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National Socialist black metal (also known as Nazi black metal or NSBM) is a title used to refer to black metal acts with an emphasis on National Socialist beliefs in their music. NSBM is interpreted as an ideology rather than a sub-genre, as there is not any developed "style" to play black metal in a National Socialist way. Bands that promote lyrics advocating ideas of racial separatism, anti-Semitism, and Aryanism are often differentiated as "NSBM" to separate such bands from other black metal groups which do not exemplify these beliefs. Artists in the NSBM scene typically argue that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are major causes for the perceived troubles of modern European peoples. As an alternative to Christianity, most NSBM bands have advocated variations of Pagan beliefs and traditions; the most common being Ásatrú and Odinism. Paganism is also one of the things lyrics of 'common' black metal bands are about,so one could say NSBM 'adopted' this subject, or it could be seen as an influence of black metal on NSBM. Environmentalism (such as the writings of Richard Darré and Savitri Devi) and Julius Evola's teachings of traditionalism are recurring themes. Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Racial segregation is a kind of formalized or institutionalized discrimination on the basis of race, characterized by the races separation from each other. ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ... The Aryan race is a concept in European culture that was influential in the period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... A European is primarily a person who was born into one of the countries within the continent of Europe. ... Look up pagan, heathen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, is one of the major symbols of Ásatrú. This article is about the reconstruction of Norse paganism in particular. ... Reconstructions of the traditions of Germanic paganism began with 19th century Romanticism. ... For the psychology topic, see Environmental psychology. ... Richard Walther Darré (14 July 1895 - 5 September 1953), SS-Obergruppenführer, was one of the Nazi leading ‘blood and soil’ ideologists. ... Savitri Devi (September 30, 1905 - October 22, 1982) was a Franco-Greek woman who became enamored with Hinduism and National Socialism, linking the Aryan invasion theory to Adolf Hitler, and proclaiming him an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. ... Julius Evola born Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola, aka Baron Evola (May 19, 1898-June 11, 1974), was an Italian esotericist and occult author, who wrote extensively on Hermeticism, the metaphysics of sex, Tantra, Buddhism, Taoism, mountaineering, the Holy Grail, militarism, aristocracy, on matters political, philosophical, historical, racial, religious, as well... A tradition is a story or a custom that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. ...



NSBM is sometimes considered to have started with the work of Burzum (Varg Vikernes). However, there is no direct reference to National Socialism in Burzum's earliest compositions, and Varg has actually gone as far as to denounce NSBM in recent interviews. His anti-establishment ideology and self-declared beliefs in Odalism is most likely what spurred this assumption. One of the earliest black metal bands to actually write overt lyrics espousing white racialist beliefs was the Polish one-man band Graveland. 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). ... Varg Vikernes IPA: , born Kristian Vikernes on February 11, 1973, outside of Bergen, Norway, is a black metal musician currently imprisoned for the 1993 murder of Øystein Euronymous Aarseth of Mayhem. ... The odal or othala rune Odalism (from the Proto-Germanic word ôþalan which roughly means heritage,) is a Teutonic Folkish movement based on pride in ones own ancient cultural and religious traditions, rather than adopting those of outside cultures. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Graveland is a Polish black metal band which was formed in 1992 by Rob Darken (born Robert Fudali). ...

While nationalism (or at least national romanticism) has been an influence in black metal from early on, NSBM adds a focus on advocating National Socialism as an alternative to modern liberal society. However, while Nazi Germany was never overtly opposed to Christianity, NSBM continues the black metal tradition of opposition to Judeo-Christianity in its entirety, while placing more emphasis on anti-Semitism. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... Judeo-Christian (or Judaeo-Christian) is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity, and typically considered (sometimes along with classical Greco-Roman civilization) a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values. ... The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ...

In the 2000s, NSBM music became increasingly sold by Rock Against Communism (RAC) and other white power music outlets, and bands such as Gestapo SS, Sigrblot (this Swedish NSBM band covered Fortress´ popular WP song "I Hate Commie Scum" on their cd "Blodsband") and Bannerwar have covered RAC and Hatecore songs on their NSBM releases. NSBM bands are beginning to perform alongside RAC bands. RAC logo with a skull superimposed over a hammer and sickle. ... White Power is an ideology and a political slogan describing the views of white supremacists. ...

