Re: Politically ambiguous black metal
That video is weird...not that I don't dig some of those bands a bit...but it's strange to hear a lot of these guys speaking about the individualism of their projects within the context of UKBM when so much (if not all) of that music is still a fairly direct aping of European metal made in the last 20 years or so. There is just no getting around it. I don't care how much you've researched the materials that bombs were made out of: you'd never be wearing your 'war paint' and playing in front of sandbags and barbed wire or invoking the heritage and folklore of your country, or even singing in the way you are were it not for a conscious decision made at some point to simply transpose the exact aesthetic preoccupations and methods of your favourite bands into things more relevant to the United Kingdom. It's a sad thing, but that seems like 100% of the genuine creative process. I suppose it's no new thing that the distinctions between bands within a sub sub sub genre of music fall to minutiae, but nonetheless it seems to belie the obvious intelligence and grounded mindsets of these people to be blowing smoke up each others buttholes. Too bad.
I met the drummer of one of these groups once and when I asked about his band he said 'it just sounds like Hate Forest'. I guess you can't really make a documentary out of that though?