Drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) has released the following statement
Italian publisher Tsunami Edizioni has announced the release of the book“Come Lupi Tra Le Pecore – Storia E Ideologia Del Black Metal Nazionalsocialista” (English translation: “As Wolves Among Sheep – History And Ideology Of National Socialist Black Metal”).
Towards the end of the Nineties, black metal — by then one of the most feared musical genres ever that had already made a name for itself thanks to a bloody streak of homicides and various acts of arson and violence — merged its sonic belligerence with national-socialist beliefs and the ideology of white power groups, breeding a new counterculture that’s incendiary and ferocious like no other. A formula of intransigent extremism like never before in contemporary music, a world where this mixture of aural excess and loyalty to the so-called “mythos of the blood” gave birth to hundreds of new bands and gathered thousands of disciples from all over the globe: Russia, United States, Germany, France, Poland, Australia, Italy, Scandinavia and even South America.
From the defining fathers of the genre (BURZUM, ABSURD, GRAVELAND,DER STÜRMER, SPEAR OF LONGINUS) to its more unknown and dangerous representatives, “As Wolves Among Sheep” delves deep in this black abyss to bring forth the history and development of NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal), an underground phenomenon that transcended music to become a doctrine in its own right, a nefarious call to arms for those dissident youths who declared war to society as we know it.
The book has been written by Davide Maspero and Max Ribaric. Davide Maspero, experienced graphic and web designer, has contributed to the artworks of several music projects and hosted a radio show that ran for a few years. Along with Max Ribaric, he’s currently co-editor of a pro-zine dedicated to industrial, ur-folk, power electronic music and related subjects.
Max Ribaric has been writing for over 15 years, ran his own fanzine during the Nineties and onwards, and is the author of the definitive book about U.S. industrial/ur-folk legends BLOOD AXIS (“Day Of Blood”, 2008), recently translated in French by Camion Noir. He currently co-edits the pro-zine Occidental Congress with Davide Maspero.