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DEICIDE - South American Politics
2006-02-22 22:13:36


Satanic death metal legends DEICIDE have run into a bit of controversy on their South American tour. Problems began several weeks ago when Aldo Cornejo, the mayor of Valparaíso (Chile) ordered to have promotional posters removed from the city and the walls of the El Huevo club. These posters, promoting the bands upcoming appearance, feature a photo of Jesus' face with a gunshot through the forehead. Controversy over the posters caused the show to be moved from the El Huevo club to another nearby club in Quilpué.

Eventually Deicide were forced to cancel their performance on the 21st of February all together after they continued to receive additional difficulties in Quilpué as well. Apparently this isn't the first time a metal act has had difficulty performing in the area, back in 1992 IRON MAIDEN couldn't play in Santiago due to a censorship issue.

The band are now scheduled to perform this evening at Teatro Novedades in Santiago, Chile. Frontman Glen Benton was contacted today for his comments on this series of events and he said: "The mayor of Valparaíso is just scared, and he owes me money." When asked about the promotional posters depicting Christ, Benton stated "That wasn't my idea, I didn't have anything to do with that." Additionally, he stated that the riot police had already arrived for the evening's gig and he expected it to be a "classic one." Benton also planned on holding up a sign before the gig saying "U2....you suck...Bono is an asshole." U2 are currently scheduled to arrive in Santiago tomorrow morning. Controversy at it's best.
From Blabbermouth:

DEICIDE guitarist Ralph Santolla spoke to Chile's Las Últimas Noticias regarding the cancellation of the group's Feb. 21 show in Valparaiso. The concert, which was eventually replaced with a gig in nearby Quilpue (before that show was also pulled), was reportedly called off as a result of the continuing controversy surrounding DEICIDE's appearance in the country — where a DEICIDE fan murdered an Italian Catholic priest in 2004 — and the band's promotional poster for the concert, which featured an image of Christ with a bullet hole in the middle of his forehead (view the poster at this location).

After arriving in Chile, DEICIDE mainman Glen Benton reportedly refused to talk to the Chilean media because he was furious over the cancellation. "Glen Benton is really annoyed and doesn't want to hear any more excuses," DEICIDE's manager said, according to Las Últimas Noticias. A representative for Extratours, who organized the gig, walked nerviously in the lobby of the Atton Hotel in Santiago, trying to find a better explanation. "It is incredible the power and influence that the mayor and the church have over the local business owners," the representative said. "They were under pressure and that's why they never gave us the permission to go ahead with the gig." The promoter also admitted that a mistake was made in utilizing such a provocative image to promote the show. "Yes, the truth is we made a mistake," he said. "It was an error to use that image to generate so much negative publicity. Maybe we should have made only small flyers." But the bandmembers didn't want to hear any more excuses. They just wanted to rest and be ready for tonight's (Feb. 22) show in Teatro Novedades in Santiago. Suddenly, one of the guitar players appeared. Ralph Santolla, wearing an IRON MAIDEN t-shirt and running his hands through his hair, sat on an armchair, lit a cigarette, drank a beer and explained that he does not understand what's going on:

"First they told us it was cancelled and then they said it wasn't... I don't understand why this kind of stuff happens," he said.

Could the church have had any influence over the decision to call off the concert?

"Look, I'm Catholic and I'm against Satanism," Santolla is quoted as saying, according to Las Últimas Noticias. "I do understand the church, but I only want to play my guitar and have a good time."

In Chile you're known for inspiring Rodrigo Orias' murder of a priest...

"I don't know why he did what he did, but it certainly wasn't because of our music," Santolla stated. "He was sick in the head or was harboring murderous feelings within himself. It is something terrible; there are many people that should be murdered, but not the priests who are men that dedicate their lives to serving God."

What's your opinion of the promo posters used in Chile?

"That made me really furious," Santolla said. "They do not have the right to do that; they didn't ask us for permission to use that image and we do not have anything to do with it. I would never approve something like that... it's stupid and it's sick. The people who made it are really pretty sick."
 

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GORGOROTH Guitarist Appeals Sexual Assault Conviction - Feb. 27, 2006
According to a posting on GORGOROTH's web site, the band's guitarist Infernus is appealing his conviction of aggravated sexual assault in connection with an alleged rape of a 29-year-old woman in Bergen, Norway in 2004.

