-Given your view of black metal as a means by which "like-minded people" can "express their darker emotions in a constructive way," do you think it would be fair to then conclude that there are certain philosophies / ideologies / worldviews / etc, that are inherently linked to the genre, or do you see it as more open in what it can encompass?
-I think there are certain ideals etc that black metal 'grew up' with and developed through... primarily more extreme and confrontational ideals... which most people will refer to. As with all things, black metal has evolved, although for elitists, I think, black metal doesn't really evolve at all... but who really can agree. As I see it, black metal has evolved to something more alluring, but will always be linked by a darker past.
Vocalist / violinist, Tim Charles ways in:
-To answer your last questions, I think black metal can encompass any ideology under the sun. It's all about combining your life philosophy with the style of music you want to create. I know lots of black metal is negative, but the raw power in the music can easily be translated into positive energy as well, so for me it can be quite broad. Because of the dark nature of the music, there will always be a tendency for people with negative life philosophies to be attracted to it, so that will always be common in black metal. We much prefer being constructive with our music & our outlook on life in general though. \m/