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Where do you think that Black Metal would be right now if Count Grishnackh hadn't decided to murder Euronymous? I feel like the murder of Euronymous set black metal back by about twenty years & believe that the genre would have gotten more respect from the mainstream music press had Euronymous lived to see the release of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. When Vikernes killed Aarseth, it made black metal seem a lot less credible as a serious artistic movement to a lot of people outside of the movement, sort of like how Gangster Rap had a hard time in the late 90s because of all of the violence surrounding it and the deaths of Biggie and 2pac (I'm pretty sure that the church arsons did not help much either).

As a result of this, it was pretty difficult to find black metal CDs when I was a kid. You had to special order them from music stores and then the workers would sort of give you weird looks for ordering stuff by Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, etc. There was one store in particular where the owner would order me anything that I wanted without question, even though the titles for some of the albums were a bit extreme (Channeling the Quintessence of Satan being one of them that Sam Goody refused to order for me back in the day).

I also remember getting in trouble with the school cops for wearing Cradle of Filth and Marduk shirts to school & repeatedly having my backpack searched for weapons to "prevent another Columbine" even though I was friendly with a lot of the normies in my school and they accepted that I simply liked a brand of what basically amounts to rock n roll. I never once considered bringing a gun to school (I didn't have access to one at all). Granted I did do some lame shit to local houses of worship as a teen/Pagan dabbler, but being an adult now I feel very negatively about this because my relationship with religious people got better when I was homeless as a young adult and I realized that the vast majority of them are not bad people and are actually very compassionate to the needy.

I feel like had Euronymous lived, that he would have essentially been the Lemmy Kilminster of Black Metal and done a lot to bring credibility to the genre from bullshit rags like Rolling Stone who frequently lambaste the genre (and also consider Pink and Madonna to be "rock" music) and the mainstream industry in general. Unfortunately, Black Metal got the rap as being "that music" because of the notorious actions of The Count and his increasingly ridiculous and outlandish statements while he was in prison. We've been trying to live that image down now since 1993 & only recently it seems that we're getting the credibility that we deserve.

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Euronymous wasn't a too creative figure. By the time he was 25 he achieved only a mediocre thrash metal demo, often mistaken for black metal, and one full length album with just one or two significant song. Musicians of Darkthrone and even Varg himself did a lot more for the scene when they were much younger than that

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