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on 23 July 2011
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. Having said that I enjoyed reading the first section of the book as this covers the origins of black metal music and the interplay between the main players in the Norwegian scene. Unfortunately the extended coverage of Satanism, Paganism, Norse mythology, and the political Far Right (pretty much everything after chapter 6) ended up spoiling a good beginning and in the end I couldn't help thinking that if the people involved in the scene were really into death and chaos they could at least have had the honesty of Dead and topped themselves, sparing us all the bother of hearing their ill-conceived pseudo-religious drivel. On balance, then, I'd say the the whole book is for the hardcore fan only, but the first few chapters make an interesting read for anyone wanting to fill in their knowledge of the late 80's / early 90's Norwegian metal scene.
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on 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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on 11 December 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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on 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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on 7 July 2016
A brilliant book that looks into the rise of black metal, the influences it took from and how it affected heavy metal and its adoring fans.
The book gives you an incredibly comprehensive look in to the people involved in the scene and related movements. However some information is repeated and too much detail is occasionally given in certain areas and so because of this parts of the book were hard going.
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on 18 July 2009
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 recieve this a mere five days after ordering it from Amazon.

As far as books go this is interesting, informative, and useful. There is a good range of interviews, some wonderful photos, and some fascinating insights. Despite the book's slightly sensationalist tone, it offers a balanced look at the events of Norway's 90s, neither approving nor codeming the acts. It offers some good explanations as to why the scene built up in Norway, and offers comparisons with Sweden's death metal scene.

Thoroughly reccommended.
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on 5 April 2013
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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on 25 October 2006
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 metal and death metal and the evil that has lurked and still lurks within whether it be in the lyrics,the artwork,the political views and of course the murders that ripped through norway in the early 90s and the copycat murders that have followed.

The book is filled with interviews from the leading players and has plenty of interviews with varg vikernes who murdered his former bandmate euronymous and is still serving time for it.

The book is well written,insightful and most of all interesting,it isnt too judgemental and whether it should be is up to the reader in truth,certainly it waffles on a bit towards the end but by then you will have been entertained and informed,pretty brilliant stuff.
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on 12 March 2013
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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on 2 January 2011
Absolutely necessary to understand what happen in Norway back in the beginning of the 90s with metal bands and their "hobbies" after playing music. A piece of history that should not only interest a metalhead but also everyone who's interested in social and cultural movements like the black metal scene in Northern Europe.
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