Sunday, January 30, 2011

Until the Light Takes Me

I watched the black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us last night, and I was captivated, absolutely stuck the the screen from the first second. Fenriz is an interesting enough guy; he's certainly seen a lot and been through a lot, both inside the black metal "scene" and out, but I was (not surprisingly) more interested in Burzum's Varg Vikernes. The first thing that struck me about him was the passion and intensity that he spoke with. I found him to be very intelligent, articulate and even friendly. This shouldn't really be a shock, I guess; no one has ever really contended that he's stupid.  It has been contended that he's maniacal, though, but I found that to be very far from the truth. Indeed, it's a limited window into his life and thought that we get to see, but I didn't even see a glimmer of the psychopathic tendencies that he supposedly harbors. You can often see that in someone's eyes, especially when they're as insane as many have portrayed Varg to be.

Vikernes has often been portrayed as a racist nazi-sympathizer or even a neo-nazi, and granted, this perception is something he is mostly responsible for. But it's also wholly inaccurate, at least in my final analysis. He may harbor some supremacist views, and if that is the case, that is deplorable. But I can't really find any direct evidence of that.  Two things are for sure: 1) he holds a positive view of his and his ancestors' (PAGAN) blood, religion, race, and culture, and 2) he holds an entirely negative view of Christianity and the Judeo-Christian culture. 

Indeed, everything else seems to spring from the latter. He talks, in the film, of the church burning which he was imprisoned for, and in my very honest opinion, totally justifies said action. Varg essentially says (I'm obviously paraphrasing, here): 'Christian civilization destroyed the ancient Pagan culture that was located right here on this land. It also destroyed ancient cultures in Africa, Asia, North America... To destroy its churches is my way of striking back, and I won't apologize for it.' What's striking here is the fact that Varg expresses empathy for the African, Asian, and Native American ways of life that were also taken by Christianity.

Black metal kiddies praise what Varg did because its so obviously kvlt. But fuck that. He didn't do it to gain kvlt points; he did it, as I said, to strike back a blow against the culture that destroyed an entire way of life for the glorification of its bastard god and prophet. I've personally never held any love or respect for Christianity, and my research over the years has led me to precisely the same condemnation as Varg. If you want to believe in and worship that god, fine. Whatever works for you. But the civilization created in your god's name has destroyed many peoples, many ways of life, and for that there is no justification. No salvation. No forgiveness.

Whatever your opinion of the church burning, or of Varg Vikernes himself, there is no denying that what he did was highly profound. I can only hope that when my life is over, I can look back on it and see something as poignant as that.


  1. Quite an interesting read, really nice to see the reasoning behind the church burning. Here's an article from the Burzum website that clarifies Varg's stance on Nazism:

  2. Yeah, I actually read that article just before I posted this. Thanks.

  3. Yeah ,fighting for our beliefs is always blessed ,Varg is way more than a black metal artist

  4. There is a vast difference between separatism and supremacy. Vikernes is concerned with the former, not--from what I've gathered--the latter. Every person on this planet is a descendent of Mitochondrial Eve, like it or not, so to hate a person based on his or her race simply doesn't make sense; there is only one race, and we're all part of it. That said, each of us is defined by his or her respective culture, and culture means _everything_. No one should be ashamed for wanting to preserve his or her way of life (though if this preservation negatively affects another culture, one should be prepared for reaction). And while wanting to resurrect a culture may seem a bit frivolous, it is not wholly unrealistic, and it most certainly is not wrong. If Vikernes wants to live in an isolated culture based on that of his ancestors, that is his right, and no one should condemn him for it.

  5. I don't think wanting to resurrect a culture seems frivolous at all; it rather seems like one of the most important things we could do. In any case, I agree with you 100%.