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

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

BLACK METAL IST KREIG

I read this book and I have to say, this is an AMAZING BOOK. the supposed 'critics' of this site know nothing about black metal or its traditions--this is not 'wannabe' gangster black music. In the words of Nargaroth: ...And the quintessence: they realized that black me...
I read this book and I have to say, this is an AMAZING BOOK. the supposed 'critics' of this site know nothing about black metal or its traditions--this is not 'wannabe' gangster black music. In the words of Nargaroth: ...And the quintessence: they realized that black metal is not just entertainment anymore.' Anyways, this is a great book, although i found it talking about varg's point of view a little more than the mayhem side of things. LONG LIVE TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL!

posted by Anonymous on December 8, 2003

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The Redundancy of Chaos

As a fan of Heavy Metal music, I was looking forward to an educational, multi-textured history of the Satanic Metal underground scene. What I got was a justification for stupidity. Music is made by musicians wishing to express certain points relevant to the listener's l...
As a fan of Heavy Metal music, I was looking forward to an educational, multi-textured history of the Satanic Metal underground scene. What I got was a justification for stupidity. Music is made by musicians wishing to express certain points relevant to the listener's lives. Music can be a helpful and destructive tool, depending on the hands it's place in. The bands featured in the Lords of Chaos were very young at their time of infamy. The philosophy behind their music was on going to the point of ad nauseum. This book would've been cool when I was teenager, but reading it as an adult really makes me wish I had not wasted my time and money. this book will not inspire you to become fans of these bands. It's a black and white informercial on Scandanavian metal scenes, which include infantile crimes and wierd philosophies. The musicians represented in this book change their views like Madonna changes costumes. It's somewhat chaotic to follow, hence the title. Actually, this book inspired me to give up on Black Metal all together. Most of the information here is not new, especially if you're a fan of this type of music. If you are completely ignorant of this type of music, then it might be a pretty goo read. Hwoever, church burnings, Nationalism, and corpse paint are pretty much what this book is about. I was hoping for a more musical approach rather than a police report.

posted by 994413 on February 16, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Twisted and Disjointed, but Great

    The Norwegian black metal scene of the 1990s is, in some circles at least, quite infamous. This book, originally published at the end of the 1990s, was and remains one of the definitive volumes on the subject (be sure to also check out the Norwegian TV documentary "Satan Rides the Media" on Google Video). As far as its value, this book is relatively unequaled; no one else has approached the subject with such academic fervor, and no other source chronicles so fully the twisted musical genre that sprung from Norway's disenchanted youth. That said, it's not organized in the best of fashions. Interspersed with full interviews that sometimes provide little additional insight, various events that happened concurrently are separated by pages of other material. Thus divining the precise order of events isn't always so easy. That is it's main flaw. In my opinion, it would have worked better, been easier to read and understand, and perhaps could have more pop sensibilities if it was written as other historical works are. The second flaw, which it can't help, is that is was, in a way, written too soon. Events that have unfolded since then, such as the trials of Gaahl from Gorgoroth or the mass-popularization of extreme metal worldwide, provide additional insight into the events, but are absent from the book. However, if you're curious about the genre and its disturbing emergence, this book is, simply put, THE source to consult. Recommended, even with its flaws.

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