Published Jul 13, 2009The metal contingent at Exclaim! never thought we'd say this but you know who's the biggest bunch of cry-babies? Norwegian black metallers. Who else would soak up the attention and controversy brought about by the church burnings and murders of the early '90s then turn around two decades later and claim it was all blown out of proportion and detracts from the music? Seriously, they sound like whiny hippies stuck in the '60s.
Still, that's what has been going on recently, the latest barking issued via Oslo's Satyricon. Vocalist Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven and drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad are apparently upset that the book Lords of Chaos is being turned into a film.
Of course, they contend that much of it, written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind, has been grossly exaggerated and is rife with inaccuracies, kind of like what Varg Vikernes says. For the uninitiated, Lords of Chaos follows the Norwegian black metal scene from its earliest moments in the '80s through to the wave of murders and church arsons in the early '90s.
Wongraven's bitching to Norway's Dagbladet: "Now that the focus on black metal finally has shifted towards the actual music, this gossip journalism in the shape of a book is made into a movie. Since Lords of Chaos is an incredibly bad book, I can only assume the movie will be bad as well. It is sad that such an inaccurate story, written by someone who doesn't understand black metal, has become a book of reference. And it is sad that someone is willing to go that far to exploit the history of black metal."
Frost added that he believes, "This is a parasitic phenomenon," before both men stressed that they do not want to give any extra publicity to the movie. Oops, too late. They also declined to comment on Varg Vikernes's recent release from prison.
We thought Lords of Chaos was quite compelling, not to mention that it was written while most of these dudes were still fucking nobodies. It gave them all a lot of attention. And, you know, we're sure Moynihan and Soderlind really saw a cash cow in writing about these freaks' lives when nobody cared about black metal back then. Were it not for that book, they'd likely still be skulking around the forests looking for cool rocks to crawl out from under in press photos instead of making records.
Or realizing how sad it is to be pushing 40 and still wearing clown makeup.