Infernus (real name: Roger Tiegs) and a friend (whose identity has not been revealed by the Norwegian media) were found guilty of raping the woman last year. They were both sentenced to three years in prison. In early January, the court of appeals upheld Tiegs' friend's rape conviction, but found no evidence to support the rape charge against the GORGOROTH guitarist.

The actual charge Tiegs was convicted of is what is reffered to as "gross negligent rape," a provision introduced in 2000. In order for someone to be convicted of gross negligent rape, he would have to be seriously to blame for not understanding that the aggrieved person did not want intercourse. The maximum sentence for gross negligent rape is five years, but is being raised to eight years in more aggravated cases.

For more information on this case, click here.

GORGOROTH's new album, "Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam", is tentatively scheduled for release later in the year via Sweden's Regain Records. The band were most recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released the band's last three efforts: "Twilight of the Idols" (2003), "Incipit Satan" (2000) and "Destroyer" (1998).

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More from Britain's favorite sons!

CRADLE OF FILTH T-Shirt Causing Uproar In New Zealand's Bay Of Plenty
2006-02-28 10:07:47


New Zealand's Bay Of Plenty Times (www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz) has issued the following report from Anna Bowden:

Tauranga's James Marx was so outraged by an offensive message brandished on another man's T-shirt he complained to police.

Papamoa police now want to find the man.

The T-shirt was blank on the front but had "Jesus is a C***" plastered in 10cm-high letters on its back.

Mr Marx, a hypnotherapist, told the Bay of Plenty Times he did not think a T-shirt could get any more offensive and it prompted him to immediately report it.

The complaint follows an uproar against the controversial South Park episode depicting a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding. New Zealand's Catholic bishops have urged parishioners to boycott C4, a sister-channel of CanWest-owned TV3.

There have also been weeks of violent global protest by Muslims over the publication of cartoons showing Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

Mr Marx said: "He was just walking around Papamoa Plaza and no one was doing anything about it so I popped into the station. We found that there was no law in New Zealand to stop people walking around with offensive language on their clothing.

"I wasn't so much offended by the word, I was more offended by the whole message... It is terribly offensive to anyone. It's about as extreme as it gets."

Two of the Bay's specialty T-shirt screen printing businesses both said they would refuse to print that particular message and other offensive language requested by individuals.

Printex Screen Printing and Colourworks Textile Printers both have policies in place to refuse these types of requests.

Colourworks director John Heyworth said staff would turn away a customer once every six months for this reason.

"There is no way we would print that and we don't know any business that would. We wouldn't even consider it," he said.

Some shop owners spoken to by the Bay of Plenty Times said there was no way they would order that design.

An online auction website Trade Me seller is selling a T-shirt with the same message released by extreme metal band CRADLE OF FILTH.

This version also includes an offensive graphic on the front of the T-shirt depicting a picture of a nun in a pornographic pose.

Even with the seller's warning of the Jesus comment on the back, there are two queries about the shirt. The seller's comments say that there is no intention to stock any more of this design.

The band's design has previously landed two men in trouble with the law around the world.

Norwich man Dale Wilson, 35, pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated offensive conduct by wearing the T-shirt. He was eventually discharged, told to grow up and ordered to destroy the T-shirt.

In 1997, London man Rob Kenyon was found guilty of committing the offence of Profane Representation under a 1839 Act.

But Papamoa Senior Sergeant John Mills said in New Zealand there was no real charge that could be laid.

Officers were now looking for the man and wanted to "have words" about his fashion sense.

"We would highlight that people are finding it offensive and tell him to refrain from wearing it.

"This is not one where you can just lay a charge, we would need to get permission from the attorney-general to do anything. There is quite a process involved."

Mr Mills said police were interested to hear from anyone else who had found the T-shirt offensive.

Te Puke senior Catholic leader Monsignor Patrick Holland said he would certainly be offended by the T-shirt but questioned what people could do to prevent it.

"We've got high standards we encourage... but we live in a free society, we can't dictate how people live their lives.

"We've got no real control over how each person decides to wear their own clothing. It's a kind of declaration of their attitude to life."
 

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They didn't even explain why the shirt is offensive. On the front it has a nun eating out another nun, then on the back it says "jesus is a c#nt." Which is a lot more offensive than just the slogan. It's also the number one selling metal shirt of all time.
 

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Don't they also have one with a nun masturbating on it? What's the slogan on that one?
 

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Not sure if that is the same one or not. I easily could be mistaken, it's been awhile since I've seen 'em.
 

