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Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground

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Moving quickly from a short history of the development of black metal, the authors begin to delve into the tragic events surrounding the band Mayhem. Kristiansen was there on the ground in Norway as the black metal scene developed around him, and he was a fan and a participant in the movement and music. I find it disturbing that there are a lot of people who see pictures of Norwegian prisons and WANT to go there because it is nicer than American prisons. The authors put forward their own thesis about the reason behind the extreme music, the arsons and the cases of murder, interpreting these events as the appearance of an odinic archetype. I have gotten very much into Black Metal lately and although I already listened to Satyricon ten years ago, I never really got into it.

El asesinato de Euronymous a cargo de Varg Vikernes culmina una primera parte de libro lleno de personajes extremistas rodeados de una sociedad que no entendía (y, posiblemente, siga sin entender) nada de lo que estaba pasando. I grew out of it, realizing there are PLENTY of awesome people with beliefs similar to mine and I can largely ignore the exclusive conservative sects, or oppose them in the proper political channels.Eventually, the book moves back to center and takes a look at Black Metal fanzine journos and other genre acts besides the ones that are considered Black Metal's 'beloved'. So many teenagers go through a stage of being as "evil" as possible, stemming from feelings of rebellion. The first few chapters give an outline of the progression of heavy metal from bands such as Black Sabbath, Coven and Black Widow to proto-black metal bands such as Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost, Sarcófago, Hellhammer and Venom, and finally to the early Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. The music itself is often underproduced and low-fi, mostly by design as this is thought to give the recordings a more raw or authentic feel.

The story of Norwegian black metal is, perhaps necessarily, wrapped up in Satanism and pagan beliefs. I highly recommend Lords of Chaos to metal fans, Satanists, Odinists, janitors, housewives, and security guards, (just to name a few. Their book is a sort of guide to the Norwegian black metal scene, where, the authors claim, this latest, more rebellious form of heavy metal music originated.The only problem I have with this book is the new edition has devoted 16 pages to Varg Vikernes' theories on aliens and their connection to hitler clones.

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