Black Metal and Consumerism: A Holiday Lesson

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the foundational tenets of American society. Originally expostulated by John Locke as life, liberty, and property, these certain inalienable rights are written into the very being of the American capitalist machine. Each of these core values, taken on its own, is a beneficent, even essential, cornerstone for how our modern lives work. Without life and life abundant, we would become simple worker ants, droning around in our hives of industry, knowing neither pleasure nor pain but rather simple, blasé existence. Without liberty, we become prisoners shackled to the machine, confined to a set of mandates upon which we cannot agree and under which we cannot thrive. Without property, we are left to toil for the benefit of the few while barely even meeting our own material needs of shelter and comfort. Each of these rights is inextricably linked to the other, and the tri-fold union of all three is essential to the quality of life we’ve come to expect.

However, the system becomes perverted and distorted when any of the three aspects is given more prominence than the others. When life alone becomes the end-goal, the prized summit of the mountain of existence, we fail to actually live a life worth living. Simply seeking to preserve our own life and enjoyment of it leads to the sort of boring, catatonic gratification culture that has become so commonplace in the media today. If we live by the puerile mantra of “living life without regrets,” we will never know true challenge or the meaning of testing ourselves, never plumb the depths of our humanity and realize the heights to which we can truly rise if we are held down by concatenations of fleeting pursuits and trivial luxuries. In short, a life spent in pursuit of life will never enable the sort of self-actualization at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs because we will never test and stretch ourselves to reach that point. A life spent in pursuit of instant indulgence will only ever produce a dull and shallow existence.

Similarly, a prioritization of liberty above all else will only produce a meaningless freedom. Valuing freedom above all else can only come at the cost of eschewing all compromise. This can in turn lead to one of two paths. Either the pursuit of freedom leads to the loss of life, as evidenced by the countless martyrs of ages past, or it can result in a complete loss of all connection to other humans. To live in society is to compromise. Compromise is the mortar cementing the bricks of any relationship, and without it, no meaningful connections can be established. A life in total pursuit of liberty will contrastingly result in utter alienation.

Last, the pursuit of property may be one of the most poisonous of all deceptively magnanimous endeavors. Property, when it meets our basic needs and allows for the refinement of relationships and the construction of a common culture, is both good and enriching. Metal as a commodity is the commonality we here at this blog have used to construct our mutual understanding and our cooperative language. Our consumption of the art is a mutually enriching pursuit as we all share in the bounty, and this joint endeavor has in fact allowed us to develop a relationship with each other wherein we can each work for the benefit or the whole and to help individuals through difficult periods. However, a life spent in the pursuit of material goods can only lead to slavery to those same goods. One of the core tenets of Aristotelian ethics is temperance. All good things must be practiced in moderation, for even enviable values, such as courage, can lead to harmful actions, such as foolhardiness, when allowed to warp under a lack of restraint. Property, then, when pursued as an end rather than a means, is a cancer that only promotes gluttony. This in turn feeds both the self-indulgence and the self-alienation about which we have been warned and will never promote the sort of thriving and fulfilling life envisioned by Aristotle and promoted by ethicists throughout the ages.

The holiday season (especially Black Friday and Christmas), then, is the embodiment of all the evils and corruptions inherent within the warped fringes of our three inalienable rights. By seeking only our material goods over the health and safety of others (life) and in a slavish devotion to brands and products (liberty), we are essentially denying our own humanity and embracing the perverse greed that lurks within all of us. Therefore, as an alternative to the maelstrom of consumption and indulgence you’ll witness if you sally forth to the stores this week, we here at the Toilet would like to offer an alternative. Embrace the simplistic pursuit of a modest and refined life espoused by certain branches of the metal world. Metal as a form of art has often been about rebellion against the establishment and a rejection of the status quo. This is perhaps most evident in the structural elements of black metal, spanning from the very roots of the Norwegian black metal scene to the modern embodiments of an anti-establishment form of art. If the status quo is to consume and intake material, black metal then is a rejection of that greed and a pursuit of the more temperate and soulful pursuits of fulfilling life.

