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Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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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.
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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