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Encyclopedia > Lords of Chaos (book)
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
Author Michael Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind
Country US
Publisher Feral House
Publication date
Published in English 1998
ISBN ISBN 0-922915-94-6

Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground is a book by Michael Moynihan & Didrik Søderlind. It gives the history of black metal music, until Burzum and the church fires that shocked Norway in 1993 Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... Michael Moynihan, (b. ... Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Cover of Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (en:If the light takes us) Burzum began in 1991 as a prominent and influential Norwegian black metal solo project of Varg Vikernes (born Kristian Vikernes). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

The second, revised edition was published in 2003. It was expanded with one chapter regarding "Nazi UFO's and secret Nazi bases inside the Hollow Earth".

A German translation was published in 2002.

It was published by Feral House [1] Feral House is a book publisher owned and operated by Adam Parfrey. ...

ISBN 0-922915-48-2 (original), ISBN 0-922915-94-6 (revised and enlarged edition).

Contents and Criticism

The book purports to portray the history of Heavy Metal and Black Metal up to Mayhem, portraying the bands Black Sabbath, Witchcraft Coven, Mercyful Fate, Venom and Bathory. Although the book makes the usual hint at the differences between Death Metal and Black Metal,[1] it completely omits the developments of Melodic Black Metal and Melodic Death Metal that were well under way when book was first published. Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Look up mayhem in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Mercyful Fate is an influential Danish heavy metal group who are often cited among the influences in the black metal, thrash metal, power metal, and progressive metal genres. ... Wasp sting, with droplet of venom Venom (literally, poison of animal origin) is any of a variety of toxins used by animals, for the purpose of defense and hunting. ... The B thory (Polish Batory) was a Hungarian aristocratic family of significant influence in late medi val Central Europe. ... Death metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Melodic death metal, (also referred to as Gothenburg metal, melodeath, Scandinavian metal, and post-death) is a subgenre of death metal. ...

The authors focus especially on the Black Metal scene in Norway between 1990 and '93: The suicide of Per Yngve Ohlin (better known by his pseudonym Dead) in April 1991, the small black metal store Helvete (Norwegian for Hell) that Øystein Aarseth had run in Oslo since May or June 1991[2] until its closure 1993 and the involvement of Varg Vikernes with the scene. Per Yngve Ohlin (January 16, 1969 – April 8, 1991), better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish vocalist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal group Mayhem. ... Helvete was the record store owned by the late Øystein Aarseth (Euryonomus). ... Dead and Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (March 22, 1968 - August 10, 1993) was a guitarist for the infamous Norwegian black metal band Mayhem who went by the stage name Euronymous. ... Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a musician currently imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Øystein Euronymous Aarseth. ...

From the Black Metal scene in Norway there was a series of crimes committed in 1992 and 1993. It started with the arson of Fantoft stave church on 6 June 1992. Church arsons continued throughout 1992 and 1993. The cover of Lords of Chaos shows a "19th Century Swedish church in flames"[3] Due to an Interview that Vikernes had given a Norwegian Newspaper, the arsons lead to a media rage about Satanism. On August 21 also a homosexual man was murdered in the Olympic Park in Lillehammer. Bård Eithun was later convicted to 14 years in prison for this. In 1993 Øystein Aarseth was murdered, Varg Vikernes was later found guilty of murdering him. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... County Oppland District Gudbrandsdal Municipality NO-0501 Administrative centre Lillehammer Mayor (2005) Synnøve Brenden Klemetrud (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 211 477 km² 450 km² 0. ... BÃ¥rd G. Faust Eithun (born: 21 April 1974) is a Norwegian drummer. ...

