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

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

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by Michael Moynihan, Didrik Soderlind
     
 

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“An unusual combination of true crime journalism, rock and roll reporting and underground obsessiveness, Lords of Chaos turns into one of the more fascinating reads in a long time.”—Denver

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“*
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• * *! The most incredible story in the history of music … a heavyweight book.”—Kerrang!

“An unusual combination of true crime journalism, rock and roll reporting and underground obsessiveness, Lords of Chaos turns into one of the more fascinating reads in a long time.”—Denver Post

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gangsta Rap's white-kid counterpart, black metal music enjoys a continued obscurity that is baffling in light of the made-for-tabloid events detailed in Moynihans's and Soderlind's book. Their book is a sort of guide to the Norwegian black metal scene, where, the authors claim, this latest, more rebellious form of heavy metal music originated. Moreover, Norway is the recent setting for the burning of numerous churches, and for two gruesome murders for which a small group of black metallers have been convicted. Whereas gangsta rappers might cite ancient African traditions that have been violently uprooted as a cause for their crimes against society, Norwegian black metal-heads cite the slaughter of their pagan traditions at the hands of early Christians as their justification. For most readers, such rationalizations will fall apart as they note that black metal kids murder their own kind (as, often, do gangsta rappers). It does not require 344 pages (plus appendices) to become disenchanted with the authors' rather disorganized history, but rabid fans will find much to savor here, such as lengthy interviews with the scene's icons. This is an exhaustive look at a few, extremely disturbed young men who, tragically, did not get Ozzy Osbourne's joke. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780922915941
Publisher:
Feral House
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
405
Sales rank:
467,092
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.99(d)

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Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting in parts and a bit repetitive in others. over all its a good read but I found myself skipping over bits when it was waffling on about the same point for too long
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sannamae More than 1 year ago
I got this for a friends bday gift, It has cool pictures and is interesting to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Covers everything anyone would ever want to need and know about the genre of black metal from is history to its most important bands and single individuals. Also has interesting sections that while are not on the musoc are other thinhs outside of it that have influenced black metal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This gives you the gory details along with the shocking intelligence of the worlds most feared people in the black metal scene. Everything from murdering thier own band members, church burnings, and their outlook on not only black metal...but life as well. If you are an open minded person that is willing to learn about others...this is definatley a book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Lillian_Evening More than 1 year ago
truly captivating read. at some points, grotesque, but will always hold your interest.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of it is true but not everything. I belive there is more to the truth then was written. But overall i must say that if you think your Black Metal when you are wrong until you read this book and get an idea of what it really is about!!! BLACK METAL!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
well to begin with i've read varg vikernes's private statements about this book, therefore i have to say that 90% of this book is real and the rest ficiton or exageration, but overall if you are a true believer then this is the begining of a new life and new believes you will have about black metal and where it came from and what it stands for. LONG LIVE VARG!!! enjoy