Sunday, December 2, 2012

Black Metal Theory [lecture notes: 27/11/12]

[crossposted from philosophynowncad]

Edia Connole and Michael O’Rourke

Black Metal Theory, NCAD, 27-11-12

Introductory Reading:


Edia Connole (2011) What is Black Metal Theory?

  [scroll down to lecture 7]


Until the Light Takes Us (2009) dir. Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell

Presentation 1:

Presentation 2:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

From A Dark Place: Black Metal's Inversion of Ethics and Aesthetics

The words are barely discernible, thin, fragile shapes formed out of the hoarse yet bellicose raging of a desiccated, cadaverous throat, leprous, shredded; its death-rattled breath conveyed by the thundering vibrations of drums breathlessly pummelled without pause. There is no rock ‘n’ roll backbeat here, just a furious cacophony.  Voice smashed and sliced open by explosions of percussion challenging the darkness, buzzing guitar chords rising and falling up the scale, lurching, striving like a swarm of ravenous insects dipping and swerving in the frozen, airless void, defying gravity, seeking the taste of death ... (From Scott Wilson (ed) Melancology: Black Metal and Ecology, Zero Books, forthcoming in 2013).

[cross-posted from Amusia]

Gewaltkunstwerk at Kristiansand Kunsthall (Norway)

Full documentation by photographer William Lacalmontie available via

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Glossator 6: Black Metal

Editors: Nicola Masciandaro & Reza Negarestani

Of Plications: A Short Summa on the Nature of Cascadian Black Metal – Steven Shakespeare

Black Metal and the Mouth: Always Serving You as a Meal, or, Infected Orality, Pestilential Wounds and Scars – Aspasia Stephanou

The Blackish Green of the Greenish Black, or, The Earth’s Coruscating Darkness – Ben Woodard

Day of Wrath – Eugene Thacker

Appendix: Abstracts – Manabrata Guha, Reza Negarestani, Benjamin Noys, Zachary Price, James Trafford

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Edia Connole - What is Black Metal Theory?

Edia Connole has posted an excellent lecture on Black Metal Theory at philosophynowncad [scroll down to Lecture 7].


Tristam Vivian Adams and Nicola Masciandaro start their way up the icy granite peaks of bergmetal theory at Notes from the Vomitorium.