Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

The Bizarre (And Unsettling) World of Aztec Nazi Black Metal w/ Alex Gendler

February 22, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, black metal, with it's Satanic lyrics, blasphemous imagery, and history of bands engaging in acts like church burnings and even murder, has cemented itself as the most extreme and transgressive genres in the varied world of heavy metal. And, perhaps due to it's deliberately confrontational nature and explicit anti-social aesthetic, black metal also happens to be a genre infested with out-and-out Nazis and white supremacist who openly rail against immigrants, Jews, and other common targets of far-right wing hate and bigotry. The most famous of these is, without a doubt Varg Vikernes, who, through his project Burzum, became one of the most seminal (and deadly) key players within 90s Norwegian black metal. Since then an entire genre of black metal has arisen known as NSBM, or National Socialist Black Metal. And now there is a new phenomena of NSBM arising, in a strange twist, out of Latin America that can only accurately be described as "Aztec Nazi Black Metal".

Returning guest and writer Alex Gendler joins us to discuss his article "Aryan Aztlán: The Bizarre World of Aztec Nazi Black Metal" for the newly relaunched No Recess magazine. Alex takes us into the unusual new music phenomena and argues that, although its appearance may seem out of left field at first glance, is not as surprising as one may initially think. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.