«Sons of Northern Darkness». Reflections of National by Christopher Thompson

By Christopher Thompson

Магистерская диссертация Кристофера Томпсона, защищенная в сентябре 2012 г. на историческом факультете Упсалльского университета (Швеция), посвящена исследованию феномена норвежского "блэк-метал". Доказывается, что, будучи специфическим субкультурным явлением, "блэк-метал" многое почерпнул из норвежской национальной исторической и культурной традиции.

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By Christopher Thompson

Магистерская диссертация Кристофера Томпсона, защищенная в сентябре 2012 г. на историческом факультете Упсалльского университета (Швеция), посвящена исследованию феномена норвежского "блэк-метал". Доказывается, что, будучи специфическим субкультурным явлением, "блэк-метал" многое почерпнул из норвежской национальной исторической и культурной традиции.

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78 If this is true, then how could black metal reach the status is has in Norway? A possible explanation is offered by Sarah Chaker in her investigation into extreme metal in Germany. In attempting to explain the appeal of extreme metal and its typical association with people who view themselves as extreme, Chaker finds that though the music is important to the culture that surrounds both black and death metal, ideological factors play heavily into the appeal of the extreme music. Often times associated with anti-social behavior, fans of both black and death metal are generally regarded as social misfits.

Theoretically, the thesis draws upon many sources, however the primary theories revolve around the ideas of popular music in society by Jacques Attali, the concept of 'imagined community' by Benedict Anderson, the notion of cultural memory presented by Jan Assmann, and the understanding of likhet by Marianne Gullestad. From the analysis, the thesis concludes that through the use of symbols of Norwegian national and cultural identity, Norwegian black metal has been incorporated and accepted as a cultural product and as an essential component of Norwegian identity.

Typically, the argument will come down to two bands in the late 1960s; Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Both of these bands added new dimensions to both the sonic intensity and thematic extremities of rock n' roll. In terms of popularity and acceptability, there were and perhaps still are none bigger than Led Zeppelin. The English band has always been held in high regard for their musicianship, song writing, and ability to play both heavy metal and folk styles of music, yet much of their popularity was attained from their mystique and association with the occult.

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