The Coming Translation of “As Wolves Among Sheep”: A History of National Socialist Black Metal

The English translation of As Wolves Among Sheep provoked a few anxious emails from the editors at CVLT Nation. If you didn’t know, CVLT Nation is against Nazism. I was proposing to report on the National Socialist Black Metal history book. To be clear, I am against Nazism, and I do not consider myself neo-pagan and heathen – just a black metal fan. CVLT Nation should’ve been worried, because what I read and cannot reprint (due to the publisher’s behest) was fraught with fandom’s blind adoration.

 

The Italian publisher, Tsunami Edizioni, specializing in rock literature on Rage Against the Machine and Scorpions, published As Wolves Among Sheep dryly in 2013. Bolzer’s tattoos were more controversial.

 

Max Ribaric has written the history of neo-folkies Blood Axis, Days of Blood, while David Maspero is a graphic designer, and both publish the long-running Occidental Congress zine. They’re concerned with a genre that tools with ambiguity. Reporting on Blood Axis clarifies a strain. If they’re not advocates, they’re still into some troublesome music.

 

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And it is Michael Moynihan of Blood Axis who wrote the popular black metal history, Lords of Chaos.

 

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Maspero and Ribaric’s translation signals a reappearance of National Socialist thought in English-reading countries, specifically the United States. This produces an acute anxiety. Americans have never encountered a nationwide movement from the extreme right, nothing like France’s National Front. We placidly hem and haw at the sight of a swastika.

 

In a genre that means to offend, this offense overpowers American black metal, its morality in anti-moral music, which has composed songs that avoid race and nation, unlike its European brethren. As Wolves Among Sheep is a foothold for those ideas to permeate passive fans.

 

Tsunami Edizioni sell Maspero and Ribaric as observers. It’s unclear whether the authors are against Nazism. Already, that stance is doomed to assent.

 

Objectivity wanes in the prose. Maspero and Ribaric’s account of the Polish scene with the lax use of words like “strength” and “purity.” The amount of care that the subject requires to remain “objective” and distanced is not printed. The observers are fans.

 

The scanned reproductions of the book depict chapters on Absurd, Spear of Longinus and Der Sturmer, the scenes in Germany, Russia, and America, opposed by one chapter on red and anarchist black metal, all beginning with the acclaimed inventors Poland’s Lord of Evil and their 1993 demo, In Nomine Rex Infernus. There are over five hundred pages on this seeming niche, really a large minority.

 

The title’s “As” indicates a double comparison. NSBM is composed by wolves in a genre of sheep that only appears as the former. The title signals the extremity of NSBM in the genre. Like Norway’s burst of violence, you’ll read of the Sandro Beyer’s murder and the Temple of Fullmoon.

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For the Polish scene, the authors repeatedly conclude that few stayed with NSBM. They grew tired of that extremity, then rejected it. Though Behemoth never ventured so far, Nergl was a despised rejecter in Poland’s Evil Pagan Black Metal.

 

The phase, with its usage of “pagan,” is key to musicians’ ability to sidestep their inclusion in NSBM – as the publisher made clear, “not all of them can be labeled NSBM, even if their importance within the genre is huge – think of Graveland, for example, that helped kickstart the movement but claim no affiliation with it whatsoever.” It is still the fringe on the extreme right where heathens exist unconfined by the sub-genre’s acronym. Maspero and Ribaric account for the distances NSBM has gone.

 

To be clear: do not read this book because NSBM suddenly appears more “kvlt.” If you’re using that word, you’re lost.

 

The state of the American black metal fan: love the music, but disregard the politics. Yet, the subject of NSBM is ripe. How does one learn without supporting the ideas?

 

As Wolves Among Sheep sets up a parameter around the subject by its being an account, an interpretation of ideas and the history of their manifestation in black metal. The mode grants distance. It is at this point the written work ceases to be propaganda and the book fails with its prose. As Wolves Among Sheep is a lesson on National Socialist Black Metal as much as it is on the care that objectivity requires in order to tell a story.

 

At least it reads better than Lords of Chaos.

 

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Robert Black so I assume that You deny people listening to BM have the right to be “political” in any way? Because they “destroy Your black metal music?” That is hilarious mate. I’m not into NS things but claiming that some “BM fans have no right to be far-right in their views because they’re destroying Your music” ? You threw away Your all Burzum albums already? It’s just plain stupid. “Gotta love punching nazi cunts – no matter what you do to them, you don’t feel bad. ;D” Good example of stupidity and good luck with your “Kampf”. Greetings

Damazy
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Damazy

Haxan alright now, calm down, You’re too excited haha, It’s just a book about some musical/political thing which happened and is happenning right now as well. You don’t agree with these people. Your problem. Don’t want to read it – well – don’t. Greetings.

bob
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bob

Was this article written by a 9 year old? Holy fuck.

Stephanie G. McCarthy
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Alex Party-Cat Sepansky…….