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DEICIDE Kicked Off Hellfest Due To French Grave Desecrations
2006-03-21 08:31:14


According to the official Hellfest website (www.hellfest.fr) DEICIDE have been dropped from this years festival bill due to circumstances, very much out of their control. It seems that the events organizers got the jitters and bowed to local Government pressure to have Glen Benton’s satanic death metal outfit removed from the ironically named Hellfest after graves were desecrated in Nantes.

Here is the official Hellfest statement about Deicide:

“Because of what went on in Brittany during the last few months and this cemetery profanation, we must cancel the band Deicide to be sure not to have any problems regarding the festival. We are looking for a band that can replace them and we'll keep you informed very quickly."

According to Sven Letourneur, joint editor in chief of France’s Hard Rock magazine (www.hardrockmag.fr):

“In fact, I read about it in the news, a few idiots, probably kids, profanated a cemetery near Nantes and wrote "When Satan Rules His World" on one of the tombs... The authorities found that it was a Deicide song title, so news went out in the media, etc”.

Le Telegramme newspaper from February 11th ran with a front-page story Sur La Piste Des Satanistes (On the track of the Satanists) having this to say about Deicide:

'When Satan Rules His World' is the exact title of a song from an American death metal band, an extreme music style that comes from hard rock, that appeared in the 80's and with lyrics that deal about everything that's morbid and gore. Name of the band: Deicide. Quite explicit...

Deicide: "Hatred of christianism"

"This idea is not new says a specialized magazine on the Internet. But we've rarely seen this hatred so strong and for such a long time". Portrait of the vocalist, the very "nice" Glen Benton, on the same website: "He is a very controversial character who gives demon names to his sons, who branded an inverted cross on his forehead and who promised to commit suicide at the age of 33..." On another website, we can read the French translation of one of the songs from Deicide, named "Once Upon The Cross”: "Fear him (repeated seven times)... Satan". In the "Meaning of the song" part of the website, only one phrase "No explanation yet for this song".
 
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Good Lord!! A reason to watch Eurovision:

Finland sends in the heavy metal mob for its Eurovision challenge

Tuesday April 25, 2006
The Guardian


The trauma of losing the Eurovision Song Contest can do funny things to a country. In Finland, where the words "nul points" are burned into the national psyche, they have decided to take radical action and appoint hard-rocking death metal band Lordi as their Eurovision entry for 2006.

A far cry from the breezy folk tunes and ultra-safe pop of traditional Eurovision fare, Lordi have scored hits with songs such as Blood Red Sandman. They wield chainsaws on stage, and never perform or give interviews without wearing their rubber fright masks. Lordi's Eurovision entry, Hard Rock Hallelujah, opens with the lines, "The saints are crippled on this sinners' night/ Lost are the lambs with no guiding light", and goes on to celebrate something called "the day of rockoning".

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the choice of Lordi has been greeted with dismay by religious groups both in Finland and abroad. A group of Greek protesters known as the Hellenes have called on the Finnish government to intervene: "We ask the Finnish Commission of the Eurovision Song Contest to cancel the procedure and choose another song. This evil and satanic Finnish band is not welcome in Greece." (This year's contest will take place on May 20 in Athens).

Lordi's supporters argue that the band could hardly make Finland's Eurovision record any worse. Since the country began competing in 1961, it has never troubled the top five, and on three occasions Finnish contestants have come home with the dreaded zero point score.

"It's been a total failure, it is truly a national trauma to us," says Kimmo Valtanen, the managing director of Sony BMG Music Finland, Lordi's record label.

Lordi's lead singer, Mr Lordi (real name: Tomi Putaansuu) vehemently denies that his band are satanists. "We have absolutely nothing to do with devil worship," he says. "I mean, Hard Rock Hallelujah! Would a satanic band write a song title like that? No. Our second single was called The Devil Is a Loser. Although we are not a gospel band, either."

Putaansuu, an Arctic Laplander, cites classic hard rockers Twisted Sister, Kiss and Alice Cooper among his influences, and admits that he will be surprised and disappointed if his band is eliminated from the competition. "We are bringing rock credibility to the Eurovision song contest," he insists. "I always said that it doesn't matter where you perform. If you do a good painting, it should look the same whether it's on the wall of a museum or if it's on the wall of your toilet."
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You just know they're going to win.

There's some great pics of them on their site (beware... "Strong Monster Violence and Gore").


I like the look of 'Kita' on drums:

KITA SAYS HELLO TO ALL MANBEAST LOVERS
ROCK ON!

