“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, December 25, 2010

“We Are All Hypocrites and Failures”: Wolves in the Throne Room

This is very encouraging. These guys are in chapter one of Dark Ecology. Great interview and you will fall for the careful, caring, intense and melancholic ecology these black metallers are creating.

I only have one of their albums, Two Hunters. But I'm going to get some more, as soon as I can rustle up the money.

Just read this from the interview:

One of the many contradictions of Black Metal is that it is a music that decries civilization, but relies on so many modern contrivances to exist. I don’t think it is a natural sound at all. It is really the sound of paradox, ambiguity, confusion, being caught between two worlds that cannot be reconciled. I have had people throw this in my face before – “how can you play music that is supposedly anti-civilization on electric guitars?” Frankly I find this line of reason boring and pointless. I remember a common line against rioters trashing the Nike store in downtown Seattle. There was a famous picture of some black-clad kid smashing the Nike sign, but zoom in and… ah-haa!! He’s wearing Nike sneakers! I say, who fucking cares? Catharsis is our objective, not a lilly-white and guilt free existence. We are all hypocrites and failures.

Wow. Yes. This is what we need more of.

If you haven't already check the Melancology webpage. Melancology is the title of the second black metal theory symposium. I was going to talk there but the video link wasn't really up and running. Great location: Natural History Museum, London.


Anonymous said...

I never understood the problem with kicking in a Nike store while wearing a pair of Nike shoes; what more apt footwear? There is no 'outside' the capitalist system, at least not on Earth where we all live. We will need to break the system using broken-off pieces of its own machinery. There's nothing hypocritical about that. One thing's for sure: the revolution will not be clad in homespun hemp.

Karl said...

just seen this post, awesome stuff. check out Peregrine from PA.

Timothy Morton said...

Hi Savagist you're too kind.