Saturday, December 06, 2008

What's the matter with Scandinavia?

Seriously, that part of the world has produced one of the silliest musical movements in recent memory. No, I'm not talking about Roxette or Ace of Base.

The movement in question is black metal, one of those fringe genres consisting of super-serious corpse-painted wannabe-demonic metal acts trying to convince the world how eeeeeeeeeeevil they truly are. To be fair, a handful were involved in church burnings during the 1990s. Black metal even has its own Charles Manson in the person of Varg Vikernes, who's now doing time for murder.

All in all, however, black metal tends to outdo even Marilyn Manson in terms of unintentional humor. The dudes in the picture above are Horgh and Abbath Doom Occulta of the band Immortal. You can see how black! metal! they really are, can't you? I guess posing for pictures with your fly open is also really black! metal! Right, Abbath?

Both pictures are taken from this list. It's NSFW, but definitely funny.

If you're hankering for more silliness, here are some black metal bands breathing fire, jamming in the wilderness, and grimacing for the camera. Including the aforementioned Immortal. (Is it just me, or does Abbath Doom Occulta sound a lot like Popeye?)