Following my post on “anti-racism” in Black Metal music, several commenters including the author of the Best Black Metal blog – to whom I was originally answering – sort of hijacked the debate into a discussion on modern Black Metal and its relation to the media.
I don’t mind it, since that is the purpose of blogging… and I’d rather have this site as an open discussion forum rather than an endless echo-chamber of ideological convergence.
So amongst the topics discussed, a few commenters expressed surprised at why the most clownish, ridiculous and often times outright homosexual bands – Gorgoroth, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Dark Funeral – were so heavily promoted whereas the actual pioneers, regular old-fashioned Black Metal artists such as Burzum, Mayhem and Darkthrone – none of which are clownish or homosexual – are all but ostracized from the media.
Well the answer is in the question. Clownish bands are promoted precisely BECAUSE they are ridiculous, idiotic and often times homosexual themselves or in other way completely compatible with the dominant religion/ideology of “anti-racism”/anti-Whiteness.
Antoine Grand, the “famous” “Black Metal” “author” who writes extensively about “racism in heavy metal music“, has created a fake “history” of Black Metal that follows the script to a T.
Let’s review a bit this “history” of Black Metal, and see if we can discover any “accidental” discrepancies.
Who does Antoine Grand credit as the originators of the Black Metal? Ihsahn, Von and Antekhrist.
Not Fenriz, Zephyrous, Tony Särkkä, Necrobutcher, Jon Nödtveidt, Nocturno Culto, Attila, Satyr, Dead, Rob Darken, Thorns and Hellhammer.
Not the people who actually started the extreme metal movement that would live on to become an alternative to the establishment death metal scene and would later be known as Black Metal.
Grand is forced to include people like Euronymous (the actual founder of Black Metal) but only to dismiss him as being “insufficiently influential”.
Notice who they leave out completely? Perhaps the most significant and significant Black Metal act of all time: Varg Vikernes of Burzum.
And what does Antoine Grand list as the first tenant on Black Metal? Nationalism? European Folklore? Anti-Christianity? No, of course not.
“Satanism”. Antoine Grand’s version of “Black Metal” isn’t a pro-European, anti-Christian rebellion, it’s a “Satanic” “Devil-Worship” movement.
That is of course the point. The point is to keep (((Hollywood Satanism))) and Abrahamic bullshit front and center.
Of course it’s all tongue in cheek, or so they claim. Of course it’s “humor”. Of course it’s “satire”. But that is the point. They want to hijack the Black Metal label, stamp an inverted (Christian) cross on it, and turn it into a joke.
The media wants the middle-aged incel loser, the comical LARPer, the complete subhuman turd Infernus of Gorgoroth as the face of Black Metal, in order to turn the entire genre into a joke.
The music industry wants the plastic poser Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir as the face of Black Metal, so that the genre becomes yet another interchangeable mercantile product, loses its identity, and opens up a new market for “satanic extreme nu-metal” while claiming credit for the church burnings.
Notice how bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth no longer advertise “their” genre as Black Metal?
So the regular heavy metal fans who hear about the Black Metal genre have two choices:
Basic bitch commercial “satanic extreme mallcore” à la Dimmu Borgir, Deicide, Cradle of Filth and the like. 100% Fortune 500 approved.
Or inverted cross dildos, “edgy” Hebraic terminology and obese homosexuals like Infernus.
Neither of which are compatible with the essence of Black Metal as envisioned by Fenriz, Varg, Hellhammer and Euronymous.
This is nothing new, this sort of thing is Black Propaganda 101 and happens to every genre of entertainment.
Of course, 99% of Gorgoroth/Watain/Dark Funeral fans are just beta losers, teenage boys who like to play “internet Satanist” to shock their parents.
10 years ago it would have been “Pool’s closed” or “9,000 penises coming for your children”. Today it’s listening to Infernus and King ov Hell having gay sex in the studio. Doesn’t anyone remember “Yiff in Hell, Furfag“?
Infernus himself is likely not particularly different than Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church – the similarities between the Westboro’s Christianity and Gorgoroth’s Hollywood Satanism were already noted by others – a not-so-bright LARPer and an easily manipulated narcissist who likes attention and is willing to do whatever it takes to get some.
For him it’s probably a weird sexual fetish… as noted elsewhere, Roger Tiegs is known for inventing very graphic – often BDSM – homoerotic fiction about his fellow band members, which he often posts online to “get back” at them for “humiliating” him, as was the case when Gaahl left the band.
That’s not the behavior of a sexually well adjusted adult, that’s the behavior of someone with deep seated sexual issues… probably having to do with his childhood.
For his fans, it’s obviously meant as a joke… as I said, the point of trolling is that you “win” when people take you seriously. If it wasn’t Satanism it would be Dailystormer frog memes or swatting Ariana Grande’s mystery meat grandmother at 4 A.M.
But for the media and the music industry it’s not a joke.
They WANT someone like Infernus as the face of Black Metal.
They want a childless middle-aged loser, a low-functioning retard who claims to have made “pacts with the Devil against homosexuality“, someone who has clear issues separating reality from his often sexual fantasies, as the face of a genre he was never apart of.
Fenriz, Varg, Euronymous, Hellhammer and the true originators of Black Metal… they built an actual movement, both artistically challenging and socially subversive.
Infernus and his butt buddies Erik Danielsson and Mikael “Ahriman” Svanberg (the male escort) are the definition of posers, imposters who claim credit for a genre they don’t belong to.
And that goes double for the no-name author Antoine Grand, who’s only contribution to the genre is decrying its “racism” at the behest of MTV.
I’m fine with them humiliating themselves – like when Roger “Infernus” Tiegs – cried at his trial, but it should be pointed out that they aren’t and will never be part of the Black Metal scene.