Black Metal Theory Symposium audio

Hideous Gnosis was an academic-style symposium about black metal held last month in New York City. The lectures included the likes of 'Goatsteps behind my steps': Black Metal and Ritual Renewal," "Perpetual Rot: Obsessive Cycles of Deterioration," and "'Remain true to the earth!': Remarks on the Politics of Black Metal." Audio recordings of select presentations are now available for download. I haven't listened to any, but I'm relieved that this documentation is available just in case I need it. Black Metal Theory Symposium 2009


  1. Would probably be more interesting if these recordings had better fidelity. Then again, the same goes for most black metal.

  2. Neat! Definitely a scene that needs some academic attention. Now, where is my punk symposium, damn it!

    Wow, Nathan Explosion needs to look out for that rooster… he might replace him as the singer in Dethklok!!!! That’s the most brutal rooster ever!!!!!

  3. I appreciate that the the download is a .rar file, which is the most metal compression format there is.


  4. I’ve often thought pop culture needs more academic symposia. A bit of dispassionate logic would go a long way toward deflating the inscrutable artist types.

  5. for all you way cool and oh-so-highbrow hipsters hating on this thing:
    Don’t worry, maybe some day they’ll have a Jack Johnson crap music theory symposium for you.


    Now available here:
    (and soon via Amazon)

    Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium 1. Edited by Nicola Masciandaro. 292 pages. $20.00. ISBN 1450572162. EAN-13 9781450572163.

    Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Expanded and Revised.

    “Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous” (Lovecraft)

    “Poison yourself . . . with thought” (Arizmenda)


    Steven Shakespeare, “The Light that Illuminates Itself, the Dark that Soils Itself: Blackened Notes from Schelling’s Underground.”

    Erik Butler, “The Counter-Reformation in Stone and Metal: Spiritual Substances.”

    Scott Wilson, “BAsileus philosoPHOrum METaloricum.”

    Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, “Transcendental Black Metal.”

    Nicola Masciandaro, “Anti-Cosmosis: Black Mahapralaya.”

    Joseph Russo, “Perpetue Putesco – Perpetually I Putrefy.”

    Benjamin Noys, “‘Remain True to the Earth!’: Remarks on the Politics of Black Metal.”

    Evan Calder Williams, “The Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

    Brandon Stosuy, “Meaningful Leaning Mess.”

    Aspasia Stephanou, “Playing Wolves and Red Riding Hoods in Black Metal.”

    Anthony Sciscione, “‘Goatsteps Behind My Steps . . .’: Black Metal and Ritual Renewal.”

    Eugene Thacker, “Three Questions on Demonology.”

    Niall Scott, “Black Confessions and Absu-lution.”

    DOCUMENTS: Lionel Maunz, Pineal Eye; Oyku Tekten, Symposium Photographs; Scott Wilson, “Pop Journalism and the Passion for Ignorance”; Karlynn Holland, Sin Eater I-V; Nicola Masciandaro and Reza Negarestani, Black Metal Commentary; Black Metal Theory Blog Comments; Letter from Andrew White; E.S.S.E, Murder Devour I.

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