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Kaaoksen ruhtinaat: Mustan metallin messu

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  4,515 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Kaaoksen ruhtinaat on traaginen tarina nuorista skandinaaveista, jotka ottivat heavymetalin tuomiopäivän sävelet liian tosissaan ja ajautuivat pahan palvonnassaan kauas flirttailun tuolle puolen.

Venom-yhtyeen albumista nimensä lainannut blackmetal-tyyli nousi 1990-luvun Norjassa ilmiöksi, jota niin iltapäivälehdillä kuin viranomaisilla oli usein syytäkin kauhistella. Kaaok
Hardcover, 511 pages
Published 2008 by Johnny Kniga (first published 1998)
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Feb 25, 2013 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thor was a ginger so let's start a fire
Recommended to Mariel by: this was going to be my 666 review last year. I'm dorky enough to have "saved" this for that long. But I'm on a Norway kick so sue me
I'm telling you these people are Satanists. As I sit here, they are satanists. Look, look, the world is full of these kind of things - black masses, mutilations. Mutilations. The incubus, the succubus. [Editor's note: Yes, I am making a The 'Burbs quote medley here. Pretend I'm Sting trying to satisfy an audience who only came to hear The Police hits when he wants to push his new album.]
Ray Peterson: [chanting] I'm not going to listen to this, I'm not going to hear this now.
Art: Ray! Ray! You'r
Okay. I'm reading this because I'm a music fanatic and fascinated by fanaticism and counterculture, not because I'm a Satanist OR a fan of black/death metal. That said, this book is hilarious. If you read between the lines, you see a bunch of scrawny, insecure boys who stumbled upon a way to scare the crap out of their country, and beyond. Come on -- how can you really boast that you're an evil agent of Satan when you have to borrow money from your mom to put out your band's record? Seriously. S ...more
Ok, this book was a fascinating read, but one that I wouldn't recommend. On one hand, I am completely intrigued by fringe groups and underground subcultures (in a scholarly if not voyeuristic way). On the other hand, I really really hate these guys, and want them to stop being such horrible people. It was been a frustration of mine for years that a lot of music I like, and entire genres of music that appeal to me, are chock full of downright fucked up and dangerous people. That was the real valu ...more

The world of metal – even black metal – isn’t foreign to me. It doesn’t conjure up frightening images of animal sacrifice or Satanic black mass, nor does it undermine my worldview and reality. By my own admission, then, I was bound to be disappointed by this book: I don’t see black metal as the nefarious, shadowy enemy of goodness and light, and therefore Lords of Chaos is (in my case) a book to be scrutinized with a jaundiced, even jaded, eye.

As a composition, it's unevenly constructed: the fi
This might as well be called "Everything you wanted to know about Satanism in music but were afraid to ask." It's ridiculously comprehensive, and I would recommend that you skim some sections (unless you're fascinated about the late 1990s state of death metal worldwide, detailed on a country by country basis). After a while, you stop noticing that the authors have chosen to capitalize many words that you wouldn't necessarily think deserve it - Rock Music, Rapper, Punk, etc.

An excellent resource
Un trabajo periodístico exhaustivo sobre el origen y el desarrollo del black metal. Una de las grandes ventajas del libro es que puede ser leído por cualquier persona, aún desconociendo el género, y seguramente podrá encontrarlo interesante.

He leído algunas críticas (particularmente de los músicos entrevistados o referenciados en el libro) sobre su tono sensacionalista. Personalmente, pienso que no hay tal. Es muy posible que actualmente muchos de ellos se arrepientan de algunas estupideces que
Justin Evans
I've been looking forward to reading this for years, and only just got round to it. I think it's fair to say I got more pleasure out of the looking forward to than I did from actually reading it. The prose and editing are as bad as you'd expect in a Feral House book; I feel quite comfortable saying my freshman comp students could have given this a quick once over and made it as least twice as readable. The core story of the book - the origins and rise of Scandinavian black metal and the crimes c ...more
The start of this book was well-done. Moynihan thoroughly details the genesis of black metal, the evolution of its ideals, and the roots of those ideals in bygone history and spirituality. I found the latter point the most interesting, as things like black metal can so easily be written off by the masses. The connection of its ideals with pre-Christian pagan ideals and Jungian archetypes offered a deeper analysis than the majority of music-related books.