As the debauchery of the glam metal scene in America waxed towards its self-destructive zenith, an underground of bands that eschewed the glitz and the veneer emerged, embracing a more slipshod but aggressive form of art to attract those seeking greater substance than the gluttony of the norm. Bands like Hellhammer and Venom soon erected the pillars of modern black metal upon a foundation of rebellion. This rebellion continued under the second wave of black metal bands, but the spirit emerged in the form of vitriol against established religion and social norms. However, even in this scene, non-conformity reigned. Of particular note was Emperor, a band who, in attempting to embrace greater structure and grandeur within its craft, quickly alienated much of the core fanbase who decried anything non-necro as false. However, the spirit of swimming against the current prevailed, and it remains the driving force for modern black metal bands.

Today, the seeds of revolt against trends have germinated in various ways within the black metal scene. Deathspell Omega and their ilk reject the charade of false pagan beliefs in pursuit of true orthodoxy and infernal enlightenment. Wolves in the Throne Room and other practitioners within the Cascadian Black Metal scene dispel the illusion of consumption and its detrimental effect on our planet as a dangerous and environmentally self-destructive act of poor ecological stewardship. The Black Twilight Circle deny the dominance of modernity and globalization by extolling the virtues of past Native cultures. Others within the black metal scene simply reject the typical conventions of their own genre. Blut Aus Nord want nothing to do with the overtly Satanic buffoonery of the Norwegian scene. Antestor stand defiant against the infernal origins of the scene. Even more strangely, Spektr and Stagnant Waters simply rally against the expected.

In all its forms, pure black metal is a triumphant cry of defiance. Oddly enough, this defiance, if pitted against the norms of greed and hoarding coveted by our society, acts as a moral compass to guide us back to a more nominal, centered life. Strangely, many bands that claim to support evil and wicked deeds serve as a reminder of how to live a well-balanced and meaningful life. Make no mistake; burning historical institutions and murder are deplorable acts. The racist and fascist beliefs of many bands are beyond repugnant. Unfortunately, many black metal bands use their art as vehicles for hateful ideology. But perhaps those extremes are meant to turn the mirror back on ourselves and reflect the lack of balance within our own society. Perhaps it takes an act of extreme maliciousness to remind us how dulled we are to extreme valor and uprightness. Perhaps we can examine the corrupt tenets of some bands and acknowledge the roots of such disdain. Every system has feedback, and perhaps, for example, the overt rejection of modern American ideals can remind us of the evil and cowardly acts committed in the name of Manifest Destiny.

Therefore, as you go about your holiday season, remember the lessons taught by the music we love. As we bombard our ears with extremity, let’s reject extremity in our own lives and find a balanced center of modest living. Embrace a love for your countrymen and family. Value the giver more than the gift. Enjoy your freedoms without over-indulging. Battle the desires for outrageous consumption and narcissism. In all of it, stay centered.

(Many thanks to Joe, Masterlord, and Guacamole Jim for talking this through with me).

(Photo VIA and VIA)

  • Tyree

    Huh. Our former President is quite rational. How lewd.

  • Scrimm

    This is making me think to much.

  • Scrimm

    Nice mentioning Antestor.

    • Miguel Serra

      to me, the ‘unblack metal’ genre is one of the most metal things in metal.. and there’s a lot of metal things in metal

      • Scrimm

        I would agree with that.

      • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

        *Liturgy

      • Gurrp

        Their audience has to be incredibly tiny.

        • Miguel Serra

          kind of, if you don’t count the preachy churchs-goers

    • Stockhausen

      Antestor rules.

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    This is a fantastic article W.

    I believe the infamous second wave of black metal started as a reaction to slick commercialization of death metal in the late 80s and early 90s, which I always found to be quite an interesting concept on its own.

    • VVorld Peace

      Thank you sir! Black metal has almost always been reactionary.

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I know this will be an unpopular view before I espouse it and I am neither a hater or a superfan of said act:

        One could argue that the reaction caused by Deafheaven against the black metal community, black metal fans, and heavy metal in general embodies the same rebellious spirit that black metal had held since its inception.

