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Top 10 Worst Crimes Committed by Black Metal Musicians

Posted on February 17, 2011

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By Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann

In the spirit of Black Metal History Month, in this year of our Lord 2011, it's only right that we acknowledge the enlightened souls who have made black metal so important. Of course by this I mean the artists who have committed incredibly hateful, violent and sacrilegious crimes, launching them to worldwide infamy and even critical acclaim. Now I'm not advocating that today's aspiring black metal musicians start assaulting people, but lets be honest, if it wasn't for Varg Vikernes' creepy stare, outwardly racist views and mile-long rap sheet, you probably would have never picked up the first Burzum record. So here it is, the Top 10 crimes committed by black metal musicians! Suck it, Letterman.

10. Church Burnings

Black metal and church burnings are like peanut butter and jelly. They've become so synonymous with each other that the most casual of discussions about the genre will rarely go without a mention of anti-religious arson. Musicians and fans of the Norwegian black metal scene alone, took part in over 50 arsons of Christian churches from 1992 to 1996.

Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes was convicted of four church burnings, including that of the Fantoft Stave Church, an eleventh-century national landmark whose loss galvanized Norwegians. He later used a picture of the burned church for the cover of his EP Aske. (English translation: Ash)

Samoth, guitarist of Emperor, was sentenced to sixteen months in jail after being convicted of church arson in Norway. Jørn Inge Tunsberg, guitarist of Hades (now Hades Almighty), was also convicted for burning down a church in Åsane, Norway, and spent two years in prison.

Faust, drummer of Emperor, traveled to Holmenkollen Chapel with Euronymous of Mayhem and Varg Vikernes of Burzum with the intension of bombing the chapel. When the homemade bomb they put on the altar refused to detonate, they soaked hymnals and Bibles in gasoline and lit them on the altar, burning the church to the ground.

Church burnings have been praised by many black metal musicians, perhaps most famously by Gaahl of Gorgoroth during an interview with Sam Dunn in the documentary, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, stating:

"Church burnings and all these things are, of course, things that I support 100 percent and it should have been done much more and will be done much more in the future. We have to remove every trace from what Christianity and the Semitic roots have to offer this world."

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  • Morb!dBlack$ter

    I have to say there was alot of extreme acts committed by these artists but I will agree that the Varg/Euro was the worst act committed. It's first of all the most well known black metal crime and honestly the more I read about, I feel it wasn't no self defense story. I think it was just out of pure anger and hatred the reason Euro was murdered. Obviously Varg was pissed with him and felt he needed to vent it off somehow. Yes people do crazy shit when they're angered but to go to the extent to stab someone 23 times…really? It doesn't take that many stabs to defend yourself. Obviously it proves he made sure Euro wasn't going to survive. You can see it through his eyes when you watch the court video. That's the most evil grin there is. Not saying that either one of them were good because they weren't. But it's sad to know he claimed it was self defense when Euro couldn't claim a damn thing not even his own life.

  • master chain

    4 and 5 are almost certainly total bullshit. And the 6th is something to allegedly happen but again, he was not sentenced, so according to the court there was not sufficient proof that it ever occurred, i.e. probably didn't happen either.


    Thanks for the hint! One commentator in another forum mentioned this too, and claimed that this Swedish article was about it:
    It does not seem to mention the identity of the perpetrator though?

  • ACE93

    Go bomb your mum, you pillock

  • ACE93

    It isn't mine first language too, but just look at the way you use 'u'. Pathetic.

  • Miguel B

    How do you get cleared of all charges and still end up on probation?

  • Guss Aznable

    lol is that your source … that's hilarious

  • Guss Aznable

    That is the most ignorant thing I ever read, fucking cats have races, and humans have different genetics according to different races.

  • DoveTale

    ha, ha, ha … from the comments in this thread and the pseudo-music of discussion, Norwegians appear "frustrated" and "angry" in life … seriously you folks need a terrific vacation on an island to soak up some sun rays for several months … your brains are seriously frozen … not surprising that you invite Muslims into your nation to rape you and destroy your nation.
    GO GET A SUN TAN, SWIM IN THE WARM WATERS … feel better about yourselves and life!