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Anarchists and issues with black metal [Jan. 23rd, 2008|12:17 am]
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This is part of a comment I responded to but I thought I'd make it a general post:

Over the years  as my politics progressed and music taste refined I realized a few things
1. A lot of black metal esp is more interested in posturing and grandstanding than in any serious political agenda. In fact, one reason I respect a lot of bm is that the artists are EXPLICITLY apolitical.
2.I would find out that bands I was a fan of had dubious extremist right-wing sympathies but so long as I did not financially support right-wing/nazi/etc artists and ideas then it made little difference if I listened to it. If your political affiliation is that weak then the problem is yourself, not the music you listen to.
3. I stay away from explicitly NSBM bands and artists and actually go out of my way to let people know when an artist makes questionable statements.
For instance, recently I read an interview where american Malefic, better known in bm circles as Xasthur said "The NSBM scene wants nothing to do with Xasthur? I really wasn't aware if it was or not. I'll put it this way, being where I'm from and noticing that the 'minorities' are really the majority, I certainly don't take any offense to NSBM, yet I don't feel the need to wave the NSBM banner."
This statement proves that although the dude has some learning to do, there is nothing in the lyrics about "Aryan brotherhood" or other bullshit along those lines.

My opinion:If you do not like it, do not listen to it, but do not condemn others who don't feel the need to justify their politics based on what they choose to listen to.

[User Picture]From: hexestarr
2008-01-23 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's funny and ironic too, that most of the Norwegian BM bands I have met over the years are dorks into sci-fi and techno. Harmless, and like you say, posturing.

I feel pretty much the same way about music, although, I tend not to listen to bands regardless of their merit that glorify explicit violence against women, i.e. gore rape.
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[User Picture]From: albanachdemon
2008-01-23 11:28 pm (UTC)
Mmhmm...I completely agree with the first part.

I dont listen to a lot of pornogrind or things of that nature but I think that has as much to do with the fact that its usually poorly made. I certainly do not appreciate anything glorifying violence towards women and like with nsbm do not own any nor would I pay to see that kind of thing live.

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