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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450572162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450572163
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pretty much every truely obsessive black metal fan is gonna want this, whether they actually read it or not. . . . An essential, and maybe controversial [addition] to your metal music library" -- Aquarius Records --Aquarius Records

"The essays are all exercises in passionate engagement, intellectual without being dryly academic . . . an exhilarating example of how to write about music as if it matters."
--Wire Magazine

Enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the more extreme forms of metal and contemporary theory --Culture Magazine

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frank Gorshin on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
All collections are a mixed bag, but this one's pretty good. Some contributions seem way too academic and self-important, but there's a lot of humor in the better ones. You gotta admire a bunch of guys who get Satanism and metal into the NY Times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on December 17, 2013
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When I read the December 15, 2009 article in the New York Times by Ben Ratliff, "Thank You, Professor, That Was Putrid," reporting on the "Hideous Gnosis" conference in Brooklyn ("Black Metal Theory Symposium I"), I was intrigued. I think it may have been the first time I heard of the existence of black metal -- quite startling to discover that its roots were in the Eighties and that it became notorious in the early Nineties based on events in Norway. (The conference coincided, I discovered, with an upsurge in black metal in the U.S., which continues until this writing at the end of 2013.)

These conference proceedings were published in 2010. Interestingly, no academic identification is given for any of the presenters, a few of which are given in Ratliff's NYT article.

As with most edited volumes of conference papers, I find some more interesting than others. Some of it frankly strikes me as the most esoteric and irrelevant metaphysics, but that is presumably what can be expected at the intersection of popular culture, literary theory, and philosophy.

Among the best contributions, I found, were Evan Calder Williams's "The Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypse," and the rejoinder by Benjamin Noys, "'Remain True to the Earth!': Remarks on the Politics of Black Metal."

Says Williams, "Black metal is the failure of dialectical reason. And for that reason, it is a razor-sharp capture of a stuck-record world it rejects, even as it cannot think beyond it." (132) He speaks of "...the war fought between two totalities, between black metal's endless antagonism and liberal capitalism's eternal present.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Bruner Jr. on January 6, 2012
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The historical facts in this book are beautiful and amazing, but the premis of the book itself and the symposium are a bit muddy. I guess it would make more sense if you were actually a part of whatever symposium this book was from. Good read nonetheless.
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