Conversely, some people that were originally adherents the NSBM scene are moving away from their statist National Socialist roots and embracing Third Position National-Anarchism, and post-Left Anarcho-Primitivism. This has given rise to recent post-NSBM musical and subcultural developments such as National Anarchist Black Metal (NABM), and Anarcho-Primitivist Black Metal (APBM) characterized by bands such as Houston,TX based Tragic Hero. Statism is a term to describe an economic system where a government implements a significant degree of centralized economic planning or intervention, as opposed to a system where the overwhelming majority of economic planning occurs at a decentralized level by private individuals in a relatively free market. ... The Nazi party used a right-facing swastika as their symbol and the red and black colors were said to represent Blut und Boden (blood and soil). ... International Third Position was a group formed by Nick Griffin and Derek Holland as a continuation of the Political Soldier movement. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Nationalist anarchism. ... Anarcho-primitivism is an anarchist critique of the origins and progress of civilization. ...

NSBM and the broader black metal scene

Sometimes there is confusion over whether a band fits the label of NSBM. Darkthrone is often said to be a NSBM band mainly because Norsk Arisk Black Metal (Norwegian Aryan Black Metal) was written in the back of their album Transilvanian Hunger. Later on they denounced that and maintained an apolitical outlook as a band. On their following album, "Panzerfaust" Darkthrone wrote: "Darkthrone is certainly not a nazi-band nor a political band. Those who still might think so, you can lick Mother Mary's asshole in eternity." Darkthrone is a highly influential Norwegian black metal band formed in 1986. ...

Some black metal bands, although unrelated to NSBM, include some mostly meaningless references to Nazi Germany in their lyrics. These are mainly used for shock value; a tradition with precedent among 1970s punk bands such as the Sex Pistols. This has caused some black metal bands to inaccurately be labeled as NSBM. One example of this was the Czech band Amon (which from 1995 to 1999 was called Amon Goeth).[1] Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Amon Leopold Göth (or Goeth; November 12, 1908 – September 13, 1946) was a Hauptsturmführer of the SS and was the commandant of the Nazi concentration camp at PÅ‚aszów, Poland. ...

One of the most misperceived black metal bands is Marduk. Many have considered Marduk to be NSBM after the release of their album "Panzer Division Marduk". Marduk has written songs about the Nazis in World War II, including "The Hangman of Prague", which is about Reinhard Heydrich (head of the RSHA within the SS). Despite this, both band founder Morgan Hakannson and ex-vocalist Legion state that Marduk is not National Socialist, and that the topic as source for song writing just fascinates them. Marduk (Sumerian spelling in Akkadian: AMAR.UTU solar calf; Biblical: Merodach) was the Babylonian name of a late-generation god from ancient Mesopotamia and patron deity of the city of Babylon, who, when Babylon permanently became the political center of the Euphrates valley in the time of Hammurabi (18th century... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reinhard Heydrich - the first director of RSHA The RSHA, or Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Security Main Office), was a subordinate organization of the SS created by Heinrich Himmler on September 22, 1939, through the merger of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD, or Security Agency), the Gestapo (Secret State Police) and the Kriminalpolizei (Criminal Police). ... SS or ss or Ss may be: The Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary force Steamship (SS) (ship prefix) The United States Secret Service A submarine not powered by nuclear energy (SS) (United States Navy designator), see SSN A Soviet/Russian surface-to-surface missile, as listed by NATO reporting name Shortstop...

In Gods of the Blood (2003), Mattias Gardell one of the few researchers into this understudied milieu (ibid., p.vii), describes the Pagan Front and National Socialist Black Metal.The former is a network of bands and record labels that view black metal as an "archetypical and atavistic expression" of the Aryan soul and seek to further the milieu's paganization. The latter sees national socialism as a logical extension of the political and spiritual dissidence inherent in black metal and includes acts such as Burzum, Absurd and Graveland. Although fascist and heathen sentiments constitute a discernible trend within the black-metal underground, they remain a minor part of black metal and certainly do not define the whole scene. (ibid, p.307) Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism is a book by Swedish scholar Mattias Gardell. ... Mattias Gardell (born 1958) is a reader for religious history at the University of Stockholm. ...