However, at some point "Lords Of Chaos" lo
Nicholas Pell
The first half of this book was a lot of fun, but then Moynihan decides to take his thesis about "atavistic resurgence" and "underground fascist black metal" to absurd conclusions. Yes, there were many people in BM who were enamored of fascist imagery. Yes, many of them talked the talk and even walked the walk in terms of anti-social behavior. But no less an authority on the matter than Kevin Coogan systematically debunked Moynihan's thesis in "How Black Is Black Metal?" The answer is not very. ...more
East Bay J
I read Lords Of Chaos when it was first published. Thanks to my friend, Lydia, being employed at a bookstore on Sundays, I received a copy of this new, updated edition. Hot dog! Black metal, murder and mayhem.

The story of Norwegian black metal is, perhaps necessarily, wrapped up in Satanism and pagan beliefs. Not to mention, of course, teenage angst, alienation and rebellion. From the genesis of bands like Venom, Slayer and Celtic Frost, a sound developed. More than a sound, though, there was al
Here's the deal. I am a bleeding heart liberal, and completely politically opposed to everything these musicians, authors and even Feral House stand for. I can't help but find it interesting, though. I went through an anti-Christian phase when I was about 14, although for different reasons (feminist). I grew out of it, realizing there are PLENTY of awesome people with beliefs similar to mine and I can largely ignore the exclusive conservative sects, or oppose them in the proper political channel ...more
Kids in Norway wear corpsepaint and worship the devil, burn churchs and act otherwise retarded.

This book delves into these subjects and often times does so via strange avenues.
Interesting read, but sometimes too many mundane details and redundant points.
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
You'll might wanna read up on the rather unpleasant origins of what is today Norway's number one cultural export.

Meanwhile, for your documentary pleasure ::

The black metal portion of "A Headbanger's Journey" (in three video=parts) ::

"True Norwegian Black Metal" ::
see gaahl's paintings

"Fenriz's Black Metal University" ::

The legendary Mayhem playing "Freezing Moon" ::
Read this when I was much younger, so was neat to go back and check it out again. I am a huge, HUGE fan of black metal, have been since I was 12. When I was a kid I loved the imagery of it- the EVIL, the satan action, anti church, everything. These days, my older, mellower self still loves the music, but cringes at the imagery now- man, what was I thinking? One thing hasn't changed- I respected them for their anti church stand. I did not at all condone the methods, and the fallout of everything, ...more
A few good pictures that people who live in caves without the internet (or people who have no interest in blackmetal) may have not seen before and a hell of a lot of misinformation delivered by pedestrian weekenders with no sincere devotion to the history of this extremely interesting style of music. It's not a complete and utter waste of time but please take it with a grain of salt.... this is hardly the whole picture and the part that is there is more than distorted.
This book is fucking fun. When you're, say, a 14 year old boy, the notion of forest-at-night black metal seems super-cool, and when you're a 22 year old boy, you can reflect on that through this well-compiled set of oral histories. I am rather annoyed that they chose to focus on the (albeit way more out there) history of Mayhem rather than going in depth on Emperor, Ulver, and ESPECIALLY Gorgoroth, but whatever, this shit's alright.
A very informative and well researched book about black metal, its cultural and historical roots and its fandom, includes a lot of information about myths, satanism, folklore, teen subcultures and even crime and murder. The author mentioned all these issues without using a judging tone, and for that I'm glad. It's a really interesting and insightful book. I'd recommend it even to the non-fans.
I wanted to give this book four stars for a long time, but i changed to three, because there were anyway too many things that annoyed me to some extent. Let me start with explaining myself. I have gotten very much into Black Metal lately and although I already listened to Satyricon ten years ago, I never really got into it. This finally happened, better late than never, haha! There are many bands I love and enjoy, there are also enough bands that I simply cannot get into. And Burzum is one of th ...more
It has been quite a few years since I read this.
Lords of Chaos narrates the origins of the Scandanavian black metal scene, and to a lesser extent satanic- and occult-themed heavy metal in general. It does a fair job of this but suffers from a drift in focus. Whether he was aware of it or not, Moynihan's interest quickly drifts to white supremacism. And while many (too many) of these bands have associated with those themes (part of metal's unfortunate tendency to see any "extreme" statement as a
Got this item years ago through a trade. Basically was getting rid of some stuff. Exchanged a VHS tape full of 70s XXX trailers for this book.

Personally, always thought I got the better end of the deal.

