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In the early 1990s, a series of crimes rocked the historically peaceful country of Norway. Churches were burned, home-grown terrorist plots were revealed, and arrests were made.

Then, the murders came.

This rash of crime all stemmed from one seemingly-innocuous source: Norwegian black metal bands and their fans. It seemed like these musicians were trying to out-edgelord each other, and no band pushed harder for the title of “Most Evil” than the fathers of Norwegian black metal, Mayhem, led by the charismatic Euronymous. But Euronymous would succumb to a tragic fate of his own – and one of his own bandmates would be the perpetrator of his death.

This week, we dive into the Scandinavian black metal scene to try and understand why such a peaceful country could spawn such a dark musical fandom…and how that fandom eventually worked itself into a self-perpetuating metal madness.

In our News segment, we also take a mini-dive into all the conspiracies surrounding Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales – and why she hasn’t officially been seen in public in months.


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