"Black Metal is a spiritual and intellectual war against religious influences upon contemporary society, a revolt against the historical oppression and the chains manifested in daily life by institutionalized religious authorities. It is a return to each individual's connection with nature, to our pagan roots and a philosophy which advocates the finding of your own personal strength through exploring the socio-cultural construction of taboos such as solitude, darkness, pride, hate, melancholy and an elitist will to power. Black Metal is for the few strong individuals. The ones who find no comfort in moving through life like puppets for an impersonal god, the ones who dare take part in heresy and speak up, the ones who stay true to their selves and confront the blind herd with provoking words of wisdom.
Jeg skal holde det i live, alene om jeg må."
- Akslen MMXI
*Photo of Kenneth Mellum courtesy Lise Mette Eidet