The inherent criticisms presented by black metal and black metal theory demonstrate that the fallacies of ontology rest upon the illusion of coherent organization. This blackness consumes the human perspective and reveals a nothingness that penetrates all interpretations and purpose. In melancology, this epistemic darkness of black metal is directed upon the false human foundations of identity and orientation, negating the principles from which notions of value and agency originate. Black metal is then a misanthropic art that demonstrates the futility of moral ideologies. The present discussion examines these criticisms and explores the themes of pessimism, melancology, and misanthropy in examples derived from the black metal music of Xasthur.
McWilliams, Jesse (2016) Victim of your dreams: A review of negativity and melancology in black metal theory and the arts of Xasthur. In: Metal Music Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 189-198. Available at http://openmusiclibrary.org/article/183984/.