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Ecofeminism, Social Justice, and the Future of Black Metal

Black metal is a genre artistically replete with a fixation on the natural world. Trees, rivers, mountains, and the moon populate album artwork. Black metal’s concern for the environment is not simply one of aesthetic appreciation; it comes bundled with a worldview that is inescapably sociopolitical – an ecofeminist perspective – despite many bands’ attempts to remove their music from a political context. Music has long functioned as both a form of escapism and an expression of rebellion, and black metal is a fertile new form of the latter. The 21st century has been a narrative of increasing corporate power across the world, and with that comes an increasing awareness of its oppressive effects on every dimension of life. Feminism is popularly thought of as a social movement only critiquing oppressive gender relations within the framework of a given society; ecofeminism seeks to examine every facet of these frameworks – from economics, to social structures, and social psychology. It and black metal share the view that society’s malfunctions can be traced back to humanity’s – and historically men’s – obsessive need to control everything that appears to be controllable. Despite its inception as misanthropic escapism, black metal is now socially functioning as confrontational humanism.

The latter half of this decade was rife with new ears finding black metal, and unlikely venues and publications showcasing the genre, thanks to a host of bands taking the genre in directions untrodden at those respective points. This is mainly taking place in America, where we see bands like Panopticon and Botanist enacting a unique take on black metal, worthy of the American Transcendentalist tradition of nature worship. Panopticon’s approach on later releases isn’t dark so much as it is furious; but it’s an arguably transcendental anger, one infused with themes of nature, which comes across in brighter, airy, melodic parts, and musically progressive elements that push the genre forward. The most recent Botanist release takes black metal into new territories via the unconventional use of hammered dulcimer and harmonium in metal. These bands cross previous boundaries to provide examples of black metal’s potential for growth, and this growing mainstream acceptance is representative of the universal power and potential black metal possesses.

OCCULTThe aforementioned bands could be taken as the progenitors of a larger “post-black metal” movement. These acts are certifiably different from more traditional black metal artists; there tends to be an absence of a Satanic/occult agenda, and the atmospheres tend to explore darkness through the lens of more than just depravity, and sometimes these works of post-black metal aren’t dark at all. Yet they use the familiar sonic tropes of black metal to escalate the singular, perpetual intensity the style is known for into untouched territories. At the core of this innovation in black metal is its most important characteristic: its power as a primitive energy, a conduit of nature, which serves as a vehicle for existential revelation and a de-occultification of the gnostic catharsis that black metal has kept shrouded to itself through the subcultural in-joke of “trve kvlt”.

The Latin root of occult is occultare, which means “hidden from view.” This is partially derived from the Latin word oculus, which means “eye”. The occult or esoteric traditions concern themselves with cosmic knowledge that has been occulted, that is, obfuscated from the consciousness of the masses, as a means of social control. In many respects, occult knowledge represents a divine connection with nature, something that black metal thematically touts, and something that ecofeminism points towards through socio-political rhetoric (i.e. the theory that men’s lack of a menstrual cycle – hence a slightly less biological connection to nature – led men of ancient civilizations to believe nature could and should be dominated). The occult is partially described in the Hermetic Principles, coming from the Hermetic esoteric tradition, which are knowledge of the reflexivity of natural laws – laws that permeate and govern the universe – and the laws of the human psyche; this is the idea of the “microcosm” and the “macrocosm,” otherwise known as the principle “as above, so below,” which states that the universe and the human are both reflections of each other and one whole being. The Hermetic Principles also concern principles of vibratory energy, rhythm, polarity, cause and effect, and gender. This knowledge, being an all-encompassing “key to the Universe”, as it were, is allegedly kept secret so that it may be wielded against those who do not possess it. Regardless of whether or not this process truly involves ritual magic, or if that’s simply a metaphor, the key takeaway from these traditions is that social control involves depriving people of cosmic, natural knowledge, which humans once possessed and so desperately crave, thus opening them up to surrogate beliefs and behaviors that run counter to a person’s best interests. Identifying Christianity as one such form of social control, members of the second-wave Norwegian scene went on a church-burning streak in the early 90s, effectively spawning a creation myth for this violent new subgenre.

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The blatant occultism of the early first- and second-wave scenes are representative of the mask which this rebellious force must have worn to communicate effectively with the cultural climate in which it was born. This mask disguised the universal nature of the music from these young artists, who acted as conduits for this atavistic power, shaped by their Norwegian heritage. Firmly believing in black magic and an esoteric dimension of reality, they took on Christianity and modernity as the primary subjects of their revolt, often unaware of the broader picture their music was painting. Through their use of occult motifs, they implied that occult, metaphysical knowledge does not deserve to be disseminated to the masses if they are willing to acquiesce to Christianity, consumerism, and the comforts of modernity. Hence the formation of the “black metal inner circle” and a massively expanding group of fans-turned-musicians who felt they deserved a place in this inner circle. This embracing of movement-as-cult points to an ironic affirmation of the object of their rebellion. The elitism and misanthropy of the movement suggests a mockery of the oppressed, despite their expressed angst over this felt oppression. The paradoxes of this early scene reflect the paradoxes of the social condition of its birth.

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This de-occultification of the philosophies of black metal may be traced to the emergence in popularity of Wolves in the Throne Room, a band which is also counted among the pioneering acts in the US scene, a title earned by pushing the style into a celestial, atmospheric direction, a band with no explicitly endorsed ideologies. However, through the artwork and interviews with the band, a curious fan can tease out certain ideologies WITTR subtly identify with, such as ecological concern, humans living in harmony with nature (exemplified by their quiet life on a self-sustaining farm), and a general rejection of modernity in favor of looking towards a higher spiritual dimension. They play “Cascadian black metal” because they live in the Pacific Northwest, and, like a good deal of black metal artists, they believe they channel the energies of their environment through their music. In shedding the Satanic and misanthropic aspects of their influences, WITTR acknowledge that the transcendent potential of black metal shouldn’t be reserved for an elitist in-group. So, despite their stance as an apolitical band – or at least one that would like to divorce the experience of the music from any overtly stated ideologies – black metal cannot be separated from its history as a countercultural expression; its history is a symbolic benchmark for its social purpose, which informs all musical influence.

The crux of what black metal has to offer is a sonic emblem of freedom from social control. Knowledge of the occult is knowledge of how society is manipulated through ignorance, and a cognitive liberation from the misdirection of the will. The most comprehensive understanding of this social control is ecofeminism and the Hermetic Principle of gender, a perspective that sees sexism, social stratification, the distribution of wealth, industrialization, and the pollution of Earth as branches of the patriarchal social force that aims to control resources and the natural world; a self-deceiving, transient attempt to dominate natural processes. The patriarchy of gender roles and social class is this same domination, conferred upon people who never asked to belong to this system, and who have every right to demand its changing.

 

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Whether they endorse it or not, the black metal acts that worship nature and condemn society, who express the divine human spirit overcoming oppressive blindness, who throw a wrench in the macho stereotype of metal by evoking a rage more nuanced than pure testosterone, a rage archetypal and cosmological in its significance, are partaking in an ecofeminist objection to the trajectory of humanity. Every aforementioned artist is from America, yet the only defining characteristic of the USBM scene is eclectic sonic experimentation. Contrary to the artistic stasis of keeping the genre “trve,” the movement towards broadening black metal’s exposure and appeal is still forwarding the transcendental aspirations of the genre’s pioneers. This shedding of the oppressive cultish in-group status is black metal switching from misanthropic escapism to socially conscious humanism.

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Humanism and unity will be reflected in the music of the future as more boundaries are pushed and broken. It seems inevitable that in the coming years and decades the spirit of black metal will find its way into not only more areas of music previously thought disparate, but into the ears of listeners who previously felt no reason to identify with metal. The heteronormative, white, male status of metal is eroding day by day, and black metal has the power to evolve into something far beyond what metal has been thus far. The future of new and innovative metal lies in the dissolution of the normative cultural barriers erected around metal, a proliferation of perspectives and subjective takes on the genre. This invariably lies in the palms of a rapidly globalizing world, the very thing the genre’s pioneers were up against. The problem with that perspective is: you can try to patent anger and alienation as insular to one part of the world, but when it becomes apparent that this anger and alienation is shared, it will expand. This is music for humanity as it approaches a turning point in civilization. A more connected world is going to respond to social injustice with more awareness, because it is our consciousness that is becoming connected. Collective anger can only grow as we connect and realize our well-being could be far, far greater than it currently is.

 

 

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Alex is a resident of New Hampshire, studying psychology at the University of New Hampshire. He writes fiction, nonfiction, and music in his free time.

350 Comments

350 Comments

  1. Humanity Exiled

    July 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

    It’s so easy to tell that some skinnyjean wearing SJW hipster had nothing better to do than sit in Starbucks for five hours with his/her laptop typing this bullshit.
    Feminist SJW’s are as unwelcome in Black Metal as Christinsanity is.
    Black Metal is about misanthropy, pest control, sacrilige, iconoclasm, occultism and political “incorrectness”.
    We condemn all forms of Abrahamic religion for their complicity in being the most detrimental constructs ever fabricated in that they were the cause of the Dark Ages. We hate Islam unlike you SJW cunts, and we also hate Christstains and Jews (we find Holocaust jokes hillarius btw).
    Go back to hijacking the Punk scene since the treasonous poser white-knighting cucks in that fanbase are willing to conform to that bullshit as long as it brings more girls into their now bullshit scene.

  2. Perihelion

    May 12, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This is absolute bullshit.

  3. yes

    May 8, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Black metal is satanism and occultism. Go listen to crust punk or something instead.

  4. Jenny Wong

    October 28, 2016 at 3:49 am

    feminist men? SJW?

