Spread heresy – slay hypocrisy (en, fr)

Modern Black Metal scene has no balls. It’s been a known fact for more than a decade now, but became all the more apparent in the light of the recent “witch hunt” against what they call “political incorrectness” – may it be hate speech, historical revisionism,or any other sort of heresy. Being a heretic always meant having inborn dignity, free will and intellectual honesty. That is exactly what today’s extreme music scene lacks the most.

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The Conservative-revolutionary Potential of Black Metal Art (En, Ru)

Black Metal shares the fate of all complex and multifaceted phenomena that transcend their narrow genre identities and, similar to Hegel’s philosopher who is able to “grasp an era through thought,” are always ahead of their time, either by affirming, or by totally rejecting the spiritual foundations of the time period in which they live. Both require an ability to examine it from a distance.

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Religion in Black Metal – an Empty Threat (En, Ru)

The anti-Christian sentiment that permeates the contemporary Black Metal scene reveals weaknesses in its own belief system. It has been over a century now since Christianity lost its influence and power in Europe and, more generally, in the Western World. Christianity no longer constitutes an important part of social life, which makes it an easy target for public defamation.

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M8L8TH – The Radical Voice (En, De)

Despite its elitist orientation and a natural predisposition for aesthetic complexity, the modern dark scene is hardly an intellectually refined phenomenon. Artists themselves bear a large part of the responsibility for not setting a high enough standard while the other part lies with critics and reviewers, who are usually not willing to go beyond formal musical analysis and dare not to explore what truly lies behind – concepts, thoughts and ideas. 

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The New Romantics: Norwegian Black Metal and National Identity (En)

In the 1990s, a musical sub-culture known as Norwegian Black Metal made an artistic and sonic impact with its shrieking tones, evil aesthetic, and transgressive ideology. It also made international headlines with a wave of domestic terrorism across Norway. Between 1992 and 1996, members of the scene were responsible for approximately fifty instances of church arson, two known murders, and numerous unfulfilled criminal threats. However, offering no apology, Norwegian Black Metal has since been re-contextualized and embraced as an expression of the “imagined community,” in the Benedict Anderson meaning, of Norwegian national identity.

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Образ Волка в традиции Европы (Ru)

Игорь Гаркавенко – известный поэт-революционер, “философствующий молотом” публицист и бывший узник совести открыл концерт группы М8Л8ТХ получасовой лекцией на тему “Образ Волка в традиции Европы”. Для тех, кто не смог посетить это знаковое мероприятие, мы публикуем полную видеозапись и стенограмму лекции.

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