“I Worship Death, Evil, and All Darkness”: Black Metal and Satanism

Massimo Introvigne

Abstract


Although lyrics mentioning Satan are present in different brands of rock music, in Heavy Metal and particularly in its subgenre known as Black Metal references to Satanism became a central feature. The article discusses connections with different forms of Satanism in the first and second wave of Black Metal, and how a third wave largely abandoned Satanism in favor of a Nordic Neo-Paganism. It also discusses the controversy on whether Satanism was really crucial in Black Metal, and whether it was simply an artistic metaphor or was lived by musicians as a religious experience.

 


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