Lords of Chaos : The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, Paperback

Lords of Chaos : The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground Paperback

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, Ill.
  • Publisher: Feral House,U.S.
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  • Category: Western "classical" music
  • ISBN: 9780922915941



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I've been looking forward to reading this for years, and only just got round to it. I think it's fair to say I got more pleasure out of the looking forward to than I did from actually reading it. The prose and editing are as bad as you'd expect in a Feral House book; I feel quite comfortable saying my freshman comp students could have given this a quick once over and made it as least twice as readable. The core story of the book - the origins and rise of Scandinavian black metal and the crimes committed by that scene's members - is fascinating and fairly well told, although the interminable interviews the authors throw in to every chapter make for painful reading. Only a fanboy could possibly care what the drummer of some random band thinks, especially when they all think more or less the same thing. <br/><br/>Once they move on from that story, though, the book turns to pulp: the authors' *ridiculous* sub-jungian musings couldn't even be of interest to the kind of people who attend seances; the stories and interviews with copy-cat criminal metalheads add literally nothing to the first half of the book; and the closing chapters, detailing a range of mediocre musicians across the world, are worse than pointless. There are some amazing black metal records, but you'd never know it from this book. <br/><br/>On the upside, Moynihan and Soderlind avoid moralizing, and the photos are worth the price of the book. What did I learn from this book? The only thing more ridiculous than a person who acts exactly like everyone else is a person who spends all their time trying to act exactly unlike everyone else. Bow down to the dark lord of pathetic, adolescent rebellion!