Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Satan the Musician: Black Metal and Satanism

Did Satan become a musician? Is Black Metal really Satan's music? RESCHEDULED!  June 13th.  Guests MUST RSVP to ronni@themidnightarchive.com - very limited seating available - Live Streaming will also be available (same date and time) on The Midnight Archive facebook page. Massimo Introvigne, who devoted an important part of his monumental book Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016) to Black Metal, will guide us into a multimedia experience about Satanism and music, starting before Black Metal with the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil and Coven's Satanic Mass. Subgenres of Heavy Metal are different, and references to Satan started in non-Black Metal groups such as Black Sabbath, Slayer, and Deicide.The origins of Balck Metal date back to the British band Venom. Some groups had real contacts with Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, including Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer, and Beherit. TheBlack Metal then became globalized, with examples from such unlikely countries as Morocco and Saudi Arabia. A second wave of Black Metal originated in Norway with groups such as Mayhem and Burzum, which repudiated LaVey's humanistic Satanism in favor of an aggressive "anti-cosmic" worship of Satan as the god of hate, death, and destruction. Some bands got involved in criminal activities and leading musicians killed each other. Others, like Gorgoroth, created scandal with extreme Satanic shows or had connections with neo-Nazism, in Poland and elsewhere. In France, Les Légions Noires tried a secretive and short-lived experiment of communal Satanist living in a remote forest. In some countries, the satanic Black Metal became strictly connected with new Satanist movements, including the Swedish Temple of the Black Light, of which the band Dissection was for several years the musical arm. Finally, some Black Metal groups replaced Satanism with Nordic neo-Paganism and others became so mainstream that one, Satyricon, did a concert with the Norwegian National Opera. Was all this real Satanism or just Satan's sideshow? It was both, but in some cases Satanism was very much real. Massimo Introvigne is a professor of Sociology in Torino, Italy  and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). In 2011, he served as Representative for Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and members of other religions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which the U.S. are also a member. He is the author of some sixty books about religious pluralism and esotericism, including the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), and of more than one hundred articles in academic publications.

Did Satan become a musician? Is Black Metal really Satan's music?

RESCHEDULED!  June 13th.  Guests MUST RSVP to ronni@themidnightarchive.com - very limited seating available - Live Streaming will also be available (same date and time) on The Midnight Archive facebook page.

Massimo Introvigne, who devoted an important part of his monumental book Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016) to Black Metal, will guide us into a multimedia experience about Satanism and music, starting before Black Metal with the Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil and Coven's Satanic Mass. Subgenres of Heavy Metal are different, and references to Satan started in non-Black Metal groups such as Black Sabbath, Slayer, and Deicide.The origins of Balck Metal date back to the British band Venom. Some groups had real contacts with Anton LaVey's Church of Satan, including Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer, and Beherit. TheBlack Metal then became globalized, with examples from such unlikely countries as Morocco and Saudi Arabia. A second wave of Black Metal originated in Norway with groups such as Mayhem and Burzum, which repudiated LaVey's humanistic Satanism in favor of an aggressive "anti-cosmic" worship of Satan as the god of hate, death, and destruction. Some bands got involved in criminal activities and leading musicians killed each other. Others, like Gorgoroth, created scandal with extreme Satanic shows or had connections with neo-Nazism, in Poland and elsewhere. In France, Les Légions Noires tried a secretive and short-lived experiment of communal Satanist living in a remote forest. In some countries, the satanic Black Metal became strictly connected with new Satanist movements, including the Swedish Temple of the Black Light, of which the band Dissection was for several years the musical arm. Finally, some Black Metal groups replaced Satanism with Nordic neo-Paganism and others became so mainstream that one, Satyricon, did a concert with the Norwegian National Opera. Was all this real Satanism or just Satan's sideshow? It was both, but in some cases Satanism was very much real.

Massimo Introvigne is a professor of Sociology in Torino, Italy  and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). In 2011, he served as Representative for Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and members of other religions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which the U.S. are also a member. He is the author of some sixty books about religious pluralism and esotericism, including the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), and of more than one hundred articles in academic publications.

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Satan the Prophet: A History of Modern Satanism

