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    How Black is Black Metal?

    This article has a politically correct skew but it is still a fascinating look at the unwholesome fringe that gives white nationalism a bad name. When people accuse us of being "hateful" for being pro-white, these are often the kind of degenrates they have in mind. We often forget this because these individuals are so unrepresentative of the folks involved in the movement. But it is a stereotype we have to confront and defeat, nonetheless.
    How Black is Black Metal?

    Kevin Coogan - Lords of Chaos (LOC), a recent book-length examination of the "Satanic" black metal music scene, is less concerned with sound than fury. Authors Michael Moynihan and Didrik Sederlind zero in on Norway, where a tiny clique of black metal musicians torched some churches in 1992. The church burners' own place of worship was a small Oslo record store called Helvete (Hell). Helvete was run by the godfather of Norwegian black metal, 0ystein Aarseth ("Euronymous", or "Prince of Death"), who first brought black metal to Norway with his group Mayhem and his Deathlike Silence record label.


    A kick in the back

    One early member of the movement, "Frost" from the band Satyricon, recalled his first visit to Helvete:

    I felt like this was the place I had always dreamed about being in. It was a kick in the back. The black painted walls, the bizarre fitted out with inverted crosses, weapons, candelabra etc. And then just the downright evil atmosphere...it was just perfect.

    Frost was also impressed at how talented Euronymous was in "bringing forth the evil in people – and bringing the right people together" and then dominating them. "With a scene ruled by the firm hand of Euronymous," Frost reminisced, "one could not avoid a certain herd-mentality. There were strict codes for what was accept-ed." Euronymous may have honed his dictatorial skills while a member of Red Ungdom (Red Youth), the youth wing of the Marxist/Leninist Communist Workers Party, a Stalinist/Maoist outfit that idolized Pol Pot. All who wanted to be part of black metal's inner core "had to please the leader in one way or the other." Yet to Frost, Euronymous's control over the scene was precisely "what made it so special and obscure, creating a center of dark, evil energies and inspiration."

    Lords of Chaos, however, is far less interested in Euronymous than in the man who killed him, Varg Vikemes from the one-man group Burzum. Vikemes, a church burner who dubbed himself "Count Grishnackh" after an evil ore in Lord of the Rings, is now serving a 21-year sentence – Norway's toughest penalty – in a maximum security prison for brutally stabbing Euronymous to death on 10 August 1993. After his arrest just seven days later, the Count justified himself by claiming that Euronymous was a communist "queer" who had cheated him out of Burzum royalties. He also claimed that Euronymous was plotting to kill him. After being ostracized from the black metal community, Vikemes announced that he was now no longer a black metal Satanist, but rather a Nazi Odinist because the Jews had "killed my father Odin."


    explosive Molotov cocktail

    If Lords of Chaos were only about the antics of the most extreme wing of black metal, it would be an informative and entertaining look at pop culture Grand Guignol. The book, however, suggests that the events in Norway reflect a growing tendency among alienated youth from Miami to Moscow, who are now allegedly blending black metal, Satanism, and currents of fascism into a culturally explosive Molotov cocktail. Vikemes, however, is really famous for murder, not music, while the overwhelming majority of black metal musicians and fans are not, and are not likely to become, church burners, murderers, or Nazi Odinists.

    To buttress its thesis, LOC points to metalheads turned murderers, including "Belfagor" from the Swedish Satanic band Nefandus, who attacked a black man in a self-described "niggerhunt"; Bard Eithun ("Faust") from the Norwegian group Emperor, who murdered a gay man that sought to seduce him; and Jon Nodveidt from the Swedish group Dissection, who butchered an Algerian immigrant. LOC even devotes an entire chapter to an obscure two-man German band called Absurd, who coldly executed an annoying fellow high school student . Although the members of Absurd are self-pro-claimed Nazis and Vikernes fans, even they reported that they committed the crime for personal, not political, motives.

    LOC also dwells on the activity of otherwise highly obscure fascist propagandists with no direct ties to black metal who are nevertheless trying to recruit its followers into their cause. It even adopts a far right spin on Jungian theory when it suggests that Vikernes may have tapped into an anti-Christian racial/cultural archetype that is allegedly still aglow in the Norwegian collective unconscious. The book also profiles racist killers with no known ties to black metal, such as the Florida youth clique called the Lords of Chaos. Before being dethroned by LOCal police, the Lords burnt down a church, murdered a gay teacher, and were planning to slaughter black visitors to Disney World with silencer-equipped automatic weapons.

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    Re: How Black is Black Metal?

    There were many characters in that scene. I see no reason to "distance" myself from this genre because there were some eccentrics. I don't think the general public has these people in mind when confronting white nationalism, separatism, racism/extremism. It would be more probable that certain people fear a cohesive movement of politically active individuals, not adolescent misanthropists.

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    Re: How Black is Black Metal?

    Let me put it this way... I think there are a lot of young people out there who would be willing to get involved in white nationalism, if this sort of imagery was not linked to it. I'm pretty damn conservative in most respects and I dont want to associate with anyone who dresses "black metal", and cetainly not with any satanists etc. I guess I'd be a little more open to associating with skin-heads, because atleast they tend to be a little more clean cut.
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    Re: How Black is Black Metal?

    I understand where you're coming from, but you can't expect a certain personality type to predominate within the music industry, especially for the younger generation to look up to and emulate. They perform a certain function, to inspire or invoke certain feelings within us and influence our imagination, it's expression through a unique talent which essential (at least for me) to nourish the mind and spirit. If we look at numerous musicians from the past, you'll find that many of them make terrible role models; plenty of druggies, recluses, egocentrists, and megalomaniacs.
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    AW: Re: How Black is Black Metal?

    I'll tellyou my point of view to this thema. I also listen to Black metal but i'm not a satanist i'm also a nationalist. You can't say that when sombody listens to Black Metal that he's satanist. I think you judge to fast and blindfold. think about that! Or you read some books about Black Metal and "our" religion.

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