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This list made its appearance a few years ago & it still makes me laugh. 1. Don't be gay. 2. Be "true". 3. All people who aren't "true" are gay. 4. Be grim. 5. Be necro. 6. Be simultaneously grim and necro if at all possible. 7. Break things while being grim and necro. 8. Don't have fun at concerts. Stand around with arms crossed. 9. Repeat all above while denouncing organized religion in any form. 10. Never ever, EVER under ANY circumstances... 11. ...Listen to Peccatum. 12. When someone asks you if you enjoy the music of Mayhem, point out that you only enjoy the music of "the true" Mayhem. Maniac is gay. 13. Don't play with fuzzy things, excepting that by "play" you mean "burn". 14. Don't be Dani Filth. 15. Never, ever, under any circumstances utter the phrase "Kenny G slams, man." 16. Don't be Dani Filth. 17. When your mom tells you to take out the garbage tell her that you're too metal to remove refuse. 18. Run for it! 19. Sodomize a virgin whore. 20. Sodomize anything that is not male. (Fuzzy things look out!) 21. Make sure your album goes out of print about 3 years after its release... so it becomes 'cult'. 22. When in doubt, say "True Norwiegian Black Metal!" 23. If that doesn't work, blast beats can fill any silence. 24. Turn any cross you find upside-down. 25. Nipple twisting is not a blackmetal activity.. 26. Write a cult, underground, grim and necro zine. Feature only interviews with bands no one has heard of, even "true" blackmetallers. 27. Never ever, EVER, EVER be open-minded. 28. Never write songs less than 15 minutes long and containing less than 15 adjectives in the title. 29. a) paint face. B) go in woods. c) act like troll. 30. Don't be Mortiis (or Dani Filth). 31. Don't wear white shoes after Labor Day. 32. Don't make jokes only your mom would get. 33. Don't make jokes. 34. When in doubt, scowl with eyes downturned. 35. Don't eat Marshmellow Peeps. 36. To producers of black metal albums: remember...no low end! If it doesn't hurt to listen to, it can't be "true". 37. Make sure that no less than half of the musicians on your album are "session" members. 38. When in concert, always growl names of songs so that they are imperceptible. This will ensure that anyone who doesn't have your "cult" LP won't get it. 39. Never play live. 40. When getting ready to go to a show, completely forget that the other people there are not going to the show to look at you. 41. Use barbed wire whenever possible. (Note: this assists in being both "necro" and "grim".) 42. When asked by a non true BMer what BM is, say something like, "BM is the raw essence of pure black evil in man", in any case, make sure that by the conversations end, the other person still has no idea what black metal is. 43. Drive one of your band members to suicide, and claim he died because of the "mainstream" "infecting" the "scene". 44. Reform with "old members" and release an album intended to produce commercial success. 45. When it flops say that you meant it to fail cause anything less wouldn't be "true". 46. Have a side project. Ensure that all other members of your band also have side projects. 47. Fill out the other slots in your other member's side projects as "session" musicians. 48. Record everything in the same studio with the same producer/instruments/equipment/etc. 49. Make sure your album cover never consists of more than three colors (color options allowed: grey, black, white). 50. Publicly state that your band is "non-religious", then use the word "Satan" over 400 times on your one-song thirty-minute album. 51. Never stuff your shoes to make them appear puffy and avoid the wearing of backwards baseball caps if at all possible. Red ones in particular. 52. Insist that music should never progress and that it should still sound the same way it did 9 friggin years ago. 53. Never say "friggin". 54. Never finish anything you start. 55. The word "Hail" is the only appropriate greeting whenever greeting someone "true". 56. If feeling especially true on a given occasion, try "Infernal Hails". 57. All logos must include illegible writing and at least one inverted cross and/or pentagram. This is non-negotiable. 58. When referring to sex with a Metal Chick use only the terminology "sticking my clouded frost-spire into her gates of attrition". 