Fact file:

1 - Extraterrestrial Beast
2 - Jaws of Terror
3 - Intergalactic Alien Race
4 - A Soldier orc
5 - Who the Fuck is Predator

Over on bass, Ox looks like a fun guy too:

HELLO PSYCHOS!
MR. OX BRINGS YA BULLHELL!
he is described as being 'Hellbull, the hornhead aka hornskull' and 'Smashquatch aka the giant powerhouse on hoofs'.

You just know Terry Wogan will have a field day with this lot.
 

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They're still not as weird as the 55-year-old white Jay-Z and his Benny Hill singing schoolgirls that Britain have submitted.
 

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Ugh, so many great Finnish metal bands and they chose Lordi :? I'd love to see Children of Bodom or Finntroll playing Eurovision!
 
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With anyone else you might suspect it was made up: Death folk? Julain Cope doing backing vocals for a death metal band (who have no conventional instruments like guitars and drums) whilst dressed in a burkha? But with our own megalithomaniac you have to accept the madness he rbings to the table:

Bassoons, flamenco, monks' cowls ... welcome to the new rock underground

Julian Cope explains why heavy metal, so often maligned, is at the heart of today's rock avant-garde

Friday August 18, 2006
The Guardian


In April this year, after my half-hour stint as a guest vocalist for the US doom metal band SunnO))), I left the stage at Brussels' Domino festival and removed my burka. Backstage, I remarked to the band's biographer, Seldon Hunt, how open-minded heavy metallers had become: they were accepting, as festival headliners, a band without a drummer, a bass player or guitars, and with every bearded, long-haired musician among them clad in the habit of a Christian monk. Percipiently, Seldon commented that because the support acts had contained all of those ingredients (except the habits), SunnO))) considered it their duty to reject every metal cliche, replacing each of the archetypal rock instruments with Moog synthesizers, downtuned enough to bring the plaster off the theatre's ceiling.

SunnO))) are taking metal to places you never imagined. Their music inhabits the territory that once was the preserve of meditative, ambient and experimental music alone. And they are doing it through the most critically reviled music of all. More remarkably, they are not alone. Across the world, underground scenes are using the shell of heavy metal - the volume, the grinding riffs, the imagery, the nomenclature - to test rock'n'roll perceptions and explore boundaries, all the while shamelessly subsuming other vastly different musical styles into their own work.

In a worldwide underground music scene that encompasses artists playing improvisatory music, folk, psychedelic and free jazz, metal is the common thread. You don't hear much about this music in the mainstream press, especially in Britain, where the kingmakers of the music press have inadvertently created generations of musical whores, all doing their utmost to produce what they think the NME will want, rather than the music they want to make. But why is metal the link? Because the avant-garde musicians in the vanguard of today's experimental underground scene grew up on it. They spent their late childhoods/early teens playing noisy computer games, watching 24-hour news of the first Gulf war and listening to grunge and metal. As they are mostly in their late 20s and early 30s, their strongest cultural landmarks are the suicide of Kurt Cobain in 1994, and, before it, the overwhelmingly loud sludge of Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica. Therefore the "inner soundtracks" of the new avant gardists are informed by grinding metal bands, just as the sound of the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray informed that of my own punk generation. Older readers who equate the term heavy metal with the brash, stupefying 1980s anthems of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi will do well to remember that these bands are long out of the equation, having been at their height over 20 years ago.

Let's go furthest away from metal first in our tour of the new underground, to acoustic music. In northern Portugal, the Galician separatists Sangre Cavallum accompany their often improvised songs of national identity with traditional instruments such as bagpipes, lyres, Iberian flutes and chanters, each song sung with an aching and a longing more reminiscent of Sardinia's traditional Tenores music than anything current. We move closer to metal's metaphor with the drum and hunting horn-led Saxon acoustic folk of Waldteufel, which conjures up an ancient atmosphere of Woden's wild hunt careering through a dark-age forest. But the hand of metal is clear by the time we get to Wolfmangler, from Germany. Their album art may look like every other Germanic death metal trudge-o-thon, but the music of their latest record, Dwelling in a Dead Raven for the Glory of Crucified Wolves, features a six-piece line-up replete with trombonist, bassoonist, flautist and two bass players.

