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Black Landscapes, “Infernal Damnation Forever (I.D.F.)”
Shred Them For They Might Escape, 2004
Black Landscapes is band that many would probably not expect to fit the “unblack metal” descriptor. A one-man project from Israel, they only released one demo in 2004. Frontman Evox is not a Christian, but a Jew, and Black Landscapes’ songs include a rendition of Israel’s national anthem “Hatikva” as well as a hymn entitled “It Is For You To Walk, My Lord”.
In the slew of inverted crosses and pentagrams in black metal’s visual culture, it might be easy to forget the extent to which black metal is rooted in explicit anti-semitism. From it’s second-wave Norwegian incarnation, to subsequent NSBM movements, and up until today’s Orthodox Black Metal crusade, anti-semitism runs deep in bm psychology. Gaahl of God Seed has even disparaged Christianity as being a “Jewish” religion worshipping a “Jewish” God, insinuating that it’s the Judeo- aspect of Judeo-Christian religion that makes it shameful.
In light of this, black metal with Jewish lyrics seems perfectly congruous with the concept of unblack metal.