Another Documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal Scene

Another very informative documentary on the black metal scene. This one is a lot more recent and includes a very detailed prison interview with Varg Vikernes, the man behind the band Burzum, who was sentenced to 21 years in prison for murdering fellow musician and Mayhem’s guitarist Euronymous in 1993. Some of his social commentary, while controversial, is also very informative and sociologically relevant.

Awesome Documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal Pioneers Mayhem

This is a pretty crazy documentary on the rise of the most influential and violent black metal band ever: Norway’s Mayhem. Be warned though as it contains themes of suicide, murder, violence, and anti-Christianity, but it is eye-opening and very informative for those interested in sociology of culture/music. Also contains lots of insider views from some of the closest figures associated with the scene.

Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge by Keith Kahn-Harris

This is probably the most solid book on the extreme metal scene written by a sociologist. Kahn-Harris talks about all the usual stuff regarding gender, race, and violence in a way that is fresh and appealing. He’s one of a handful of sociologists of music who manage to talk about the topic without buying into all the typical oh-metal-is-evil-how-could-anybody-listen-to-it bullshit.

What makes this book really stand out from the rest is KH‘s analytical framework, focus on capital flows, and emphasis the role that institutions play in the creation and diffusion of metal music at the local and global level. If you’re even remotely interested in the sociology of music you should check out this title and read it carefully.

Lords of Chaos : The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind

Controversial and unapologetic, the authors offer an unparalleled view into the history of the rise of black metal in Scandinavia. What makes the book unique and controversial is that Moynihan has often been viewed as a polarizing figure himself. Regardless, the book is simply captivating whether you like the music or not. If you’re looking for something different to read then be sure to check this title out.

Soilwork and Soulfly Live at the Masquerade

I saw some great bands at The Masquerade last Friday night. Earthside, Shattered Sun, Soilwork, and Soulfly all put on an amazing show.

I mainly went to catch Soilwork and they did not disappoint–they were tight, loud, and extremely energetic. I also ran into band members David Andersson (guitar), Markus Wibom (bass), and Dirk Verbeuren (drums, not pictured) who were super nice people and were cool about taking a photo with me.

And finally, to put a sociological spin on the night’s events, there were many women, older men, and different racial minorities in the crowd, which goes against all the old-school theories about metal music. Maybe, just maybe, metal music is not the music of predominantly white teenage boys anymore?

Scary face...chill dudes

Scary face, chill dudes: Soilwork and I

Band of the Week: Mors Principium Est

I play music, listen to music, record music, and naturally, critique and review music. So here is a weekly columns dedicated to introducing bands that are new to me. To kick things off, I bring to you Mors Principium Est.

Fast and furious melodic death metal from Finland, these guys are actually a multinational band with the two guitarists originating out of France and England, which makes them even more interesting!

Plus, any band with a Latin name that translates to Death Is the Beginning has got be worth a listen…and these guys sure are.

Check out the song Monster in Me off their latest album Dawn of the 5th Era below.


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