After the success of the first issue and Niklas Göransson’s unique ability to get interviewees to genuinely express themselves, Bardo Methdology returns with a second issue that gets rid of most of the problems of the first issue while offering a much more methodical approach to the interviews.
The excellent design of the first issue returns almost completely intact as it was so well executed there was no need to change much. The high quality of the previous book remains, as the same materials and high quality ink are used on this opus. The cuts from narrator to interviewee are much more obvious now with added indentation that is subtle yet does well in marking the difference.
A new set of interviewees are presented here with only Alexey from Phurpa returning this time for a much more personal take that explores the man more than the philosophy behind the man. Bobby Beausoleil is featured here and provides very in depth takes on his lifelong incarceration and the set of beliefs that have guided his life and music. The obvious sensationalist questions and anything relating to the infamous story is rightfully avoided as all the information anyone needs is available from other sources. The majority of the interviews here are comprised of big name Black metal bands with a few underground bands.
Manuel from Atlantean Kodex and Mark Shelton from Manilla Road both have interviews that are really well done despite the less esoteric nature of their music. Manuel shows his vast knowledge of Europe and has an interesting debate with Niklas in regards to the relationship between Christianity and European Paganism that is kept to manageable lengths. While Mark Shelton reveals the origins and the reasons for his particular vocal style. Of note is the greater discussion around each of the bands more important musical works and how their at the time current works fit into their overall evolution before leading naturally towards the more abstract questions that link the music to what each artist is attempting to convey.
Bardo Methdology improves on an already excellent product in defining the future of metal zines. While some of the bands here may be of a lesser quality than what is hailed here, the insights and the participation from the artists provides a solid base to understanding why Master’s Hammer succeeded in creating powerful Black metal and why Clandestine Blaze failed. A great book for any hessian willing to go beyond the music and into the souls of these artists.
Tags: Abigor, Atlantean Kodex, bardo methodology, bobby beausoleil, clandestine blaze, impaled nazarene, Inquisition, manilla road, Master's Hammer, nightbringer, phurpa, ram, rebirth of nefast, reverend kriss hades