    GIve me a break with this screamo crap

    It’s all homo low testosterone hipster garbage

    Real black meta is masculine and aggressive

    Alex – band wagon boy, go jump on another trend. I’d expect this article written by someone who is dressed like a boy and showing beta body language in his pic. LOL micropenis.

  5. GNAW

    October 23, 2016 at 4:13 am

    tl;dr, Black Metal is not music!! its terrorism, is EVIL, supporting war, genocides, diseases, and hate to mankind! if you want it political correct, then you are fucked in the head! and you are asking to be crucified and chainsaw-gut-fucked. pacifists are as good as breakfast for wild animals. try to survive in the forest without killing animals you foolish vegetarians and vegans!! Dead from Mayhem was torturing and killing animals!!! thats trve nature of Black Metal! no mercy for weak, no tolerance, just fucking DIE!!!

  6. Corey Davenport

    September 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Contrived tripe. Quit trying to politicize black metal and align music with ideology. Concern for nature has nothing to do with feminism. Way to go clickbait journalist, maybe you’ll write for BuzzFeed or Vice someday!

  7. Jesus died from your dick

    September 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This weeaboo faggot virgin author needs to pull his dick out of his anime body pillow, clean the lenses of his juden coke bottle glasses, and wake the fuck up! Black Metal is NOT for you scum.
    And to the piece of genetically engineered dog shit commenting below about wanting to crush white supremacy and fascism, so let me get this straight, you dislike a group of people because of their views and you want to wipe them out and eradicate them from the earth? Ummm pretty sure that makes you a fascist nazi bro, so keep to your word and hang yourself, if you do ill contribute $5 to your fucking gofunme funeral your poor ass family will put up for you.
    Trying to take away the essence and core of Black Metal as you are and replacing it with prolapsed asshole cakes and jizz will not weaken the real movement. It will only strengthen it, because people will rally against your PC antics. I hope you get anally probed by an ostrich egg.
    Fuck you.

  8. Mike

    September 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Great article, thanks for writing it.

    It’s funny how trve cvlt dudes love orthodox black metal for its heretical stances on religion, modern culture, and mainstream music, but go apeshit when someone takes a heretical stance on black metal itself. To me, the best black metal is about subverting established norms, not about reinforcing them.

    • Meghan

      September 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Isn’t it hilarious! Also, the most vitriolic, hate-filled, seething comments are from cowards who put down fake names and fake emails. Real tough guys, ha!

  9. Savitri Devi

    September 9, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Straight to the ovens with this faggot. Sieg heil!

  10. MattM

    September 8, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    ‘BY SUPPORTING BLACK METAL YOU SUPPORT THE GLORIFICATION OF RAPE, INCEST, WAR, MURDER, DRUGS, OPPRESSION, FASCISM, CORRUPTION ETC. THINK TWICE BEFORE BUYING THIS DIVINE PIECE OF ART!!!!’

  11. Jack Miller

    September 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    no social justice in black metal what so ever, if you argue otherwise you have missed the point of black metal completely.
    social justice is a cancer that attracts yuppies and trendies , people like Alex Riccio will invade and infect literally anything with the SJW cancer , evident by the comment to this article.
    Stop pretending that Black Metal is becoming a safe space for marginalized special needs freaks.

  12. Jack Miller

    September 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    David Harrington-George the cancer is real

  13. Svolder

    September 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    What a fucking braindead hipster faggot

    kill yourself

  14. Guest

    September 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    This article spreads AIDS

  15. purifier

    September 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    fuck off with your cuck agenda, you pissant.

    Go ahead and hold hands with the rest of the faggot SJW’s at any one of your poseur shows, it’ll never change the real underground – there’ll always be gatherings of the right-wing, white and irreverent, and girlie-men like you will always be excluded, every time. Deal with it.

    Call your hipster faggot music Black Metal if you want to – but you’re a fuckin moron if you think we’ll respect it or you.

    Fuck I’m sick and tired of hearing from fuckheads like you – fuck the internet for giving you pussies a voice.

  16. Heshe

    September 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Wow great article. Mind if I rebloc on my tumblr?

  17. Thomas Long

    September 8, 2016 at 10:18 am

    You can be anything you want at zombo black metal com…

  18. Mattia Cossu

    September 8, 2016 at 9:22 am

    TROLL

  19. Anti-human

    September 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Stop academia and its musical enablers before they kill another genre

  20. Mattia Alagna

    September 8, 2016 at 8:15 am

    What’s wrong with a lil bit of cha cha cha in your chug chug chug?

    https://youtu.be/EFv-UOQiyRo

  21. Mattia Alagna

    September 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Damn pass that popocorn 😎🍿

  22. Kyle Shoultz

    September 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    One of the pretentious writers at vice obviously wrote this pile of shit

  23. Ahto-Lembit Lehtmets

    September 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

  24. Clay Petrie

    September 8, 2016 at 6:48 am

    It’s fucking music, why does everything have to be brought back to race and gender?? You know where Black Metal came from? Northern European nerds that played Dungeons and Dragons and worshipped Hell hammer, Bathory and Venom.

  25. Tommy Seg

    September 8, 2016 at 4:29 am

    This is piece of post-ironic meta-fiction yes?

  26. Grim Shady

    September 8, 2016 at 3:37 am

  27. Michael Neiman

    September 8, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Good! Black metal is on the way out anyway. Might as well let the SJWs scavenge what’s left.

  28. Jimmy Warrington

    September 8, 2016 at 1:09 am

    The ocean of mantears is rising in this thread lol

  29. Daniel Heyn

    September 8, 2016 at 12:56 am

    fags!

  30. Why?

    September 8, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Every “journalist” (hahaha) who writes about black metal on the internet must spend hours upon hours on Wikipedia looking up non-offensive bands like wolves in the throne room and krallice, then spend several more hours listening to those bands on Youtube, then spends many more hours writing about their experience and about how since it’s neutral moral ground that it really connects and relates to EVERYTHING. Please get off the internet. I bet nobody even read the whole article.

  31. Sieg Heil!

    September 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Fuck this article! Fuck you hipster PC faggots! Black Metal will never be about something positive, you can try all you like to change it but it will never happen and your little hippie bullshit will never be accepted! Fuck off and Die!

  32. Jvvso Lilja

    September 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This sort of shit stained garbage bag of a social media trend ideology, which some retarded ape has managed to link with black metal in the same text, will never be a part of black metal. And especially this sort of a Western cancern will never have any place in Europe. There will never be room for this amongst anything else, except those pseudo-black metal bands that can only manifest as the side product of a vegan taking a dump to de mysteriis dom sathanas, which never presented any part of this constructed nonsense.

  33. Hank Dilliams

    September 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    This article gave me AIDS.

  34. Aram Schwartz

    September 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Isaac Rigler

  35. Hell

    September 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    So you just started listening to “black metal” 14 minutes ago being a open hippy stopped being trendy, one of your main points of reference seems to be Wolves in the Throne Room, and you write for a website probably spending most of your time staring at a screen, you are the very definition of a poser. Long gone is the spandex lipstick wearing butt rockers, the saggying pants dreadlock rao rockers, now its these fucking hippys that started wearing black when being a hippy wasnt getting them laid anymore. I want to smash your head in.

  36. Justin Secreto

    September 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Jesus Christ what a pile of rubbish this article is.

  37. Burt Stroganoff

    September 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Faggots

  38. Amanda Kaiser

    September 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Of course everything awesome about black metal is eroding every day. That’s what happens when things become trendy. The faggots, shit-skins and hipsters pop up like mushrooms.

  39. Mike

    September 7, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    If black metal or even some black metal were somehow associated with feminism, I’d be just fine with that, but it simply isn’t. The author circle jerked an entire article out of a false premise just to indulge his verbosity. This article is so clueless that it’s embarrassing.

  40. son ov wolf

    September 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    wow the comment section on this website is fucked lmao

  41. Fuck Off

    September 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Utter bullshit article, most likely written by a kike.

  42. THERESA

    September 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Interesting article. I would think black metal (or post black metal) can re-define itself if it wants. Black metal defined itself in some pretty dysfunctional ways back in the 90’s, contrary to VENOM and even BATHORY. What’s all the bickering?
    My bone to pick is with the quality of music regarding some aspects of post black metal, it’s been done before, often watered down musically or this black gaze crap is just, ugh, boooring. .
    However, it a band or project performs black metal well, with an eco friendly theme, I’m all for it as I’m not threatened by Satanism, or anti human, anti life, or Pagan war themes either.
    The least generic the better, as the jury is still out.

  43. Jasper Mahncke

    September 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Max Kasler

  44. Ward Young

    September 7, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Can Anita Sarkeesian please start a metal band? I want to watch the mouth-breathers have a meltdown. 🙂

  45. Paul Heathen

    September 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Paging Richard Garcia

  46. Mitchell Carlson

    September 7, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Fredrik Thorvaldsen >:3

  47. Charles Howard

    September 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Oscar Faulkner black lives metal

  48. Steven Reed

    September 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Not this

  49. Steven Reed

    September 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This is what a warrior looks like

  50. Steven Reed

    September 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Honestly the only thing I hate more then nazi possers are passive white people who complain on and on about “keep politics out of music” or “can it just be about the music?” You are the worst. Fascist scum are always a small concentration of stupidity, but you know what really allows it to spread? To spread hate and fear? Apathetic white people who do nothing about it. Your fake nihilism is nothing more then an excuse to continue your apathy. Along with people with left wing leanings who advocate pacifism, your excuses are nothing more then an unwillingness to struggle. The ultimate downside to modernism is that everyone thinks everything should be easy and feel good, making yourself a stronger and better person involves a little bit of discomfort. Im tired of nationalist asshates posing as macho warrior pagans for odin when they dont realize that Odin was a cross dresser. They dont realize that most of our ancestors volunteered to walk away from odin for jesus because it allowed them to accrue wealth and power in what essentially was a power vacuum left after the roman empire fell and that the ultimate goal of norse shamanism is the conjunction of your masculine and feminine energies, killing your Troll nature and becoming like Odin. But you choose to look at everything from your post christian perspective and you tarnish my spirituality when you do that. well im done with that. You call me a social justice warrior? Fine, i embrace that whole heartedly. I AM a warrior, and Ill attack every last stronghold of white-supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism and just plain ignorance with everything I got. IF your dont do the same, then I call you a coward.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      So edgy dude, wow.

