Morbid Tomes: The Divine Marquis

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In this edition of my occasional series of posts exploring the connections between literature and heavy metal, I will consider the inspiration of the Marquis de Sade. We’ll look at just a few of the countless black and death metal bands who have embraced Sade over the years and see how his obsessions with power, sex, and corruption have exerted a lasting influence on heavy music.

Few literary or cultural figures have attracted as much attention from metal bands as the French nobleman born Donatien Alphonse François in June 1740 – with the notable exceptions of H.P. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley, of course. This makes perfect sense, considering Sade was a man who described himself in 1806 as “Imperious, choleric, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the likes of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.” It doesn’t get much more metal than that. Many songwriters may simply appreciate Sade for championing transgressive sexuality, lending his name to the undeniably brutal word “sadism,” and offering Gothic imagery of corrupt clergy and nobility exploiting virgins in their castles. However, a few show a deeper engagement in the ideas of this complex figure.

The great French feminist thinker Simone de Beauvoir penned probably the most important defense of the value of reading Sades’ works. She explained that despite his serious limitations as both writer and philosopher, “Sade’s aberrations begin to acquire value when, instead of enduring them as his fixed nature, he elaborates an immense system to order to justify them. Inversely, his books take hold of us as soon as we become aware that for all their repetitiousness, their platitudes and clumsiness, he is trying to communicate  an experience whose distinguishing characteristic is, nevertheless, a tendency to be incommunicable.” Of course, regardless of how interesting his perspective on the unrestrained pursuit of pleasure or frequently pornographic texts may be, it is important to note that Sade was also guilty of assaulting multiple women, including a housekeeper he confined, then beat, cut, and burned with hot wax.

Nonetheless, libertinism was only the most prominent expression of Sade’s commitment to individual freedom, beliefs he expounded in the obscene texts he largely wrote while imprisoned. He had a period of freedom between 1790 and 1801, during which he published several of his books, worked as an official in the revolutionary government, was elected to the National Convention, and wrote pamphlets arguing in favor of a transition to direct democracy.Whatever may have been his just desserts for this colorful career, Napoleon had him imprisoned without trial in 1801 for his writing. After his family had him declared insane, Sade lived out most of his remaining years confined to Charenton lunatic asylum, dying in 1814. Such is the pervasive nature of Sade’s influence, however, that in several of the cases below the bands probably never had to read a word of his fiction to exhibit its influence in their music, lyrics, or image.

Venom – “One Thousand Days in Sodom”

In Sade’s unfinished prison masterpiece The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinism, four wealthy, powerful men and their prostitute associates imprison eight children between the ages of 12 and 15, along with their own daughters, in order to engage in escalating acts of sexual and violent depravity. The self-described “most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began” trails off into an increasingly loose outline, culminating with the list of the order in which 30 characters were to be murdered, had Sade ever finished.

On Venom’s 1981 debut album, Welcome to Hell, the black metal progenitors borrow some of Sade’s imagery while also recalling the Biblical Sodom, wiped out by God for its sinful ways. 120 days apparently deemed insufficient, the lyrics imagine 1,000 days and – by the end – 1,000 years of enduring “life in hell” over a mid-tempo groove. In his distinctive croak, Cronos describes, “Children slaughtered daily there, mothers by their sides/No mercy given no matter how they cried.” Moreover, Venom’s appreciation for casual blasphemy ties in well with a novel that includes a bishop among its cast of murderous libertines and features an early admonition that “it is strictly forbidden to relieve onesself anywhere save in the chapel.” In the song, the only relief from Sodom’s misery comes through the short-lived respite of the uncharacteristically melodic solo break.

