Lords Of Chaos

“Lords of Chaos” is a very well-written book that documents certain key events in the rise and fall of the Satanic movement in extreme metal. Beginning with a slight history of the proto-black/death metal bands of the ’80’s (i.e. Bathory, Venom, King Diamond, Slayer, etc…), and bringing the reader to the early ’90’s when the Norwegian black metal scene declared its supremacy, this book tells it like it was.

Everything from the church burnings (for which Samoth of Emperor was imprisoned), to Faust’s (Emperor’s drummer) murder of a homosexual fan, to the suicide of Dead (Mayhem’s vocalist), to the murder of Oystein “Euronymous” Aarseth (Mayhem’s guitarist) at the hands of friend and Burzum mainman Varg Vikernes, to the German band Absurd’s own transgressions in the following years, this book is pretty much a black metal historian’s dream. The philosophy is not elaborated on as much as it should, but there are several chapters that deal specifically with Anton LeVay’s brand of Satanism (right down to an interview with him) to several notes on Nordic/Viking mythology, and plenty of rare photos and interviews with key personalities in the scene, including Ihsahn (Emperor), Varg (Burzum), and even the guys in Cradle of Filth (a.k.a. black metal goes pop). It is definitely not for all tastes, and even fans of black metal may find it horrid to find that a scene that carries so much enjoyment also carried such terror and insanity. Not for the weak of heart. Other than that, it is an interesting read…


One Response to Lords Of Chaos

  1. I heard that it is a great book, but i couldnt find ot anywhrere in Nepal. I have read some chapters of the book, and I really wanna read the whole, and its not available in the internet too. Damn! If any one has the book, could you please scan it and upload it somewhere in megaupload or rapidshare? I really wanna read this book. I also wanted to read the satanic bible but i couldnt find it either. So if any one uploads it, please mail me at thelordsicko@gmail.com ..black metal rules. hail satan!

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