sociopathic tendencies of the known main perpetrators in the scene

After Burzum started to get a following and the church burnings had started there were multiple interviews or interview requests for Varg Vickernes. There was one interview where he essentially admitted to the church burnings as well as other fairly disturbing acts, he later stated it was all to mess with the reporter who for some reason took him serious. There was one right after the charges were brought where he states why he committed the violent acts and gives his thoughts on everything. Throughout each interview though certain statements give off a vibe of sociopathic tendencies for the way Varg thinks.

In the article written right after his charges, Kerrang magazine gives an insightful interview with Varg Vickernes as to how the man thinks. In the article the reporter wrote that Vickernes said “Human beings are worthless and stupid… They’re not supposed to think. They’re supposed to follow a God or a leader” 1. This quote is representative of the way Vickernes thinks almost by itself. In the interview in this article Vickernes goes on to endorse Dictatorships saying ” I support all dictatorships, Stalin, Hitler, Ceaucescu… and I will become the dictator of Scandinavia myself” 2. Both of the quotes above represent a sociopathic style of thinking, which is described in simple terms as lacking empathy and an egotism that puts you above everyone and everything else. To say and to believe that one is different from other humans or better than humanity despite being one, is representing the sociopathic tendencies. By putting oneself above everyone and everything and having nothing but disgust for them because of a perception that says they are a weak and stupid group, and Vickernes indicates that believes he is above them and believes they need to be subjugated. Not to mention the quote where Vickernes endorses Hitler and Stalin and goes on to indicate that he hopes to follow in their footsteps. This way of thinking is toxic and would explain why the Early Norwegian Black Metal scene was so violent, if this was the way the members of the scene thought considering it’s small size and exclusivity and how Vickernes was only second in hierarchy to Eronymous it is quite likely how those within the scene thought and explains why it became what it did.



  1. “Black Metal Special.” Kerrang!, March 27, 1993.
  2. “Black Metal Special.” Kerrang!, March 27, 1993.

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