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Black Metal? Norway? Yes Way!
September 5, 2007 5:24 PM   Subscribe

Satan Rides the Media is a documentary about the Norwegian black metal scene and the notorious Varg Vikernes, founder of the one-man band, Burzum. In 1993, Vikernes was convicted for a series of church burnings and the murder of Øystein Aarseth a.k.a. Euronymous of the band Mayhem. Varg's crimes inspired both copycat arsons and the book Lords of Chaos, which led one book reviewer to make the claim that neoconservatism is totally black metal. But if that doesn't quench your thirst for demoniac documentaries, you can always check out the grindhouse flick Satanis, Anton Lavey in a kiddie promo clip to sell Satanism, and Geraldo Exploring Satan's Underground (Parts 1 and 2).
posted by jonp72 (34 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have a confession to make. I have been favorited 638 times, and I posted this in this impish desire to see who would "favorite" me for the 666th time.
posted by jonp72 at 5:25 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Satan dosen't even like metal. He likes Radiohead and the Arcade Fire.
posted by jonmc at 5:29 PM on September 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


My take on the Scandinavian black metal scene is that it's a perfect example of what happens when you combine limited intelligence with pagan posturing in a mix with seasonal affective disorder.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:30 PM on September 5, 2007


Varg previously in the blue.
posted by Demogorgon at 5:31 PM on September 5, 2007


jonp72: i got my 666th in a thread about Bon Scott, of AC/DC.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:31 PM on September 5, 2007


Exactly, all the violence and hellfire shit is metaphorical, guys. Have a beer and relax, Bjorn.
posted by jonmc at 5:31 PM on September 5, 2007


Hah! That's great. I wanted to include this youtube post to a documentary about Gogoroth, the "True Norwegian black metal band". I am SO not into black metal, but a friend of mine sent me this a few weeks back. Turns out the lead singer Ghaal still lives in the home he grew up in, without running water or electricity, in the middle of Bumblefuck, Norway. Crazy fuck, worth a watch. I would favorite you jonp72, but I don't roll like that. I'll let someone else do it.
posted by msali at 5:32 PM on September 5, 2007


(seriously, round the lot of them up, deport them to an island in the Caribbean, strip off all those pathetic Dungeons & Dragons outfits, sit em out on a beach to get some colour into their skin, supply 'em with some rum & spliffs, and they'll be singing sweet reggae tunes within a week)
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:37 PM on September 5, 2007


UbuRoivas, these are the adult versions of kids who were turned away from stuff like that (I speak as one-loser kids, not insane Satanist murderers), so the chances of that are kind of slim and that's kind of why they got into metal.
posted by jonmc at 5:42 PM on September 5, 2007


...founder of the one-man band...
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:44 PM on September 5, 2007


Why is it so hard to take this genre seriously?
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:45 PM on September 5, 2007


it's a perfect example of what happens when you combine limited intelligence with pagan posturing in a mix with seasonal affective disorder.

Because we all risk doing that every day, don't we?

I'd be inclined to agree with the BM bashing, and the Good Lord knows it's produced a lot of ambient wankfests, but it seems to me that De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is such a great record that I can let the whole genre off.

Also. I like to see a man running across a mountain-top miming a guitar solo. I just DO!
posted by howfar at 5:45 PM on September 5, 2007


Lords of Chaos is one of the most entertaining books I've read. In equal parts shocking and hilarious. Actually maybe not equal parts, more like a stiff G&T if the shocking part is the tonic.
posted by ob at 5:46 PM on September 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


(more direct link)
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:47 PM on September 5, 2007


I meant to add: I look forward to watching this, they're all just so cuddly.
posted by ob at 5:48 PM on September 5, 2007


Thanks UbuRoivas I've seen that before, but it never ceases to make me titter.
posted by ob at 5:52 PM on September 5, 2007


(seriously, round the lot of them up, deport them to an island in the Caribbean, strip off all those pathetic Dungeons & Dragons outfits, sit em out on a beach to get some colour into their skin, supply 'em with some rum & spliffs, and they'll be singing sweet reggae tunes within a week)

Isn't that what paganism is all about - getting in tune with your natural surroundings?
posted by Demogorgon at 5:56 PM on September 5, 2007


Mind you this is almost as ridiculous...
posted by ob at 5:59 PM on September 5, 2007


these are the adult versions of kids who were turned away from stuff like that

You mean like Butters carrying his Professor Chaos persona into adult life after never quite fitting in with the other South Park kids, but compounding it with a serious meth habit because alcohol is too damned expensive where he lives?
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:01 PM on September 5, 2007


I meant to add: I look forward to watching this, they're all just so cuddly.
posted by ob at 8:48 PM on September 5


The guys in UbuRovias's post are ridiculous, by Varg is a problem. He escaped from prison and was later caught in a with guns and explosives. He's adopted some kind of neo-pagan racial identity that has so inspired the worst kinds of people that there are seven tribute albums dedicated to Varg's one man band Burzum, a few by national socialist black metal bands.

