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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Black Metal Culture

Black metal have become a popular trend in some country. Black metal is actually a type of music genre. It is an extreme heavy metal music that is typically abrasive and characterized by the use of fast tempos, high-pitched electric guitars often played with tremolo picking, high-pitched shrieking vocals, and unconventional song structures.

Blast beats, high shrieked vocals (as opposed to the more guttural growls of death metal) and heavily distorted walls of guitar are all common motifs, but the form has evolved since its inception. While there is much debate amongst fans about what does or does not constitute black metal, many bands have taken the sound in a more progressive direction or combined it with other elements to make strange hybrid styles.

The first bands to set the trend were mostly thrash metal bands that formed the prototype for black metal in the early 1980s. They are referred collectively as the First Wave, and consist of a few bands. Some of the bands are Venom, Mercyful Fate, Celtic Frost and Bathory. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a Second Wave emerged, primarily of Norwegian bands like Burzum, Mayhem and Darkthrone. Although there is no well-defined Third Wave, modern black metal bands have incorporated new musical and lyrical trends into their music.

Black metal’s beginnings can be traced back to the early 1980s when a number of European bands, including the likes of England’s Venom, Sweden’s Bathory and Switzerland’s Hellhammer (who would later mutate into Celtic Frost) took the nascent thrash metal blueprint and twisted it into ever darker and more extreme shapes.

Although Venom’s dense, riff-driven rumble was arguably the furthest from the higher pitched tremolo picking and shrieking vocal approach that would come to define black metal through the 90s and beyond, the Geordie three-piece did bequeath the genre its name with their second album, 1982’s Black Metal.

Black metal has been met with considerable hostility from mainstream culture, mainly because of the misanthropic and Anti-Christian attitude of many bands. This iconoclastic ideology is typical of black metal bands. Additionally, a few black metal bands have been associated with church burnings, murder, and National Socialism(associated with Nazi). Black metal is generally seen as an underground form of music, in part because it does not appeal to mainstream tastes and because it's musicians often choose to remain obscure.

Black metal is generally opposed to Christianity. Instead, some black metal artists promote atheism, antitheism, paganism or satanism. In short, they promote religions that are related with devils or the belief that there is no God. They also support individualism, which means that they avoid society at most times. Nevertheless, there are black metals that worship ancient gods such as those in the vikings,celt or saxons. Examples of these ancient gods are Odin, Loki and Thor. They support things that have connections with war or the warrior's spirit. This explains the bullets and also war equipments like gauntlets worn by most black metal artists.

In terms of fashion, their style of clothing had it's roots in biker, rocker and leather subculture. Their apparel usually consists of leather jackets, hi-top basketball shoes, blue or black skinny fit jeans, camouflaged pants or shorts, denim jackets or kutte vests. The jackets and bottoms are adorned with badges, pins and patches. They also put images of ancient religions such as celtic cross, vikings and Greek mythical creatureson their clothing. Accesories worn include studded bracelets, nose chain ring, bullet belts, spiked gauntlets and various chains and belts criss-crossed over one another. Besides this, black metals keep their hair long and paint their faces to make it look scary.

In today's world, black metal is mostly followed in sense of fashion only. People wear leather jackets and tight pants with studded bracers and spiked shoes. The fashion of black metal followed by the community are not as extreme as the real members of black metal. Some are also taken to the music, but they are limited to listening only and do not participate in forming a band. They are not involved in activities like church burning or national socialism.

Some, especially teenagers, like to wear clothings similar to black metals artists without knowing the actual meaning or symbolic traits contained in the style of clothing. It is alright for those who do not have a religion, but very dangerous for those that have one. Most teenagers have little education regarding their religions and often adapt certain styles without knowing the wrong of it. For example, a teenagers who is Islam but have no knowledge of the religion may be attracted to wear a black metal jacket that have a celtic cross design on the back. It is not wrong to wear clothings in the style of black metal, but it is wrong to wear something that have an image of other religions for muslims.


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