posted on Jan, 22 2011 @ 03:08 PM
Wow...I have been a metal head since I was a kid, played in a cover band when I was 16 in 1989 where we did some Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer, Death
Angel, Iron Maiden...etc. Never was a fan of Norwegian Black Metal...bought Diecide's first album when it came out. I did like Death and
Obituary...they were about as black as American metal was at that time...
Saw the documentary about the Norwegian bands, the church burnings, and interview with the guy who killed himself, and he did his best to represent
himself as an enemy of the church and Christianity as a whole...but not establish himself as a disciple of Satan.
Being against the church does not put you in league with the Devil in my book, especially when alot of historical fact re: not only the catholic
church but organized religion in itself can be characterized as evil.
However, when your beliefs lead to murder and destruction of property, its hard not to call that evil. I have never heard these bands, much less read
any of their lyrics/ interviews beyond what I mentioned above, so cannot comment intelligently on their motives.
My mother supported me with the band thing whole-heartedly, but warned me not to follow the anti-christian theme in doing so because of the damage it
could do to my reputation in the small town in Louisiana where we lived. Her feeling was Slayer and Obituary were taking the horror novel to the
auditory realm, and the creepy/ scary lyrics and vocals were pure entertainment, not an insight into their personal beliefs.
I agree with that completely and always have. However, with regard to Norway bands...if they take action based on their beliefs and hurt people, then
its hard not to call that evil. If they leave their creepiness in the studio and lead relatively benevolent lives, then I don't see anything evil
about the music itself at all.