Bathory – “Sadist (Tormentor)”

Early on, Quorthon owed a great deal of his musical and lyrical vocabulary to the aforementioned New Wave of British Heavy Metal legends. Hence, it makes sense that he paid his own indirect tribute to Sade with this track on sophomore album The Return… With his still limited English vocabulary, the Swedish black metal pioneer imagines a murderer driven by a desire for sexual gratification: “I welter in blood, I rape and slay/Stab, sliver, lacerate./So many lusts to satisfy./To still my hunger another must die.” Unlike the vast majority of Sade’s libertines, the tormentor of the Bathory song faces consequences for his actions as the song’s tempo picks up, lamenting “I gotta pay for my lusts../They’re dragging me down…”

Sodom – “Incest”

Sade’s 1795 dialogue of libertine education, Philosophy in the Bedroom, depicts Madame de Saint-Ange and her brother and frequent lover, the Chevalier de Mirval who both join the dominant Dolmancé in corrupting a 15-year old girl. Sounding much like these characters, the narrator of this track from Teutonic thrash classic Agent Orange sets out to “denounce moralisers” and extols the pleasures of keeping it in the family. Singer and bassist Tom Angelripper may have successfully chose one of the few lyrical topics that can still make hardened metalheads feel a little queasy, even if the usual denials of conventional morality make it all feel rather familiar. “Satisfaction in the sign of crime/The meaning of my life,” he snarls.”There is no sin all down the line/No repentance pay the price.” While the speaker also expresses appreciation for his sister’s “nymphomania dressed in leather,” he is above all motivated by narcissism, a desire for “a portrait of myself.” That’s a handy little summation of decadence in general.

Immolation – “No Forgiveness (Without Bloodshed)

Immolation’s Ross Dolan was clearly inspired by Sade’s irreverence and satires on power, as filtered through Italian writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film adaptation, Salò. Pasolini relocated the premise of 120 Days to Fascist Italy and reworked the structure in imitation of Dante Alighieri’s description of Hell in The Divine Comedy. Thus the torments of the abducted children proceed through the Circles of Manias, Excrement, and Blood. Dolan faithfully summarizes the controversial film’s plot on this early slab of brutality that opened Immolation’s 1989 demo before appearing on the debut full-length Dawn of Possession. The lyrics refer to each of the Four Circles, including a gruesome account of scatological acts: “Kneel down before the Lords/And taste the filth awaiting You/A noble feast for those enslaved.” Ick.

Beherit – “Sadomatic Rites”

The frontman of these Finnish second-wave black metal legends, Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance, aka Marko Laiho, was likely more interested in paying homage to Venom and screaming fun things like “Sinning sex, bestial rape!” than exploring Sade’s texts. Here the “City of lust/Incest and brutality” is the center of sexual, Satanic rites. Nonetheless, the complex if strained wordplay in the title definitely bears attention. Notably, Beherit’s drummer Jari Pirinen has at times gone by the similar tag, Sodomatic Slaughter.

Samael – “Flagellation”

Samael singer and guitarist Vorph, on the other hand, had a bit more to say about the benefits of a BDSM lifestyle in this track from Ceremony of Opposites, the 1994 album that inaugurated the Swiss band’s mingling of its earlier black metal style with industrial influences. As the record’s title suggests, the lyrics throughout are preoccupied with seeming contradictions, including the dichotomies between sadism and masochism, submission and domination.”Flagellation” demonstrates an appreciation for the decadent philosophical underpinnings of the bondage subculture that trace back to Sade and the near-constant beatings in the course of the orgies he describes.. “Punishment and reward/The whip is ambiguous,” Vorph explains over the battery of relentless industrial metal chugging. “It distills vice/In a perverse refinement.”

Deathspell Omega – “Decadence”

On the closing track from Inquisitors of Satan, France’s foremost black metal practitioners briefly slow to a doomy pace as the lyrics paint a Sade-inspired portrait of violent, blasphemous, and orgiastic pleasure-seeking with some added bestiality for good measure. Original vocalist Shaxul, in his final recording with the band, spits lines like, “Nothing is vile enough, nothing too extreme/For beyond the limits of that which is grotesque/Torture and pleasure, sperm comes with death.” Over the years, the band has matched its musical experimentation with an increasingly existential, theologically involved approach to its Satanism. It is appropriate, then, that they concluded their initial phase of raw black metal with this celebration of sheer perversity and excess.

