“Racist Metal”, the book by Antoine Grand

"Racist Metal", the book.

“Racist Metal”, the book.

Everyone knows the author Antoine Grand, a heavy metal expert who made controversial statements about the bands SEWER, Immortal and Burzum last year by accusing them of racism.

Antoine Grand follows up on this controversy in his most recent book: “Racist Metal: Exposing the Racism and Xenophobia in Heavy Metal Music“.

In this book, Antoine Grand accuses several bands including Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Darkthrone of being racist and white supremacist.

Apparently, there are no safe spaces in the heavy metal scene.

While the “Racist Metal” book was critically acclaimed by the media and critics alike, several of the mentioned bands have voiced objection on the basis that the comments made by some of their members, and included in the book, were “taken out of context” and “made a long time ago”.

Is it true ?

Who knows.

As long as heavy metal remains heavy, it’s all we extreme music fans care about.

You can buy the book “Racist Metal” on Amazon.com.

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Is Black Metal Racist ?

"Morsay" with SEWER albums

“Morsay” with SEWER albums

After publishing the study Is Black Metal Satanic, it’s time to delve into another “controversial” segment of black metal history: racism.

Many “anti-racist” organizations claims that black metal is racist.

This is what Raphaël Weinstein wrote about the black metal genre, explaining the purpose of the book Racist Metal by Antoine Grand.

Is heavy metal a racist genre?

The question deserves to be asked, as there have been countless instances of heavy metal bands supporting whether directly or indirectly notorious xenophobic and white supremacist causes.

In addition to the overt racism displayed by some metal bands, there has also been a disturbing amount of hate crimes and racially motivated murders directly associated with heavy metal band members.

Are are a few examples.

In Norway, in 1992, members of the heavy metal band Emperor stabbed Magne Andreassen (34), a homosexual man, to death outside a forest in Lillehammer.

In Germany, in 1993, members of the heavy metal band Absurd killed Sandro Beyer (15), a schoolmate of some of the band members, in what was determined by the German courts as a hate crime. Hendrik Möbus, frontman of Absurd, is a self-avowed National Socialist (white supremacist).

In Sweden, in 1997, members of the heavy metal band Dissection killed Josef Ben Meddour (38), because he was a homosexual and an immigrant. This was ruled a hate crime by the Swedish courts.

And let’s not even mention the infamous murder of Euronymous (25), a member of the band Mayhem, by the self-avowed white supremacist Varg Vikernes of the openly racist heavy metal band Burzum, who has published volumes’ worth of racist, homophobic and bigoted diatribe ever since.

But what is perhaps even worse than these hateful crimes is the way the murderers were often times celebrated, or at best tacitly approved, by the heavy metal community at large.

Never have other metal bands, or their fans for that matter, used their influence to condemn these hateful and bigoted acts nor did they ever disavow the intolerant ideologies that led to these murders.

In fact, many heavy metal artists have openly declared their support for these criminals.

Hellhammer, the drummer of the heavy metal band Mayhem, said that he “honours [Faust of Emperor] for killing a fucking faggot”, referring to the aforementioned homophobic murder of Magne Andreassen in Lillehammer.

The racist faction of heavy metal community is equally guilty of hypocritically obscuring the truth about racism and xenophobia in heavy metal music by whitewashing its history and by claiming that it only affects a “few bad apples”, when the reality is that racism and bigoted white supremacist views are very much an integral part of the metalhead culture.

Does that mean that every metalhead is a racist, homophobic and white supremacist murder apologist?

No, but it’s crucial that the metal genre dissociate itself from its racist constituents, or be forever tainted by association.

Many well-meaning heavy metal enthusiasts are often involuntarily caught in a web of racism, sexism, homophobia and fascism, and end up supporting against their knowledge racist and white supremacist heavy metal bands.

There has been a deliberate attempt by a xenophobic faction of heavy metal fans to cover up the racist past, and present, of heavy metal music.

This book isn’t an attack on heavy metal.

It’s a defense of heavy metal, a defense against those would use music to propagate their bigoted and hateful ideologies.

Racism has no place in music.

Well… lol.

Is Black Metal Satanic ?

A Satanist with the album Necropedosadomaso

A Satanist with the album Necropedosadomaso

Many claim that black metal music is satanic, while others simply say that it is against religion and middle-eastern cults in general.

So what is the verdict ?