    • Meghan

      September 8, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Emmanuel Stanton

    September 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    This article literally gave me stage IV leukemia.

  52. Conor Pádraic Fynes

    September 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    FUCK OFF

  53. Krieg

    September 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Rather than bore everyone with a long comment no one will read I’ll just simply say: I hate this article, I hate “post-black metal” hipster bullshit and I hate you.

  54. Pontiff Sulyvahn

    September 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Yay lets over intellectualize a genre thats whole premise is based on hate. What is this the MSNBC of black metal? fuck sjw and globalism.

  55. Paul Heathen

    September 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Ain’t happening cup cake…

  56. David Muerte

    September 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    not for limp-wristed ecofeminist crybaby bitches. Real muthaphuckin G’s only
    http://www.facebook.com/oscuros13

  57. Black Lagoon

    September 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Great article, but the etymology of “occultare” is completely wrong. It is the intensive of “occulĕre”, which comes for “*colĕre” (to veil), preceded by the prefix “ob-” as an intensifier. It roots back to the XIV century.

  58. Guillermo René Ramírez Bonilla

    September 7, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    “Wolves in the Throne Room, […] pioneering acts in the US scene […] a band with no explicitly endorsed ideologies.”

    What? I mean, seriously? Look, I respect WitTR and think they had some nice ideas, but a band formed that formed in 2003 is by no means a pioneer in USBM. And they’re pretty vocal about their ideologies, too.

  59. Željko Lučić

    September 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    what a load of bollocks

  60. David Muerte

    September 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Keep your limp-wristed PC ideals in your lice-covered “punk” scene .. Black Metal will forever be the music of Satanism, Death, and Evil

  61. fuck your article

    September 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    fuck your life

  62. Luke Robinson Crant

    September 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Wow what a dumb article

  63. Mark Dilley

    September 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXQkXXBqj_U Listen up, racists and sexist! This is the new face of black metal, now!

  64. Jan Casteelow

    September 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t (or was at one time) white nationalism prevalent in back metal?

  65. Stuart Lewis

    September 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Shut the fuck up, you’re a mainstream shithead with stupid fucking views, you want to know the future of black metal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAPYnnQ1MWI&list=PL2Qt9Ttwtjnzs_Z-YEhbaLfMjYdmTLqZq

  66. Johnny Tenebraxis

    September 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Why is it so important, that BM serves a specific political or ideological narrative? Bringing feminism, social justice or marginalized people into this looks a lot like shoehorning to me. This scene is not obligated to cater your petty emotional need for ideological reassurance

  67. Steed

    September 7, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Well that was a whole lot of nothing.

  68. Michael Guadagni

    September 7, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Death to false metal.

  69. Thorsten Schieren

    September 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Future of Black Metal ? The Future of Black Metal will come from some rich kids born and raised in Bevely Hills, got slapped in Highschool, and think they are so Evil because he come home 30 minutes later as their parents told them….

  70. Andrew

    September 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

    The article starts off with a baseless and incorrect premise that renders the lion’s share of the rest of it moot:

    “Black metal’s concern for the environment is not simply one of aesthetic appreciation; it comes bundled with a worldview that is inescapably sociopolitical – an ecofeminist perspective – despite many bands’ attempts to remove their music from a political context.”

    This sneaky shoehorning of politics (and especially left wing politics) along with feminism into a genre mostly about nature, death and violence is intellectually dishonest. Historically, an obsession with nature wasn’t even found in the first wave of black metal (the author will go on to demonstrate his profound ignorance about the forefathers of black metal), and though by the second wave was more present, it was often apolitical and when it was political it was usually nationalistic and culturally supremacist. Famous nationalist and expressly traditional (and therefore not ecofeminist) black metal bands and personalities still exist. That atmospheric black metal and post-black metal now focus mostly on nature does still not come close to granting the author’s unproven and self-serving assertions that the music is somehow more than aesthetic appreciation and in fact is socially and politically left wing. It used to be the case that using broad brushes on an entire group to make conclusions about their beliefs was considered unacceptable, but apparently that’s changed.

    Let’s get into ecofeminism, since it pervades the beginning and end of the article. Ecofeminism is a gender essentialist notion (namely that men are destructive to nature and women are nurturing by nature), and as such most social justice views would repudiate it. I’d love to know what the author thinks about the idea of “male” and “female” modes of behavior, since it is currently fashionable to deny that such things exist and considered sexist to say they do. The idea that many black metal bands (the near totality of whom are composed of men) are ecofeminist is a bald assertion that supplies no evidence whatsoever and (to use a social justice phrase) appropriates the assumed beliefs of large swaths of bands for the author’s own political purpose.

    It also happens to be the case that ecofeminism is a sexist belief. It blames men for destroying the environment to produce products but pretend that women are blameless, though women make up a huge share of consumer purchases of the products that are responsible for the alleged environmental degradation. A belief that blames an entire gender for its alleged innate characteristics and excuses another gender its role in negative activities is sexist by definition.

    It also has been my experience (across 8 countries and 48 states in the United States) that the vast vast majority of people out hiking, biking, camping, hunting, etc. have been men, to say nothing of the park/forest/wildlife conservation and maintenance employees. How does the gender asymmetry in the people most involved in actively communing with and caring for nature fit into the idea that the masculine is inherently damaging to nature? What does it say about the natural female urge to nurture nature that women are more likely than men to stay put in cities?

    The middle section about occultism, though a word salad that begs for concision, is mostly correct. The author fails to mention individualism in this section (and indeed anywhere in the article), a startling omission considering modern atmospheric and post-black bands are unique among modern genres in that a significant percentage of them are one man bands, many of whom are expressly individualistic. This is a telling omission, since granting the premise that a significant chunk of modern black metal is individualistic would weaken his case that huge swaths of the current artists believe in the kind of collectivist nonsense the author is trying to attribute to them.

    The next paragraph tries to use the author’s penchant for guessing the hidden meaning of other people on Wolves in the Throne Room, which is guesswork and again an attempt at appropriation.

    “Whether they endorse it or not, the black metal acts that worship nature and condemn society, who express the divine human spirit overcoming oppressive blindness, who throw a wrench in the macho stereotype of metal by evoking a rage more nuanced than pure testosterone, a rage archetypal and cosmological in its significance, are partaking in an ecofeminist objection to the trajectory of humanity.”

    What a stunning and creepy example of a totalitarian sentence. “Whether you know it or not, whether you even expressly reject it or not, you are an ecofeminist.” Anyone with an even slight individualist bent would recoil in horror at the idea of some author collectivizing their work, meaning and messages.

    “This shedding of the oppressive cultish in-group status is black metal switching from misanthropic escapism to socially conscious humanism.”

    Unproven, and provably untrue in many cases.

    “Humanism and unity will be reflected in the music of the future as more boundaries are pushed and broken.”

    Again, completely omitting the existence of individualistic bands who don’t give a fuck about unity.

    “The heteronormative, white, male status of metal is eroding day by day, and black metal has the power to evolve into something far beyond what metal has been thus far.”

    Is there any evidence that this is occurring? Is it still not the case that some huge (on the order of 90%+) of black metal musicians are white, male and straight?

    I sincerely hope that this continual incursion into black metal by social justice is met with resistance or indifference, because it, like most social justice causes, cannot refrain from policing, appropriating and collectivizing what it touches.

  71. Reid M. Morris

    September 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Eh, you can’t understand what the fuck they’re saying half the time. A black metal band could be screaming about puppies for all I care, as long as the rest of the music is good I could care less.

  72. Steve Smitan

    September 7, 2016 at 9:42 am

  73. Steve Smitan

    September 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

    #DemolishBrooklynAndPaveTheCascades

  74. Bryan

    September 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Well this is an embarrassing article.

  75. Anna Michelle

    September 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I wanted to like this article so much, I’m a big fan of black metal becoming socially conscious. But the author actually doesn’t sound as though they know what they’re talking about. There are leaps of logic, and this whole article is underdeveloped. I am a big fan of developing an ecofeminist perspective in black metal, but this article is trash and basically clickbait.

    • Pontiff Sulyvahn

      September 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Black metal and “socially conscious” don’t go together. Clearly you don’t understand the music. You have a conscience and probably have never experienced any sort of hate in your life so why the fuck would you want to hipster invade this?

    • Anna Michelle

      September 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Black metal has always been socially conscious. Even in its origins, it was about rebelling against the prevailing Christian culture of northern Europe and the societal standards of avoiding negativity. I’m sorry you don’t know enough about the genre to know that.

    • Anna Michelle

      September 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      And Cascadian black metal/green metal specifically relates to this anti-Christian sentiment through the lens of nature worship and ecological mindfulness. To commune with the earth, we, as a culture, must respect her. How is that anything but socially conscious?

    • Anna Michelle

      September 7, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      And I experience hate every day when man children lash out and try to personally insult me because they’re uncomfortable with women (especially educated ones) participating in cultures they’ve falsely tried to claim ownership of. So you can go somewhere else with your watered-down neanderthalic delusions that black metal belongs to you just because you’ve tried to co-opt it to cover for your anger issues and lack of self control. Sorry some of us want our culture to promote more than self-indulgent nihilism and whining about our suffering.

