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Nihilism, Futurist Traditionalism and Conservationism

Interview with Troy Southgate, editor of Black Metal: European Roots & Musical Extremities

11 07 12 - 18:30

What inspired you to put together this book?

The main reason was a genuine love for the music, as well as the respect that Black Metal has for European identity and spirituality. I also believe that it is important for some of the more controversial bands to have a platform for their views and opinions, as they are often excluded by the mainstream. Black Metal was never mainstream, of course, but even the underground media - much of which is either controlled or self-policing – deliberately conspire to deny them a voice.

In your view, what was the essence of black metal as an artistic movement? Did it share a mood, feeling, ideal or ideology?

I think it expressed a number of things. In the early days, of course, particularly in Norway, there was a knee-jerk reaction to Christianity and this resulted in some pretty futile and nihilistic acts of destruction. But I also believe that Black Metal has the ability to release the latent power of our primal European identity and, if properly applied and directed, can help to wake up the youth of this beleaguered continent of ours. - "Interview with Troy Southgate, editor of Black Metal: European Roots & Musical Extremities",Examiner

The two underlined points are of interest.

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