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The Grief Prophesy: Samtal om black metal, estetik och minne

Conference contribution
Authors Maddie Leach
Thomas Bossius
Kristian Wåhlin
Published in Göteborgs Konsthall
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Valand Academy
Language en
Keywords public art, black metal music, GIBCA, Gothenburg, Keillers Park, memory
Subject categories Sociology, Music, Visual Arts, Arts


As her contribution to GIBCA 2017 Maddie Leach has produced a remarkable 12” LP with a number of collaborators. Borrowing its title from a demo tape by black metal band Dissection, The Grief Prophesy focuses on a decommissioned water tower in Keillers Park in Göteborg where lead singer Jon Nödtveidt was involved in the murder of homosexual Algerian man, Josef Ben Meddour, on July 22 1997. Both Nödtveidt and his associate ‘Vlad’ were reportedly members of Werewolf Legion and the Misanthropic Luciferian Order (MLO), a small occult group with an extreme nihilistic ethos. 2017 marks 20 years since the murder took place. A devoted fan base has established a legacy and continued reverence for Jon Nödtveidt (who committed suicide in 2006) while Josef Ben Meddour remains a much more elusive memory, however their names remain forever linked. Maddie Leach is an artist from New Zealand. She is a Senior Lecturer at Valand Academy and currently Head of Unit for Fine Arts. Her practice is largely project-based, conceptual and research-intensive in relation to place-determined narratives and histories. Kristian Wåhlin is is a musician, graphic designer and album cover artist for many bands in the extreme metal scene worldwide and often credited under his pseudonym, Necrolord. Wåhlin created a suite of album covers for Dissection in the 1990s. Dr Thomas Bossius is Associate Professor in Musicology, Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at Gothenburg University. His research addresses the function of music and religion in everyday life. His Ph.D. dissertation discussed the subcultures of Black Metal and Psychedelic Trance Music.

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