Black metal band rejects ‘nazi’ label

Norway has produced a lot of internationally successful black metal bands, but now one of them has caused problems for a popular concert venue in Oslo. An American rapper abruptly cancelled a concert there this week, to protest the music hall’s earlier booking of the band he branded as “nazi.” Newspaper Dagsavisen was among Norwegian […]

Stavanger band warms up for Metallica

As thousands of metal music fans stream back into Oslo this week for the annual Inferno festival, always held during the Easter holidays, one of Norway’s most popular metal bands has lit an even bigger fire of its own. It’s been asked to warm up for none other than Metallica, when that legendary band launches its “World-wired” […]

Vikernes sentenced over hate crimes

Norwegian convicted murder and black metal musician Varg Vikernes was sentenced by a court in Paris on Tuesday for inciting racial hatred and justifying war crimes. Vikernes was given a six month suspended sentence and fined 8,000 euros, and ordered to pay costs of 1,500 euros. Neither Vikernes nor his lawyer Julien Freyssinet were in […]

Neo-nazi trial postponed

French authorities have postponed a court case against Norwegian neo-nazi and black metal musician Varg Vikernes, after Vikernes’ attorney claimed he needed more time to prepare his defense against hate crimes. Vikernes and his French wife were arrested last summer after she had purchased four rifles, and police feared they were planning a terrorist attack. […]

Vikernes charged with hate crimes

Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, the Norwegian black metal musician who was arrested in France on terrorism charges last month but later released, now faces new charges of inciting hate. He also was charged with defending war crimes, reported French newspaper Le Monde. Vikernes, age 40, served 16 years of a 21-year prison sentence in Norway after […]

Terror suspect released, for now

UPDATED: Norwegian terror suspect Kristian “Varg” Vikernes was released from prison in France on Thursday evening after French police failed to prove any concrete plans they thought he had for a terrorist attack. He still faces charges that he violated French law against provoking racism. Vikernes, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, had staunchly denied all allegations that […]

‘Greven’ lost his black metal fans

Kristian “Varg” Vikernes was once known as “Greven” (The Count) of Norway’s renowned black metal music community, but critics say he ended up alienating most of his Norwegian fans. Vikernes, now a right-wing terror suspect in France, still has followers in Europe, though, both for his music and his ultra-conservative politics. “Varg Vikernes has some […]

Terror suspect still on probation

Norwegian right-wing extremist Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, under arrest in France on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, technically remains on probation in Norway after a history of violent crime. Local authorities apparently let him move abroad after releasing him five years early from his 21-year prison sentence. Vikernes, convicted in 1994 of repeatedly stabbing a […]

Black metal, right-wing extremist arrested for planning terrorist attack

UPDATED: The French government confirmed on Tuesday that Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, the Norwegian black metal musician and right-wing extremist who’s been convicted of both murder and setting fire to churches, was arrested in France on Tuesday. He’s suspected of planning a major terrorist attack, just a week before the second anniversary of the attacks carried […]

Black metal fans arrived for Easter

The annual Inferno Metal Festival Norway was once again attracting crowds of black metal music fans in Oslo during the Easter holidays. It’s become a tradition after Norwegian black metal bands put the country on the international map. Inferno launches the black metal festival season, drawing fans from around the world who come to see […]