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Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground [Paperback]

Didrik Soderlind , Michael Moynihan
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915941
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This second edition, fully revised, discusses the crimes committed by Black Metal practitioners since 1997 in one of the strangest sagas in the history of rock and roll.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough emphasis on music... 28 April 2008
The first half of the book is actually an enjoyable read, which explores the beginnings of the Black Metal genre (I hate the word 'scene'), looking at the significance of bands such as: Bathory, Venom and Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and their influence on bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and Emperor.

The emphasis on ideology could have been an interesting topic of discussion, however many of the ideologies discussed in LOC are half baked, incoherent and serve no other purpose than to provoke.. but that is a majority of black metal for you. Some of the comments in the Burzum/Mayhem interviews are just damn funny.

There are/have been bands worldwide (South America, Italy, Hellas etc) who have brought significantly better/more important MUSIC to the genre and do not receive the attention or praise they deserve. I guess the mass media is to blame for the intense focus on Norwegian Black Metal, resulting in misguided, mainstream interpretations of the genre based on murder (which had nothing to do with the music or ideology in the first place), clown make up, pseudo-satanism and fascism.

The book's primary focus is on the norwegian movement (murder, arson etc) and has little to do with music itself. Almost half of the book delves into Varg Vikernes, his politics and the murder of Euronymous: which is all extremely boring- especially after witnessing its sensationalism in newspapers, magazines and TV 'news' reports. The author/s have made little effort to avoid this, but do offer a more balanced point of view as far as these actions are concerned, but its still monotonous and fairly pointless reading.

If you think black metal is exclusive to Norway, or that Norwegians pioneered the genre.. think again and look further than this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great 11 Dec 2009
It starts off quite interesting, looking at things like black metal's history and the most important musicians in the genre. However, it focuses far too much on just Varg Vikernes, and at times even seems to completey off topic by going onto subjects such as National Socialism and teen violence in America which is complete unrelated to black metal. All in all, it focuses too much on the contiversies caused by 'black metallers', rather than the actual music.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 May 2004
I've been a fan of heavy meal for some time now, but I've always wondered what the more extreme aspect of the genre. This book is a briliant introduction to the early nineties Norweigan scene as it hyped itself to the max through the grisly enterprises of Varg Vikernes and Oystein Aarseth et al. Full of the styles history, main characters, and deep explanations into why Scandinavia?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 5 April 2013
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I currently writing an essay about the rise of black metal in Norway and this book is amazing for information and use of reference. As my favorite genre of music, this book gives you a deep insight into the roots of Black Metal,and the bands and members who drove the genre forward. This is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 1 April 2013
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the best book about the origins and development of the Black metal's original land,and its influence untill the nowadays.Great book.
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the book himself capture the glory days of black metal . when is was feared , when is was underground and not commercial , not like today when you see most bands ( if not all ! ) mix some classical elements or folk elements with their black metal , l wouldlike to punch them in a face !!! euronymous was right and l fully agree with him when its made the following statement : we should bring all the trendy peoples in our concerts and beat them up ! or : black metal is black cloths and spikes , not jogging suits like all those trendy death metal bands !!! its a shame that euronymous and dead are not in this world anymore , because if their were alive , their attitude will not change toward black metal , even a bit ! just that part alone is worth it all the book ! another fact is the churche burning ( war against christianity ) is not as stupide as your think ! when you see all those old lady or jeovah witness give you thoses flyers with god or christ writting on it , and l am talking to this day ( 2013 ) its give you some inpulses to be satanic !!! - essential book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 31 May 2012
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It is a very nice book, but I think that it is a tough and easy-to-misunderstand read if you are not open to the mechanics of Metal
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the hardcore fan only.
I can't say I'm a big fan of black metal music: There are some good records out there but I'm more a Death & Thrash man. Read more
Published on 23 July 2011 by Mr. Simon J. Harpham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of History
Absolutely necessary to understand what happen in Norway back in the beginning of the 90s with metal bands and their "hobbies" after playing music. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Noelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights into a fascinating movement
Having had ordered this book from W H Smiths and never recieved it (and upon phoning to chase it up being informed that there were none in stock) I was pleasantly surprised to... Read more
Published on 18 July 2009 by E. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars very very good
lords of chaos:the bloody rise of the satanic metal underground is a book that delves into the darkest depths of the metal world in the forms of two key genres within,mainly black... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2006 by sean paul mccann
3.0 out of 5 stars i love Transylvania too!
A sensationalist book indeed. If you're interested in black metal and its culture than get it. It does tend to waffle on a little at times and lose the plot; probing too... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2006 by Ms. E. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM THE DARKEST PAST
Any one with the slightest interest in the occult or be it just, heavy metal music. Should own this book. A fasinating delve into the true days when metal was feared. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2004 by Edward Ruff
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