Part of the monthly column ‘Degtyarov’s Despotisms’, posted every last Friday of the month
Not black metal, but Christian rock is the most satanic of all music genres. I say this not as a provocative hyperbole, but as a genuine statement. Christian rock is the music genre by far the furthest removed from God. The desolate corporate soullessness with which it claims to represent God is a far bigger blasphemy than black metal’s reverence of satan as a rock ‘n’ roll god. To confirm this, we must first explore Christian rock’s conception of God and black metal’s conception of satan respectively, before comparing them to each other.
The main source of Christian rock’s blasphemous nature is that the subgenre mainly emerges from evangelical and Protestant sects based in North America. Gringo Christianity tends towards the ungodly because it reflects the common American’s inability of grasping transcendental thought. Everything that exists within the US border is in danger of being absorbed by the zombie consumerism that by now forms the basis of its existence. Do you have mental problems? Go to Dr. [sic] Phil so your frail emotions can be exploited in exchange for basic, digestible but ultimately useless tips on how not to be a complete failure at life. As if your mental instability were but 20 pounds you needed to get rid of two months before summer arrives. Or Oprah Winfrey, Grand Whore of Capitalism and the Final Avatar of Mammon, who has used her immense wealth and fame to peddle cheaply made consumer goods to her intellectually vegetative audience.
Similarly, American Christianity barely differs from your average self-help programme, offering simple, pragmatic solutions to all your problems, now available for purchase at a reduced rate. The only difference is that the accompanying book is not called 12 Easy Steps Towards a Satisfying Life, but The Holy Bible. Has there ever been a greater blasphemy?
As an inevitable consequence, attracting new members is in US Christianity primarily a marketing question that is therefore to be resolved by marketing tactics. As a result, we get Christian rock, music pragmatically repackaged to appeal to the “youngsters”, but bereft of actual divinity, contemplation or transcendence. Christian rock is consumerism in the name of God, and as we all know, using His name in vein is a sin. Christian rock is therefore sinful music.
Let us compare this with the satan crafted and venerated by black metal. As L’Atrabilaire already observed in the brilliant Peste Noire documentary, black metal’s satan goes on cruises. Black metal’s satan wins Grammy Awards. Black metal’s satan is a Hollywood star. Black metal’s satan crushes intolerance and donates to pro-mass immigration agitators. Black metal’s satan, represented through clownish bands like Dark Funeral, is a free speech advocate, urging us to leave the Middle Ages behind, while displaying an insatiable lust for buggery. Black metal’s satan is embodied and personified by official institutions and individuals. Truly, there is no black metal band that can offer us a more hopeless, demonic and apocalyptic vision of the future than true satanists such as Charles Manson and Hillary Clinton.
If black metal is to remain — or even to become — relevant and subversive, it should leave behind its veneration of the princes of hell who already rule the world in which we live. It should stop trying to do something at which they have already been thoroughly defeated by Christian rock. For it is one thing to attack the Holy heads-on, an act which still has an air of misplaced valiancy about it. But to infiltrate the Holy to transmogrify it into the unholy from within? That is pure evil.