It's an interesting read, especially if you're into music that fly under the mainstream radar. Don't worry, it won't convert you into Satanism, nor have you purchase loads of Black Metal CDs. Nor have you burn down churches, then kill your annoying next door neighbor. What this book will deliver
Lords of Chaos is almost a book in three parts. Part one is short overview of various bands that are credited with bringing together all the elements that we know as black metal. Part two is the story of the first black metal bands and the crimes that they committed. Part three covers the newer waves of black metal bands through the world.

Of those three sections, the second part takes up most of the books page count and is clearly the reason that it was written, and it shows as the other two sec
Thomas Brown
Really in-depth account of the wave of murders, suicides, church-burnings and photos of doofuses in corpse paint waving halberds at the camera while grimacing that swept across Scandinavia in the early nineties.

The focus on the events around Varg Vikernes of Burzum and Euronymous of Mayhem - including Euronymous' record store as the centre of the scene, the suicide of first Mayhem singer Dead, and Vikernes' murder of Euronymous - is understandable, and the level of detail around that is first-ra
Chronicles the literaly "killer" Scandinavian black metal scene. Fascinating look at the events that unfolded, where bands that were making brilliant music, were also burning down churches and comitting murders. And you thought Madonna and Bono took themselves too seriously!
Also includes some great essays on the wild hunt from euro folklore. Moynihan has this theory that Odinist Black Metal was a form of atavistic ancestral memory of the wild hunt manifesting itself, or something along those lin
Jason Pettus
one of my favorite nonfiction books of all time, lords of chaos is a detailed and fascinating look at the black metal culture in northern europe in the 1990s; specifically, of the scene that arose in oslo at the time, which ultimately culminated in the burnings of multiple historic churches, as well as a murder spree within the scene and multiple charles-mansonesque arrests (and resulting tabloid coverage). uncompromisingly told from the standpoint of a fan who's also an educated journalist, it' ...more
Catalina Cuernos de ciervo
Un ensayo muy decente sobre la escena del black metal en Noruega en los años 90 y algunos sucesos criminales asociados al cerrado círculo selecto de sus integrantes: el suicida Death, el asesinato de Euronymous por parte de Varg Vikernes y la quema de varias iglesias.

Analiza desde todos los aspectos el tema: los orígenes que dieron lugar al surgimiento del black metal como género de rock extremo, los crímenes, el fenómeno de quema de iglesias, las ideologías de extrema derecha, el satanismo, la
I wanted to like this book -- really, I did. And it starts off pretty good. But then it just goes on and on, giving a mouthpiece to boring copycat racists -- dull people with dull, dull stories.

I had heard of the musicians Euronymous and Dead, and was fascinated by their story. First of all, anyone that helps to create a new musical genre is going to have somewhat of an interesting story: for some reason, they decided to push things in a new direction, and often that same impulse gives them some
Tristan Goding
A brilliantly written and researched exploration of a group of some deeply twisted people on the fringes of society and the bizarre sub-culture that has grown and developed all around them. I enjoy a lot of this music, but rarely have I gotten such an in-depth experience on what it all means to be one of these people. These artists are completely honest in their words and totally candid in their feelings and opinions on aspects of life that most people would prefer to not know about. These peopl ...more
Angela Pezel
So...These Black Metal guys are whack. The book itself traces the origin of Black Metal music from the early days of Black Sabbath until the late 1990's early 2000's. The main story aside from talking about the music itself is the murder of one leader of the so called "Black Inner Circle" by another member. The killer known alternately as Count Grishnackh or Varg Vickernes was also responsible for the arson of stave churches in Norway some of which were 800 years old.

These guys are for the most
The best book about how black metal started in Norway. Goes deep into details about the main bands' members personal relations, with concentration on the Burzum - Mayhem issue. It tried to cover all aspects of black metal, but unfortunately it wasn't able to include all major players in the black metal scene. Not in Norway nor the rest of Europe. Still, one of the best book written on black metal. A must read for every black metal fan.
Dale Jr.
Been a while since I've read it but, as a book on the history of the Black Metal genre, it's probably the best you're going to get unless someone writes something better. Varg Vikernes gets a lot of page time towards the end of the book with his ridiculous ideas and conspiracies, but the rest of the book is great. Overall, a good outline and history of the emergence and evolution of Black Metal and the events surrounding the genre.
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Moynihan was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a lawyer father. Moynihan identifies his background as entirely Northern European: Irish, English, Welsh, and German.[5] He is involved in a long standing collaborative and romantic relationship with musician Annabel Lee, with whom he has fathered a child.[1] He became active in experimental music from 1984, forming Blood Axis in 1989 and releasing his ...more
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