    • Richvrd Svlvne

      September 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Came here to say the same thing.

  76. Kyle Waymire

    September 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Man, The Onion got oretty weird this year

  77. Matthew Struble

    September 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Yay for conformity

  78. Sarah

    September 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    This article…. no. This article is what happens when black metal gets into the hands of too many, especially those who like to smear their convictions all over it without a guitar. Stop talking. You with this article and your Heteronormative white male bullshit (fuck off already) and beiber and Rihanna with their new metal logos. That’s exactly what we need. More idiots diluting something and taking out of it nothing to create context just to take it out of context again.
    Black metal isn’t a greater love movement, it never will be. Metal has already evolved and will continue to evolve, and soon beibers next album will sound like immortal, thanks to the diluted tone that humanity adds to everything. But that is the nature of things, it had its day. Recognize that humanity is the prison we cannot escape and the hatred lies in that. Be sure to find me when we are at the same show so I can throw up on you

  79. Benjamin Hunter

    September 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

    flame war

  80. Emanuel Trevino

    September 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Zac Ray all these weeping beta neckbeards m’lady DYINGGGG

    • Zac Ray

      September 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

      What’s everyone going to do when white is the minority? So many mixed couples these days. Being 100% white will be a thing of the past. Just enjoy the music people.

    • Brian Dempsey

      September 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Zac Ray In a nutshell that’s what it’s all about keeping European traditions alive and fucking off all the trash back to their deserts.

    • Emanuel Trevino

      September 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    • Brian Dempsey

      September 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Aha you feel threatened for you have an asian ‘friend’ fucking LOL.

    • Zac Ray

      September 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      LOL considering Western Europeans only exist because tribes with mixed gene pools migrated to the area primarily from the Middle East, I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why people think fair skin is superior, original, or native to any specific area. All are recessive traits usually attributed to interbreeding.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Zac Ray Are you Jewish?

    • Zac Ray

      September 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Agnès Blanche nope. If I had to guess, Scottish, maybe? Fair skin. Medium brown hair. Blue eyes.
      ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  81. Sebastian Fernando Moreno

    September 7, 2016 at 8:09 am

    The one good thing about this article is that it brought out the elitists it cracked jokes on, but let’s be real, that would have happened if it was mentioned or not. I am disappointed I actually took the time to read most of this.

  82. Shane Bermingham

    September 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Bunch of cry baby libtards cucking themselves into a stupor whilst listening to deafheaven.

  83. Patrick Gabbert

    September 7, 2016 at 7:53 am

    There are only two kinds of music. Good music and bad music. If you have to be elitist about your music, my guess is that it’s bad music.

  84. Daniel Gautama

    September 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Robert Zalaba

    • Robert Zalaba

      September 7, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Die Überschrift triggert schon maximal.

  85. Daniel Gautama

    September 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Tl;dr

  86. Álvaro G. Sánchez

    September 7, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Basakume Basapizti Bealtânos

  87. Tyler Gaylord

    September 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Rich Daniel

  88. Now I have autism

    September 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Are you fucking retarded? This piece not only gave me several forms of cancer but i’m not autistic.
    One thing you fail to realize with Black Metal is that when it condemns society it also wishes to see sub humans like you thrown into a gas chamber!!
    Yes it is against the patriarchy of organized religions which actually are a patriarchy like Islam, but it is not against the mythical patriarchy made up by third wave feminists and college campus freaks.
    You fail to realize that most people involved in Black Metal have extremely right wing views on many things (and left wing views on others), they are free thinkers, but also hateful people.
    Stop trying to push your liberal agenda and spewing lies to fool the sheep like fucktards who read this drivel.
    Also if you knew anything about Black Metal you would know the whole “kvlt” thing started off as a way people who disliked Black Metal and it’s serious nature mocked Black Metal, then it slowly started sifting in due to BM becoming more and more mainstream and more faggots like you saying “naaahhh braaahhh its just music, but like hug a tree and fuck a bull dyke”, just no. No one who takes their art seriously uses the term “kvlt”.
    The other funny thing about this article is you are quite obviously one of these media puppets being controlled because you are trying to fool the public into believing that BM is about a whole bunch of SHITE that it isn’t. You sir are no scholar and no gentleman, just a meng.
    And if this triggers you, please, use another type of trigger <3

  89. Basie Russell

    September 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I’m not a black metal dude–i like it but I don’t even own any makeup and I don’t cut myself–but I don’t think those dweebs want you around

  90. Anthony Scalise

    September 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

    What’s funny is how anti religious or counter culture metal claims to be yet you metal bands regurgitating right wing Christian ideas while at the same time claiming to be against it.

  91. Marty Williamson

    September 7, 2016 at 7:20 am

    What a load of hipster bullshit.

  92. Karl Schapper

    September 7, 2016 at 7:13 am

    feminism is about struggle and war against patriarchal society. Patriarchy makes women weak and passive in relation to men and men submissive in relation to higher status men. For a heroic and individualist ethos uncompromising feminist violence is the only solution.

  93. Preston Ell

    September 7, 2016 at 7:11 am

    This is a very embarrassing article. There’s lots to be said about politics in black metal and yet it is wasted on reminding us about the most standard USBM bands and the thousand adjective privileges we have.

  94. Caitlin Tuck

    September 7, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Awww papa bless these angry kvlt kiddies 😍

  95. Tony De Frenza

    September 7, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I miss Varg…

  96. Kat Sinclaire

    September 7, 2016 at 6:49 am

    What the fuck did I just read

    • Tony Mills

      September 7, 2016 at 6:55 am

      I don’t know but I do know that I could not get all the way through the article.

  97. Darwin Tsen

    September 7, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Black Metal? More like Butthurt Men. It’s tasty. Keep bringing it.

  98. Leo Bla

    September 7, 2016 at 6:43 am

    “”ecofeminism”” , nice meme

  99. Brian Dempsey

    September 7, 2016 at 6:24 am

    The fucking irony in people complaining about the hardcore BM kvlt types your on a site called cvlt nation……

  100. Leonard Reibstein

    September 7, 2016 at 6:22 am

    De-occultification? not when the most sonically progressive bands are orranszi pazuzu and inquistition. This music is about bigger things than how people get along.

  101. Tony Jake Jordan

    September 7, 2016 at 6:20 am

    please, just stop calling it black metal. find a new term and leave that to what it was. Panopticon and Burzum are vastly different, regardless of the similarities in sound. Panopticon is not black metal. that doesn’t rob it of it’s merit, it’s just not something that should be included in the same genre as A Blaze in the Northern Sky or Under the Sign of the Black Mark. Black Metal was about hate, destruction and isolation. If transcendence is the element of this new sound then transcend the black metal moniker.

  102. Erik Negakinu

    September 7, 2016 at 6:17 am

    This is the most American thing I read all day. You guys crack me up sometimes. 🙂

  103. Jason J. Carlton

    September 7, 2016 at 6:17 am

    More try-hard leftism. Thanks, CVLT Nation!

  104. The Ghost of Euronymous

    September 7, 2016 at 6:16 am

    No.

  105. Paul Röbertson

    September 7, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Jesus fucking wept. BM isn’t SUPPOSED to be inclusive and open, by it’s very nature!!
    All of this over-intellectualising of BM smacks, to me, of people overly attempting to justify liking something that has ‘problematic’ areas. I fucking despair.

  106. Keith Keithington

    September 7, 2016 at 6:08 am

    The KVLT that can be told is not the trve KVLT.

  107. Rob Crossland

    September 7, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Good read. Of course there’s a long line of baby men ready to aptly demonstrate the problem….

  108. Christopher Logan

    September 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

    wtf? I read the word ecofeminism and heteronormative and threw hot coffee in my eyes.

  109. Mario Alejandro Rojas Muñoz

    September 7, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Don’t mix up feminism theory with BM or with other kind of “social justice” (feminism responds to the zionist agenda by the way). BM and that kind of bullshit will never be together !

  110. Espuma Mcduff

    September 7, 2016 at 5:46 am

  111. Christian Creek

    September 7, 2016 at 5:32 am

    This is The Hard Times, right?

  112. David Skav

    September 7, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Yah, nah, fuck off. Nearly everything has been fucking poisoned with social justice bullshit nowadays; BM is one of the last bastions where we’re allowed to express our “toxic masculinity” and “racist, xenophobic appreciation of european culture”, and you won’t take it away from us. Mainstream metal and buttrock is more suitable for your needs.

    • Strix Nebulosa

      September 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Nah. You’re allowed to express your disgusting ideas and your disgusting way of life in every facet of this disgusting civilization. The people are taking black metal back.

    • David Skav

      September 7, 2016 at 7:13 am

      “taking it back” implies these people (whoever you mean) had any part in creating it. who might these people be, pray tell?

    • Kundry Sangs

      September 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

      David Skav I think the point is that we’ve always been here. It’s just that we’ve been ignored or marginalized.

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

      “Taking it back”?
      Your ignorance is showing.

    • David Skav

      September 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Kundry Sangs oh, i’m terribly sorry, let’s forget about all the misanthropy and death that black metal revolves around and make it all about disenfranchised minorities and how they shouln’t be made to feel left out then, that should keep everybody happy!

    • Kundry Sangs

      September 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Hey nothing will make you more misanthropic and death obsessed than being queer in a heteropatrirchal culture that is against your very existence, and visibility. You don’t own that shit, ya fuckin neckbeard.

    • David Skav

      September 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

      I’m sure there are plenty of gay black metal musicians, hell, Kvarforth snogs dudes on stage all the time. They just have the good sense not to shoehorn their sexuality into the genre. Same goes for “minority” musicians, I’ve never heard Heretoir or Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult get any grief for having black or female members.
      Black Metal can be very versatile and about a lot of things, but participating in the oppression olimpics is not one of them. There are other genres you can go to for that, girlfriend.