Belphegor – “Justine: Soaked in Blood” and “Chronicles of Crime”

These Austrian blackened death metallers take their commitment to BDSM seriously, and thus their 2008 album Bondage Goat Zombie features two tributes to the father of the lifestyle. “Justine: Soaked in Blood” takes its title and subject matter from Sade’s novel, Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue, written during his imprisonment in the Bastille and first published in 1791.  The novel recounts 14 years in the life of the title character, whose attempts to cling to virtue lead to repeated experiences of violence, sexual exploitation, and humiliation. The song provides the usual Sadean catalogue of horrors over a driving death metal riff, before pausing for a bit of eerie melody and a whisper of the title, and then plunging into black metal. “Chronicles of Crime,” with a title that brings to mind Sade’s collection of pornographic and Gothic short stories The Crimes of Love, features similar elements with greater emphasis on Nile-influenced death metal riffs. Belphegor vocalist and guitarist Helmuth Lehner again proclaims allegiance to Sade’s obsessions: “Nights of endless suffering/Philosophy of sacrilege/Carnal debauch – suffocates the neophyte.”

Aborted – “Sade and Libertine Lunacy”

On latest album, The Necrotic Manifesto, Aborted’s singer and sole remaining original member, Sven de Caluwé takes on the persona of Sade himself: “For I am Sade, emissary of torment./Sliver in ache whilst from hymen you are torn./Lashing and gashing at Persephone./In the mouth of madness, innocence I devour.” That Sade is an important inspiration for the frontman would hardly be surprising to anyone who has followed the Belgian band’s career, in which Caluwé has repeatedly explored the kind of scatological imagery that was so fascinating to the libertine author. Their 1999 debut album, The Purity of Perversion, features a graphic tribute to masochism titled “Gurgling Rotten Feces,” and the theme has resurfaced frequently over the years, including on the 2014 record with a track called “Excremental Veracity.”

Man, I’m sick of thinking about rape and poop now. This is why I’d never make it as a gore metal singer. Anyway, I leave the business of further discussing Sade’s ongoing influence on the metal scene and questionable merit as an author to the comments section.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck, like I need another reminder about Venom.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6mM3iZkqK8

  • Good shit. Keep it depraved and fucked.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e39cSW8cX9w

  • Lets open this up, fellas.

    GL

    https://i.imgflip.com/y20kv.gif

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Another depraved fuck……Gilles de Rais….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYodrboK-1o

    • “Satanic rites, satanic rites…
      Be a good girl
      And just do what I say
      I whip you ’till you faint
      I cut off your sweet, sweet legs
      I fuck your helpless body
      And bury it in the dirt”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sTGxdobvvk

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Such an epic track.

  • Dubs

    Dr. K, I’m working on a paper related to ethics of automation in a human factors, setting, and I came across some interesting claims that the best, most valuable work/art/tasks are those that are both aesthetically pleasing and those that are ethically good. The author of one paper partially derived this from the argument that the most rewarding tasks are those that require high information processing coupled with a great ease of use. Connecting these points, I think the authors would argue that Sade’s philosophy falls into the realm of extremely attractive but morally wrong, and extremely harmful and should therefore be beyond recommendation. What do you think of the argument that aesthetics and ethics are intrinsically linked? I think, from a philosophical perspective, at least understanding the libertine approach is important for comprehending extreme hedonism, but perhaps of not much other value.

    • Dubs

      I typed that in one go and added some extraneous commas. Forgive me.

      • Jason Kolkey

        Ha, I had plenty of copy editing errors in this post, so no worries. I’m going to contemplate my response to your actual post and write it shortly, while I eat lunch.

        • Dubs

          Thanks! It’s an interesting question, and I’m not sure how I’d quantify “ethically good” in the realm of metal since so much lyrical content could be considered satire or following a sort of transcendental ideal, but the thought exercise is probably worthwhile.

          • Dagon

            Popular music in general is doomed if we’re to follow this suit.

            Being virtuous is too hard.

          • Dubs

            We can get into another sticky wicket here if we argue that virtue ethics are not the best ethical approach on account of being incomplete, theory-wise.

          • Dagon

            Not sure if I have enough knowledge to engage in this topic but it does interest me.

          • Dubs

            You can kind of roughly lump the main ethical theories into utilitarianism, deontological ethics, and virtue (Aristotelian) ethics. Some argue that while trying to live virtuously is admirable, it’s kind of an incomplete ethical system. Most people operate under some combination of all of these or incorporate ethical egoism/hedonism into their value systems.

