Peter Beste and True Norwegian Black Metal

from True Norwegian Black Metal Book, © Peter Beste

Peter Beste is a great photographer based in NYC, USA. I mainly know him for two works and one of these is his series about True Norwegian Black Metal., which I used to listen to A LOT when I was younger. This is what he has to say about it:

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It’s roots stem from a heady blend of horror films, extreme heavy metal music, Satanism, pagan mythology, and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as a juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society. I spent seven years photographing this insulated and secretive community.

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