A Blaze in the Northern Sky: Black Metal as an Expression of by Guido Segers

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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Transgression opens onto a scintillating and constantly affirmed world, a world without shadow or twilight, without that serpentine “no” that bites into fruits and lodges their contradictions at their core. It is the solar inversion of satanic denial. It was originally linked to the divine, or rather, from this limit marked by the sacred it opens the space where the divine functions. 37)” Transgression thus opens up, it creates a yes where there is no. Moving into the space of the sacred tells us more about mankind since the Enlightenment than just about metal.

That would be just one example of the complex cocktail and development that the genre has. Clearly though, the themes expressed are ones that transgress the concept of the world we normally hold in a way not seen in art before. Instead of moving forwards, art is taking its inspiration from the past. Enslaved moved quickly on though, their 2008 album Vertebrae was nowhere near the pagan/Viking sound anymore and became a full on doom/progressive metal record. Enslaved might have not taken it very seriously, but for others the music offers a transgressive tool to move beyond the mundane and step outside of the world as it is.

The literal meaning of transgression as stepping over becomes real. “The limit and transgression depend on each other for whatever density of being they possess: a limit could not exist if it were absolutely uncrossable and, reciprocally, transgression would be pointless if it merely crossed a limit composed of illusions and shadows. (Foucault, 1977, p. 34)” Bataille makes clear that transgression is not something unchangeable, it moves along with society and morality. We can clearly say this in our cultural expressions that have moved on to become more extreme through the years.

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