          • Dagon

            I read briefly about it. When I said virtuous I meant it in more colloquial terms, not necessarily what it means in philosophy.

            I think what I tried to say is that my standards are dangerously low when it comes to art/entertainment I consume.

          • Dubs

            Well, you do tend toward hedonism…

          • Dagon

            I am not… entirely. Just, sort of hedonist. Stop picking on me!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Awww, such a sensitive hedonist. Sounds like a paradox to me.

          • Dagon

            I’m not a hedonist, I just like the occasional boozing, whoring or lazy-ing.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            *occasional* scratch that, *daily*

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Sure you do.

          • more beer

            That sounds like you are a normal guy.

          • Dubs

            I am just teasing you. Your own ethics, from observation, are deeply connected to your political leanings. You have a very independent/individualistic ethics system. There are views out there that ethical egoism is actually right in a “rising tide carries all ships” kind of way. Interestingly, the majority of Americans recently polled on automated vehicles would prefer their cars save them rather than saving someone else in a crash situation.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My standards are basically non existent as well.

          • Maybe that’s why I hate Macklemore so much.

          • Dagon

            Either that or that fact that he’s an insufferable prick that should be slain. I don’t think there’s anyone that annoys me as much as he does. Not even Flo Rida.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I despise Flo Rida. He’s an awful rapper and was out rapped last night by Bo Dallas on Raw.

          • They even had Rick Ross backstage last night, and they still went with freakin’ Flo Rida. Even R-Truth has more Hip Hop cred than that joker.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Rick Ross cant rap worth shit either. That guys a coronary waiting to happen

          • Ultimately, yes.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            DJ Khaled is the only good rapper these days.

          • Dubs

            Don’t doxx me bro.

    • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

      Ethically good or morally good?

      • Dubs

        Ethics. Morals and ethics are obviously not the same, but to laypeople the two are see interchangeably. When I say ethics, I’m referring to the actual ethical theories.

        • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

          Youre so smart

          /swoon

          • Dubs

            Pish posh.

    • Jason Kolkey

      So, my immediate reaction to the idea the the best art is ethically “good” or morally instructive is that it is a narrow, regressive, and inevitably highly subjective standard. Different artists and philosophers have argued for many other standards that I would personally consider more useful, whether it’s Kant with his concept of “disinterested pleasure,” Keats’ idea of “negative capability” (the piece of art allows us to embrace our state of subjective uncertainty), or Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde arguing that art’s beauty is its own justification.

      Leaving that aside, however, I think there may in fact be some ethical value in recognizing and perhaps even embracing the extremes of human thought and behavior. Attempting to shut out the destructive impulses that lurk on the edge of consciousness is often more damaging than confronting them and attempting to understand why there are still present. There is that “reptile brain” present in each of us, and we have a far better chance of addressing our personal failings and ethical behavior in general if we take the occasional long, hard look at it. Beauvoir thought it wrong to burn or ignore Sade, not because he was a great writer, but because he captured (or at least gestured to) something ugly but true in human existence. As an existentialist, she believed that we are far too willing to delude ourselves. When we think about the extremes of human behavior by reading Sade, reading accounts of Holocaust atrocities, listening to pornogrind, etc., we may actually be doing a service to our understanding of what it means to be a human subject and perhaps that is in itself an ethical pursuit.

      • Dubs

        Thanks so much for this response! I think for any ethical theory, reflection is key to reaching those higher levels of critical thinking. In fact, a utilitarian would very likely be required to reflect on these sort of depraved actions in order to acknowledge that in a similar situation such actions do not maximize the right for all. I appreciate you referencing other philosophers in there too. Ethics of art is something I’ve considered only minimally (mainly in the context of how much coverage do I want to give to music that endorses something I consider morally repugnant), but it has been on my mind more lately. I think, when it comes to the idea of censorship, that encouraging personal reflection on whether something is edifying to the individual versus a collectivist statement of right or wrong is perhaps the more valuable effort.

        • Jason Kolkey

          Yeah, there may be something to focusing more on the individual experience. The philosopher Alain Badiou has an ontological concept of ethics that calls for embracing difference and subjectivity. Ethical goodness is based in faithfulness to a particular “event,” which can be aesthetic, political, sexual, etc. I have found that a really interesting and useful approach.

