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Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium 1

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Paperback, 282 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Patrick Sprunger
Hideous Gnosis does what is feared most: it opens up a space for pseudo-hipsters to plunder one of the final redoubts of the counter culture. While it shouldn't be hard to analyze black metal, justifying its more out of control elements is a huge challenge simply not met by this anthology of essayists trying to outdo each other with impenetrable analysis. Naming the endless permutations of nihilism within the genre is as farcical here as the flagpole scene in A Christmas Story (why not just comm ...more
The premiss of the book piqued my interest: finally a book that would have something to say about the philosophy of black metal. A genre that has indeed some depth to it, but is always regarded as the retarded kid of the musical family. I hoped to gain some insights and to be able to recommend a good book when one of my favorite genres is mocked again.

Sadly enough, this won't be that book. This book is supposedly the recap of a symposium on black metal, but it must have been conducted by some r
Gary Donnelly
Firstly, I think that this tome was deliberately dense. I am a philosopher myself and I believe wholly in making things as simple as possible in order to make my writing accessible. Some of these papers seemed a tad too 'ivory-tower' for me, and, given the difficulties I had in ascertaining what some writers were going on about, I shudder to think of the struggles your average metalhead should face in trying to interact with this publication.

Secondly, the proof-reading and editing was seriously
Headsink headsink
Metal for me is like Zen, you must listen, headbang and the experience is Metal.

Transcendental Black Metal? Come on its a joke. Liturgy with 'burst beat' and high pitched guitar sucks! Their hipster image loathed me even worse. If Transcendental was double nihilism and they had inverse for the typical black metal ideas then why don't call it White Metal?(hahahah guess you can't do that because you need to be god-believing christian metalhead first!)

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Fundamental to my perception of Black Metal, my approach to elitism, my understanding of transcendence, and my thesis. Garbled thoughts tumbling down dark abyssic holes - you tumble with them, or you stay behind. Both might work, as this not merely a hallelujah for fans, but an academic approach to something I didn't believe could be "academicised" before.
It's a really hard book to read but I made it through it. It is written very pretentiously and most of the ideology is very bizarre. I would say that about 80% of the material was written just to sound smart and make the reader feel stupid for not understanding what they're talking about. Over all the book sucks but I did appreciate the sections on 'Wolves in the Throne Room'.
Gnome Books
Part noble gesture towards the dark sublime peaks of 'black metal theory', part academic foolery. For the idea of black metal theory to succeed, the prose of theoretical thought will have to be actually infected with black metal lyricism, which occasionally happens in this text.
Erkan Saka
Glossary in the end is a very informative one.
eugene thacker: 'three questions on demonology' is an informative chapter.
Cory Card
A bit of a stretch at times, some points are absolutely ridiculous... wish it discussed more BM culture
A mostly-good grab-bag split between insights on black metal and theory wank.
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