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

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

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

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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.

An interview with Vikernes about Nasjonal Samling founder Vidkun Quisling, executed in 1945 for high treason by the Norwegian government after the end of the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, is the main proof of Vikernes' admiration of him, [9] and the proof of the rumor that Quisling had some influence on certain extreme strains of Norwegian black metal. Drifting far into directions that dilute its scope, Lords of Chaos banks on its appeal to shock readers with its innumerable depictions of horrific crimes inspired by this most recent innovation in the realm of extreme metal, than a properly bodied non-fiction work would lead us to expect. Sweden black-metal rivalries, and the (d)evolution from theatrical Satanic to slightly-more-serious Wotanic Nazi metal, Plenty of interviews-from the late Anton LaVey to Norwegian metal villain Varg Vikernes-make this a mighty entertaining bedtime reader.

The headlines of the nation's newspapers scream with the revelations of a sinister plot to slaughter progressive politicians and religious leaders in Norway. The self defense isn't hard to believe in that Euronymous was the kind of guy that would go around talking big talk about how he was going to kill Vikernes.

The book focuses on the scene surrounding the extreme heavy metal subgenre black metal in Norway between 1990 and 1993. 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. An interview in a Norwegian newspaper given by Burzum founder Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes, also a member of the Helvete group, leads to a media outrage condemning the arsons as acts of Satanism. What starts in something of a chronological fashion, swiftly devolves into a bevy of slipshod chapters that shriek and wail their way all across the milieu of Black Metal during its inception and well after.

It really shows that black metal followed by children can result in such senseless acts of destruction and all for no reason whatsoever.

Following this, it’s concluding chapter, appropriately titled Ragnarok, barely mentions the music but seems to revel a little too much in the general extremist political connections once again rounding off the book with a sense authors have all but forgotten where this started was with a musical style. Or it is just like those stupid kids in Florida who wrote about killing another kid and "Can I borrow your X-box? It tangents off at times into sociological and psychological perspectives on rebellion in general and gives far, FAR too much airtime to the incoherent, grandiose rants of Vikernes and that Absurd guy without any critical appraisal or editorial. The authors of Lords of Chaos clearly know the international Metal/Satanism picture and, largely through interviews, have brought information to light of which religion scholars as well as the general public ought to be aware… highly recommended.

It is also important to note that he didn't go to the halfway house until after he had served half of his sentence. I wouldn't discourage any reader from checking this out for the pure cheese fest that were those promotional photos. The interviews are a slog, with repetitive questions and stupid answers from figures that aren't relevant to the book's subject matter. If you know the early 90s Norwegian black metal scene and the happenings therein, it’s pretty much just review.

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