God-sent. I don’t agree with everything he says. I am not going to buy into Jesus. Not before, not now, not ever. But he’s also reminded me that the atheist provides nothing (not that the concept of nothing isn’t appealing on it’s own).

I want to learn more about Hinduism, but the people of my race are mostly apathetic to the rationale of the religion. Either that, or they believe in idol worship and pray for miracles, as would any other pious person of another religion. Different window, same view.

My work should be starting soon. I will probably buy a gym membership to that 24/7 gym at River Valley. Some structure in my life would be welcome at this point.

I am not emotional or sad, by the way. As I said earlier, I am just in a funk.

What people are getting wrong about the Shrey “Ah Boys to Men” incident

What people are getting wrong about the Shrey “Ah Boys to Men” incident

Consensus SG


It has been over three days since Mr Shrey Bhargava made a post on Facebook describing his experiences during his audition for the Jack Neo film “Ah Boys to Men” (ABTM).His post sparked many angry responses andpersonal attacks, including one by Xiaxue.


Based on these responses, it appears thatpeople are getting distracted from what is really at stake.

1. This issue is not about Shrey or about ABTM

Many people have personally attacked Shrey,and some have cast doubts on his credibility and sincerity after a video of him putting on an Indian accent emerged online.

These sort of personal attacks miss the point – they convert what could have been a constructive dialogue about race issues into a mudslinging contest that goes nowhere. I find it ironic that many who accuse him of jumping to conclusions with regard to the racism behind his audition experience also themselves jump to…

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