There are as many definitions as there are demons in Satan’s subterranean condo. And like those hot-and-bothered helldwellers, Black Metal afficionados are a contentious lot — sometimes even murdering one other over who is and isn’t true to the genre.
Musical characteristics include superfast guitars and shrieky, bummed-out vocals. Fashion characteristics include spiky shin guards, medieval accessories (swords, chains), and generous use of corpse paint.
But as the comparative graphic above shows, identification can be tricky. At left, Dani from the band Cradle of Filth is wearing lots of corpse paint. He is Totally Black Metal. At right, Louie the pug is not one bit Black Metal, despite facial markings that strongly resemble corpse paint.
This is tough, I know. Let’s try it again.
At left, the Totally Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir, including a bald guy in a hat. At right, Louie again. Yes, he is wearing a hat, but he is still Not Black Metal. When they wake up in the morning, Dimmu Borgir raise lead chalices to their lips and drink smoothies blended from the blood and brains of their vanquished enemies. When he wakes up in the morning, Louie the pug eats either lamb-and-rice Science Diet or a sock.
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