        • CT-12

          Not to sound too pretentious, but my “tagline” or whatever is really how I view metal, “elitists are just hipsters in leather jackets”. I feel everybody who has criticized Deafheaven for being hipsters misses the contradiction of them trying to keep black metal obscure or underground, just as a true “hipster” would do. Nothing’s sacred.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            What about their rise to prominence last year? I think, without knowing for sure, that George Clarke and company relished their success.

            I saw them live with Pallbearer. After needing to “get over” Clarke’s theatrics a bit, I thought they sounded good live. Less gaze than on record.

          • Y’ALL TALKIN’ SHIT ON MY BOY GC?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            DON’T BE TALKIN’ NO SHIT ON GC AND DEAFHEAVEN!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I am not. I am simply putting forth a theory or concept for the group to think over, much in the same vein as this article but on a much smaller intellectual scale.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            When I responded to you the first time I didn’t realize you attached a picture, lol

          • toilet @mouseporn:disqus >>>>>> George Clarke

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Did you see the ELO rarities I posted here? There’s some good ones in there.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That picture is scary.

          • How did his lips taste?

          • Tyree

            Like toilet seat cocaine.

          • Miguel Serra

            cherry blosom chapstick?

          • George Clarke

            is it the gloves?

            theyre comfy okay?

          • all i can do is share my opinion of the band: i hate them. and the time i was at a venue when they played live (opened for Between the Buried and Me) almost all their audience were hipsters. and they left before BTBAM took the stage. just my observations!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Cool name change! Also I love Deafheaven so much and I can’t wait for their next album/opus. I’m about as excited for that as I am for the new UFO record of which I cannot wait for.

          • thanks bby. i know we disagree on almost all musical tastes, but we’ve still got ELO and Uriah Heep keeping us together 😉

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love my ELO and especially my Uriah Heep. I might be seeing Heep as they’re going to BB King’s in February.

          • CT-12

            I haven’t listened to them at all really, so I can’t give an opinion, but I have an adamant disdain for people who freely judge a band without listening to their music (with an open mind) first. If you don’t like them, hey, they’re not for you, that’s cool, but I don’t think they deserve to be cut down by most of the metal crowd just because they wear wool beanies.

          • positively 100% with you on this. i should preface all future argument by saying that i’ve given the album several tries and heard them live whilst in the same venue, drinking beer and waiting for BTBAM

        • George Clarke

          BUNSAVER = REBELLION

          EMBRACE THE VOID!

          LOLBUTTZ!

          GC

    • Gurrp

      I’ve seen that sentiment expressed before in forums I dare not tread, but commercialization of death metal, really?

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Indeed. I have read about it in more than one spot. Late 80s, record labels were starting to see death metal as a marketable thing and they began polishing its sound. Second wave black metal was a reaction to that as far as I am aware.

        I think there are some safe places to read about it online that don’t involve scary forums, lol

        • Gurrp

          Just the production?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I have been trying without success to find a couple of the articles I read but here is something that sounds like what I have been saying, lol

            Originally, the aim was to forge a return to what they considered to be
            the true death metal sound and was a reaction against what they
            perceived to be the commercialization of death metal. This ‘true death
            metal sound’ later became what is now known as black metal. Death metal
            bands in this period tended to perform in everyday clothes and appeared
            on stage in tracksuits and sneakers. This was unbearable for the likes
            of Euronymous, who adopted a more ‘shocking’ and ‘anti-social’ image.

            Source: http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/articles.aspx?id=6-668

            I’m gonna keep looking around now!

          • Gurrp

            Ah, Euronymous, ever the charmer. Thanks, Edward!

      • Max

        “Commercialization” is not quite the right word for it, but basically, yes – that’s what the black metal bands were objecting to. I would tend to use the word “homogenization” of death metal instead; because by mainstream standards, even the most successful death metal bands weren’t really that “commercial”, as such.