The title of the book, "Lords of Chaos", is obviously taken from a self-styled teen militia with the same name that perpetrated murder and arson in Fort Myers, Florida in April 1996. Although the book devotes seven pages to that case,[4] it does not explicitly mention why this title was chosen for the book. Among other cases of "satanic" murderers, it also mentions Hendrik Möbus of the German band Absurd and Caleb Fairley. The book interprets these criminal cases as the appearance of an odinic archetype. Although the psychologist Carl Jung is quoted,[5] the conclusion is hardly scientific: "Satanism and the heathenism from which it ultimately descends are themselves the products of the archetypes and differentiated psyches of nations and peoples, and they therefore spring from the same “occult” or mystical sources as nationalism itself. Nationalism is the political manifestation of a folk’s unconscious; heathenism/Satanism is the spiritual manifestation."[6] The Lords of Chaos was a self-styled teen militia formed on April 13, 1996 in Fort Myers, Florida. ... Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Caleb Fairley is an murderer from Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania. ... For other meanings of Odin, Woden or Wotan see Odin (disambiguation), Woden (disambiguation), Wotan (disambiguation). ... According to Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and his school of analytical psychology, archetypes are innate universal pre-conscious psychic dispositions that form the substrate from which the basic themes of human life emerge. ... A psychologist is a scientist and/or clinician who studies psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior and cognition. ... Carl Jungs partially autobiographical work Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Fontana edition Carl Gustav Jung (IPA: ) (July 26, 1875, Kesswil – June 6, 1961, Küsnacht) was a Swiss psychiatrist, influential thinker, and founder of analytical psychology. ...

Apparently, Moynihan is not so much interested in Black Metal as a subgenre of Heavy metal music, but in Black Metal as an extreme right political movement. The last part of the final chapter is devoted to the tale of Ragnarök: Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Odin is depicted falling with his spear Gungnir while Surtr brandishes his sword. ...

"If Black Metalers and extreme rightists could agree upon a allegory for the coming apocalypse they await, it would surely be the Norse mythological tale of Ragnarok. This legend dramatically divulges all of the blood, fire and warfare which can be expected as the present world reaches its demise."[7] "At one point in time, the prime movers in Black metal dreamt of Ragnarok and hoped to accelerate its arrival. They attempted to light the fuse on the powderkeg of alienated resentment which lies behind the façade of 20th century civilisation - as their occasional allies, the right wing revolutionaries have also tried to do. Neither of them succeeded. This does not mean that the powderkeg is not there, just that no one has found the end of the fuse yet."[8]

With such a thesis, the book understandably has generated considerable controversy. One review started with the statement: This books belongs into the poison cabinet.[9] Moynihans way of dealing with this topic has" the insipid taste of the lack of distance."[10] Within the black metal scene the views expressed by the author are highly contested. A primary criticism has been that of the book's uncritical stance towards the right-wing and racist leanings of its subjects. Furthermore, it has been criticised for its focus on Varg Vikernes, whose extremist views are not considered representative of the subgenre, and similarly for its emphasis on criminal activities, only tangentially related, and in some cases entirely unrelated to the black metal scene.[citation needed]

The book has received wide praise for providing a pioneering account of the subgenre, and for its unique content.[citation needed]


The book features many interviews, including one with Anton LaVey from the Church of Satan. The interview with Varg Vikernes is spread out in several sections through the book, making it unclear if it was one or actually several interviews. There is also one with Tomas Haugen, better known as Samoth. Anton Szandor LaVey Anton Szandor LaVey, born Howard Stanton Levey[1][2] (11 April 1930 – 29 October 1997) was the founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, musician, and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Samoth (Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen) is a prominent musician in the Norwegian black metal scene. ...

Notes and References

'1998' refers to the first English edition of Lords of Chaos.

  1. ^ Chapter two of Lords of Chaos is titled: Death Metal dies, Black Metal arrives
  2. ^ According to the Interview with Bård Eithun; 1998: 66
  3. ^ Excerpt from Cyber-Psychos AOD - "The Magazine of Mental Aberrations" - #8
  4. ^ 1998: 293-300
  5. ^ 1998: 176
  6. ^ 1998: 314
  7. ^ 1998: 329&330
  8. ^ 1998: 330
  9. ^ Satans Kirchen brennen (German) (Satans churches burn), Review of the German edition at the left-orientated German Newspaper die tageszeitung
  10. ^ Hasse deinen nächsten, wie dich selbst (German) (Hate thy neighbour as yourself ), Review of the German edition at the Internet Magazine Telepolis

die tageszeitung (referred to commonly as taz), founded in 1978 in Berlin, is a cooperative-owned German daily newspaper. ... Telepolis is the name of a German Internet magazine, published by the Heinz Heise Verlag since the beginning of 1996. ...

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Michael Moynihan, (b. ... Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a musician currently imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Øystein Euronymous Aarseth. ... Telepolis is the name of a German Internet magazine, published by the Heinz Heise Verlag since the beginning of 1996. ... die tageszeitung (referred to commonly as taz), founded in 1978 in Berlin, is a cooperative-owned German daily newspaper. ...

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