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In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It's roots stem from a heady blend of horror films, extreme heavy metal music, Satanism, pagan mythology, and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990's, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as a juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society. I spent seven years photographing this insulated and secretive community.

In 2008 Vice books published a large monograph entitled True Norwegian Black Metal

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True Norwegian Black Metal
Photographs by Peter Beste
208 Pages. Hardcover. 11.25" x 14.25"
May 2008 (Vice Books)

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*Signed limited edition prints are also available. Please contact peterbeste (at) gmail (dot) com for info

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KVITRAFN | BERGEN
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NATTEFROST | SANDNES, NO
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ABBATH | OS
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FURZE | SANDVIKA, NO
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GAAHL AT HIS GRANDPARENTS' CABIN
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1349 IN A CAVE | NESODDEN, NO
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FROST IN A CAVE | NESODDEN, NO
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METAL FANS AT ELM ST PUB | OSLO
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KOLDBRANN | OSLO
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KING OV HELL | BERGEN
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FENRIZ AT ELM ST | OSLO
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HØST OF TAAKE | BERGEN, NO
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GORGOROTH | BLACK MASS KRAKOW
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HØST OF TAAKE ON FLØYEN MOUNTAIN
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SHEEP HEADS | BLACK MASS KRAKOW
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ENSLAVED | BERGEN
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RAVN FULLMOON | NESODDEN, NO
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BERGEN FROM ABOVE
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NATTEFROST | OSLO
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FROST | OSLO
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NOCTURNO CULTO | RØROS, NO
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SOGNFJORD
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VALFAR (RIP)