Originally Posted by Origin89
I actually like Ihsahn quite a bit. His solo work is excellent, but I can guarantee he wasn't in the greatest place during his Emperor days. Come on, the band was affiliated with church burnings and one of the members was imprisoned for killing a dude. Now, I know his so called "satanist" title was more of a plight from conformity and the church, but the Black Metal scene was trying to fight ignorance with negativity. I don't like the church either, but I'm not gonna' go to the other extreme because that's just as useless as following the church.
I think you may be looking way too deeply into this. Metal has always been rebellious and extreme, be it Black Metal or Thrash Metal. Mostly by immature youngsters, honest and having a lot of things to say, but still quite immature and not seeing the whole picture. Even during the rise of Black Metal they were just normal (and maybe stupid) metalhead teens having fun and the crazies were quite few, but thanks to those few things got out of hand. Dead (very messed up kid, quite similar to Malefic. Commited suicide), Faust (the one who killed the homosexual man) and Varg Vikernes. (murdered Euronymous and was the main chuch burner) Samoth of Emperor was also part of the burnings, served his time (all 1.5 years), and is still in the scene making music.
Edited by MaZa - 11/8/12 at 9:02am
Music had little to do with it, there were just few young crazies/idiots and things happened because they were crazy/idiots, not because they were inspired by the music or anything.