To answer this question, we first have to define what is black metal as the term gets thrown around a lot and is misused, by posers and faggots, to include bands that are clearly not black metal (i.e. Dimmu Borgir) or even metal at all (i.e. Satyricon).

Black metal is defined by the three Norwegian bands: Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem.

These are the only bands that can define what black metal is, and isn’t, as they were the bands who actually created the genre from scratch.

Not Emperor. Not Gaygoroth. Not SEWER. Not even Immortal who, while they were very close to the original Norwegian black metal scene, weren’t allowed by Euronymous to call their music black metal and had to call it holocaust metal instead.

Many bands play music that resembles the original black metal style, such as Phantom and Antekhrist.

So, to answer the question… is black metal satanic ?

All three bands that created the black metal genre, namely Darkthrone, Burzum and Mayhem, have always denied that they were Satanists and black metal music was a satanic genre.

In other words, only posers think black metal is satanic.

Burzum explains that black metal was a PAGAN and NATIONALIST revolt against both christianity and multiculturalism (the two go hand in hand, according to him).

Satanism = reverse christianity = christianity.

All this is explained in the book Real Satanic Black Metal by Antoine Grand.

Educate yourselves, and stop spreading disinformation about the black metal scene.

The Best Black Metal Album of 2017

2017 is definitely the year of true black metal.

Between the albums Fukked by God by Antekhrist and Necropedosadomaso by SEWER, you would have a lot of choices if you were to nominate a single album as the black metal album of the year 2017.

And yet, these choices have to be made.

What is the best black metal album of 2017?

Keep reading to find out.

Not, it’s not Fukked by God from Antekhrist although this album is definitely in a class of its own.

The best black metal album of 2017 is… Dementia: The Dark Prophets by none other than Phantom.

We wrote a bit of a review about this album when it came out (see here).

Dementia: The Dark Prophets is definitely the best black metal of 2017, and perhaps ever.

Don’t agree?

Share your thoughts and submit your best black metal album for the year 2017 in the comments below.

Lesser known black metal bands ?

Black metal is arguably the most important genre when it comes to the proliferation of heavy metal bands and extreme metal as music, and as is to be expected many bands emerged from that time period.

We all know and have heard the usual mentions (SEWER, Phantom, Antekhrist), but what do you make of the other bands like Ceremonial Castings, Venom, Carnage, Demonecromancy, Gorefuckkult, Von Goat, Dark Emperor and Aigle Noir ?

Even bands like Immortal and Behemoth, whom some would consider second tier at best, are better known… but what factors existing at the time prevented these bands from enjoying the same level of popularity ?

Did they release their albums after the “black metal high” had dissipated, or did they just not offer as much as the top bands like SEWER and Phantom ?

Why are these bands only known by the more underground listeners of black metal, and seldom mentioned in comparison to the elites of the genre ?

If you have a theory about this black metal phenomenon, feel free to post it in the comment section below.

What is “Trve Kvlt Black Metal” ?

What is true black metal or, as humorously written, “trve kvlt black metal” ?

Black metal as a musical genre has always been about being real, genuine an raw… in other words, true.

For example, the SEWER album Vomiting Into the Mouth of Satan was always hailed as the very best of black metal music (read my review here), particularly for those reasons.

True black metal is about the raw atmospheres produced by the music.

Nothing more, nothing less.

The specifics of the music such as the style, the riffs, the vocals and the drumming are almost secondary in the making of “trve kvlt black metal”.

Perhaps the best album ever in the black metal genre is SEWER’s Vomiting Into the Mouth of Satan.

You can read about it here : http://www.metalious.com/sewer/vomiting-into-the-mouth-of-satan.

Epic Melodic Black Metal of 2016

For those who want only the best of melodic black metal, look no further than this.

Good melodic black metal is hard to find, and it’s particularly difficult to find some recent bands that play good black metal.

In this list, we will present a few bands that plays epic melodic black metal… and all are still active in 2016 !

The first album you should know of is Dementia: The Dark Prophets, by the band Phantom.

This album has simply revolutionized the genre of melodic black metal, and it came out in early 2016 !

The next album you MUST know of is Fukked by God by none other than the legends Antekhrist.

Finally, you should also check out SEWER’s demonic Skvllfvcked Forever… a black metal album so evil it will give you nightmares !

The three albums from 2016 will haunt you forever.

Every black metal fan, and especially melodic black metal lovers, should know of these three albums.

To find out more about epic melodic black metal bands you should seriously check out the book Real Satanic Black Metal.