59. Design complex logo for your grim black metal band on binder paper in the middle of math class. 60. Accept every interview you're offered...then pretend that you really don't enjoy being interviewed. 61. Thoroughly enjoy Star Trek: The Next Generation. 62. Wait... scratch that last one. (See rule 1) 63. Never divulge to any outsiders the Exact Day of the Divine Arrival of the Massive Hoof. Instead, inform them that they should be ready to suck the Dark Lord's greasy @#%$ at any time. 64. Use the phrase "suck the dark lord's greasy @#%$" whenever possible. 65. If you ever find that you have somehow become a member of Hecate Enthroned, be sure to piece together a music video of scrap footage of yourself walking around in the woods at night looking evil. Only, instead of being night make sure it's the middle of the @#%$ day, and instead of looking evil, look dorky instead. (See also: rule 1) 666. Own hundreds of black metal albums, demos and bootlegs. Listen to approximately 8 of them regularly. 67. Humping a ceramic Virgin Mary in front of your uncle's house is not "pimping it" (unless you tell her you're done then blow in her face like a shotgun when she turns around). 68. Refrain from using keyboard smilies when communicating via the Internet. Single acceptable smily: -( 69. Why isn't the word "Northern" in your album title yet!? Get to it! Amatuers... 70. Spelling things correctly is neither grim nor necro. 71. Norsk Arysk Blak Metal! Rahhh!! 72. No matter where you're from, pretend you're from Norway and therefore 'true'. 73. Don't be Dani Filth. (I think that's clear) 74. All pets you own now will henceforth be known as "Crucifier". Any pets you own in the future will also be known as "Crucifier". 75. True black metaller: "Many of our dark hymns are influenced by the mighty Tolkien... You have not read the works of Tolkien!? Nerd. Wait a minute... It appears I am the nerdy one after all!" 76. @#%$, I'm talking to myself again. 77. Norsk Arysk Blak Metal! Rahhh!! 78. That's better, on with the interview! 80. Create inverted crosses in all possible instances. Suggested tools: Drum sticks, twigs, pool cues, pencils, etc. (See also "clouded frost spire") 81. Profess publicly that you are a Satanist and add that you are in touch with Norway's ancient Pagan past. Pretend that somehow those two facts make sense in conjunction. 82. Stick your dick in the mashed potatoes. 83. Don't make Beastie Boys references. 84. Don't make references. 85. Satanus. Huh huh huhuhuhuh. 86. Huhuhuhuhuhuhuh. 87. If possible, design the title of your album so that it consists of three completely unrelated words. Dimmu Borgir are the master of this (i.e. Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Spiritual Black Dimensions, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, Godless Savage Garden) but you may also want to refer to Immortal's "Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism". 88. As we all know, women have no place in the homoerotic world of black metal, but if your girl friend still won't stop bugging you about wanting to be involved in your band, give her a lame spoken word part or something. 89. Never form a band containing you, your wife and/or girlfriend, and some gay looking guy. (See also: rule 11) 90. Go to bed when your mom tells you to. 91. If it's rare, it must be good. Order it immediately. 92. I will not add that as it is not metal enough. 93. Are you metal enough to be reading this? 94. Own every Darkthrone release. Listen to exactly none of them. 95. Own [email protected]#%$ shirts of bands you not only own no releases of, but also haven't even heard. 96. Use the phrase "[email protected]#%$" whenever possible. 97. Attempt to randomly throw the word "@#%$" during random segments of your songs. (Kindly refer to Attilla's work on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.) 98. In order to make your recording more incomprehensible and therefore more "cult", be sure to either select a singer who has only a tenuous grasp on the language to be sung. (Acceptable languages: Norwegian, Latin, Orcish.) 99. I'll tell you what your album lay out needs...Some titties. 100. And you know what else? How long since you acted like a troll? Pick up that makeup and fight, soldier! 101.

