You may know Neill Jameson as the frontman/honcho for black metal favorites Krieg, who have a new LP Transient for Candlelight Records, or via his involvement in Twilight, the supergroup headed up by Blake Judd of Nachtmystium and featuring members like Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more.
But Neill's involvement with Blake Judd goes much deeper than that: Theirs is a friendship that was initally forged based on a mutually shared interest in music many years ago. In the following firsthand account, Neill recalls the history of some of the darker moments of his friendship with Blake Judd, ones that eventually lead to him severing his ties with the celebrated black metal musician, and the stark reality of drug addiction.
Confronting Dragonforce about their racist, homophobic past.
An interview by 'Grim' Kim Kelly. Prior to being famous for having the most difficult song on Guitar Hero, Dragonforce were members of a band called Demoniac, whose lyrics were often racist, homophobic, and generally bigoted. Kelly's confronts the band about their past.
Cobalt reunited and will be recording a new album.
Who is Cobalt
? Cobalt is a American black metal band consisting of Phil McSorley and Erik Wunder. They have only played live a dozen or so times, largely because McSorley is often abroad, where he serves as a Sergeant in the US Army. Not coincidentally, they refer to their form of metal as 'War Metal'. [more inside]
are a black metal/shoegaze/post-rock/emo/ambient/pop-metal/what-have-you band from San Francisco. The band consists of vocalist George Clarke and guitarist/songwriter Kerry McCoy and are signed to Deathwish Inc. [more inside]
Just in time for Christmas: Bargain Bin Blasphemy
frontman John Darnielle has been writing free-verse poetry on metal albums and other phenomena on his blog
for a few months now. [more inside]
Once Upon A Time In Norway
(MLYT). An oral history of the early days of Black Metal.
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"When the car would stop and the engine would cease, the player would also die away. The tape of the cassette motionless. [...] Stationary and in silence, we saw black. The world as it was. Nothing."
A collection of early American black metal
, including Haxan, Akitsa, and Ancestors. Compiled from tapes, hiss and all. [more inside]
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
Thirty Short Poems About My Favorite Black Metal Band
by John Darnielle
of The Mountain Goats
, author of Last Plane to Jakarta
Some selections, in no particular order- the critically necessary discussion of Mayhem
, the love story
, the fans
He's only up to sixteen so far, but like an evil advent calendar, there will be more entries as the month progresses.
(and no, I won't spoil the name of the band- you'll find out)
An interesting interview
with Varg Vikernes
. Vikernes, as you may recall, is currently imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), with whom he collaborated as bassist on Mayhem's incredible De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
(cheesy vocals notwithstanding). It is also widely believed that he was responsible for the burning of Norway's first stave church
, which has since been rebuilt
. It is arguable whether Vikernes is most notable for the murder, the arson, his band Burzum
, his dedication to Ásatrú
, or perhaps his fanatical racism. While I find many of his opinions to be reprehensible, his obvious intelligence and the strength of his convictions make him a fascinating, if frequently repugnant, person.
The story of Vikernes and the black metal
scene he helped spawn is chronicled in Lords of Chaos
, which is a phenomenal read and is recommended even to those who are not interested in the music it focuses on.