    • Kristian Alexander Svardal

      September 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Gaahl is gay.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Kundry Sangs nailed it.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Kundry Sangs Yeah you are so Misanthropic you stand with BLM and Islam.

    • David Skav

      September 7, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Agnès Blanche to be perfectly fair though, little else nowadays is doing more to actively destroy the world as we know it!

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 8, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Being an SJW is the least misanthropic thing a person could be, Kundry.
      A misanthrope doesn’t give two shits about racism, feminism, or homophobia/transphobia, even if they belong to a group it is aimed at.

      You want a real example of a “heteropatriachal culture that is against your existance”? Move to Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia. The West is literally the world’s “safe space” for LGBT, feminists, and anyone else who feels “marginalized”.
      Nothing is ever enough for SJWs, so you look to infect every facet of society and every subculture with your victimhood.

      PS. Your visibility? Please. Everyone knows about the open displays of government protected degeneracy at pride parades. Are you just complaining because sometimes people show up to protest against the exposure of men in thongs and assless chaps, carrying dildos, open for everyone including children to see?

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      If these alleged “marginalized” groups had a historic enough role in black metal to “take it back”, then why the hell didn’t they do anything worthy of mention? Was the early 90s black metal scene not a time of action and revolt? Aren’t things better off today, in the age of the Social Justice Warrior, than back then? Wouldn’t they have revolted? It’s not like anti Christian views were popular and church burnings and murder legal, so what’s your excuse for not attacking white culture and the patriarchy?

  113. Abu Lafia

    September 7, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Some people just got srsly sjw triggered…crybabyalert!

  114. Gram

    September 7, 2016 at 5:28 am

    There are some very powerful truths in this piece. I applaud the authors work.

    I do think though that everything the author theorizes Black metal will become, Eco. feminist, sonic truth tellers….well Doom already got there a few years back.

    Doom is the sabbathian Ying to metals yang.
    Since day dot it has been the thoughtful feminine antithetical expression of all that is heavy.

  115. Dan Roche

    September 7, 2016 at 5:24 am

    I don’t know about any of this and I think black metal is nazi music for bozos, but damn there’s a lot of psuedointellectual claptrap in this fucking article, can anyone tell me what the hell it’s trying to say in one lucid, concise English sentence?

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 5:50 am

      “Black Metal be social justice now.”

    • Dan Roche

      September 7, 2016 at 5:54 am

      ok bozo

    • Brian Dempsey

      September 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      “you don’t know about any of this” you say then “i think BM is Nazi” music” so you don’t know about the genre so just parrot the other haters of the scene haha well done you get bumpkin of the week award.

  116. Espuma Mcduff

    September 7, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Mira a los trulis con arena en la raja jajajajaja esto solo vale la pena para verlos llorar por fa ebook Andrés Castillo

  117. Alexander Liakouris

    September 7, 2016 at 4:48 am

    You can go back in your mother’s basement showing off with corpse paint, wielding cutlery any time know…

  118. Taylor Frank

    September 7, 2016 at 4:41 am

    I’ve listened to Black Metal since I was a child. It’s ridiculous to read the comments on this article where kvlt dudes are claiming they own this music. Sorry, it’s mine too. You like the same music as a queer feminist, get over it!

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

      Queer is fine if you’re like Gaahl. But dear god, don’t be a feminist. It’s just not going to work out, dude.

    • Fernando Cassinelli

      September 7, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Listening Black Metal since you’re a child is not any kind of merit if you only listened to ridiculous USBM bands. By becoming a queer feminist just proves the lyrical content and BM atmosphere did nothing to you, you’re the embodiment of the safe rebellion. FOAD.

    • Kundry Sangs

      September 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto It’s worked out fine thank you very much.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto I’m not a dude. Misgendering people is inconsiderate. And feminism HAS worked out for me. I’m proud to be a feminist.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Fernando Cassinelli I didn’t say what bands I listened to, please don’t make assumptions. I was a child in the 90’s, what bands do you think I was listening to?

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Safe rebellion? I’m just being me. And no, it’s not safe. Have you ever had anyone try to kill you for how you look? Fighting for your life while wearing makeup is about as black metal as it gets.

    • Jacob Thomas

      September 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

      It’s always just been so safe to be queer in America, don’t you know?

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Jacob Thomas exactly lol. It’s really easy for for straight cis white guys to be ignorant to that when the entire world is a safe space for them

    • Jacob Martin

      September 7, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      people wouldn’t care if you didn’t prance around like a fag trying to show off like a drag queen like it’s a night out with your boy-girlfriends getting your legs waxed, cmon now

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Your ignorance and transphobia is showing. Those sorts of insults are for cis men, they really don’t hurt my feelings or do anything other than reveal the fragility of your masculinity. I feel sorry for you.

    • David Marah Jr.

      September 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Taylor Frank uses cis men in a derogatory, overgeneralizing way and expects feminism to be taken seriously. You don’t negate hostility by creating more hostility. This kind of shit the reason that I, along with “cis” men and woman and even non hetero people, refuse to be associated with feminism. It’s a hateful movement, not a humanitarian one. That said, I don’t hate you. How could I? I don’t know you. But I hate your movement, not because of a cognitive bias or a perceived threat to my “white privilege,” but because it hypocritically projects that which it claims to exist to erase: prejudice. But let’s be real. You are only for the rights of your own members, thus creating even more of a divide than there already is.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      You are reading a lot into my words that aren’t there. I have a lot of sympathy and compassion for cis men, I also have a deep understanding of what it is like to live as one. At no time do I state a hatred for anyone. That doesn’t mean I have to tolerate bigotry against myself. If people simply asked me about this instead of assuming things about me it would be a lot easier.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 7, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I’m also an advocate for male rape survivors and a rape survivor myself, which happened when I lived as a cis man. I reach out to men who have been raped and offer to help and listen without judging. I’m using my art to raise money for RAINN, which helps rape survivors of any gender. When you say I only care about my group, you are absolutely correct. My group is humankind ❤

    • Amanda Kaiser

      September 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Sure you can like the music. That is your right. It is also the right of homos to be church-going Christians and worship a book that says they deserve death. It’s stupid and it makes no sense, but it is your right.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Taylor Frank So Non binary basically mean ugly?

    • Amanda Kaiser

      September 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      I think it means he’s missing a chromosome and a few brain cells.

    • Max Kasler

      September 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      I feel like you queer feminists say get over it a lot, the problem is not who is listening to it the problem is what they’re trying to turn it into, black metal is supposed to be a rebellion against the Christian church not a statement about social justice

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Black Metal is whatever the person playing it or listening to it wants to be. Music is about self-expression and inspiration, not blindly following trends. You limit yourself that way. If you don’t want to be told to get over it, then get over it already!

      Also, is it impossible for queer people or feminists to be against the Christian church? Or is that only for straight guys too?

    • Jvvso Lilja

      September 8, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Taylor Frank no, if Black metal to you is anything what this article talks about, it’s not black metal.

      If I say Black metal to me is a pro-islam magical unicorn ride to my safe-place, would it mean that it is? Of course not. That would be as stupid as saying nazism is an ideology about hugging eachother and playing ping pong, just because I want to see it that way. You have to understand, Black metal is more based on it’s ideology rather than just being a genre of music and it should always fight against anybody who wants to view it as something different and make their own context to it.

      What you would be referring to is satanism, where you have more freedom to interpret it yourself, but Black metal is based on values as much as Nazism or Marxism is.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 8:07 am

      No, it’s not.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Occultism is intertwined with queer history. Read about Aleistar Crowley. Vikings allowed same sex intercourse, and had words for it unlike many early cultures. They accepted sex but, like most early societies required citizens to marry and reproduce. So all of the history this music reveres has had queer people involved from the very earliest inspirations. You are surprisingly uneducated about your own favorite thing!

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

      The argument is silly anyway, music or any kind of art evolves over time wether you want it too or not. It’s not like rappers should only be rapping about sneakers and b-boys because that’s how it started. It’s a testament to the versatility of the medium when anyone can use it for self expression. Besides, your old Burzum records will still be there if you want to live in the past.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Agnès Blanche, that insult doesn’t effect me at all. Non-binary means accepting yourself for who you are. I’m beautiful.
      I believe ugliness isn’t determined by how we look. Because of your ignorance and hatred, YOU are the ugly one. You are so revolting that I feel sorry for anyone who has ever known you.

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 8, 2016 at 10:29 am

      You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Read “Lords of Chaos” and watch “Until the Light Takes Us” and “Black Metal Satanica”. It clearly is an ideology as well as a genre of music.

      It’s not really an issue, but homophobia, as you would call it, has existed since black metal’s earliest of days. Faust stabbed a gay man to death and Hellhammer said that he honours Faust for killing that “fucking faggot”.

      Black metal is misanthropic, it’s anti life, anti feelings, anti safe space, and very anti social trends, such as this rise of the mighty Social Justice Warrior. A misanthrope wouldn’t give a shit if someone is racist or homophobic, even if he is gay or of another race.

      Gaahl is gay, but you don’t see him getting in everyone’s face, calling them homophobic, transphobic, and using stupid words and phrases like CIS male and misgendering.

      Suck it up and move on. Black metal will never be a safe space for easily offended “marginalized” humans.

    • Taylor Frank

      September 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Easily offended? At no point do I state offense. You are the one that appears to be offended based on your fear of basic terminology like cisgender. That’s incredibly thin-skinned and cowardly for you to say from a safe space. Black Metal evolves, just like attitudes on gender and sexuality, and there is nothing you can do to stop it no matter how much you complain Patrice Sellers.

