This week proved how much a burning church can bring people together -- just not in the way black metal terrorists might think it would. When Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames -- a fire that, for the record, appears to have had absolutely nothing to do with heavy metal -- millions, including metal fans, mourned. If anything, metalheads saw the destruction of Notre Dame’s elaborate architecture and iconic gargoyles as an attack on an inspiring piece of dramatic art. On top of that, the fire at Notre Dame garnered the Catholic church millions in donations, and brought more recognition and a spike in donations to the churches in Louisiana. It seems that satanic metal fans who’d grown the fuck up are mature enough to enjoy blasphemous music without wanting to cause unnecessary suffering, and those still focused on setting churches on fire did nothing but line the pockets of their enemies.
In his stand-up routine The Top Part, comedian John Mulaney wonders why people love the movie Scarface so much, saying, “I wonder if they’ve seen the end of the movie… Spoiler alert: Scarface dies snorting a comical pile of cocaine in a tacky-ass mansion that looks like the Golden Girls won the lottery.” The same can be said for Lords Of Chaos, in relation to anyone thinking of burning a church these days. At the end of the day, you can either celebrate awesome music that makes you feel less alone and rebel spiritually with the power of dark art, or you can burn a church and spend 8 to 10 years wishing they’d let you wear a Carpathian Forest longsleeve in county while a new church is built on the same spot as the old one. Up to you.
If you'd like to donate to the churches burned down in Lousiana, you can do so via GoFundMe.