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This list made its appearance a few years ago & it still makes me laugh. 22. When in doubt, say "True Norwiegian Black Metal!" 23. If that doesn't work, blast beats can fill any silence. 49. Make sure your album cover never consists of more than three colors (color options allowed: grey, black, white). 50. Publicly state that your band is "non-religious", then use the word "Satan" over 400 times on your one-song thirty-minute album. 52. Insist that music should never progress and that it should still sound the same way it did 9 friggin years ago. 55. The word "Hail" is the only appropriate greeting whenever greeting someone "true". 56. If feeling especially true on a given occasion, try "Infernal Hails". 69. Why isn't the word "Northern" in your album title yet!? Get to it! Amatuers... 98. In order to make your recording more incomprehensible and therefore more "cult", be sure to either select a singer who has only a tenuous grasp on the language to be sung. (Acceptable languages: Norwegian, Latin, Orcish.)
I've met several people who abide by 52. #50: Behemoth. These were my favorites, especially #69...

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Re: 101 Rules of Black Metal 94. Own every Darkthrone release. Listen to exactly none of them. I didn't care too much for the list except for this one, practically ever bm musician worth his salt has the albums, and knows that without the first three black metal albums by Darkthrone they'd be playing folk music and touring with Korkiplaani.

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Re: 101 Rules of Black Metal It focuses, like just about everything else, on Norwegian black metal, but it's good for a laugh. Darkthrone was definitely influential, but they jumped from death metal to black metal at about the same time as everyone else in Norway, and black metal had already had a first wave and was thriving in several other places around the world before they made the switch. Black metal would have been just fine without Darkthrone, and we might not have so many Transylvanian Hunger worshippers had they not made the switch.

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It focuses, like just about everything else, on Norwegian black metal, but it's good for a laugh. Darkthrone was definitely influential, but they jumped from death metal to black metal at about the same time as everyone else in Norway, and black metal had already had a first wave and was thriving in several other places around the world before they made the switch. Black metal would have been just fine without Darkthrone, and we might not have so many Transylvanian Hunger worshippers had they not made the switch.
Darkthrone's black metal material is the most widely aped style of bm (much to their dismay) in the music today, even if the music did "go on" it would be different in many ways. There would be no emphasis on rawness, low-fi production, and the riffs wouldn't be in an actual bm style it would be derivative of thrash or something else. The first Darkthrone albums with the exception of A blaze in the Northern sky are the closest any band has ever come to making pure unadulterated black metal stripped to the bare essentials, without any thrash or death metal influences or any say so from the other metal genres. Early Burzum could qualify as well.

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Darkthrone's black metal material is the most widely aped style of bm (much to their dismay) in the music today, even if the music did "go on" it would be different in many ways. There would be no emphasis on rawness, low-fi production, and the riffs wouldn't be in an actual bm style it would be derivative of thrash or something else. The first Darkthrone albums with the exception of A blaze in the Northern sky are the closest any band has ever come to making pure unadulterated black metal stripped to the bare essentials, without any thrash or death metal influences or any say so from the other metal genres. Early Burzum could qualify as well.
You'll notice that I mentioned that Darkthrone were definitely influential, but black metal started a full 10 years before they started playing the style, so I think that their importance (and by extension, Norwegian black metal's importance) is often overstated. This is not to say that it wasn't important, far from it, as the attention brought on by all of the crime and sensationalism of the Norwegian scene brought black metal to a much larger audience, as well as being sonically influential to all of the "lo-fi" BM worshiping hordes of today, but black metal would still exist today with Norway out of the picture and Scandinavian musicians wouldn't just be playing folk music. As far as the comment about them "making pure unadulterated black metal stripped to the bare essentials, without any thrash or death metal influences or any say so from the other metal genres", that sounds a great deal like historical revisionism, which is something I can't stand. Venom were the first black metal band, which has nothing to do with them having more sonic proximity to NWOBHM than Darkthrone does. I get sick of hearing that Venom is not black metal and Possessed is not death metal because the bands that sprung forth from their sound have pushed the genre further down the path that the original bands explored, and now for some reason they are not what they created because of what they created? That doesn't make any sense at all. I'm not sure if that was your intention by making that comment or not, so I could be off base, but still retaining thrash metal influences from early on doesn't make a band like Bathory any less black metal.

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