As slow and brooding as compost with a grudge, Wolfmangler are the bridge between pure ritual and "death folk", a hybrid music whose best representatives are probably Austria's Cadaverous Condition. This band began as a black metal act way back when, but have, in recent times, brought forth a delightful acoustic side that no one could have been prepared for. Indeed, the only surviving black metal element in Cadaverous Condition's current performances is the Cookie Monster vocals of singer Wolfgang, whose delivery is performed with such a straight edge that it demands we take him entirely seriously. Once past the initial smirk of discomfort, we find ourselves a party to the hopes, fears and shattered dreams of a loathsome troll destined to live out his days under a haunted bridge awaiting the occasional victim, and singing to himself of how he dreads their piteous cries as he gnaws at their bones.

But the clear leaders on the acoustic side are an American band, Ben Chasny's ensemble Six Organs of Admittance, who record incredibly dark gnostic meditations. Propelled by Chasny's masterful acoustic guitar, the tumultuous clamour of Six Organs of Admittance inhabits a heathen netherworld reminiscent of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack recorded by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, their 20-minute mantras never once falling into the cod-raga of so much so-called 1960s-informed folk music.

America's underground leads this immense musical experiment. Its gargantuan land mass and the localised nature of its media ensure that no musician can rise beyond their local throng without having first paid their dues. And it is American bands of the past - not necessarily underground bands - that inspire many of the underground artists elsewhere. In Spain, for example, Viaje A800 take inspiration from America's biggest live act of the early 1970s, Grand Funk Railroad, as well as the proto-metal group Blue Cheer, to play a brooding, soul-based slow metal. They bring their own origins to bear by having the singer always employ his own, unique Spanish style (and taking an age in the process). Another band, the trio Orthodox, take the Spanish angle on metal even further. They have recontextualised the doom metal sound associated with the Nordic nations, and the methods of SunnO))), by dressing in the Ku Klux Klan-like cowls of the Easter parade in their home city of Seville (complete with ropes around their necks). They perform extremely long, arduous pieces accompanied by a female flamenco dancer, and separate themselves from the Wodenist, pagan traditions of the Nordic bands by appearing in press shots hailing brightly enamelled statues of the Virgin and child.

Second after America, probably, comes Japan, whose underground has inspired America's own. (The Yoshimi of the Flaming Lips' album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is a former member of the Boredoms, and now has a group called OOIOO). Here, too, metal is at the heart of things. The prolific Acid Mothers Temple commune/band rose from the ashes of proto-metal bands such as Mainliner and High Rise. Their international success has, in turn, inspired Japan's psychedelic ritual cult act Death Comes Along, whose free- fuzz sonic avalanches take such titles as Psychedelic Inferno, Children of the Death and Death Death Death. Led by the mysterious Crow, Death Comes Along have also modelled themselves on earlier, more politically motivated 1960s commune bands, such as Berlin's Amon Düül - who shared living space with the Baader-Meinhof gang - and the communist agitators Les Rallizes Denudes, whose own career was forced underground after their bass player hijacked a JAL airliner and took it to North Korea in March 1970.

Politics informs much of this underground music, especially that made by musicians working in repressive social conditions. My travels through southern Armenia in 2003 put me in touch with Iran's progressive trio Kahtmayan, whose violent marriage of krautrock, the French Zeuhl music of Magma, and early Metallica contains samples of US pilots' radio communiqués as they prepared to attack northern Iraq. Recent pictures of these guys show them making signs of the horned god, and images of Tehran's business centres sprayed with Kahtmayan's own heavy metal graffiti - which all inclines me to believe the rumour that one member was recently murdered by Iran's secret police. But I digress ...

The journey from acoustic to electric brings us back to Ben Chasny, who is not just the leader of Six Organs of Admittance. He's also the guitar player in the Santa Cruz psychedelic band Comets on Fire. Even without a real songwriter among the lot of them, Comets remain the rising stars of the underground scene - they are signed to a big independent label, Sub Pop, and even manage to get reviewed in papers like this one. They are the real thing, for shit damn sure. Commencing their career as a radical mix of Creedence Clearwater Revival, 13th Floor Elevators and Slade,they just got better. You didn't know what they were singing about - which was possibly nothing, but what an electrifying nothing. This euphoric noise got the band signed to Sub Pop, where someone told the band's yawping, howling singer Ethan Miller that he had to write some songs. He couldn't, but maybe he thought he could. Mercifully for us, and luckily for Comets on Fire's career, Ethan spewed out these efforts as a side project entitled Howlin' Rain.

