Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, in Brooklyn, NY. Expanded and Revised. Lovecraft "Poison yourself. E, Murder Devour I. An essential, and maybe controversial [addition] to your metal music library" -- Aquarius Records --Aquarius Records "The essays are all exercises in passionate engagement, intellectual without being dryly academic. Convert currency.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Hideous Gnosis by Nicola Masciandaro. Erik Butler. Joseph Russo. Benjamin Noys. Niall Scott. Brandon Stosuy. Eugene Thacker. Reza Negarestani. Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, in Brooklyn, NY.
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To ask other readers questions about Hideous Gnosis , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 27, Patrick Sprunger rated it liked it Shelves: other , read-in Hideous Gnosis does what is feared most: it opens up a space for pseudo-hipsters to plunder one of the final redoubts of the counter culture. While it shouldn't be hard to analyze black metal, justifying its more out of control elements is a huge challenge simply not met by this anthology of essayists trying to outdo each other with impenetrable analysis.
Naming the endless permutations of nihilism within the genre is as farcical here as the flagpole scene in A Christmas Story why not just comm Hideous Gnosis does what is feared most: it opens up a space for pseudo-hipsters to plunder one of the final redoubts of the counter culture. Naming the endless permutations of nihilism within the genre is as farcical here as the flagpole scene in A Christmas Story why not just commit the social faux pas and say black metal is "triple dog nihilism" and end the farce?
Trying to define "transcendent" versus "hyperborean" schools is nothing more than a way to help North Americans overcome their inferiority complexes. Whatever the true reason North Americans are not the Norwegians' peers when it comes to black metal is not explained, elaborate charts and technical diagrams notwithstanding. Predictably, there's not a definitive answer. But thankfully, the theory that black metal is a pagan movement and not a weak excuse to be disrespectful toward others' convictions remains a possibility and isn't refuted by all the bad philosophy.
What Hideous Gnosis doesn't tackle head on are the problems those of us who became interested in black metal as an aesthetic or artistic thing found when we investigated the substance beneath.
Racism is the biggest problem in black metal. Cruelty to animals and misogyny come in close seconds and thirds. The really violent escalatory spiral of one-upsmanship ended in the 90s; black metal musicians burn fewer churches and kill each other far less often today.
But the danger of such a tensely ratcheted purity standard requires that new atrocious acts will be committed in the name of black metal. The cycle doesn't just need to be slowed or arrested, it needs to be stopped. An it needs to be stopped affirmatively, not by atrophy. Obviously a symposium cannot do this any more than a UN summit can stop acts of state sponsored atrocity - but a symposium is assumed to represent a meeting of the minds. Even without the possibility of saving the world, a think tank is supposed to at least discuss what it would do if given a magic wand.
Alas, Hideous Gnosis doesn't think so much of its collective powers of reasoning. That's not to say there aren't solid points and good writing in Hideous Gnosis. There are. Unfortunately there's also really bad writing that thinks it can overwhelm with obscure citation where clear observation would suffice. Hideous Gnosis is like an anthology for an enigmatic fanzine, only the fanzine never existed, did not run a course, and didn't change lives on its own merit. Hideous Gnosis is publicity for a few serious thinkers and their Internet associates.
It will not be standard reading for music or art students. America is far too much of a melting pot. We've all had a pagan tradition stripped from us somewhere back there. And we've all had a foreign monotheistic religion imposed on us.
But the actual pagan tradition is too far lost and too diluted to legitimately feel in ghost form. And even the way we experienced organized religion varies depending on where a person's ancestry hails from. Most people in Scandinavia can trace themselves back to the pre-Christian people.
Few people in North America can. That's why we aren't as mad at the Pope as the Norwegians and why we put deer antlers and owl feathers on everything. The deer antlers are an abstraction where a desecrated devotional icon is quite literal. For some reason, John K Samson did the same. But is it all a coincidence? Did all three really come across the same writers through independent graduate study - or did I stumble on a transparent pane in all this haute intellectualism?
Did the metal guys read about Foucault and Derrida because of the same Weakerthans song? If so Apr 11, Mike Keirsbilck rated it it was ok Shelves: rbooks. The premiss of the book piqued my interest: finally a book that would have something to say about the philosophy of black metal. A genre that has indeed some depth to it, but is always regarded as the retarded kid of the musical family.
I hoped to gain some insights and to be able to recommend a good book when one of my favorite genres is mocked again. Sadly enough, this won't be that book. This book is supposedly the recap of a symposium on black metal, but it must have been conducted by some r The premiss of the book piqued my interest: finally a book that would have something to say about the philosophy of black metal.
This book is supposedly the recap of a symposium on black metal, but it must have been conducted by some retarded undergrads. This is just appalling. Poor academic skills would even be an overstatement for the "research" conducted by the "scholars" in this book. One goes even so far as to alter quotes in order to prove his point. This is falsification and immediately absolves the entire symposium of any credibility whatsoever.
I've ended up giving it two stars because there are some less retarded kids talking too, and it contains the Liturgy manifesto. It has zero academic merit, and it's very easily debunked, but if you like the band you might learn a thing or two about the band's approach. Hence my leniency. Apart from that, this book is best off ritually burned. Apr 07, Gnome Books rated it really liked it. Part noble gesture towards the dark sublime peaks of 'black metal theory', part academic foolery.
For the idea of black metal theory to succeed, the prose of theoretical thought will have to be actually infected with black metal lyricism, which occasionally happens in this text. View 2 comments. Aug 12, Gary Donnelly rated it it was ok Shelves: philosophy , religion , politics , music.
Firstly, I think that this tome was deliberately dense. I am a philosopher myself and I believe wholly in making things as simple as possible in order to make my writing accessible.
However, theory and methodology are two fields of research that have not yet been much discussed. Frequent criticism of metal studies often focuses on a lack of theoretical as well as methodological engagement — an accusation of being unscientific. There has been some work focusing on this problem and trying to deal with it — mostly sociological and musicological publications as well as the Hard Wired workshops in Germany and Switzerland, for instance — but book-length analyses of the subject are still rare. Thus, a volume ostensibly focusing on theory, even if it is black metal theory in particular, is most welcome, and promises to further invigorate the field of metal studies.
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Post a Comment. An itinerant con man. A gullible eyewitness narrator. Voices spanni Expanded and Revised. An essential, and maybe controversial [addition] to your metal music library" - Aquarius Records "The essays are all exercises in passionate engagement, intellectual without being dryly academic Lovecraft "Poison yourself
Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium 1
Masciandaro in an interview. Its center of gravity is an essential negativity, an idea of some remainder, something that cannot be reduced. Masciandaro was inspired to organize the symposium, he said, by the conference on heavy metal, held last year in Salzburg, Austria, organized by Niall Scott of the University of Central Lancashire. Read the entire report from The New York Times.