Husk By George van Doorn
Vahrzaw is a Black/Death metal band from Victoria, Australia who formed in 1992. Currently consisting of George (Bass/Vocals), Scott (Guitar) & Brandon (Drums). Husk is an 8-track blackened DM album. It’s great. It’s taken far too long to see the light of day though. It’s a refinement of our style and an improvement over the last album. If you aren’t getting better, why bother? The lyrics do not address a specific theme. I (George) explore any idea I think is interesting. We work hard on every aspect of an album, and thus we’re happy with them. That said, art is letting people make up their own mind. So, we’re not going to describe the lyrics. Read them and make up your own mind.
Is BM postmodernism? We suppose some might argue that it is. We could give less than two fucks though. Some elements can be musically quite avant-garde but the bulk of BM bands don’t have this element. As far as using elements of older music and mixing styles together, you could call it postmodern. But in saying that, all music post-1985 is pretty much regurgitated musical ideas. How does BM fit the broader art world? We don’t think it does, or should. BM is, and always has been, about rebellion. Our music and art will never “fit”, and we don’t want it to.
Our guess would be they’re used because they’re still shocking to the mainstream. That said, these images suit the music. You know a front cover with these symbols won’t contain songs about flowers, longing looks, and holding hands. As far as paganism is concerned, we think that boils down to appealing to individuality. Live life your own way. Metalheads tend to be their own masters. Personally, we have no real interest in writing about either Satanism or Paganism anymore (although some lyrics still touch on these themes), but we do use the symbolism in the art now and then.
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