        But homogenization was certainly a big problem at the time. Most of the name acts in death metal were produced by either Scott Burns, Tomas Skogsberg or Colin Richardson. They were all good producers, but they did make a lot of their bands sound the same to an extent. The black metallers took exception to that.

        The irony is that black metal became homogenized pretty quickly too. Especially since, in Norway, Pytten was producing all of their records and you can hear just about as much similarity among them as you can among all the bands that worked with (say) Scott Burns.

        • Gurrp

          Alright, that makes more sense. Hilariously ironic considering how to this day black metal bands insist on aping the aesthetics of the Norwegian scene.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    I wanna be Fenriz when I grow up.

    • Tyree

      Yup.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    All I can say is WOW: “As we bombard our ears with extremity, let’s reject extremity in our own lives and find a balanced center of modest living. Embrace a love for your countrymen and family. Value the giver more than the gift. Enjoy your freedoms without over-indulging. Battle the desires for outrageous consumption and narcissism. In all of it, stay centered.” Thats kick f’ing ass man!

    • VVorld Peace

      Thankeesai

      • KJM

        Commie. ^_^

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          And proud of it.

          • KJM

            By US standards, I’m practically a Socialist.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Join us!

          • KJM

            As far as most of The US is concerned, we already have.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Never!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Fucking capitalist scrub.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m not a socialist like you. I’m am American.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            American capitalist scrub

          • Guacamole Jim

            I’m fighting the power with MA. Down with rampant consumerism!! Embrace a meaner lifestyle! Let’s all move to Finland! Okay, let’s not actually do that last one.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Plzdon’t come here, we don’t like you.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Yeah, I’m not planning on moving to an imaginary land filled with drunk misanthropes whose language comes from the middle east (terrorists). ‘MERICA. Fuck you, foreigner!

          • KJM

            AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Also, we don’t have enough oil.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I believe in consumerism but I also believe in libertarianism.

          • Guacamole Jim

            You didn’t really need a “but” in there.

            (LOL)

          • hehehehe

          • KJM

            They’re pretty much one and the same.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            MURICA HUHUHUHUH, PHUCK YEA!!!!!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I may be a scrub but I’m a proud scrub.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            A proud scrub is still a big scrub

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I don’t care. You won’t bring me down today. I’m just loving life too much,

          • Metaphysical Anus

            There is always a crying child behind a smiling janitor.

          • Guacamole Jim

            LOL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            There is no crying child behind this smiling janitor, I’m just feeling too good.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPktcWuqdEY

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Denial is the first step.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You lie. I’m a lifelover and I always will be!!!

          • Lacertilian
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Wrong. Todd Rundgren has the only good band called Utopia.

          • CT-12

            So you thought Obamacare was an alright idea? haha

          • KJM

            No I didn’t because it keeps the insurance companies firmly in the picture. I support universal health care.

          • KJM

            Never mind that it would be more accurately described as “Romneycare” since it was implemented by hm In Massachusetts first.

          • Guacamole Jim

            By US standards, all Canadians are Socialists.

          • JWG
          • KJM

            By US standards, Massachusetts is Canada.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t insult my homeland!

          • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

            by US standards, I should be in prison.

          • Miguel Serra

            By US standards, I’m mexican.

          • Holy shit, I am dead.

          • Guacamole Jim

            LOL

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            By hair standards I am bald….

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            By US standards I’m a libertarian.

          • KJM

            Libertarian = Republican who smokes pot

  • Metaphysical Anus

    In the spirit of christmas, my holiday will mostly consist of black metal.

  • CT-12

    YEAH, FUCK CONSUMERISM *goes to Bandcamp, buys 80 albums after listening to TOH playlist*

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      ‘name your price’ CT. Name your price.

      • the rest of your free time

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Time is a commodity as valuable as money.

  • Paris Hilton

    I would be less against commercialism, but I’m kind of the poster girl for commercialism so fuck it! Might as well have some fun with it! Now, I need a new blender. Which one of you fucking nerds will buy me one?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Flash some tittays and I got ya covered

      • Paris Hilton

        You want tits!? Here’s a pair of tits for you big boy 😉

        • CT-12

          ( . ) ( . )

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          They’re lovely.

