Table talk with Vordb Na R.iidr

Edia Connole

Employing the epistemological principle of black metal theory (BMT), this article maps the central phenomenological feature of apophatic mysticism onto the loss sustained in Vordb Na R.iidr's first non-material edition: Moévöt's "De fenêtre entrouverte" (Kaleidarkness, 1992-2015). With recourse to personal commentary, this loss is traced not only through the work, but the spiritual life of Vordb, the founding member of up to nineteen known permutations of Les Légions Noires: from the infamous Vlad Tepes and Bèlkètre split, "March to The Black Holocaust" (1996), to his figural equation with John the Baptist, an homage to the latter's ministry in Guido d'Arezzo's solmization system, and related synaesthetic elements, to reveal an affective identification with divinity through intimate exposure to the utmost negativity.

Journal Metal Music Studies
Year 2016
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 151-188

Connole, Edia (2016) Table talk with Vordb Na R.iidr. In: Metal Music Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 151-188. Available at


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