          • Dubs

            Sounds a bit to me like the Aristotelian idea of virtuous living being that which is done consistently.

            As an aside to this discussion, it’s been far easier for me to grapple with morally reprehensible ideas in literature because it feels far more educational as a medium than music. For example, in high school I could see the value of reading Mein Kampf, but I currently have a hard time justifying listening to NSBM bands.

  • I think Archgoat is a good example of this… One of the most deviant bands out there now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqre6vBL6pM

  • Quills. See it if you haven’t.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u–PYnIYewE

  • Dagon

    In a way, you can argue that Beauvoir was saying Sade is like really lo-fi, crusty metal of the filthy variety. As uninventive and crude as it may be, sometimes it’s incredibly satisfying.

  • Call me a wuss/puss/whatever but I generally dislike an lyrics that touch on these subjects. It is just kinda taboo and I am not comfortable with them. Serious props for going through all these artists and culminating them into this article, though, Jason.

    GL

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      You’re a wuss.

      • I think humans have a natural predisposition of being wussy. So yeah, maybe!

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I can be a wuss as well

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          WUSSMAIDER WUSSMAIDER WUSSMAIDER

    • Furthermore, with all the other junk going on in the world/things worry about. The last thing I feel like I want to focus on are obscure topics. It is not that I do not to think about them in the sense of “out of sight, out of mind” and it is not that I am discounting that such obscure things occur in real life. I would just rather focus on something that is less… bothersome? (not sure if that is the correct word I want to use…)

    • Did Dave Vincent’s Perm’s introduce you to Pissgrave yet? If not, he will…

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Triggered

      • I know of them. I feel like artists such as them appeal to persons who feel a certain sense of discomfort because the visuals/lyrics are raw. I hypothesize that the discomfort can sort of make someone feel “empowered” maybe? Kinda like how we all felt when we first got into metal music? You know?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Or if you’re a serial killer and get off on killing humans, because you feel like a god.

          • Dubs

            That’s what Dr. K was getting at with his comment on narcissism. I think for a lot of sadists, while the pleasure is a key aspect, the aggrandizement of self and the power that accompanies humilation is a key component.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Oh, exactly.

          • Dagon

            Thinks highly (more than deserved) of him/herself is one of the checklists in the psycopath test.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy_Checklist

          • I though thinking highly of oneself was human nature?

          • I wish I had your brain chemistry.

          • Dagon

            Amen to that.

          • So when I read “thinks highly of oneself”, I think that one should be confident in ones ability. Is that not how I should read it?

          • Dagon

            He understood you, he just meant that for people with self-confidence issues it’s really hard to relate with what you said.

          • Oooooh, gotcha. I was confused. Sorry

          • Dagon

            There is a line. Also, I have to say that Hare’s checklist is just a general guide, and everyone has a couple of points on it.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I got all of em

            Did i do good?

          • You get a gold star.
            Long term goals? Keeping myself alive another 21 years. Anything after that is a bonus.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Long term goals: being an astronaut, bench pressing brock lesner, ressurecting david bowie

          • I would be cool with doing a space launch on my 70th birthday.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I believe we could do enuff drugs for you to #blastoff bro

          • I might eat a shroom or two, but I think my LSD days are long behind me.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Thats not the only way to blast off

          • If I make it to 70, I’ll be doing all the Morphine, Fentanyl, and Opana I can get my grubby little hands on.

          • fentanyl >>>>>>>>
            hospital staff have been known to rummage through garbage cans and sniff used fentanyl patches.

          • Dagon

            You did great, honey.

          • Those natural highs people get from their body are evil mother flushers!

          • nothing can beat a good external high

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Except maybe being internally high simultaneously.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Those people voided their right to exist by doing what they do. If it were up to me they’d be executes in the most horrific ways.

          • Dubs

            That sounds kind of sadistic, bro.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I have serious feelings when it comes to serial killers. I can be very sadistic in what I say but I know I’d never do it.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Spoken like a true Catholic.

          • APPLY ICE TO BURNED AREA. #SHREKT

          • I use to think that person who did horrible things should be put to death in horrible ways. But I tend to believe that having to live with the things you have done for the rest of your life (amongst the other pleasures of being incarcerated) is much more a punishment (prior to your death), than just outright murdering someone for a crime.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Living with that is the ultimate torture.