        • Miguel Serra

          paris’ tits tits do chirps chirps

        • 🙂 😉 😛 LollzzzZZ

    • oooh, where’s your online wishlist? it’ll make me feel good at night knowing i got you some gifts.

      • Paris Hilton

        My wishlist:
        -A new Louis Vuitton bag
        -A pair of Gucci Heels
        -A slinky
        -Silver chalice filled with the blood of a wrongly accused man (chalice MUST be silver I can’t fucking stress that enough)
        -Charred clavicle bone of a newborn infant
        -A goat skull
        -Crystal meth

        Thanks hun 🙂 when my Master rises he will thank you too, in ways you never thought possible…

  • Guacamole Jim

    I can’t express via Disqus how awesome this article is. Excellent job, W.!! I agree with everything you’ve said here.

    #TOILETMANIFESTO

  • Miguel Serra

    Interesting reading as usual.

    Reading about capitalism made me think about that Interstellar movie from Christopher Nolan. That movie exploded my brain in the first half with the decaying society post-capitalism argument, even when it’s too blurry

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I liked Interstellar even thought it got a hearty *flush* from many members of our crew. Not my favorite Nolan flick or my favorite movie of the year. It was too long. I did enjoy it though.

      • Miguel Serra

        I enjoyed because it’s been months that a movie shaked my brain, just for that it got my negativeleaderblessing. #InsertShakeItOffHere

      • Guacamole Jim

        I really enjoyed it! It was nice to see Nolan try his hand at sci-fi (and in my opinion, succeed). Plus the soundtrack was fucking awesome.

        • Miguel Serra

          duuuude… the use of church organs is +1! Sometimes it got me very inmersed in the space scenes. That’s the power of music

          • Guacamole Jim

            I KNOW! The organ was such a great call. I actually think the music, when it was intense, made me more involved in what was happening than the story did. It was powerful.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        It was long as fuck. I still enjoyed it up until MM went into the *(thing) and then I was all like, “…no..no.. .NO CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!!! THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS IN A *(thing)!!! FUCK YOU NOLAN FUCK YOU MM!!”… then I was all “meh.. not bad I guess…”

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I would tend to agree with you there but my reaction was not as strong to the thing.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            That sequence rustled my science-nerd jimmies. Black Holes and quantum physics have always fascinated me.

        • i was okay with it. the dialogue pissed me off way more than the *(thing) events

          • The part that put me off was the corny poetry reciting at the time of (REDACTED)’s death. The whole time he was about to die, I was just begging Nolan to not cave into cliche, but he did.

          • Miguel Serra

            the poem was tasty cliché!

          • corny indeed. matched by Anne Hathaway’s speech about love

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Am I the only one that hates Anne Hathaway?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I like Anne Hathaway.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Damn you!

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Sorry hombre. I just blurted it out.

          • Tyree

            She loves you Ed. Go get her.

          • Edward #negrod4eva
          • Tyree

            Tyree: Professional Anne Hathaway hook up guy.

          • Edward #negrod4eva
          • Tyree

            Haha! This gif is fucking strange.

          • I’m of the opinion that she is a cutie patootie. But no, lots and lots of people hate her for some reason.

          • bro that’s like asking if you’re the only one who hates Michael Bay films

          • KJM

            I think she’s hot but that’s about it.

          • Stockhausen

            Did it skronk?

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            Stay skronk and die in obscurity.

          • Stockhausen

            I need this on my body permanently.

          • …still waiting for Eddy boy to show us his design…

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Oh yea, I forgot about that. Damn, that speech was awful. Anne Hathaway is a beautiful actress, but she looks kinda weird when she cries…

      • KJM

        I’ll see it when it comes out on blu-ray. I can’t do long movies in the theater anymore.

        • Miguel Serra

          some crazy moneyfull arab opened a cinema in my hometown a few months. I went yesterday to watch the movie. My knees are still hurting. Too old for this crap

    • the first 45 minutes of that movie exploded my brain with its utter stupidity.
      i actually enjoyed it once they left planet Earth.

