© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156852711X577069 Numen 58 (2011) 514–544 brill.nl/nu “Sons of Northern Darkness”: Heathen Inﬂuences in Black Metal and Neofolk Music 1 Kennet Granholm Department of History of Religions, Stockholm University SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden email@example.com Abstract The focus of this article is on the inﬂuence of heathenism on popular music, speciﬁ- cally on Black Metal and Neofolk. These two genres, or more correctly scenes, are converging — something which is interesting in itself as purely musical similarities are nonexistent. Both scenes are permeated by heathen notions, and have the ability to function as “cultural systems” providing sets of ideology, meanings, and practices for their adherents. Thus, they comprise more than simply “musical styles.” The appeal of heathenism in these scenes can be explained by its status as non-mainstream exotic rejected knowledge, which makes it attractive in the quest for authenticity and rebel- lion inherent in rock music. At the same time it is precisely the inclusion of heathen elements which provides the possibility to construct meaning systems that can sustain a coherent cultural complex. Keywords neopaganism, heathenism, Black Metal, Neofolk, contemporary esotericism, religion and popular music 1) The title quote is from the song
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Black Metal; Neofolk; neopaganism; contemporary esotericism; heathenism; religion and popular music
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