Which brings us to the brand new Comets album, Avatar. In Comets terms, it's been an age coming, but compared to your average English rock underachiever, it's way ahead of schedule. The production sucks, but then so does mine. Ethan's not singing enough, but then he never did. Avatar's only great crime is the "everything playing at once" lack of dynamics that Jim Morrison always accused Jefferson Airplane of having. Once their flavour-of-the-month status has passed, however, Comets on Fire's continuity will return and we can look forward to 30 years of classic barbarian space travel barfed out every nine months. Lovely.

The underground is in better shape than it's been for years - and greedy for the prizes. Today's underground collective chant would probably go something like: "Where are we going?" "Everywhere!" "When are we going?" "Now!"

· Avatar by Comets on Fire is out now on Sub Pop. You can read Julian Cope's writings about the rock underground at www.headheritage.com
Source with various links to the bands homepages if any of that takes your fancy:
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I have been vaguely following "folk metal", which is very varied. In scandinavia, where there are a lot of folklore/metal/neonazi ties, there's such thing as "viking metal".
 

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DISSECTION Frontman Shot Himself In Head As Part Of Ritual Suicide - Aug. 19, 2006
Swedish heavy metal musician Jon Nödtveidt, 31, was found dead on Wednesday, August 16 at his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm. He shot himself in the head and was surrounded by lit candles, Expressen reports. Shortly before the ritual suicide, he sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."

Sometime between Monday (Aug. 14) and Wednesday, Nödveidt, vocalist and guitarist in the popular Swedish black metal band DISSECTION, chose to take his own life.

At 7:21 p.m. CET on Wednesday, a police patrol reported to the police communication center in Stockholm that a man had been found dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer had placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.

"He shot himself in the head and lay dead in a ring of lit candles," says a police source.

At 5:44 p.m. on Wednesday, the police received a 911 call from Jon Nödtveidt's family who hadn't been able to establish contact with him for a couple of days.

"They were very concerned," says his legal representative and manager, Per Nordqvist. "His girlfriend and his family called after their fears that something terrible had happened had been bolstered."

The reason for their concern was a farewell letter that Jon Nödveidt had sent to his girlfriend in Germany. His father, Anders Nödtveidt, had also received a postcard asking him to contact a number of people and thank them for everything.

"What it said is personal. I want to keep it to myself," Jon's father says of the postcard's contents.

"I met him in Stockholm just a week and a half ago. Everything seemed great then. I've always had good contact with Jon during his upbringing and throughout his adult life. I don't understand what has happened to make things turn out this way. This weighs even more heavily on us considering everything that has happened. This is very difficult for the entire family."

Jon Nödveidt's father likes the photo in which his son wears a black leather jacket and has asked for that picture to be published.

"It's a good photo. Jon thought so as well," says Anders Nödtveidt.

The suicide is believed to have been planned for a long time.

"At the scene there was also a will and a suicide note," a police source tells Expressen.

In December 1997, Jon Nödveidt was arrested for the murder of Josef Ben Meddaour and served seven years for accessory to murder and possession of an illegal firearm. The highly publicized murder in Gothenburg is depicted in the movie "Keillers Park". What has come to be known as "the Satanic murder" in Sweden has led to both a movie and a book.

"It affected me immensely," the movie's director, Susanna Edwards, tells Aftonbladet.

"Keillers Park", which is named after the park in Gothenburg where the murder took place, opened in theaters in Sweden in March 2006.

"Josef Ben Meddaour was a naive and open person with a big heart," says Edwards. "He was a victim of a grotesque act of homophobia."

The murder was also the basis for last year's "No Tears For Queers", a book about hate crimes by Swedish journalist and author Johan Hilton.

In 1997, at the time of the murder, Jon Nödtveidt explained that he lived in a world where Satan was God and that they drank blood and sacrificed animals. On DISSECTION's web site he revealed that he was a member of MLO — Misanthropic Luciferian Order.

On September 22, 2004, two weeks after his release from prison, Jon Nödveidt talked to Expressen about the murder and his time in prison.

"I want to put the murder behind me and move forward," he told the newspaper. "It feels like I'm a new person after my time in prison. The time before the incarceration feels like another life. I've been through so much since. I've become more mature, older and look at life and death in a totally new way."

When asked about the crimes he was convicted of, Nödtveidt said, "No matter how you twist and turn it, it can't be undone. What happened happened and I must move forward with my life. I have taken responsibility for my actions by having served my time in prison. I'm not proud of the fact that I have to watch my mother cry, but I'm working with new strength and looking ahead."

When asked if he regrets what happened, Nödtveidt said, "Out of respect for the victim's family, I don't want to discuss what happened. The only thing I want to say is that I'm not proud of it."

