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Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Wild World of NSBM

Most black metal fans I've encountered breeze right past the issue of politics when it comes to NSBM, and with maybe a shrug of "you know me, I'm not a race hater," get right down to the business of digging the music. As someone of 100% Semitic blood, I do feel somewhat obliged to not breeze past the politics issue, but the truth is, that as a Jew, I feel uniquely privileged to investigate fascist and neo-fascist culture as much as I fucking well please.

Are these bands spreading a message of racial separatism, among other things? Absolutely. Are a bunch of xenophobic, twenty-something European metalheads, making demos on the cheap, really that much of a threat? Probably not (though the very spread of these sentiments is always corrosive.) Is the music—some of it anyway—curiously absorbing? Well hell, yes, or I wouldn't even be typing.

The best thing an inquisitive metalhead can do in this situation is to not give your money to these artists. If you want to sample some choice, down 'n' dirty National Socialist Black Metal, there's a very comprehensive blog called Wotan mit Uns that has newer stuff as well as "classics" up for download. There's a year's worth of daily posts to sort through there.

The appeal of a lot of this stuff is that sonically it takes black metal down yet another, wretched, twisted alley, somewhere between lo-fi art damage and punk, conceived in a garage full of guitars, amps, drums and sadly, swastika flags. If these bands took a stance instead for art deco, or against deforestation—and sonically stayed the same—we'd all have no problem with it; the music would just be another weird-ass subgenre, which is really what it is.

Try this on for size >>> Chattenkrieg, by Flammentod

3 comments:

  1. Very weel put. I have no love for racist/nationalist politics but as Erasmus said "I am human, therefore nothing human is alien to me". There is no dialogue and no change if we just dismiss those who oppose us. Let's Metal It Out.

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  3. I feel the same way about Neofolk and Martial Industrial.

    have you ever been to blodvargr.blogspot.com ?

    tons of good NSBM and Martial, among other things.

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