11 February 2008
The Art of Grimness, Ep. 5
Euronymous--born Øystein Aarseth--was one of the pioneers of the so-called second wave of Black Metal, and is by and large the archetypal guitarist for the genre. To put it simply, Euronymous did for Black Metal guitars what Greta Garbo did for women's fashion in the 1930s. Euronymous famously met his rather grisly end at the hands of Varg Vikernes as a result of personal rancor over recording contract disputes. That having been said, it's kind of hard to feel sorry for someone who was, by most standards, an out-and-out asshole--a brief skim of his wikipedia article reveals that he was anything but a nice guy--it's tempting, in fact to say that he probably had it coming. After all, if I were to come home to find that a bandmate of mine had shot himself in the head with a shotgun, my first reaction probably wouldn't be to rush out and buy a disposable camera so that I might take pictures of the body. I'd at least call the police first.