      • Miguel Serra

        well.. sometimes I felt inmersed in a right-wing propaganda.

        In some parts I thought they will point at the left hippies that stopped capitalism and broke the Earth jajajaja

        • oh, i’m pretty oblivious to political thingies as i stay the fvck out of all political discussion. (nice laugh BTW Miguel!)

        • KJM

          Really? Ugh.

          • Miguel Serra

            well.. You see a very passive society in the middle of a third crop plague (there was famine and megadeaths, and you see a tranquil society?! I thought it was going to be Mad Max!).

            There’s even a dialogue when the farmers are talking about the life in XX and XXI century and it sensed very nostalgic when they mixed it with the astronaut thingy of going out and conquer some worlds. The abscence of the sense of property I think it was the point. But it was nostaligc to the characters, to me it was confvsing.

            To me, the society aspect of the argument was very diluted between the ‘human pride of go out to know and conquer’ premise. That’s what I say before it was very ‘blurry’.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Are you Link?

          • KJM

            yes it is

          • Miguel Serra

            give a hug to this latinamerican lifelover!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            *tears roll down cheecks* I thought you were gone *goes and gives a hug*

          • Miguel Serra

            I needed to cover, bro. Safety issues. The gov is still after but they will never get me!!

            *shoots to the air*
            *drive bike in one wheel*

            YAYAYAYAJUUUU!!!!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWzu0hYSp0o

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. That was so adorable.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I thought we agreed that you won’t talk to me until you accept that you like bad music.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’ve always accepted that.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You still haven’t accepted that the new EW albums was shitty,

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I will never call Time To Die shitty. The ones before that were though.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It was shitty, it is shitty and it will be shitty

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You will never bring that album down! You will never bring the Electric Light Orchestra down! You will never bring me down!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Can’t bring down something that is already in the deepest depths.

          • Miguel Serra

            don’t say that. He’s a partner in crime. He’s selling Krokodil in metaphysical land and I give him some thugs to do the knee-breaker job!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I wasn’t talking about that. I was talking about the moment you shared.

          • Miguel Serra

            if you are in the thug life you need to demonstrate the toughness, bro!

            #G4Life

          • Metaphysical Anus

            ..

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Kitee has succumbed to Krokodil. Small cities first.

          • Miguel Serra

            smelt the skin of that mo’fos while we gain moneyz

            YAYAYAJUUU

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’ve actually got a nice summer cottage there.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Nightwish lives there.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I saw Holopainen returning bottles with his girlfriend there one summer.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Must have been rad.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Not really. No one else cared about it and neither did I. Oli se kyllä ihan kiva nähä hänet välillä muualla kun syntikan takana heikumassa.

          • well now i have to go back through all your comments knowing this little fact!

          • Miguel Serra

            just don’t be out there telling the truth. Or I will need to make my enemies to eat grass

          • my lips are sealed.
            should i unfollow the other fellow?

          • Miguel Serra

            sure, why not. You can still chat with me in FB. Feel proud of chatting with another famous latin american lol

          • Lacertilian

            the jajajaja gives it away eh?

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    commie/agenda21 bullshit

    they plan on making private farming illegal—and creating a centralized totalitarian/inferior devil cult govt—based on manipulating individuals thru “healthcare”—using blackmail

    • CT-12

      *featured comment*

      • KJM

        Always.

      • Miguel Serra

        it got my upvote! let’s do this!

    • Guacamole Jim

      Shit, you’re right! I hadn’t realized, but W. is a communist! This is all communist propaganda, designed by a coalition of the UN, Obama, and W. to destroy our food sources in order to…

      … destroy our food sources? I’m not quite sure where you’re going with this, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        Who is the man behind the man behind the man behind the throne?

        • Guacamole Jim

          Behind every great man behind the man behind the man behind the throne, there’s a woman.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Yet the greatest of men are oft too small to be stood behind.