      Besides, like I said earlier, your argument is silly. I’ve seen all of those documentaries but they don’t matter. No form of art is tethered to the concepts of its inception. If that were that case hip hop would still be about shell too sneakers and break dancing.

  119. Ireizir Sador

    September 7, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Hipster

  120. Fernando Cassinelli

    September 7, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Social Justice on a musical genre that promotes hate, misanthropy and contempt for the weak. That’s gonna be great, folks. Fuck Myrkur by the way.

  121. John Diamond

    September 7, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Best. Troll. Ever…. You had me for a minute. Well done!

  122. Brian Dempsey

    September 7, 2016 at 4:12 am

    The author has clearly nfi what he is writing about de-occulcted? fucking lol try Pagan thats what BM that gets it’s inspiration from the forests and nature. It is still very very anti any fucking abrahmic religion it is still very very white European in it’s inception and in it’s pride it’s outlook and in it’s listeners.

  123. Prateek Vamachara

    September 7, 2016 at 4:04 am

    This is the future of black metal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3BL6va-Lyw

  124. Tom Walter

    September 7, 2016 at 3:58 am

    In the spirit of metal monster reviews from the Grimoire of Exalted Deeds who used to shred apart regular old white-male satanic unfiltered heathen black metal with the most visually striking homophobic metaphors: this article is gayer than 2 guys blowing 5 guys at a bubble party in Ibiza

  125. Lily Fraser

    September 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Bryony Garner not sure which is more hilarious, the article or some of these comments

  126. Santi S Iñiguez

    September 7, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Oh no, you fucking didn’t.

  127. Alexander Sean MacIntyre

    September 7, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Gross..

  128. Michelle Mackay

    September 7, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Chiara No

  129. Valtteri Rantanen

    September 7, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Just call this new “black metal” (that has nothing to do with black metal) “post-black metal”. That way we all know it’s shit like every other genre that has “post-” in its name. (Well, post-punk is good but after that everything “post-” related has been shit.)
    Why call something black metal when it’s not? We don’t call Rihanna death metal just because she has death metal logo now. 😀
    Idiots.

  130. Mel

    September 7, 2016 at 3:16 am

    “The aforementioned bands could be taken as the progenitors of a larger “post-black metal” movement. These acts are certifiably different from more traditional black metal artists; there tends to be an absence of a Satanic/occult agenda, and the atmospheres tend to explore darkness through the lens of more than just depravity, and sometimes these works of post-black metal aren’t dark at all. Yet they use the familiar sonic tropes of black metal to escalate the singular, perpetual intensity the style is known for into untouched territories.”
    — No real black metal bands uses “tropes”, it clearly shows they completely miss the point of black metal and just want to be edgy using harsh sounds and try get some popularity with things that other people have created. How can they explore darkness but remove the darkness? Sounds like mainstream bullshit, denying the overwhelming stupidity and depravity of humanity as a whole. Black metal isn’t about equality or feminist bullshit rhetoric, it’s fine if someone just enjoys the sound of the music but Black Metal isn’t a serve all marketable philosophy which could be taken mainstream.

    “Humanism and unity will be reflected in the music of the future as more boundaries are pushed and broken. It seems inevitable that in the coming years and decades the spirit of black metal will find its way into not only more areas of music previously thought disparate, but into the ears of listeners who previously felt no reason to identify with metal. The heteronormative, white, male status of metal is eroding day by day, and black metal has the power to evolve into something far beyond what metal has been thus far.”
    — Even believing there are boundaries in Black Metal means you absolutely zero understanding of it. Leave your “Heteronormative” drivel out of Black metal, it’s just fucking retarded ideology about making more rules and more insufferable human insanity. Satan doesn’t give a fuck who you are or what you identify as.

    It might be fairly well written with good intentions but this article is a joke, Black metal takes research and personal devotion to understand, there’s no universal mould, you have to do it yourself.

  131. Dante Ruivo

    September 7, 2016 at 2:59 am

    What a load of crap.

  132. Εμβλεερ Φριθ

    September 7, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Since most of the comments are utterly bullcrap, here’s my dedication to them

    https://youtu.be/rTo0emA66jI

  133. Langdon Alger

    September 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Well there’s nothing wrong with protecting the environment and respecting women, but if fighting for causes and trying to earn mainstream acceptance is suppose to be that relevant to black metal, why not this “evolved” black metal use pop music or dubstep as its vehicle to reach bigger audiences and thus have better chances at social progress? The dark evil sound of black metal turns off a lot of people and is not just an arbritray style for interchangeable themes, it reflects the misanthropy, demons, hell, war, nightmares, insanity, perversion, and death in the lyrics. Maybe I’m old and out of touch, but to me black metal always had that appeal a really fucked up horror movie or serial killer documentary has, guess you can say that appeal is based in catharsis or morbid curiosity or just plain defiance of the status quo.

  134. Dominic Blyth

    September 7, 2016 at 2:48 am

    When Cvlt Nation was infiltrated by Vice….

  135. Dominic Blyth

    September 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

    If we’re getting SJW about it, none European Black Metal is essentially cultural appropriation

  136. Oliver Frings

    September 7, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Sorry but this is by far the worst article EVER. Don’t try to write about stuff you obviously have bo fucking clue of, its just embarassing.

  137. Chip Powell

    September 7, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I think all these kvlt dudes need a safe-space – no one is coming to confiscate your denim jacket. There never has been a scene. They last a couple years at most and then pop up somewhere else with a different spin. Elitist attitudes SOLD black metal and here you all are on the internet, typing out messages like you’re the next fucking Burzum or Gorgoroth. To just be a contrarian over extreme music is literally the worst thing I can imagine. Its worse than nails on a chalkboard. You know what killed the first black metal scenes? Kids who took themselves and their music too seriously. You can like the music and find the history interesting but for fuck’s sake don’t idolize these idiots. It’s usually a sure sign of shortsighted and hostile tendencies.

  138. Hagen Lehmann

    September 7, 2016 at 2:35 am

    I actually prefer the anti-islamic BM movement coming from finland to the post BM stuff

  139. Andy Walko

    September 7, 2016 at 2:34 am

    One million dollars says this article was written in an organic, artisanal, fair-trade, non-profit, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan coffee shop/haberdashery in Brooklyn.

  140. Un Butel

    September 7, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Giacomo Evaldo Fasoli
    you into this?

    • Giacomo Evaldo Fasoli

      September 7, 2016 at 5:01 am

      B U L L S H I T
      U L L S H I T
      L L S H I T
      L S H I T
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  141. Ward Young

    September 7, 2016 at 2:33 am

    “Liking” this, not because I entirely agree with this article, but more because I like seeing it cause tantrums by supposedly macho metal guys who are actually just insecure MRA gamergate neckbeards.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 5:41 am

      I too like supporting articles not based on how factual they are but by how my political opponents may object to it. It’s truly the most intellectual, progressive thing to do.

    • Alexithymia Marie Lefeber

      September 7, 2016 at 5:44 am

      What happens when a woman speaks out about how it’s bs? Don’t we have self hatred or something? Cool, another white dude telling me what I have or need.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 6:02 am

      Alexithymia Marie Lefeber It’s not about self-hatred it’s about how you can’t form a coherent sentence. But what do I know I’m just a stupid white male doopy doo there I go again always mansplaining all stoopid.

    • Alexithymia Marie Lefeber

      September 7, 2016 at 6:38 am

      I dont see why youre talking about me like im a feminist, I was referring to the OPs comment.
      Forgive me for not speaking to your liking on facebook at 6 in the morning.

    • Lindsey Leann Baker

      September 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

      I only listen to real metal guys.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Alexithymia Marie Lefeber Sorry my bad. I misunderstood.

    • Alexithymia Marie Lefeber

      September 7, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Its cool it happens to everyone

    • Emanuel Trevino

      September 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

      It’s like they want a safe space or something.

    • Ward Young

      September 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Fedora metal guys are all like…

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      You are literally a cuck.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      The cuck is you Ward Young not anyone else.

    • Ward Young

      September 7, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      You kids are funny. Do your parents know you’re on the internet?

    • Max Kasler

      September 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Ward Young what an original reply

    • Max Kasler

      September 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Not to mention hilarious

    • Ward Young

      September 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks. I’ll be here all week. Tip the bartender.

  142. James Byrne

    September 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Here was me thinking that metal was a global counter culture that rejected the ideas of gender, race etc and went its own way.

    But noooooooo lets all deconstruct gender like it matters to us. Then some rock journalist can keep their careers afloat with post beard eco feminist blackened euro death

  143. Richard Patten

    September 7, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Fucking social justice warriors…

    • Kundry Sangs

      September 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Is that all you got?

    • Richard Patten

      September 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Kundry Sangs No, I could go on about my problem with the world and society but I have better things to do than rant on Facebook. Don’t you?

  144. Andy Walko

    September 7, 2016 at 2:25 am

    “The heteronormative, white, male status of metal is eroding day by day”
    And your examples are WITTR, Botanist, and Panopticon…all 3 consisting of…you guessed it…straight white males. Sooooooo, wtf are you even talking about?

  145. Andy Walko

    September 7, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Wow someone is angling for a job at NPR… And before clicking how did I know you’d be talking about fucking WITTR? I try really hard not to hate bands based on their fans, but it’s a real challenge with them.

  146. Ivan Sanchez

    September 7, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Always fucking up nice things, black metal and ecofeminism… Get the fuck out already

  147. h88te

    September 7, 2016 at 2:17 am

    LOL @ “The heteronormative, white, male status of metal is eroding day by day, and black metal has the power to evolve into something far beyond what metal has been thus far.” But hey, “I’ve got a dream”, right?

  148. Perion Scheier

    September 7, 2016 at 2:11 am

    a lot of upset cis white men here. why do you prefer and champion black metal made by literal murderous racist homophobes

    • Andy Walko

      September 7, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Because it sounds good?

