Darling writers and poor researchers at L.A. Weekly have discovered Eduardo Ramirez, composer for post-black metal band Volahn, and his use of Mayan imagery:
A large shipment of a new heavy metal album to Germany, home to one of the genre’s most rabid fan bases, isn’t exactly breaking news. But when the subject matter isn’t the typical black metal tropes of Satanism and misanthropy, but instead pays tribute to Mayan civilizations and cultures of centuries past, it’s a testament to how well Ramirez is spreading his unique vision.
While his quest is surely a good one, he’s far from the first to do this.
Black metal included nationalism among its ideals, which meant singing in your native language about your native culture, whether that was Nordic or Mayan.
Several bands, most notably Xibalba with their classic Ah Dzam Poop Ek, have written about Mayan topics. Add to that list Xolotl from Mexico. In Austin, ex-Masochism guitarist Juan Torres created Ayasoltec, an Aztec-themed metal band, almost a decade ago.
It’s great to see bands endorsing their native culture, language, religion and folkways. However, it’s not something new; it’s a part of black metal, which the mainstream media like L.A. Weekly has spent years denying exists.
Tags: ayasoltec, Black Metal, maya, volahn, xibalba
4 thoughts on “Mainstream media discovers Mayan-themed metal, ignores black metal past”
Of course they did.
It terrifies them that there are still people out there who celebrate any Indo-European culture in their art.
So they give it the usual silent treatment.
But a band comes along that celebrates ANY other, preferably inferior, culture and they lap it up.
Problem is these beaners don’t even know the culture they are supposedly borrowing inspiration from, so all they do like hipsters ,is to dress around and pretend that cuz you’re beaner you are part of an ancient race. but they are not. these faggots would be alien to the ancient mayan, probably too fat too. this is hipster approach to a cultre they don’t even understand. i know people who speak ancient mayan dialects and even to them, most of those images and museum pieces are a mystery cuz the surviving natives are riff-raff that scaped to the mountains while the noble and healthy mayans stayed to fight and got exterminated.
Eduardo Ramirez is kind of a tool, even if he’s written some rather decent black metal of recent vintage. I’m honestly perplexed as to why you’d want to spread “brown consciousness” via black metal. It’s like rapping about white supremacy (which I’m pretty sure actually exists because the vast majority of the human race is rather dumb).
Stupidity can be somewhat held in check by social standards. If there is a goal, and standard of behavior, idiots who fail to meet that standard look like idiots. With no standard, they just say something ironic and walk away.
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