August 1, 2007

Mini-review: "Lords of Chaos," by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind

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Lords of Chaos, by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground (book; 1998)
By Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind

One of my favorite nonfiction books of all time, Lords of Chaos is a detailed and fascinating look at the black metal culture in northern Europe in the 1990s; specifically, of the scene that arose in Oslo at the time, which ultimately culminated in the burnings of multiple historic churches, as well as a murder spree within the scene and multiple Charles-Mansonesque arrests (and resulting tabloid coverage). Uncompromisingly told from the standpoint of a fan who's also an educated journalist, it's a balanced and unusually insider look at a phenomenon that's difficult to understand from any angle. Highly, highly recommended.

Out of 10: 9.5

Filed by Jason Pettus at 4:57 PM, August 1, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |