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Tue Sep 13, 2016, 02:31 AM

Black metal legend elected to Norwegian town council against his will

“My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, ‘Please don’t vote for me.’”

Norwegian extreme music legend Fenriz is getting ready to release Arctic Thunder, the new album from his foundational black metal band Darkthrone, but he’s hit an unexpected speed bump. After agreeing to join a “backup list” of potential candidates for the local neighborhood council in Kolbotn, Oslo, he was unexpectedly elected.

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Never underestimate the power of a cute cat, though. Fenriz jokingly shared a photo of himself holding his cat (whose name roughly translates to Peanut Butter) specifically asking people to not vote for him. Now he will be required to serve as Councilman Gylve Fenris Nagell for four years before stepping down is an option.

“Basically, I have to step in when the usual people who go to the big meetings are sick or something. Then I have to go sit there and feel stupid among the straight people,” he told CLRVYNT, later adding “I’m a pillar of my community.”

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http://www.factmag.com/2016/09/12/fans-elect-black-metal-legend-fenriz-to-town-council-darkthrone/

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Tue Sep 13, 2016, 02:59 AM

1. The song 'Tundra Leech' at the article page wasn't very good.

No instrumental/guitar portion in the song? About 3:30 in, seemed like a transition for a blistering deathmetal instrumental and... Nada!
Is this a Norwegian music style thing? Maybe I'm just an American barbarian. Pantera or Iron Maiden or, hell, even Dream Theatre has good instrumental/solos.....

At least his cat was cute. Have a rec.

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Response to GoDawgs (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 13, 2016, 08:04 AM

2. Black metal, especially the traditionalist stuff, is deliberately

low-fi and primitive-sounding. It normally eschews solos and the like, as it's originally a reaction against the sort of hyper-commercialized metal you referenced. The feelings it seeks to evoke are bleakness and cold distance, and it makes no effort to be easily-enjoyed or popular.

All that being said, this band in particular has become a lot more "normal metal" over the years; I've heard some stuff from them that sounds thrashy or even punk.

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