Representative bands

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gontyna Kry is a Polish National Socialist Black Metal band which was founded by Bard Neur and Komes Lupul Kurhan in winter 1993. ... Grand Belials Key was an American black metal band which was formed in 1992 by bass guitarist Gelal Necrosodomy and vocalist Lord Vlad Luciferian. ... Graveland is a Polish black metal band which was formed in 1992 by Rob Darken (born Robert Fudali). ... Grom is an NSBM band with a strong Slavonic/Mediterranean influence within its lyrics, due to that being the racial composition of the band. ... Infernum was a black metal band from Polish city of Wrocław // Biography Infernum was created in 1992 by Anextiomarus - Guitar, Bass, Vocals - and drummer Tom Balrog (Oppressor/Baphomets Throne). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Nokturnal Mortum is a NS folk black metal band from Ukraine, and is one of the major black metal bands from eastern Europe, along with Graveland. ... Pantheon is an American National Socialist black metal band formed in Tucson, Arizona in 1993. ... Spear of Longinus is a Nazi Occult Black Metal band from Brisbane, Australia formed in 1995. ... Temnozor (Russian: ) is a band formed in 1996 in Obninsk, Russia, to express the pride of its members of being slavic. ... Amulets representing Mjolnir were used as pendants This article is about the use of models of Thors hammer Mjolnir. ...

See also

Heavy metal
Black metal - Classic metal - Death metal - Doom metal - Folk metal - Glam metal - Gothic metal - Industrial metal - Metalcore - Neo-classical metal - Nu metal - Post-metal - Power metal - Progressive metal - Speed metal - Symphonic metal - Thrash metal
Regional scenes
Scandinavian death metal - New Wave of British Heavy Metal - Bay Area thrash metal
Other topics
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Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... Nazi occultism denotes an occult undercurrent of Nazism. ... Two Punk Front members (1978). ... RAC logo with a skull superimposed over a hammer and sickle. ... White supremacy is a racist ideology which holds the belief that white people are superior to other races. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Black metal is an extreme heavy metal subgenre. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Death metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Folk metal is a diverse collection of music, encompassing a wide variety of different styles and approaches. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Gothic metal is a genre of heavy metal music that originated during the mid 1990s in Europe as an outgrowth of doom-death, a fusion genre of doom metal and death metal. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre which draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... Metalcore (also known as hardcore metal) is a fusion genre, mixing elements of metal and hardcore punk. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Post-metal is a music genre, a mixture between the genres of post-rock and metal, with roots in progressive rock and industrial music. ... Power metal is a style of heavy metal music typically with the aim of evoking an epic feel, combining characteristics of traditional metal with thrash metal or speed metal, often within symphonic context. ... Progressive metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... Speed metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that spawned in the early 1980s and was the direct musical progenitor of thrash metal[1] [2]. When Speed metal first emerged as a genre, it innovatively increased the tempo of the music template set forth by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by its signature high speed and aggression. ... Scandinavian death metal concerns the death metal bands of Scandinavian origin. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bay Area thrash metal, or Bay Area Thrash, referred to a steady following of heavy metal bands in the 1980s who formed and gained international status in the San Francisco Bay Area, California [1]. Along with Tampa, Florida, the scene was widely attributed as a starting point of American thrash... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of bands that pertain to the heavy metal genre of music. ... The heavy metal umlaut, or rock dots, is an umlaut over letters in the name of a heavy metal band, such as Mötley Crüe or Motörhead. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

  • The Pagan Front - A NSBM Organization
  • Southern Poverty Law Center report on NSBM Sounds of Violence
  • The NSBM FAQ
  • Decibel Magazine's in-depth NSMB article
  • Krieg Designs



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