discussion of the motivation broken down

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.

The Nationalist Identity of Norwegian Black Metal

The Black Metal scene in Norway in the 90’s was partially based in etho-nationalism as many members of the community espoused ideals of national purity and heritage and national pride. The basis of their argument was that Norway, which for thousands of years had been predominately catholic, was culturally a Pagan society and culture and had had it’s heritage and culture wiped out by christianity and saw christianity as a threat from foreign invading forces. Christianity coming from a more south eastern culture it did eventually become the predominant culture throughout Europe during the Roman Empire. This belief is summed up in an interview with Varg Vickernes during his last year in prison he states “where ever the protestants catholics or the christians came they destroyed that culture” 1. This belief is one many in the early Norwegian Black metal scene espouse and feel that there is still a war between Nordic and European culture and Christianity. Varg goes on to discuss how there is a sense of traditionalism and tearing down the fabric of modern society and talks about issues with the consumerist nature of modern Europe and the push against the National traditional culture. 2
This interview which there is a link for in the documentary section of this site is the most in depth into the minds of those responsible for the wave of violence within the early Black Metal community in Norway. While it is not the only information out there it is far more reliable than most as the early interviews with Varg or others within the community are still talked about as just exaggeration for the sake of scaring people or gaining notoriety as well as the fact Varg has been the most outspoken on the issues and was the most publicly recognized as an influential figure in the movement and was tried and convicted in court while many others involved died before that could happen or did not garner as much or any attention in the media.


  1. Varg Vikernes Talks About Christianity, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPmvEVM40A&app=desktop.
  2. Aaron Aites, and Audrey Ewell. Until the Light Takes Us. Documentary, 2009. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfB3QXVHRE&app=desktop.