    • Perion Scheier

      September 7, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Andy Walko if the only concern is sonics why is a differing ideology upsetting?

    • Andy Walko

      September 7, 2016 at 2:35 am

      Because it sounds bad?

      Seriously though, because identity politics bores me to tears and I hate to see it seep into discussions about music that I like.

    • Prateek Vamachara

      September 7, 2016 at 4:05 am

      because it’s badass

    • Perion Scheier

      September 7, 2016 at 6:04 am

      poor you. too bad music is an expression of the self and you don’t own it.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Because testosterone.

    • Aleks Trez

      September 7, 2016 at 7:09 am

      My boy Perion shutting the comment thread down haha

    • Andy Walko

      September 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Well I was mostly joking…I don’t really have a problem with the music…what I really hate is this shitty shitty article.

    • Ian Temby

      September 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Here’s my only real problem with anyone claiming this or that…. shut the fuck up and PLAY… I don’t want to hear anyone’s stupid opinion on shit, ever. I could jump into quite a few arguments on here but really… if the music is good, the chances of my giving a fuck about your opinions is almost non-existent. If you’re gay, feminist, vegan, cat-kin, ambidextrous ass sucks at playing black metal or whatever, then you suck and you better be ready to bring it or catch shit. If you’re good, then you’re good. I might buy a sticker from your band. Opinions and both hogging AND/OR taking of a music genre for any reason or social matter is the dumbest fucking subject any of you could be involved in. Fuck this article, fuck this comment stream, fuck everyone getting all sensitive on EITHER side. Stfu and make the fucking music!

    • Amanda Kaiser

      September 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Because we hate homos, Jews, Christians, mulattos, mudsharks, posers, hipsters and whiney little liberal bitches.

    • Amanda Kaiser

      September 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Ian

    • David Skav

      September 7, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      did you just assume my gender you fucking shitlord how dare you

  149. Francisco Delamuerte Martínez

    September 7, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Vendo Opel Corsa del 2003.

  150. Matthias G Iscariot

    September 7, 2016 at 2:02 am

    This article is a pile of bullshit. The writer typifies everything that’s going wrong with blackmetal at the moment, mainly that it’s been hijacked by fucking hipsters. Stick to your fucking Deafheaven.

  151. Richard Kopf

    September 7, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Was the April’s fool joke true and Cvlt nation really did get bought out by Vice?! Because this is Vice tier quality shit.

  152. Rafael Yrigoyen Zapata

    September 7, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Adriana black metal is oficially dead

  153. Javi Garcia

    September 7, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Uffff

  154. David Schmechel

    September 7, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Meanwhile in the ambient corner: “?¿?”

  155. Bill Lee

    September 7, 2016 at 1:21 am

  156. Alessandro Di Benedetto

    September 7, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Stop trying to mix social justice, feminism, or any other idiotic Cultural Marxist nonsense into black metal. We do not want you, you are not welcome, you are not one of us. You do not understand anything about black metal or it’s future.

    All types of black metal from DSBM to NSBM have one theme in common. That theme is “struggle”. Nargaroth was right, Black Metal ist krieg. That primarily means struggling against a world that is constantly trying to emasculate and weaken man. Globalism, Feminism, Social Justice, etc. make men weak and passive. That does not belong in Black Metal.

    If you drop the bullshit and focus on environmentalism, you may someday have a place among us. Botanist is an excellent band and I hope it inspires many but don’t expect “feminist black metal” or “black lives matter black metal” to catch on.

    • Seena Arya

      September 7, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Fucking liberals man.

    • Collin McGukin

      September 7, 2016 at 1:51 am

      Truly. Fuck this new aged bullshit left wing agenda. These motherfuckers think they’re revolutionary but they’re just playing a fucking game.

    • Jon Davies

      September 7, 2016 at 1:53 am

      You do sound like a bit of a crybaby though.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 1:59 am

      Jon Davies Sorry that we don’t take kindly to outsiders trying to subvert our culture for their own politcal agenda.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:00 am

      Collin McGukin What’s ironic is that they don’t even realize that they are the status quo.

    • Jon Davies

      September 7, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto Your culture of dressing up in leather, painting your face and posing in forests?

    • Kristian Alexander Svardal

      September 7, 2016 at 2:09 am

      Euronymous from Mayhem was leftwinged. So What’s your point again?

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Jon Davies That makeup, theatrics and costumery are parts of certain traditional Black Metal performances. Think of it as the European version of Japanese Kabuki theater. It’s a small part of Black Metal culture. Outside of that it’s about a lot of things, Enviromentalism, Nationalism/Tribalism, physical training, Occult study, wanderlust, etc.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Kristian Alexander Svardal And how did that work out for him?

    • Jon Davies

      September 7, 2016 at 2:23 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto nationalism and occult study just sounds like being an edgy teen to be honest.

    • Kristian Alexander Svardal

      September 7, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Well, the point is that in Norway, where black metal comes from, not all involved are fans of Vikernes either.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Kristian Alexander Svardal I agree with you, but if we are talking about black metal as a whole, I’d say that it is mostly a right-wing thing with some exceptions here and there.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Jon Davies When it comes to the occult, if somebody is faking or half-assing it, it definitely is a silly thing. It has to be passionate and genuine. It has to go somewhere. I use what I learn to push me to physically train harder. I imagine the Nordic Gods are judging me, so I train for them. It doesn’t matter if it’s real or not as long as the results are real.

      As for Nationalism. I’d argue that it is not only a perfectly valid political ideology, but one of the best for a world so emasculated by Modernism. Tribalism is even better but I’m not sure if it will catch on, the western man might be too tame for it.

    • Kristian Alexander Svardal

      September 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Too many are, yes.

    • Colin McGillveray

      September 7, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto Have you read much Adorno?

    • Adrian Johansen Rinde

      September 7, 2016 at 2:50 am

      “Our culture”. “We don’t take kindly to”. Well, who voted you the representative and gate keeper of black metal? Shit like this is even dumber than the original article. Like you have to be accepted into an exclusive club to be able to be a real fan- and the only way to do that is to appease a ton of internet warriors in how you dress, what you listen to and what your opinions are, to make sure that you stay appropriately within the bonds of the cliche and don’t have any individuality. Herd mentality is a sad thing.

    • Colin McGillveray

      September 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

      ” I imagine the Nordic Gods are judging me, so I train for them. ” Valhalla or Die? Seriously though, you are a total Edgelord!

    • Jon Davies

      September 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto “I imagine the nordic gods are judging me, so I train for them.” Sorry mate but that sounds absolutely hilarious. That comes off as sillier than if someone was just faking it as an image.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 2:53 am

      Colin McGillveray Frankfurt school guy? I’m probably not a fan.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 3:04 am

      Adrian Johansen Rinde If a fan doesn’t try their best to live up the values expressed in black metal, then that person is a poser. It is ridiculous to be in your +20s, getting fatter and weaker by the day and say that you are a fan of black metal. Live it or leave it. Black metal is about alpha male behavior, we should do our best to be as alpha as possible.

      Oh wait, hold on. You are an individual! You’re smarter than me, you’re not like all those snake handling, sieg heiling, hymn singing sheeple. Not like me. I wish I was an individual. Your opinions are so against the grain! You are blowing my mind! I never heard such unique opinions before! Nevermind me I have no clue what I’m talking about I’ve clearly drank the kool-aid.

    • Vidar Smestad

      September 7, 2016 at 3:06 am

      Yes, please try to lecture Adrian some more about…well, anything actually. Go on.

    • Jon Davies

      September 7, 2016 at 3:08 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto Oh my god you’re like a parody of a black metal fan. Well done.

    • Daniel Lakovski

      September 7, 2016 at 3:10 am

      Alpha male? Emasculation? You’re full of shit, man. You sound like a red-pill neckbeard who tries to project his own personal values on a vast genre with a great scope of values and beliefs. Black metal isn’t about all that shit you’ve written.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 3:10 am

      Colin McGillveray It doesn’t have to be that extreme you silly goose. Just some imagination to enrich and inspire. Sure, I could just go jogging. Boring! Or I could imagine that I was a viking chasing down enemies while running through the forest. Make training fun.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 3:14 am

      Daniel Lakovski It’s not all about what I’ve written, but a huge amount of it is.

  157. Anthony Henderson

    September 7, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I really appreciate this article; I respect free thinkers and those that are not afraid to express themselves. Very well written with ideas that resonate with me.

  158. Carlos González Lorenz

    September 7, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Dafuq is this?

  159. Yat Kha

    September 7, 2016 at 1:15 am

    There’s no rebellion without offence and hatred.

  160. Karl Anthony

    September 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Trust Cvlt Nation to be all over this utter shite.

  161. Try Budi Kusuma

    September 7, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Fucking Shit Anjink

  162. Kervus Gwawr

    September 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.

  163. Filipo Mongar

    September 7, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Gabriel GuCar

  164. Florian Ayala Fauna

    September 7, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Really well articulated piece that will be invetibly shutdown by edgelord manbabbies

    • Joseph Aprill

      September 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Isn’t that typical of a lot of far left activism these days. “If you disagree with us then you’re a disgraceful sub-human which by the way is not analogous to anti-fat shaming, white shaming, middle class shaming or any of our other tactics to guilt trip people slightly less to the left than we are.”

    • Florian Ayala Fauna

      September 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

      Zzzzz 4am and what is critical analysis

    • Florian Ayala Fauna

      September 7, 2016 at 1:14 am

      Motherfuckers be sensitive to stance and position in sociopolitical matters

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 1:28 am

      “Wow, so intelligent, wow, he referenced three recent U.S. bands and then projected his own political agenda on it. Incredible. Take that, manbabies! Burzum? What the fuck is that? Nokturnal Mortum? Huh? Absurd? Waaat? Never heard of these bands. Black metal is about feminism and good feelings. Black lives matter! Hillary 2016!”