Josef Ben Meddaour was a 37-year-old Algerian homosexual man who was killed by a shotgun blast to the head and the back.

"I'm absolutely not a racist," Jon Nödtveidt told the newspaper. "There's nothing that makes me more sad and upset than people who say things like that. These are people who know nothing about me. Everyone who knows me knows that I have friends, brothers and sisters from all over the world."

"Jon was an open person who enjoyed life," explains his manager, Per Nordqvist, to Expressen. "He was easy to get along with and very accomodating. Still, what happened happened and that is something you always carry with you one way or another. All people have baggage."

Per Nordqvist tells Aftonbladet that the suicide of his friend has left him feeling totally empty and that it's terribly saddening.

"I've spent the last few years collecting the rights to his music," Nordqvist tells Aftonbladet. "Jon felt that he was losing everything during the time he was incarcerated."

Johan Hargeby at the Swedish distribution company Sound Pollution worked closely with Jon Nödveidt for 15 years.

"I met him as late as Monday (Aug. 14) when he was here for a short meeting," Hargeby tells Expressen. "I am shocked and dismayed."

Check out Swedish media reports on Jon Nödtveidt's suicide:

Expressen
Aftonbladet


Former IN BATTLE Drummer Takes His Own Life; Band Vows To Honor His Memory - Aug. 19, 2006
Sundsvall, Sweden-based death metallers IN BATTLE have issued the following statement:

"IN BATTLE wants to announce that their longtime friend and drummer Otto Wiklund, born October 18, 1976 and died August 13, 2006, has passed away by his own hand...

"Otto Wiklund was a great drummer and did record the debut album of IN BATTLE (1997) and the second album, 'Rage of the Northmen' (1998). He also was the session drummer for SETHERIAL in 1998 and recorded the 'Lords of the Nightrealm' album.

"Otto Wiklund's memory will be honored on the upcoming [fourth] IN BATTLE album, 'Kingdom of Fear', which will be released through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records in mid-November this year… with material that Otto Wiklund wrote for IN BATTLE.

"I ofred vi drar fram!! I OTTO's Namn!"

IN BATTLE's latest album, "Welcome to the Battlefield" (2004, Cold/Metal Blade Records), was recorded at Courthouse Studio in Östersund, Sweden and at Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The CD was mixed and mastered at Erik Rutan's (HATE ETERNAL/ex-MORBID ANGEL guitarist) Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida with engineer Shawn Ohtani. Rutan also laid down a guest appearance on lead guitar in the track "Serpents".

For more information, visit www.inbattle.net.


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What a balloon:

Shortly before the ritual suicide, he sent farewell letters to his father and his girlfriend and explained to a friend, "I'm going away for a long, long time. I'm going to Transylvania."
If you are such a big Cheeky Girls fan you could just get a plane ticket - security is strict but there are still better ways to travel.

According to several of Expressen's sources, the singer had placed an open copy of "The Satanic Bible" in front of him before pulling the trigger.
I must have missed the bit about murder and suicide. If he'd done the decent thing he'd have topped himself before killing someone else.
 

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Yep, the closest thing in laveys bible is how the candles "should" be made out of unbaptized babies fat. But it doesn't say you have to actually kill your own babies for the ritual.




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This is great a TV piece from 1988 on the dangers of Death Metal:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWpLCSEdLk

Nice shoulder pads!!!

I assume they changed their name after the tour of Ireland:

"We are Amon"

"Ah now, how are you doing there Eamonn"

"No Amon - we are evil"

"Ah so you are to be sure Eamonn."

"No it is the god of rage. Ah screw it we'll change our names to Deicide"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deicide_%28band%29

Glen Benton's statement at the start is great but what is he on?
 

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Norwegian-Viking Metal-Band Kindergarten Gig

HELHEIM: 'We Need To Let Metal And Odin Catch The Kids Before Jesus Does!'
Apr. 21, 2008

"A couple of Norwegian media outlets have posted video footage of HELHEIM's performance at a public kindergarten earlier today (Monday, April 21).

The Norwegian Viking metal band celebrated the release of its brand new studio album, "Kaoskult", by playing acoustic versions of two songs from the CD — "Det Norrøne Alter" and "Svart Seid" — at Klosteret Barnehage. In addition, the band also told tales from Norse mythology, which has been of great inspiration for HELHEIM since the band was formed in 1992."