What is Satanism? Guests MUST RSVP to ronni@themidnightarchive.com - very limited seating available - Live Streaming will also be available (same date and time) on The Midnight Archive facebook page. Massimo Introvigne, author of the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), defines it as the organized veneration of Satan through ritual practices. As such, it is a modern phenomenon, who started with the first Black Masses at the court of the French King Louis XIV in the 17th century. The lecture explores three different phenomena. The first is the proto-Satanism that started with the French Black Mass, in turn influential on 18th-century incidents in England (with the so called Hell-Fire Clubs), Italy, and Russia. The second is the classic Satanism of 19th and early 20th century, on whose origins we have only the dubious information of journalist Jules Bois and novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans. Some real groups, howeve,r surfaced in the early 20th century in Denmark, Poland, and France. In the U.S., a barber in Toledo, Ohio, Herbert Arthur Sloane, operated an early Satanist group, although when he exactly started it is unclear. British magus Aleister Crowley was not technically a Satanist, but some of his followers, including the early German Fraternitas Saturni, practiced forms of Satan worship. And an American disciple of Crowley, Californian rocket scientist Jack Parsons, promoted a cult of the Antichrist that anticipated modern Satanism. One of Parsons' associates was L. Ron Hubbard, who later founded Scientology. Parsons' activities are a prelude to the third phenomenon, modern Satanism, inaugurated with the foundation in San Francisco of the Church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1966. LaVey's church is still very much alive, and represents a rationalist Satanism where Satan is a metaphor of the human potential and social Darwinism. Those believing that Satan is a real sentient being separated from LaVey in 1975 and followed Michael Aquino into the schismatic Temple of Set. A parallel, idiosyncratic group was The Process Church, which had some contacts with Charles Manson, but only after he had been arrested. The distinction between rationalist and occult Satanism is still a useful tool today to explore the Satanist scene. Rationalist groups include the Order of the Left Hand Path in New Zealand and in the U.S. the well-publicized Greater Church of Lucifer, established by Michael Ford, and The Satanic Temple, led by Lucien Greaves. Occult Satanist movements include the secretive Order of the Nine Angles, which advocates violence and terrorism, and a host of small groups, some of them headquartered in New York (Satanic Reds, Church of Azazel). While most Satanists venerate Satan as a "good" humanistic liberator of humankind, a fringe "anti-cosmic" Satanism worships him as the god of hate and violence. In this milieu, serious crimes have been committed, the worst of them involving an Italian group known as the Beasts of Satan. The lecture also explores the dimension and significance of contemporary Satanism, and why scholars maintain a keen interest on it. Massimo Introvigne is a professor of Sociology in Torino, Italy  and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). In 2011, he served as Representative for Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and members of other religions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which the U.S. are also a member. He is the author of some sixty books about religious pluralism and esotericism, including the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), and of more than one hundred articles in academic publications.

What is Satanism?

Guests MUST RSVP to ronni@themidnightarchive.com - very limited seating available - Live Streaming will also be available (same date and time) on The Midnight Archive facebook page.

Massimo Introvigne, author of the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), defines it as the organized veneration of Satan through ritual practices. As such, it is a modern phenomenon, who started with the first Black Masses at the court of the French King Louis XIV in the 17th century. The lecture explores three different phenomena. The first is the proto-Satanism that started with the French Black Mass, in turn influential on 18th-century incidents in England (with the so called Hell-Fire Clubs), Italy, and Russia. The second is the classic Satanism of 19th and early 20th century, on whose origins we have only the dubious information of journalist Jules Bois and novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans. Some real groups, howeve,r surfaced in the early 20th century in Denmark, Poland, and France. In the U.S., a barber in Toledo, Ohio, Herbert Arthur Sloane, operated an early Satanist group, although when he exactly started it is unclear. British magus Aleister Crowley was not technically a Satanist, but some of his followers, including the early German Fraternitas Saturni, practiced forms of Satan worship. And an American disciple of Crowley, Californian rocket scientist Jack Parsons, promoted a cult of the Antichrist that anticipated modern Satanism. One of Parsons' associates was L. Ron Hubbard, who later founded Scientology. Parsons' activities are a prelude to the third phenomenon, modern Satanism, inaugurated with the foundation in San Francisco of the Church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1966. LaVey's church is still very much alive, and represents a rationalist Satanism where Satan is a metaphor of the human potential and social Darwinism. Those believing that Satan is a real sentient being separated from LaVey in 1975 and followed Michael Aquino into the schismatic Temple of Set. A parallel, idiosyncratic group was The Process Church, which had some contacts with Charles Manson, but only after he had been arrested. The distinction between rationalist and occult Satanism is still a useful tool today to explore the Satanist scene. Rationalist groups include the Order of the Left Hand Path in New Zealand and in the U.S. the well-publicized Greater Church of Lucifer, established by Michael Ford, and The Satanic Temple, led by Lucien Greaves. Occult Satanist movements include the secretive Order of the Nine Angles, which advocates violence and terrorism, and a host of small groups, some of them headquartered in New York (Satanic Reds, Church of Azazel). While most Satanists venerate Satan as a "good" humanistic liberator of humankind, a fringe "anti-cosmic" Satanism worships him as the god of hate and violence. In this milieu, serious crimes have been committed, the worst of them involving an Italian group known as the Beasts of Satan. The lecture also explores the dimension and significance of contemporary Satanism, and why scholars maintain a keen interest on it.

Massimo Introvigne is a professor of Sociology in Torino, Italy  and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). In 2011, he served as Representative for Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and members of other religions of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which the U.S. are also a member. He is the author of some sixty books about religious pluralism and esotericism, including the monumental Satanism: A Social History (Brill 2016), and of more than one hundred articles in academic publications.

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