Full text of “Hideous Gnosis Black Metal Theory Symposium I” —Nicola Masciandaro 1 Copyrighted material HIDEOUS GNOSIS The great luxury of the genre. Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium () ed. by Nicola Masciandaro. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times reports that “Hideous Gnosis”, a six-hour theory symposium on black-metal music, was held this past.

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The unanswerable invocation reveals the deadly meaning of the lamella in the sense that the only meaning is the meaning of death.

Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium 1

Having climbed to the peak of the mountain, the mountaineer lies down and freezes to death. Predictably, there’s not a definitive answer. By fostering life, Transcendental Black Metal affirms life.

Perhaps this is the spawning ground of Tneory urge to decay, emerging from the possibility of eradicating, or degrading, the mind. But this ‘sin’, this profanity, this self-touching of the ground is not the sympoosium of light and spirit. Moose rated it liked it Aug 30, It is the repetition that, as in Robin Mackay’s comment on Negarestani on decay, “looks directly into the black pit” Mackay 1.

Transcendental black metal sacralizes the penultimate moment, the “almost” or the “not yet”, because it has been found that there is nothing after the penultimate moment.

But this is exactly what needs to be refused, just as certainly as the temptation to assign to black metal the status of symptom: Each section seems as if it could go on for ever, repetitive, trance-like.


The point on which these conflicting aims hinge is a revaluation of the senses, which, while adhering to the Judeo-Christian primacy of hearing, makes new room for the power of sight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A specifically American joyful clamor which blaci also a tremor. University of Minnesota Press,14 “Interview: Copyrighted material Shakespeare – Blackened Notes Our blacm, then, is not “true” Black Metal for we have moved beyond this fantasy of a nihilistic apocalypse; beyond our own misery and failure.

More precisely it lies in the retention of certain radicalised ‘spooks’ – notably nation, race, historical tradition or counter-tradition, and war – that perform the dual function of disrupting the limits of acceptable discourse within modern liberal democracies and grounding the abyssal draining of all ideological contents. Celebrating blood, gore, and bodily functions, it has a worldly orientation, or at any rate exists in a continuum with impermanent matter, monstrous growth and decay.

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This attitude of steeling oneself against the storm of fallible, fleshly impressions keeps the soldier of God on the right path.

According to Gbosis, music is ‘spirit, soul which resounds immediately for itself and feels satisfied in hearing itself [in ihrem Skhvernehmen]. Its reckless journey to hell leaves a scar that cannot be healed. Its only trace is the wake it leaves behind.

I’ve ended up giving it two stars because there are some less retarded kids talking too, and it contains the Liturgy manifesto. Thirdly it features a primordial satisfaction relating to the affect which acts normatively. Music has of course been a preoccupation of philosophers in search of harmony, of the inarticulable order of things.


EmperorAnthems to the Welkin at Dusk. He conducts himself according to a mortifying code that guards against error. Spiritually we acknowledge Nihilism, and we refuse to sink into it, impossible as the task may be.

Black metal, for some, for a few, provides the locus of this in- accessibility, provides the experience of non-knowledge that communicates ecstasy, that is to say places someone at the limit of being in aymposium radical questioning of being itself.

We participate in intensity because we are not sentimental and we know that death comes.

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There is no outside! Baphomet All the gods died of laughter to hear one among them proclaim himself unique! The object of subjectifying power is sacrificed, evacuated, but as such the void that is disclosed is rendered divine. Stupid organ, organ of stupidity. No really, it is. Experience, its authority, its method, do not distinguish themselves from the contestation. It is this dissatisfaction, this fourth blackk, which causes extreme metal to develop new styles over time.