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By Guido Segers

В магистерской диссертации Гвидо Сегерса, защищённой в Университете Тильбург в Нидерландах в июле 2012 г., показывается, каким образом различные радикальные идеологические течения проявляют себя в специфической музыкальной субкультуре - "блэк-метал".

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Cannibal Corpse has been mentioned, describing their music and visuals as art and Slayer, a band always considered very much satanic, actually has a Christian singer Tom Araya who regards Satan as a form of protest (Dunn, 2005). In black metal the scene aspect of a lifestyle and culture comes to its fullest, where even outside the art, the artists embrace their lyrics as a whole way of life. Their lyrics of death, purity and Satanism become something they believe in and their acts in life are known to show this.

It blows reality up to proportions that are carnavalesque, something we know is unreal and still it takes us away from this reality into a frightening pool of chaos. It is overwhelming, but it gives us a way to deal with and accept the transgression. “Metal confronts what we'd rather ignore. It celebrates what we often deny. It indulges in what we fear most. And that's why metal will always be a culture of outsiders. (Dunn, 2005)” The themes that are described are sex, violence and evil, things that we sometimes find difficult to give a place in our world.

The standstill, the nothingness that it brings sonically testifies of that. This is also heard in the sound, as mentioned before. The lifestyle of most bands revolves around the scene and the nihilistic outlook often becomes part of this. The search for something to hold on to, that gives meaning. The belief that society has no meaning, hatred towards society is in Norway that which sparks murder, 49 church burnings and suicides. The thought of prison sentences never even seems to have been part of the black metal lifestyle.

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