          • Dagon

            Back to psychopaths again, they feel no guilt. At all. So really it would just be boredom.

          • That is a fair counterpoint.

          • Executes!

        • I was just messing with Dave Vincent… But, sure. I don’t know. I just like fucked up shit.

          • I think it is more like people are intrigued by the topics and since the topics are taboo you can explore what those topics are through a medium that you also enjoy. It doesn’t mean that anyone is right or wrong… but… it makes people feel uncomfortable, which can be fun sometimes. I guess.

          • Sure.

    • I prefer spooky, sci-fi shit with my riffs, as everybody has probably noticed by now.

      • I like vague messages about overcoming adversity and/or ignorant violence.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          MY FAMILY
          MY BLOOD
          RESPECT
          MOTHAFUGGAH

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Every hardcore lyric?

          • Essentially.

          • Maaaaaaaaan. I dig Escape. No fucks given.

          • It was funny to witness live. I’ll say that.

          • I did when the album first came out, now not so much, still a classic album though.

          • For what is essentially a perfect album, this song is the weakest.

          • Agreed.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, it fits your favorite lyrical content.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Worst song on an otherwise perfect album.

          • pssssh Trapped Under Ice wins that battle. snoooooooooze

          • Dubs

            That song rules. You’re objectively wrong.

          • I think you are subjectively wrong! So there!

            <3

          • ^^^This.

          • ME GORAK B.C.™
          • Nah, Trapped Under Ice rips.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, both of those songs. Would have been a killer 6 song album.

          • Even if there were just 6 songs, it would have been long enough! lol

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            IT NOT AS BAD AS ACTUALLY BE TRAPPED UNDER ICE!!!!!!!!!

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Jason Kolkey

            I love every song on the first four Metallica albums, and I am willing to fight over it [see my bio above].

          • Jason Kolkey

            I wrote five at first, and then reconsidered whether I would actually fight in defense of the Black Album.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Your retraction is noted.

          • Dubs

            You mean you wouldn’t go to bat for “Don’t Tread on me”?

          • Jason Kolkey

            And yet I like it! Perhaps largely because I’ve always thought the lyrics were meant to satirize jingoistic attitudes, not embrace them…which may be totally wrong.

          • jingoistic. I am going to have to look that one up.

          • Dubs

            Hard to tell!

          • I don’t think it’s worth fighting about. Just a weaker song in my opinion and my opinions are usually fucking shit so.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You pile of fuck.

          • I like to eat a large bowl of fuck.

          • First 4.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I like music that tells you to rock and roll all night and party every day.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I don’t like evil stuff. I feel dirty if I listen to it.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Immolation>>>

    • Fucking right.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm
        • Dang. That’s a lot of Satanic blasting.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Looks like it’s going to be the best UK metal show since Damnation ’14.

          • I’ve seen Marduk, Dark Funeral, and Tsjuder live before. Marduk and Tsjuder are phenomenal live bands. Dark Funeral… Not so much.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Hecate Enthroned, Immolation and Marduk is enough to do it for me.

          • Krisiun and Immolation will be great!

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I hope this means Immolation will be doing more European dates. If they played Damnation this year I’d vomit my brain through my nose.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Did you see DF with Blackmoon?

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Fuck yeah Dark Funeral

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            People still like them?

          • I don’t know how honestly.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, I saw them live once and it was just bad. Just give me their first two releases. That’s all you need.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I saw them last year, performed their debut in full. Nothing special happened, but I’ve seen better bands play worse shows multiple times.

          • Seeing their debut played live would be pretty rad.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Probably my favorite track by them. And another killer cover by Necrolord.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggnPy2WhaZA

          • Oh, that’s a mean mother-fucker. The whole album is essentially. I haven’t listened to this album in years.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, good point. From start to finish is blistering. I return to this album more than I realize.

          • I don’t have the physical copy of this album so that plays a real factor on why. If I’m not mistaken, this album is pretty hard to find on vinyl for a decent price.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Shit, no clue. Just have it on CD.

