Rock of Pages: Lords of Chaos

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We return to the Rock of Pages bookshelf this week to bring you the classic history of Norwegian black metal by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground.

Have you ever seen that episode of Metalocalypse, “Birthdayface,” where the band gets Murderface the most brutal birthday present ever — the car JFK was shot in, with the chair Lincoln was shot in as the driver’s seat?

As metal as that is, it can’t hold a candle to the stuff done by Dead and Euronymous. Killing people, eating their brains, burning down churches: these guys basically make every act in corpse paint look like total ponces.

The book is good in the first half, when things are getting going, but when the authors move into the second half, there’s an awful lot of politicizing. It gets a little heavy-handed and turns into commentary on what happened, rather than presenting new material.

However, this book is a necessity for any fan of music. Hearing the gist of what happened isn’t nearly as…well…brutal as reading the details of what happened.

Categories: Music