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By Guido Segers

В магистерской диссертации Гвидо Сегерса, защищённой в Университете Тильбург в Нидерландах в июле 2012 г., показывается, каким образом различные радикальные идеологические течения проявляют себя в специфической музыкальной субкультуре - "блэк-метал".

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In fact, he simply didn’t have access to any sort of instruments apart from a synthesizer in prison, as he admits in an interview published on his own website (Mitchell, 2005). But the ‘Count’ always has a different story about these things. 33 Part 2: From beyond this world The aesthetics of metal and extreme metal “Like thrash, black metal evolves form punk and the new wave of British heavy metal with additional elements borrowed from shock rock. Its sound is raw, yet it is also epic and atmospheric.

First and foremost there is a general change in the attitude of the scene. After it was condemned openly for spoiling the youth, the scene was also embraced by the mass media and thus entered the mainstream, as Dunn clearly shows in his documentary (2005). The purism of the emerging extreme metal scene moves beyond the protest culture metal was before what we can almost call an existential shift. The embrace of common culture would take away everything that metal represents and shows that nothing is safe from its clutches.

In this we can see the belief that life is nothing and the desire of death as the only meaningful destiny. To call this destiny anything different than nihilism would be missing the point, because it does not stem from the idea that death is the best destiny, but the death worship in extreme black metal originates in deep despair. It embraces death as possibly the only thing that gives any meaning. The lyrics are filled with questions and searching for something to believe in. This can also be seen in the following lyrics by Mayhem.

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