It doesn't take more than about, say, thirty seconds on anus.com to inform the casual reader that a large majority of black metal fans are opinionated, pretentious, hypocritical, philosophically misguided, narrow-minded and often patently ridiculous. Now, I, myself, am a fan of the music that men call black metal: I rank many black metal bands as among my personal favourites and as some of the greatest bands of all time. I have the history and philosophy of this most morbid of genres at my fingertips. And I feel confidently in saying that most of the fans, and a pretty reasonable amount of the musicians as well, judging by some interviews I've seen, are complete and utter wankers.
This mainly arises from the utterly inflated view many black metal fans have of their own self-importance and self-worth, and the importance of black metal as a whole. Now, let's be frank: the idea that black metal actually matters, on a world scale, is utterly fucking ridiculous. Black metal is not a major cultural force, and it probably never will be. The only people in the world who care about black metal are its fans and some rather distraught, church-less vicars. However, many black metal fans view black metal as, literally, the most important thing in the universe. Based on this assumption, they judge themselves rightly superior to every other music consumer and indeed life-form on the earth, because they've heard Judas Iscariot.
And oh, will they snarl and bitch and fight and sneer over the purity of their precious black metal. Absolutely anything that does not fall within a random and arbitrary test of tr00ness will be branded 'faggoth' or 'norsecore'. The cardinal sin is having any influences whatsoever that fall outside the black metal genre, although bands who play too fast, or don't have enough gravitas to their lyrics are also doomed. Of course, you can write off all these sins by being Nazis: Nokturnal Mortum can get away with anything and the Tr00 grim kvlt elite will still felate them. The amusing thing about this is that they will then complain, at length, about the stagnation of the scene. The scene is, of course, not stagnant at all, it's merely that progressive artists such as Borknagar, Arcturus, Sigh, ...And Oceans and so forth have been dismissed as 'un-true'. The hypocrisy is occasionally compounded by claiming that the philosophy of black metal is it's defining element. But only, of course, if you present it in a suitably black metal manner. Thus originality in the black metal scene is confined to who can write the most necro riff, and it's more sorrow to the idiot fans, because these people never listen to anything else BUT black metal. They have actually lost touch with the whole idea behind liking music, again pushing forward the idea that black metal is somehow better than all other music. Of course, most of these black metal fans don't have the first idea about musical theory or history, or indeed much intelligence: they can't tell you WHY black metal is better than anything else. They don't have the wit or culture. They can tell you that other music is gay and that you're a Jewish poser for listening to it, but that's about it. They can tell you that allowing any sort of outside influence to 'corrupt' black metal (or, in some of the more hilarious cases, allowing posers to even listen to black metal) will destroy the 'purity' of black metal, but they cannot satisfactorily explain to you either what the purity of black metal is, or why you should give a flying fuck. Because they will never listen to anything but black metal, if they ever do start a band, it will be a poor clone of their favourite black metal bands, because they will bring no new influences and will never have stretched their musical abilities by playing anything except Deathcrush.
Coupled with this is a brand of philosophy so ridiculous and mal-informed that it can scarcely fail to make the educated man or woman chuckle. To see the spurious crap spewed up by people who have never read a single book on philsophy or theology and who do not undestand paganism, monotheism, racialism, romanticism, gothic tradition, satanism, the difference between patriotism and nationalism, and a whole score of other concepts, try and explain their mal-formed worldviews can be almost charming. To see a man complain at length about christian oppression then turn right round and say he's a national socialist? Classic. To see someone deny that they are a satanist then lengthily espouse satanic morality? Brilliant. To see some arrogant turd talk about 'God is Dead' having read only the Wikipedia article on Neitzsche, if that? Warms the cockles of my heart, it does. And if I had a pound for everyone who claims to be a pagan and can't name a single sabbat, or the name of a god beyond Thor? I'd be a rich man. Oh, and their espousing of an anti-humanist, individualist philosophy when they are worse sheep even than most goths, now that's classic. You hate me because I'm different, I hate you because you're all the same. Ahahahahahaha.
The really, brutally ironic thing is that all this idiocy is a pure invention of latter day social retards who take the whole thing as seriously as if they're in the Inner Circle, back in the day. They act every day like Varg Vikernes used to talk to the press (and it would really do a world of good if many of them understood that 95% of the interviews with him are fake. Do they really think people can just trot into the prison where he's held and have a chat with him?) and most of them are 15 years of age. I really, really, hate them. I could go on, and on, and on about the sheer retarded, brain dead, stupidity of them. But you know what? I won't fucking bother. I'm going to go off, brew a nice cup of tea, and listen to some poser faggoth gaycore shit like Current 93. Then I may come back and make a post about MUSIC.