pretty intense shit was happening in the early 90's in norway's metal scene. There was a handful of murders spanned across a few countries, many ancient churches burnt to the ground. The funny thing is, i dont mind the music of Varg as its almost hypnotic in nature. The whole black metal movement is very interesting to me, thought maybe some metalheads/music people who like to learn more about the clouded black metal up rise in Norway and the infamous Varg.
Bonus footage. Gaahl interview. Gaahl tortured someone who confronted him. He kept him at his house and beat him and forced him to drink his own blood.
I dislike christianity as much as the next guy, but burning churches and killing people is not going to solve anything. It's interesting how he speaks of Nordic Mythology, it is actually strange that almost no one but the black metal people are going back to it. Since it is our history and past, maybe we should embrace it?
Its' a bummer than this genre of music has become so overshadowed by the actions of this delusional lunatic. Burzum had some decent music, I'll give him that, but because of his murder of Euronymous and refusal to give anyone their due credit for their contributions of the genre, he's become little more than just a figure for entertainment and little else.
Bands like Darkthrone, Emperor, and most importantly (in my opinion) Bathory have been lost in the midst of all of it and it is really only the controversy that remains from the era. The music of these other bands, and the people behind it, really is incredible, both musically and historically. The fact that Quorthon was making these Bathory albums largely by himself, my personal favorite (and I am far from alone in this) of first wave of Black Metal bands, is truly remarkable. Yet Varg Vikernes is the name everyone knows, and very little of that reputation is built upon his music.
It's disappointing to fans, and, more importantly, to the very talented musicians behind bands not called Mayhem or Burzum.
more interesting food for thought in regards to black metal. The original full on "black metal" band Mayhem had euronymous murdered by Varg and one of the lead vocalist from the band named ohlin with his band name "dead" killed himself in a very graphic way. He slit both his wrist and shot himself in the front of the skull with a shotgun with only a note that said something along the lines of "excuse the mess, cheers". The band member that found him did not call the police right away but instead ran to the store to get a camera and take a photo of "dead" post death. That photo he took became an album cover for the band, and it is a picture of "dead" hunched over forward with a shot gun in his lap and his brain had fell out the hole in the front of his skull. The band members collected fragments of his skull and gave them to people they deemed worthy in the scene.
I agree that they took the wrong approach to the whole idea of Christians and such but if you watch that vice guide to black metal where they spend a week with Gaahl it sounded like he had a very harsh childhood. He lived in a small town with no running plumbing except in a single house. The small town was owned by his family for generations and in the middle of no where. There was a single school and he attended school with 1 other schoolmate from the age of 5 till 18 and this school mate lived 45 minutes away via a car ride so he never had any children to play with, that is pure loneliness. The kicker is the child he attended school with committed suicide at age 18. I could not imagine living such a lonely life. Norway is a very drab place in the country side it appears, it had been raining 72 days straight when they shot that documentary.
I dont claim to know of norway, just stated my thoughts. Ive never been but would love to visit. I just know what i have seen in a few documentaries about black metal in norway. I am in no way an expert on Scandinavia. Didnt mean to offend you.
Right now though, it doesn't get dark. So there is that. And when it's dark we just get tired, thats that. And up where there are days without light at all is not really countryside, it's more like wilderness.
That's funny, just a couple days ago I was reading up a bit on Mayhem and it's story (''Dead'' Ohlin's suicide and Euronymous' murder etc.). I'm a metal fan (not an actual fan made of metal) and I find it weird that shit you think just happens in movies and stories can sometimes be more real than life
the scary thing is they are not that far off from a fair and just point of view but it seems like it gets taken to an extreme. Still very interesting none the less, you dont have to like the music to find interest in the events that all unfolded.