I was reading comments on a Bernie Sanders Facebook post about this. And they were all stuck on the racist/black, deputy’s son part because finally, they have a story that fulfills their narrative on the surface. But considering the media hasn’t gone full blown Trayvon style reporting about this made me wonder why. Duh. Because he burned Churches. Good chance this is more an anti-Christian attack than about race. We will see.
While the motive is still under investigation, authorities said that Matthews’ interest in black metal music may have influenced his behavior.
“Information investigators have uncovered, and that Matthews has offered, suggests a possible connection with a genre of music called ‘black metal’ and its associated history with church burnings in other parts of the world, which have been documented in movies and books,” the state fire marshal’s office said in a statement.
Here’s what you need to know about this musical genre.
What is black metal?
Black metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that typically takes on anti-Christian, satanic and paganistic themes. Black metal songs typically have a fast tempo and feature shrieking vocals, heavily distorted guitars and unconventional song structures.
Black metal dates back to the early 1980s, in what’s called the genre’s first wave, when the English band Venom released its second album titled “Black Metal.” Stylistically, the music was similar to earlier heavy metal subgenres, but Venom’s lyrics had anti-Christian and satanic themes. Bands like Bathory and Hellhammer were also early influences, incorporating shrieking and lo-fi production.
First wave musicians also adopted morbid stage personas, pseudonyms and corpse paint that carried on to future iterations of black metal.
In the early 1990s, Norwegian bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone and Immortal formed black metal’s second wave, distinctly influencing the nihilistic and misanthropic tone the genre took on.
After the second wave, black metal branched out into even more sub-genres like atmospheric black metal and melodic black metal, with scenes across the globe. Some black metal sub-genres represent hateful ideologies, like National Socialist Black Metal, which promotes Nazism and similar views.
The genre has been linked to church burnings
Early black metal bands used evil slogans and satanic imagery for shock value, but the Norwegian black metal scene in the ’90s turned those themes into reality. READ MORE