    • Paris Hilton

      You have no fucking idea how down I am for a fucking Devil Cult Government (dibs on using that as a band name btw)!! Imagine, International Day of Slayer would be a recognized national holiday in which we’d get off or paid overtime to listen to Slayer all day! Bring it on!!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Excellent writeup, Dubs. Header image reminds me of this:

    http://youtu.be/9ZX91SyQVsA?t=4s

  • nbm02ss

    Speaking of that Emperor album, this particular part always gives me a chubby:

    http://youtu.be/bbegOR_bHhw?t=1m24s

  • Howard Dean

    Great article, W! Moderation is a tough subject. The sticking point with any debate on moderation is the truly subjective definition of what constitutes a “basic need.” Basic needs are not universal. What someone in sub-Saharan Africa considers basic needs will not jive with what the average Western European or American considers basic needs. Thus, American consumerism will show quite differently under other cultural lenses.

    I’ve always been of the opinion that the religious and philosophical “rebelliousness” and reactionary nature that classic second wave black metal was supposedly built upon was actually engineered retroactively to legitimize what was otherwise a bunch of teenagers and young adults trying to “out evil” each other. Second wave black metal was no special cultural reaction–it was simply Morbid Angel and Deicide taken to the next level of “trveness.” Honestly, read any of the early interviews with the Norwegian musicians, especially any that Euronymous put out. They were just teenagers and young adults trying to act the meanest, the toughest, and the most evil. There was no philosophy or deeper ideology to the movement that popped up around Euronymous and the “Inner Circle,” nor was he a theistic Satanist. His “Satanism” was a straight inversion of Christian (especially Catholic) beliefs, peppered with a serious dose of “no fun allowed.” It amounted to little more than “we are evil, murder is good, fun is stupid, and we are tougher and badder than everyone else!” It was total high school shit. All of the pseudo-academic writing that has appeared in the last 10-15 years about second wave black metal is aftermarket–it pretends that second wave black metal was intentionally designed from the ground up as a weapon to use against the church, capitalism, conformity, etc, etc.

    • W.’s Sentient Phone

      W. would like you to know that he values this comment and the historical perspective. Obviously quality of life varies based on the national standard, and thus the bare minimum for America is higher. However, W does not believe that that invalidates moderation.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        @W is quality of life really based on national standards? Lulling ourselves to think that we absolutely need more when the fact lies that the bare mininum is not an actual variable (the real bare minimum, at the very beginning of Maslow’s pyramid). I mean, certainly what we consider”good life” depends on the situation that we were brought up in and the one that we currently reside in. Sorry if I got you wrong, but I’d say that including more to the bare minimum than is necessary is the driving force behind not only consumerism and self-indulgence but also in the current “discrimination” of other nations = We require more to ourselves and take advantage of countries in which people are not “requiering” as much as we, to fulfill our”needs” and in the process exploit them.

        • W.’s Sentient Phone

          W. would like you to know that standard of living varies by nation, but that doesn’t indicate what is necessary to live. W. believes that access to greater commercial goods/property/experiences raises one’s perception of what is necessary, but those same items don’t lead to a more worthwhile living. Standard of living =/= thriving. W. apologizes for any confusion, as he is currently traveling

      • I read this in the voice of a Hannar from Mass Effect. This one would like you to know that he values…

    • Gurrp
  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom and Void

    Wha, this is incredibltly well written Stuff W. One of my favorites of this toilet.

    • W.’s Sentient Phone

      W. thanks you, goat

  • This post sums up so many of my feelings on modern life. I would like to note that these themes are not exclusive to black metal. The kvlt and the punx should be bffs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01WJVkog9_E

    • Guacamole Jim

      I actually dig this! I’m not really into punx, but the stuff I’ve heard hasn’t really been worth devoting my time to. I quite like Bad Religion (though I don’t know if they count…).

      • Bad Religion counts. I love the hell out of Leftover Crack. It’s been a long time since I regularly jammed trad punk but there are (or were, I guess?) some great acts out there. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking Dillinger Four, Kid Dynamite, & R.A.M.B.O.

    • George Clarke

      rah

    • Gurrp

      I think there is some crossover there, not the least of which is Darkthrone playing punk for a couple albums.