          • Nice! I’ll have to search for it while at MDF.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            It somehow manages to sound symphonic without actually being symphonic. Maybe it’s the guitar tone?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Good point. Must be the whole minor key feel.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Easily one of the top 10 black metal albums. Gotta be.

      • more beer

        I second this.

        • Was it you who told me about talking with Ross Dolan about religion?

          • more beer

            Oh yea, a lot of times. We are old friends we met in 85 or 86 and ran in the same circles. I just hung out with him and Rob, in October at California Death Fest all day on Sunday until their set. I even had him give my phone # to a mutual friend of ours when he got back to Yonkers and he gave him my #. Because he called me a week later.

  • This is pretty dense to me to digest today with this freaking flu. But, in advance, I just want to thank you for this column and for all your hard work compilling all these references.

    You’re the real MVP, Dr. K.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm
  • COAL ROLL

    I wish I had more time to dig into this today

  • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

    I find I have known many of these bands over my thousands of years, and I also find that I enjoy them immensely. Your stories and songs are appreciated, young human.

    • I hope you are taking it easy, Old One. There is time. Haste makes waste.

      • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

        Ttttthhhhhhrrroooooommmmmmmmm

    • My 2016 resolution is upvoting all comments by Treebeard. Even if he’s declared as wrong, I know he will be not.

      • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

        Side? I am on nobodys side!

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Now I just wait for Treebeard to comment “Katatonia sucks”

        • Would upvote it (even if I were crying and blasting Katatonia in a melancholic mood).

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You stay true to your word. I like that.

      • Bossicus thee Rossicus

        Treebeard is the man. Metaphorically speaking.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          He’s also the wood.

          • Bossicus thee Rossicus

            Exactly.

      • Treebeard, Father of Fangorn

        Nature finds a way, little elf.

        • DoYouThinkHeSaurus

          Life, uh… finds a way.
          *FTFY

  • Another New Destroyer 666 song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pent5OK29LA

    • Fuck. That was damn good.

  • Great discussion guys.

    GL

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Don’t you mean Disqussion?
      HÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄHÄÄÄÄÄÄ

      • You are right. Maybe I need to meet other toilet people before you.

        • i’ll give you all the details after i meet him

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            Youre going to meet that rascal?

          • eventually. gotta work out some details first. I.E. what bait i can use to lure him out of his cave

          • get in contact with Gorak. I would think he might have some baiting tips

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            A flock of Corgis

          • JWEG
          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            So cute

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            My only weakness!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            GORAK ONLY 1 IN CAVE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Ya can’t catch me!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          At least half of them are McNulty.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            The other half are GL, himself

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            But GL is McNulty.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            FUCK

  • Offtopic: This is a pretty cool song by Bruce Dickinson. In HS I was infatuated with planes/mechanics. So this was a neat song.

    GL

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

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      What about killing, devils, and mountains?

      • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

        Kill devil hills is ironically at the beach

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Irony is a motherfucker.

      • It is about the Wright brothers flying at Kill Devil Hill, NC. Psweet!

    • Scrimm

      His later solo work is incedible.

      • I almost prefer it over Iron Maidens work!

        But, don’t tell anyone.

        Wait.

        • Scrimm

          I put the last 3 albums right up there with it.

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  • Waynecro

    Kick-ass article, man. Thanks! You probably got flagged by a bunch of agencies when you researched this piece, and Google now has some very strange ads for you to look at.

    • Jason Kolkey

      Best part was I did the vast majority of the research on my work computer.

      • Waynecro

        I hope you’re pals with the folks in the HR department. For my job, I had to research a bunch of weird shit–a story about a porn company that auctioned off a one-on-one webcam show, a paper about ovulating women’s need for partner/product variety, and a paper about girls’ reaching sexual maturity at a younger age–and now Google thinks I’m some kind of pervert.

  • I once subjected myself to a reading of The 120 Days of Sodom in its entirety.

    Fifteen years later, I’m still trying to scrub off that dirty feeling.

    [Fascinating article, Mr. Jason.]

  • Warheart

    I wish someone had told me not to read 120 days of sodom, it really is beyond disgusting.

    Justine and Juliette are repetitive and become kind of boring after a while, to me, his best work was Eugenie de Franval, even when the ending is just bullshit.