Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Goths are not Vampires," Revealed to Tonto

One time when Tonto went for a Sunday hike through the Jostedalsbreen National Park, in the Sognefjord region of central Norway, he happened upon Varg Folkestad, former lead singer for the Norwegian death metal band, Dark Throne of Gorgoroth. We had a lovely conversation about how he was not now or ever had been a vampire. This was probably perpetuated by the myth that members of the Goth sub-culture who want you to believe that listening to his band, dressing in long black clothing, and being a fan of vampire movies and/or blood would make them full-fledged vampires. In fact Vargy explained that he was no longer a spokesman for atheism, antitheism, paganism and Satanism, but was now providing his fans an alternative religious expression, with what he referred to as, the “Scrolls of the Megilloth.” We parted company and when I returned home, put on one of my favorite records, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas,” by Mayhem, thinking to myself, “what a putz.”

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