I am not sure if it is or isn't.
It also depends on your definition of Satanism. After all we have occult Satanism,. Theistic Satanism, Philisophical Satanism ( satan is an ideal, not a person.. a lot like making a dog eat dog philosophy of the Prometheus legend) and of course, a very large amount ( of just not black metal but folk and death ) embraces Viking Neo-Paganism.. which is still preaching death to Christians.
Anyways... i find just because a song does nto shout "satan, satan,satan, gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!" doesn't mean that the inherent imagery is not satanic, or otherwise disgusting. I largely hate grindcore because it is repugnant, and my the core of my own belief, satanic in the reveling of gore and violence.
*Shrugs* so a lot is a matter of perspective, and a matter of hwo strong ones beliefs, if any are. I find a lot of people who object to the concept of there being black and white morality of course have no problem listening to anything.... be it Burzum with with the nazi propaganda, to Golgoroth with his outright occult satanic beliefs.
BUT.. but for those actually do believe in a form of actual rigid morality, well, I find that I have no desire to even come close to being associated with it. Why do I want to listen to music that promotes hatred of me, my beliefs, and my ancestry ( which is mixed jewish )? I may vehemently be opposed to Satanism ( as a former Practising LeVayen and Luciferean, I believe I have had an open mind about it tyvm ) but I do not attack people over their beliefs, or lifestyles. I firmly believe, in the end, well, we'll see who has the last laugh, but it ain't my place to act as judge and executioner.
And make no mistake.. as you know, I like good melodic black metal... you have gotten me into several bands, and Cobalt, Absu and others are very good.
But you have to admit, the vocal Minority of Black metal if not Satanic is Anti-Christian, which at the end of the day, from a practical standpoint to a Christian, is much the same thing. After all, if you hate ma and want to kill me and mine, does it really matter if you do it in the name of Satan or Odin?
But to the point.. Stereotypes do tend to start for a reason, and a large part of Black metal was founded on either Satanic Belief or Satanic Imagery. A large amount of Death metal DOES focus on gore n war, and a lot of Power IS about fantasy.
And then there is a percentage of each that does not choose to live by the stereotype, which is why I make it point to not judge any band on their Genre, but on their actual music and message. And while many people will poopoo worrying about the lyrics, that is MY decision to make, not theirs.
MQ- No, tbh. I think that if one looks, their is openly Satanic Black Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, Heavy and Thrash. And there is Neo Pagan, and even Christian versions of all the above. As I said, judge the band by ones own beliefs, not the genre.
BQ- Tough choices. I already like Cobalt, as you know. And Falkenbach. The first band, Borknagar is new to me.. but I really dig that track. Out of those 3 tracks, I gotta go with Borknagar
***@Tron...all and all a very good Question my friend, and interesting to get input from people on all ends of the Spectrum when it comes to the Satanism in Metal debate.
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