This guy is a very negative inspiration to very many disturbed and troubled people. He's a nutball, fo sure, but so are many other famous idolized dead people.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:05 PM on September 5, 2007


It's more comparable to gangster rap, where arguments over who's "real" often escalate into demonstrations of violence as rappers strain to prove their street credibility. Substitute evil for street cred and there you have it.

The unfortunate fact is that Don't Break the Oath and Under the Sign of the Black Mark are both far creepier records, with or without brain fragments spattered on their covers.
posted by The Straightener at 6:10 PM on September 5, 2007


Pastabagel. I don't buy it. Yeah, he's an immature, racist (or faux racist, depending on who you listen to), murderous piece of shit. An "inspiration"? "Disturbed and troubled" people can always find inspiration. We might as well crease our brows about the existence of the Bible, Sgt. Pepper, Ulysses, Rambo or In Cold Blood. Or none of them. For sure, screw Christian Vikernes, but let's not get our bleeding heart knickers in a knot pretending that he is a "problem".
posted by howfar at 6:16 PM on September 5, 2007


Yeah I was especially referring to Varg when I said that they were cuddly. Obviously I wasn't being totally serious...
posted by ob at 6:29 PM on September 5, 2007


the gorgoroth doc is pretty cool so far. thanks for the link msali. its way more interesting than the mini black metal documentary that was made with the 'headbangers journey'.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 6:40 PM on September 5, 2007


Have a beer and relax, Bjorn.

Bjorn to rock!
posted by homunculus at 7:47 PM on September 5, 2007


Vikernes is one of those guys that in spite of his stupid "ideology" and Satanist posturing managed to produce some musical gems, Filosofem being one of them. Dunkelheit is one of my favourite songs ever. RaHoWa's "Ode to a Dying People" is another guilty pleasure (George Burdi of RaHoWa has quit racism now and remade the song as a tribute to "the human race"). Sometimes it really IS the case that musicians should probably keep their opinions to themselves and concentrate on making music. Kind of like the Dixie Chicks in reverse or something.
posted by L.P. Hatecraft at 8:52 PM on September 5, 2007


This makes me glad I've always stuck to a little Swedish Death Metal instead when I need that sort of thing. Death metal, despite the name, seems to contain much less actual death than black metal.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:53 PM on September 5, 2007


It must be terribly difficult to shock your parents in Norway.

*watches Gorgoroth doc*

I didn't know there were Scandinavian hillbillies. That's kinda comforting. The up-with-whitey satanic bullshit, less so.

Haven't satanists figured out yet that directly engaging the enemy simply mobilizes their forces against you? The way to take them down is not to engage them publicly, but to seduce them, privately.

(TOCTim: I agree. At least some of them have a sense of humor).
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:03 PM on September 5, 2007



Varg has a website website...well his polish white power friends do.

I find the jailhouse cultural mytho-poetics charming somehow. But I have a soft spot of crank views on pre-history.
posted by geos at 5:58 AM on September 6, 2007


As i watched the documentary i was shocked. It's the first time i see Virkernes and Aarseth without make-up and they look like skinny nerds.
Back in the day when i was reading about them in the metal press, seeing badly lit picture of them in make-up they seemed like huge terrifying dudes.
posted by SageLeVoid at 9:53 AM on September 6, 2007


Exactly, all the violence and hellfire shit is metaphorical, guys.

Sure, in the same way that all the peace and heaven shit in gospel is metaphorical. Which is to say: yes, in a way, but not really.
posted by vorfeed at 11:42 AM on September 6, 2007


It's a trick to just count all the Tolkien inspired names.
posted by taursir at 10:17 PM on September 6, 2007


Only six more favorites to go...
posted by jonp72 at 10:33 AM on September 7, 2007


I think I just took 666
posted by Lusy P Hur at 2:06 PM on September 8, 2007


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