  • George Clarke

    that painting tho

  • JWG

    Speaking of Cascadian Black Metal, I decided recently to look into the work of “Walden” a bit more than my previous exposure – their one track on a split with Harrow (another fine local CBM band). I really should have done so sooner.

    Some of these are free, some are Name Your Price:

    https://westshorekult.bandcamp.com/

    I’m especially impressed by the most recent works.

  • “Without life and life abundant, we would become simple worker ants, droning around in our hives of industry, knowing neither pleasure nor pain but rather simple, blasé existence.”
    Check out this 45-minute documentary called “How Beer Saved the World”
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1832368/

    • Stockhausen

      That’s a great watch.

      • yeah i don’t know how much of it is FACT, but it all sure sounds good and made me go “ahhh… i believe that!”

        • Stockhausen

          Yeah, some of it seemed a little blown out of proportion, but I still enjoyed a beer and said “Yeah!” to it.

          • Stock, i feel like you and i would clank beer bottles together a lot

          • Stockhausen

            We did that one time, and it was awesome. We will again one day, mark my words.

  • George Clarke

    holy shit stagnant waters is craaaaay

  • Stockhausen

    I can’t believe I’m the first to do it, but…
    #StayCentered

    • Stockhausen

      But to stay on topic and not be douchey, great article. I’ve been wrestling with a few black metal articles since the genre provides an avenue for a huge array of discussions.

      • Tyree
      • Edward #negrod4eva

        To stay on the subtopic which you created with your comment, I am starting one this weekend.

        inb4 anyone asks if I still listen to metal.

        • Stockhausen

          I had a seventh grader ask me today if I listen to screamo, because he heard I’m in a screamo band.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            If you’re in a screamo band, isn’t it obvious that you listen to screamo

          • KJM

            -___-

          • George Clarke

            wait u r in a screamo band???

            hmu

          • Tyree

            Stockhausen worships the screamo. He screams for scream!

          • KJM

            Scream for me, Screamo!!!!

          • Stockhausen

            Dude yeah, if you need us to open for death haven let us know. I loved sun bathing.

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            And of course he probably thought screamo is melodic metalcore.

  • Holy shitballs this article. Axl would have an aneurysm from reading the first paragraph alone.

    • his article would read something like this:

      “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the foundational tenets of American society. Frankie Palmeri wants none of these, he just wants the world to hear the latest Emmure track…”

  • George Clarke

    LOOK INTO THE MIRROR

    EMBRACE THE VOID

    ASCEND MORTAL COIL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2iwAAaEZvE

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Yay, it’s George Clarke! I love Deafheaven!

    • Tyree

      Flush.

      • KJM

        Agreed.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I for one disagree.

  • old_man_doom

    “If we live by the puerile mantra of “living life without regrets,” we will never know true challenge or the meaning of testing ourselves, never plumb the depths of our humanity and realize the heights to which we can truly rise if we are held down by concatenations of fleeting pursuits and trivial luxuries.”

    Real talk. Although, I did have to look up “concatenations” (even though I’m an English major).

    • The only reason I even know what concatenation means is because I’m a programmer. “Co” + “ol”

      • Edward #negrod4eva

        I still don’t know what it means.

        • In programming, a concatenated string is the example I used above. “Hell” + “o” = “Hello”. To concatenate things is to combine them, or append them together

        • W.’s Sentient Phone

          Chains

  • Excellent article! Major, major props for the Stagnant Waters shout out

  • BLVKKBEVRD, PVRPLE WYZDOOM

    I’M GONNA GET FUCKED UP

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Prometheus is such a killer album. Who needs necro when the tunes go this hard?

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    I read none of this. Hail Satan!

    • w.’s Sentient Phone

      W. says, “Hail KSOFM!”

  • Nicely written, W! (Sorry for the late read…working and shit.)

  • This is an article about which I would say this is a really fucking good article.

  • Hah, Americans! Mad that Best Korea destroyed your consumerist holiday and smashed American cinema with our superior films? Hah!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJoQOQHQ8oA