"Elisabeth Alnes of Klosteret Barnehage previously stated about HELHEIM's appearance at the kindergarten, "Lots of people get this all wrong, and think metal and Satanism are two sides of the coin. These are great guys, and Norse mythology is a very important part of our cultural heritage.""

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=95391

This link has links to pictures & video.(Note: Blabbermouth forum contains bad language)
 
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As a Swede, it’s hard to swallow that the Norwegians always come out on top. So for a long time, I let my old black metal albums gather dust.

Now I’ve dusted them off! They’re every bit as good as I remember. Time to dust this thread off.

Since the last post over a year ago, GAAHL, the singer of GORGOROTH with two prison stints behind him, who has been discussed in this thread, has come out as gay and has even expressed an interest in entering into fashion design. He had been dating a fashion designer. When first reported, pretty much everyone thought it was a joke. It’s not.

I don’t know about Norway, but no gay magazine in Sweden has written a word about him.

Of course this is old news, but I suppose most FT readers don’t follow Norwegian black metal.

Gorgoroth live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSboS99oN1U
 

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Gaahl is Black Metal's Rob Halford? Never saw that one coming! :O

Also good on him! Outing yourself in an often closeminded scene like BM takes real balls.
 

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He and his bass player also kicked Infernus (the only founding member) out of the band and are now in court over rights to the name and logo. The bass player works as a primary school teacher and once left the band because it gave him (understandably) trouble at work ... though I guess I prefer this kind of soap opera to the murders and suicides of 15 years ago.

By the way, here’s Tulus selling out with a cover of ”Space Oddity” (don’t miss 01:09):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TFLsTMDcZk
 

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i think i'm still trying to get over carphatian forest - Sadomasochistic (Live), that came up on the right hand 'related videos' window.

i'm not quite sure how anyone can take this stuff seriously :lol:
 

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.....it's true folks, notorious Norwegian Black-Metal-Musician/Murderer/Church-Burner Varg Vikernes is finally being granted parole.

Norway's most notorious musician to be released from prison

"It is never reassuring to hear that a man who calls himself Count Grishnackh is to be released from prison. And yet that is what is happening to the Norwegian black-metal icon Varg Vikernes, who murdered Mayhem's guitarist and set three churches on fire.

It was just 16 years ago that Vikernes was sitting in an Oslo court, smiling as he received a maximum sentence. Best known as the leader of Burzum – whose first album begins with a song called Feeble Screams from Forests Unknown – Vikernes was also a far-right political activist and, er, grim dude.

Though he was refused four times for parole – most recently in September 2008 – Vikernes is now set to walk free, he told Daglabet magazine.

"I'm ready for society — and I have been for many years," Vikernes emphasised in an interview last July. "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family ... I have barely seen my son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up."

For the past couple of years, Vikernes has been allowed to leave the prison and make visits to his family, according to Blabbermouth. His mother, wife, 18-month-old son and 16-year-old daughter all live in Tromsø near the prison. "I look forward the day that I [can] work on my farm, create music, write books and be with the wife and kids around the clock — and live a normal life," he said.

Though Vikernes will no longer be bound by prison schedules, he will have to regularly report to a parole officer, intially for every two weeks and then once a month. Count Grishnackh plans to move to a small farm near Bø and says he no longer has any ties with far-right Norwegian groups.

"My mind has never been in prison," he said. "I think all the time about what I should do on the day that I am released."

May we suggest that he cuddle some kittens?"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/ma ... g-vikernes
 
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Think this fits here.

Police officer Andrew Ricks ended his career in Sanford by taking the stage last week and singing "Let the Killing Begin" in full uniform while backed up by Vital Remains, a death metal band.

Ricks already had notified the city of his intention to resign effective Friday, but Police Chief Cecil B. Smith relieved him of his duties Wednesday morning, records show.

"An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department," Smith said in a statement released Thursday.

Ricks was on duty when he sang at the West End Trading Co., a venue on the shore of Lake Monroe in Sanford, according to police. ...

Vital Remains was founded in 1988 and tours the U.S. and Europe. The song Ricks introduced, "Let the Killing Begin" - a reference to the crucifixion of Christ - is the opening track on the band's 2003 album, Dechristianize. Death metal is a type of music with lyrics sometimes focusing on violence, suffering and religion. ...


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sa...bout-killing-with-death-metal-band/ar-BBne8Hk
 

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^ Love Mr. Whitehead's work. His last, "Scar Sighted" was a thing of the very nastiest wonder.

It's not black, death or viking but I have been enjoying recently, Bell Witch, out of Seattle. Incredible band -

 
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