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There are no black holes
on October 3, 2017
Mayhem kicked some ass for their time. It's cold, it's snowy, it's raw, it's a bit satanic. I mean look at the damn M's on the cover. They're upside down Crosses. It's clear they got a problem with Christianity, and shouldn't you? Aren't we tired of their bull****? Surely Norway was, and that's why they burned some damn churches. Now I am not anti-Christian anymore, but it is very clear there are problems within their religion. They are oppressive to sexuality in many forms, and very snooty and not friendly to other religions in their ideologies. This whole Norway Black metal movement was about regaining Nordic roots, connection to the weather and natural religion. This is where it belongs, in that category of music. Not so much in this inspired tradition of hate, white superiority, and idolatry of evil. It's not that, though it can be perceived that way if you are foolish enough to buy into all that Satanic evil garbage people like to throw around. They're the same as the Christians, just in different clothing. If you want to be neutral, see what it really is, artistic expression of pure anger and hatred channeled in quite a healthy way, through music. Does that mean everyone should listen to it? Probably not. Few people can really appreciate the kind of hatred and anger and coldness at the same time in this music, hence why it hasn't really exploded into the mainstream.
Though perhaps for some time it might be more front page, but still few people know of Mayhem and their acts, despite their subculture fame on the internet, they are still relegated to circles of people who watch Vice and are metalheads. This is rough music, not for the uninitiated. It scared the hell out of me the first time I heard it, in a good way, like I was opening the door to Satan. Only to find out, this Boo-boo man doesn't really exist. It just gets you out of the Christianity paradigm of being afraid of the damn universe, which is mostly black, dark space anyways. But it's not empty....