We all know that the most brutal cartoon band in the world is Dethklok, but what band is the most brutal when it comes to real life? You may think your favorite metal band is hardcore, but no one’s got anything on the Norwegians. To all those American bands that think they’re tough, let me ask you this: Ever photograph your dead friend’s corpse and use it as an album cover? Eat his brain and make a necklace out of pieces of his skull? No? Then shut the fuck up. In the Norwegian Black Metal scene, that’s par for the course. Mom, upset because little Johnny listens to “evil” bands like Slipknot? Drop to your knees and thank your god, because those guys are a bunch of KISS jocking homos whose singer moonlights in a Nickelback cover band. Norwegian bands like Gorgoroth will eat the unborn children out of your shriveled old womb.
The origins of the Norwegian scene have been thoroughly, albeit a bit academically, documented in Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind’s book Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Having finished that book, you may find yourself wondering, with Count Grishnackh in jail and the original members of Mayhem so far removed, where does that leave the scene today? What happens to our church burning friends after all the blood
dries up and the corpse paint is washed away? Peter Beste. That’s what.
Peter Beste spent 3 years documenting the Black Metal subculture and has been exhibiting his photographs around the world. In addition, he recently teamed with Vice TV to bring us a 5 part series on one of the current scene’s most notorious members- Gaahl, of the band Gorgoroth. If you care at all about Our Dark Lord, Satan, you owe it to yourself to check this out! True Norwegian Black Metal
All photos copyright Peter Beste. Visist his website or Gaahl will eat your soul!!!