Edwin Oslan
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Hold up, everyone is upset and I can understand, but the book Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult has a couple chapters on NSBM, with bands such as Absurd and Graveland and interviews with several key players. Is it not possible to report on the topic without supporting it? I don’t support the view at all, but I found interviews with those bands interesting; how do you go from Venom and Celtic Frost to Mayhem, Darkthrone and Burzum to Absurd and Graveland? That is interesting to me. what cultural forces drive a person to the rabbit hole of fascism, ya… Read more »

Ranulf Cooleman
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Most cant even properly define and debate about first and second positionism, let alone that they grasp the essence of third positionism and beyond.

And in this case…. Im mostly seeing butthurt american citizens…… Nuff said

Fallacy, bias, cognitive dissonance

My grounds? Comments before.

Fërnändö Cässinëlli
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For all these shitheads complaining about NSBM.

Kevin Hirsch
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Let’s face it, the originators of black metal (Venom, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Bathory, Merciful Fate etc.) had fuck all to do with NS ideology. I mean, not even a little bit. Just because some complete fucking imbeciles from Norway later incorporated that kind utter horseshit into their sound, does in no way justify its existence. And it doesn’t make you “evil,” it makes you a degenerate moron. And, as other people have pointed out here before, listening to that kind of trash makes you complicit with that ideology. If you think NSBM is “cool” you probably also probably think misogynistic garbage… Read more »

Tony Del Cid
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The first wave of black metal were grown men wearing bondage (venom)… Second wave was angsty teens burning churches. NS was a logical step because, like someone already said, BM does well only when there is a defined “enemy”. Religion is archaic to most forward thinking minds, this whole scene can fuck off.

Nick Yanchuk
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The problem is black metal does well when it has an enemy; concrete adversaries are obviously easier to work with…..Class war is totally spoken for, so when religion isn’t an issue anymore, what’s the lowest hanging fruit?

Nick Yanchuk
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More like Pack of shitty Hyenas amongst the Wolves

Mike Port
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I dont give a flying fuck about politics, left or right. This looks interesting going to watch.

Jarrod O'Connor
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You people telling others what they should listen to because of your politics are just another kind of fascists.

Ricardo Díaz Medina
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YEAH HAIL BILNK 128

Massimo Aska Wotan
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I already read it (i am italian so are the authors),and its a very interesting book.just because if you want to be informed on something it doesn’t mean its because you want to support it.
If you read “lords of chaos” its not because you support murderers and church burnings, right?

Ben Goff
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Im interested in reading it. Not to subscribe to it, just curious of the history of NSBM.

Massimo Aska Wotan
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That’s the point

Edvin Lxlx
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Do you know where to download it? I want to read it but I don’t want to give money to this kind of shit

Ben Goff
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Simon Barr
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^and there we have it, another racist prick outs himself.

Mike Bishop
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The only brainwashing going on is liberalism in the media and it’s shaping the minds of everyone. If you try to say that there is some force brainwashing people into NS ideology that’s laughable. It actually takes effort to acquire books and study different NS thinkers becauuse no major media outlet promotes the philosophy. The masses are fed liberal multiculturalism and globalist ideology from every direction. That is the only brainwashing going on. To learn about NS philosophy you have to self educate.

Ben Southern
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Fuck off .

Mike Bishop
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Best comeback ever. Well done.

Ben Goff
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Dude, you’re from Maine. The imagery is cool, the history of the northern european religions are interesting and I can sort of get NSBM more from people in those countries. At least, the rejection of Christianity due to the it’s destruction of their heritage and pagan roots. But you’re from the white bread capitol of the USA. Its like the new age yuppies who preach Native American beliefs and go to sweat lodges because they are 1/16 Cherokee. At least, they are in the same country.

Mike Bishop
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Ben, Maine and Canada both were visited by Vikings and have been named Vinland. There is a history here. And then there is my heritage. Simply because I grew up in Maine doesn’t bar me from having an interest or pride in my heritage and to feel connected to and inspired by it.

Tony Del Cid
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The force brainwashing is the idea they are somehow superior. Am I missing something?

Dylan Connolly
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The true sheep are the ns people. Hiding behind flags and being brainwashed into a flock of fellow morons. Give em some grass and they’ll shut up

Asikhs Bhasthos
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Fuck off NSBM.

Chris Mc Cabe
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Mike Black
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Richard Smyth Jr.

Richard Smyth Jr.
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Looks like an interesting read. Thanks 🙂

Valentina Jones
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Actually the German American Bund movement in support of Nazi Germany was EXTREMELY popular and seen all over the country in the United States. The United States was very hesitant to enter WWII because of our own Nazi leanings…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_Bund

Teddy Fetch
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Olivier Doyard de LaMothe

Olivier Doyard de LaMothe
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mouahahahahahah !

Mindi Bee
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Ikil Alex. This will be an interesting read. I’ll be ordering.

Ikil Luminis
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Hmm..

