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Impaled Northern Moonforest: Konstrukce parodické blackmetalové identity

Title in English Impaled Northern Moonforest: Construction of a Parodic Black Metal Identity


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sacra
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords black metal; extreme metal; Satanism; parody; Impaled Northern Moonforest
Description In 1997, the American parodic duo Impaled Northern Moonforest, consisting of members of a grindcore band Anal Cunt, released a short demo which presented itself as the most authentic Norwegian black metal of all time. This text focuses on Impaled Northern Moonforest as a case study of demonological concepts in contemporary popular culture and utilizes content analysis of track list names. The analysis shows that Impaled Northern Moonforest created their parodic black metal identity in the framework of the reactive, paradigmatically conform Satanism, which is derived mainly from the pop-cultural and panic-inducing image of devil-worshippers. Such a parodic emphasis on Satanic and black metal themes offered an opportunity to observe a specific way of perceiving second wave Norwegian black metal by musicians who approached it from a different position in the social field of extreme metal. It also brought about the possibility of observing a set of elements created by grindcore musicians which made them distinct from black metal by ridiculing it.
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