Warning: This post contains discussion of Satanic/Occult themes as well as violence and murder that some may find offensive. Again, these themes do not reflect the philosophies of the author and should not be discerned as such.
Today we continue our discussion of Black Metal and focus on the "second wave" that originated from Norway.
But I found myself amused and interested in the whole scene and it's been a source of mirth over the years.
Especially the corpse paint. I love corpse paint.
Norwegian Black Metal has transcended scene and become its own genre as well as contribute in some meaningful and not so meaningful ways to metal culture.
Because that's what you do to honor a friend, desecrate their body and exploit their death for publicity.
Varg Vikernes was paroled in 2009 and continues his work with Burzum. He's a douche who has been aligned with racist organizations and is best not being paid much attention to. Not that I feel strongly about it.
All of this business really cooled the scene in Norway but thanks to much of it happening pre-Internet and early Internet, the scene lived on in the rest of the world. That really locked in the infamy and frankly, you'll never see anything quite like it again. The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh.
My picks for Mayhem:
De Mysteriis Dom Sathana - I especially like The Freezing Moon.
Grand Declaration of War - This was an interesting departure and I feel very well done
Now we talk about my very favorite band of the Norwegian scene. They make me so happy.
So here's the thing with Immortal: their look. Look at that photo above.
Now watch this video:
Poor Immortal. They've been the butt of jokes because their image is so over the top. BUT. They are a really great band. For real. Immortal differed from some bands because the lyrics were less Satanic Misanthropy and more fantasy. Especially when creating the realm of Blashyrkh. ( I had to link that video.)
Anyway, their lyrics were more battlelore and demons in the frozen forests of Norway.
They've grown to appreciate the humour that's come their way especially since most of it is produced by the fans. Here's a nice roundup of Immortal vs. the Interwebz on Know Your Meme.
Some you may remember from my own posts: HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. I like Immortal in party hats...
Immortal disbanded ever so briefly in 2003 but cam back together in 2007 for a reunion and soon after on a permanent basis The lineup has held up pretty well in spite of Demonaz no longer able to play the guitar but continues to write for the band. There have been a few additions and subtractions but not like some bands and their revolving staff. Bob love Immortal.
My picks for Immortal:
You have to listen to At the Heart of Winter and Sons of Northern Darkness. Those are their masterpieces.
But, I am partial to Blizzard Beasts since it was the first Immortal CD I bought.
Let's move on to some nails then.
Base is Pure Ice Platinum Base Coat and corpse paint is Kiss Nail Artist Pen in Black.
I know, I did corpse paint nails before. I think these are even better. The nail art pen by Kiss works so much better for me than a striper. I have much more control.Plus, my Satanic pandas are much more friendly and cute. For my pinkie, I used the word "kvlt" (it's pronounced CULT) because my nails totally are.
Basically, "kvlt," and "necro" are two of the highest compliments one can pay in the Black metal world.>
My other shout out was noting that nail art ist krieg. Ist krieg means "is war," in German. That is taken from Black Metal Ist Krieg by Nargaroth. It soon became a meme of its own with photos of guys in corpse paint doing everyday things with the caption of "_____ ist krieg."
Now you know.
What have we learned here today? Well, the Norway scene was innovative and intense and sometimes dangerous. But, they made Black Metal into more than just music. That's an accomplishment that you will not see again.
So what's going on with Black Metal now? Still going strong but much tamer. Several of the founders of the Norway scene have since gone on and shaped Black Metal into something new. And there are a few American bands who are making great Black Metal.
Bands to check out:
Many of these bands have matured and developed a new sound and I recommend checking out their back catalog as well as their current offerings.
Emperor - Disbanded but a trailblazer in the Norwegian scene.
Ulver - They're quite progressive.
Nachtmystium - American psychedelic Black Metal.
Behemoth - They've become more of a Death Metal band but still great.
Rotting Christ - From Greece, now more a Gothic Metal band but awesome and one of my very favorites.
Dimmu Borgir - I don't care. I love them. One of the early acts to use symphonic elements.
Agalloch - from Portland, OR. Very progressive and cool though I much prefer seeing them live than listening to their studio work.
Darkthrone - They've morphed more into a Black Metal version of Motorhead but they are pretty rad.
I really like Fenriz.
Books and Documentaries on the scene:
Until The Light Takes Us
Lords of Chaos - Highly disputed book but a really great read. Now being made into a feature film.
Satan rir media - Norwegian documentary
True Norwegian Black Metal - Covers Gaahl of Gorgoroth mainly. Dude is a weird cat but bravo to him for coming out.
Be aware that are a good number of Black Metal bands that have ties to Nationalist Socialism.Those guys are assholes.
That will certainly do it for this edition. Hope this gives some insight to Norwegian Black Metal.
I thank you for coming by and I hope you have a "grim" and "frostbitten" day.