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Black Metal Friday: Watain “Stellarvore”
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This week’s Black Metal Friday track comes to us courtesy of the Swedish wolf pack. Watain took their name from the title of a song by pioneering American black metal unit Von. A couple of members of the band also played briefly with the late, great Jon Nödtveidt in the legendary Dissection. Watain carry forth today with the philosophy of theistic Satanism that Dissection championed. Both bands have close ties to the Temple of the Black Light, an extremely secretive sect of theistic Satanists that originally went by the name of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (MLO). Watain’s live show is as much a black mass ritual as it is a music event. In fact, they caused quite a stir a few years back when TMZ reported that the band had sprayed audience members with pig’s blood during a concert in Brooklyn, NY.

From Watain’s third album, 2007’s Sworn to the Dark, this is the closing track, “Stellarvore.”

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Black Metal Friday: Dissection “Dark Mother Divine”
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Sweden’s Dissection was a lightening rod for controversy. The band would release only 3 full-length albums in its career, but each of them is considered a masterpiece and essential listening for students of black metal. Band leader Jon Nödtveidt was a disturbed genius who viewed Dissection as his vehicle to spread the anti-cosmic Satanism philosophies of the notorious Norwegian inner circle organization known as the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (now the Temple of the Black Light).

Dissection broke up in 1997 when Nödtveidt was convicted for his part in the murder of a homosexual man in a Göteborg park. He received a 10-year prison sentence, of which he served six. Upon emerging from prison, he would resurrect the band with new members who would be “able to “stand behind and live up to the demands of Dissection’s Satanic concept.” This would be the lineup that would record the final Dissection album, the 2006 masterpiece Reinkaos.

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