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Review: Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
Book Review
Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
Publisher: Feral House
Author: Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind
Year published: 1998
ISBN: 0-922915-48-2

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 8, 2000
Reviewed by: The Lord of Hate
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Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)
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This book describes the extreme Black Metal scene, concentrating on the events surrounding the so-called Black Metal Circle in Norway. Except for a quick introduction on the origins of Black Metal (Venom and others), and some notes on other extreme bands such as Germany's Absurd, most of the book revolves around Mayhem and Burzum, and more specifically Euronymous from Mayhem and Varg Vikernes from Burzum, the latter being the focal point of this book.  Numerous interviews with Varg and other members of the Norwegian Black Metal scene make up most of the book, some interviews being quite interesting, and will undoubtedly make you wonder about the sanity of those people (...)

The book is pretty interesting until around the 3/4, where it gets a little more theoric and more opinion-based.  While it is true that the Norwegian Black Metal scene is somewhat more "legendary" than that of other countries, I think the main thing missing from this book is better coverage of what similar events (church burning etc...) have happened elsewhere in the world.  Still, this is a very interesting book, and contains pictures of most of the people interviewed, as well as some burnt churches, of course.  Recommended to anyone interested in knowing a little more about the extreme Black Metal scene.


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