Fred Cederstrom
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Ken Christopher Hill

Andrea VenanzoniDue
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Nice to see, according to some of the above posted comments, how (a lot of) black metal aficionados turned themselves in peace loving fucking hippies

Häxan
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Holy shit, dude. How do you manage to breathe? Metalheads are so fucking stupid and unattached to the point of sociopathy, Jesus fucking christ. Talk to some girls for once. Or ideally a counselor.

Dylan Connolly
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So I’m a peace loving hippie if I feel banding together to shit on a group of people is a cowardly thing to do? Hate everyone don’t hide behind race like a pussy.

Matt Johnson
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How does not being a racist piece of shit make me a peace loving hippy? I would love to hear what I’m sure will be an intelligently thought out response……

Strahlender Strahleman
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But u call it bm 😉

Död Tron
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Because it is unfortunately NSBM called , I would call it the other way around dirt , played by failures which have no idea.

Död Tron
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Black Metal is pure darkness and satanism. Nsbm has nothing to do with Black Metal.

Strahlender Strahleman
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In my opinion … Quintessence of black metal is hate, war , and anti u all… if u can use Google translate: der schwarze orden . I know its sick too use the hitler regime but its ok … for me… sex sells… . In black metal war and hate sells…

T.j. Chapman
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I respect the uncompromising when it comes to artistic beliefs but not the actaul beliefs themselves.

George Henrique
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oh aí, Artur, te lambuza! auhahuauhhuahuahua

Artur Vicente
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Não. Tenho mais o que fazer. Contudo parece uma leitura interessante se for imparcial. Mas o que te dá o direito de ironizar isso? Supondo que ocorra uma publicação sobre black metal comunista. Só seria válido pois você comunga da ideologia, é?

George Henrique
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claro que sim, comunismo é fofinho, nazismo é malvado. abraços

Artur Vicente
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Seu koo.

Sean Sebourn
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If you “enjoy the music and ignore the politics” you are still supporting racism. NSBM needs to be ignored not understood.

Kevin Hirsch
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It needs to be stamped out.

Ben Zed
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bad move cvlt nation. no platform for silly fascists.

Sjoerd Luyten
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Emre, boekje kopen? :v

Russell Lowe
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Being Pagan and Nazi is not the same thing, way to make a complicated issue more complicated.

Francis Cotton
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Seeing as this is about nazis and metal, surly a more apt title would be Fuckwits Among Musos.

Mike Rensmaag
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Charles

Mike Miller
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no, but you do tacitly support their ideology by listening to it (and if you buy it, so much the more so)

Andy Sirca
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no you dont. youre free to listen to what you like. just because i listen to some leftist punk group doesnt mean i’m going to become homeless. how do their beliefs affect your life? just enjoy the music

Mike Miller
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it’s not about whether they affect your life. It’s about making a statement that their politics are acceptable. Listening to the music legitimises them. These are extreme politics of hate and should be classed unacceptable by anyone who isn’t on the extreme fringe. And this isn’t just personal opinion on their part, their politics is fully incorporated into their music so it’s unrealistic to say the listener can separate them.

Andy Sirca
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in case you missed something, black metal is generally hateful music

Kevin Hirsch
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Mike, I couldn’t agree more.

Matthew J Fox
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^^^ it must be great walking through life so simple minded.

Andy Sirca
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shut the fuck up retard

Matthew J Fox
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That’s some brilliant shit. Maybe you can shut me up when you done sucking my huge dick.

Andy Sirca
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who cares about their political beliefs some nsbm is great, you don’t automatically buy into their ideology by listening to it

Artur Vicente
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Thus, using the same reason, can you listen to some white metal bands ?

Andy Sirca
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i sure can.

Artur Vicente
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So, are you suggesting a epistemological rupture on the conservative basis of moral valours inside metal universe?

It’s a truly progressist way of thinking when we think about a so conservative genre as NSBM.

Andy Sirca
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yes i am. listen to what sounds good.

Craig Wattie
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Assuming you pay for their music or merch, you are literally buying into their ideology. Just because you don’t agree with it, doesn’t mean you’re not tacitly supporting it.

Andy Sirca
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well i dont pay for it, so i couldnt care less. some bands are too good not to listen to just because the members have retarded views

Marcel McFly
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Is there a release date yet?

Loyd Coy
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Gross

Häxan
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Black Metal is a genre that likes to espouse freedom of the individual above the good of society; that’s not exactly compatible with uniting as the white race to annihilate the impure. That’s one of the reasons that NSBM is hilarious: You can’t be pro-freedom and wrapped up in oppression, too.

The whole NSBM genre is so contradictory, it’s impossible to take seriously. Politics have no place in Black Metal – or in music in general.

Robert Black
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hell yeah, word!! let me see your nice NSBM shirts on any blackmetal show in berlin city and I rip it off your rottin’ carcass – stop invading my black-metal music with your fucked up politics you stupid motherfucks – get a life.

Häxan
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Damn straight! Gotta love punching nazi cunts – no matter what you do to them, you don’t feel bad. ;D

Freddy D'azure-Hernandez
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