    • Joseph Aprill

      September 7, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto – Actually far left people, read radical feminists and other identity politics fans, hate Hillary because they see her as a Centrist which to them really means a right wing neo-liberal (the worst thing you can be to an anti-capitalist feminist). No, these people’s far left politics rest with the Bernie or Bust movement where they hope a Trump presidency will lead to reaction by the people (because they’re always deluded an invisible mass of working class people is behind them regardless of how much they intersectionally alienate these people in real life) a French Revolution where they’ll come to power to murder everyone not far left wing enough for them, starting with Center-Left people (i.e. pragmatic liberals).

    • Axel Brandt

      September 7, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto you think you know so much, but you dont know anything. Try reading something other than /pol/ and your life might just improve!

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Joseph Aprill That’s interesting because the ones I know in real life(not many, fortunately) are 100% for Hillary. I think they just want a woman in office for the same reason the blacks wanted Obama in office. “It’s one of their own”.

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Axel Brandt But I do, I read Breitbart, Counter Currents, Radix Journal, Red Ice, jack-donovan .com and alternative-right.blogspot.

    • Kundry Sangs

      September 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

      It’s pretty obvious what you’ve been reading.

    • Joseph Aprill

      September 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Alessandro Di Benedetto – Ha, you’re alt-right. “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”

  165. Daniel Moshpit

    September 7, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Non-black metal guy (or one who’s unrefusably clueless about what black metal was upon its very inception and following [quite a few] years) speaking about black metal. When Dead was smelling crow corpses from a plastic bag or early 80s pioneering Norwegian extreme music/metal zine Slayer featured Norwegian female hardcore bands while hanging out with pre-havoc Mayhem sure they were thinking of ecofeminism or considering any sort of aperturism. Fuck you, illiterate pretenders. Black metal is NOT about ecologism, nor about feminism, not about claiming anything, cunts.

    • Garrett Caufield

      September 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Please, go on about how you know nothing about black metal and yet are an absolute authority on what it is “NOT.” Please.

    • Daniel Moshpit

      September 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      I needn’t explain anything to an ignorant bandwagoning twat. Learn something, then speak, hipster cryboy.

  166. Rebekka Lynx Leppard

    September 7, 2016 at 12:52 am

  167. Douglas Camp

    September 7, 2016 at 12:51 am

    The fuck did I just read?

  168. Thomas Proskow

    September 7, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I don’t see any genre of music as “white male heteronormative” but black metal will always be about darkness and the occult

  169. Anthony Blayney

    September 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This is the exact reason I jumped out of this trendy scene.
    What a joke heavy music has become.
    Enjoy Agenda 2030

    • Kegan Daly

      September 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

      ‘The key takeaway from these traditions is that social control involves depriving people of cosmic, natural knowledge, which humans once possessed and so desperately crave, thus opening them up to surrogate beliefs and behaviors that run counter to a person’s best interests.’

    • Anthony Blayney

      September 7, 2016 at 1:24 am

      I am not one for Satanism but Ecofeminism…please explain what I might not know about this?

    • Kegan Daly

      September 7, 2016 at 1:29 am

      ‘The most comprehensive understanding of this social control is ecofeminism and the Hermetic Principle of gender, a perspective that sees sexism, social stratification, the distribution of wealth, industrialization, and the pollution of Earth as branches of the patriarchal social force that aims to control resources and the natural world; a self-deceiving, transient attempt to dominate natural processes. The patriarchy of gender roles and social class is this same domination, conferred upon people who never asked to belong to this system, and who have every right to demand its changing.’ This is a basic explanation of what eco-feminism claims to be a true analysis of the cause of contemporary social problems. I’d broadly agree that it has merit, regardless of it’s relation to black metal. What social critique do you think offers a better explanation?

    • Anthony Blayney

      September 7, 2016 at 1:37 am

      Interesting. We should take this offline.

  170. Andrea Drecc

    September 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

    This seems like a writing on WWII history by someone who has only seen “The man in the high castle” show.

    Listen to something older than 2010 and forget about this eco-genre-white male crap and rainbow metal bullshit

  171. Vicente Pasión Conejo Trinidad

    September 7, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Jesis Ban Shee André Pocos

  172. Joseph Aprill

    September 7, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Well, someone finally superseded the convoluted mess of Hunter- Hunt Hendrix’s droll essay.

  173. Isaac Enrich Martínez

    September 7, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Then it’s not black metal anymore.

  174. Jack Thompson

    September 7, 2016 at 12:36 am

    So much nope

  175. Martin Koppe

    September 7, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Even though those bands and the “cascadian” scene are interesting and refreshing, their influence is very limited. I really don’t know how anyone could scrutinize the current black metal scene as a whole and say it is on a “de-occultification” process.

  176. Paden Carter

    September 7, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Black Table is pretty rad tho

  177. Joseph Wilmore

    September 7, 2016 at 12:28 am

    >Cascadian black metal

    Ugggggggh

    Can we not

    • Daniel Lakovski

      September 7, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Oh no black metal that doesn’t adhere to my alpha male idealism.

      Go fuck yourself.

    • Joseph Wilmore

      September 7, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Gee willickers, someone sure is testy this morning. I’m a skinny ginger, are you really stupid enough to think I’m that concerned with “alpha male idealism?” A for effort on the armchair psycho-analysis, champ.

  178. Pat Gordon

    September 7, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Oh god go fuck yourself

    • Pat Gordon

      September 7, 2016 at 12:48 am

      What the fuck is ecofeminism anyway

    • Alessandro Di Benedetto

      September 7, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Pat Gordon I don’t think anyone knows but I bet it involves a lot of regret, unemployment and student debt.

    • Andy Walko

      September 7, 2016 at 2:16 am

      LOL

    • Pat Gordon

      September 7, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Black metal needs some women, said no one ever.

    • Agnès Blanche

      September 7, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Pat Gordon Ecofeminist is the notion that evil white men are responsible for the destruction of the enviroment but mass immigration from africa and the middle east with their importation of rape apologist culture is fine because they are brown. But who care about the urpan sprawl and the carraying capacity of the environment?

    • Pat Gordon

      September 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Sounds like a bunch of rancid cunts

  179. Alfredo Francisco Torres Püschel

    September 7, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I don’t believe in your wrong and right
    And I get the urge to walk at night

    And I don’t believe in your god above
    And I don’t believe in your tales of love
    Can you hear me?

    I’d rather reign in Hell, than serve your god
    Don’t wanna be chained to your cross
    I’m not ashamed to be white
    Paying penance to fools is a waste of my life
    Anti-Christ
    Anti-Christ
    Anti-Christ
    Anti-Christ
    Anti-Christ
    Anti-Christ
    To the devil we gave our life

    Black hearted demons fight the metal fight
    Raging from Hades in leather and spikes
    Australian and Anti-Christ
    Australian and Anti-Christ

    Black hearted demons fight the metal fight
    Raging from Hades in leather and spikes
    Australian and Anti-Christ
    Australian and Anti-Christ

    We don’t forgive and we don’t forget
    We’re just out for what we can get
    We got denim vests and a sordid past
    Too many drinks, tattoos and scars

    Black hearted demons fight the metal fight
    Raging from Hades in leather and spikes
    Australian and Anti-Christ
    Australian and Anti-Christ

    Destroyer 666 is the Anti-Christ
    https://youtu.be/Fbp6WqzoO0o

  180. Andy Reichert

    September 7, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Hoooooookayyyyy

  181. Jim Longhurst

    September 7, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Grad student discovers black metal, only references three bands, all American, one of which is only tenuously Black Metal. If Black metal had been “de-occulted” how do you explain the extremely occult-focused scenes in places like Iceland, Finland and Sweden?

    • John Bultena

      September 7, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Love the brevity of this analysis, bit ad hominem, but some good points.

    • Alfredo Francisco Torres Püschel

      September 7, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Zionist agenda, that’s why.

    • Perion Scheier

      September 7, 2016 at 1:57 am

      because a majority of metalheads are traditionalists. what genre is further rooted in nostalgia

    • Kristian Alexander Svardal

      September 7, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Thought it was from Norway. .

    • Andy Walko

      September 7, 2016 at 2:24 am

      All American, and all consisting of (presumably straight) white males.

    • Chip Powell

      September 7, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Every black metal scene is isolated. Is that a mystery or am I missing something?

    • Nicholas Shah

      September 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Deafheaven 😂

    • Jim Alix Heru

      September 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I like what you did there! Lolol John Bultena

    • Sangre De Bronce

      September 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Kristian if your only understanding of black metal is norway you are missing out on MANY distinctive sounds from other european countries.

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Yes Chip, every black metal scene is isolated, but all are rooted in the same history if you go back far enough, and have similar themes.

      This rubbish article is talking about the future of black metal in general. It’s not talking about some isolated hipster scene from Portland Oregon.

    • Patrice Sellers

      September 8, 2016 at 7:26 am

      If you think that way, it is the people who wrote the article you should be questioning, rather than the people commenting.

  182. Colin Gardner

    September 7, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I always like reading the pieces like this.

    Very good Cvlt Nation.

  183. Mark Quorthon Miller

    September 7, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Globalist scum.

  184. Andi Mayer

    September 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Thomas Reitmayer

  185. Thomas Way

    September 7, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I wonder what Varg thinks

    • Giorgio Tskhadadzé

      September 7, 2016 at 12:30 am

      He thinks all guitar driven music is mostly shit because influenced by blues, so by black people, therefore the only glorious music to honor his white cavedwelling forefathers are synths.

  186. Kundry Sangs

    September 7, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Wow… I never thought I’d see that sentence!

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