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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Saint Lucia's Day Is Not So Metal

Posted by on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

On December 13, St. Lucia's Day is celebrated in Scandinavian and European countries with an extravagant ceremony, where a girl, elected to portray Lucia, wears a white robe, red sash, and crown of candles on her head and leads a procession of women singing the traditional song "Santa Lucia." It's very precious.

Since this happens in Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Norway, I was curious if there were any black metal songs about the topic. I mean, the candles used in the ceremony symbolize the fire that couldn't take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned! If that isn't metal, I don't know what is!

However, after one exhaustive hour of research (our research is "thorough"), all I could find was all-female metal band called Santa Lucia, and a song by King Tubby called "St. Lucia Skank" (presumably about the Caribbean island St. Lucia, not the holiday). There is also a bunch of opera songs about Santa Lucia, but those are boring. The closest thing I could find, at least lyrically, was Bathory's "Born For Burning" off their 1985 record The Return:

Haunting the cloudless black sky
Braver at night
Hidden as the lips of her cunt
She is keeping out of sight

Dark as her closed eyelids
Her secret
She comes to you with a serpent's kiss
She has the power to foresee

She don't fear the flames
She smile at the fire
Whisper the words of spell
Without fear without fright

Born for burning...
Born for burning...
Born for burning...

She can't feel the pain
She gaze at the sky
In the greedy flames
She will burn tonight

The beauty burning
Like the moon at harvest
Her seared flesh falling apart
And feed the hungry flames

Where the flame still bite her thigh
She is not afraid to die
She will burn again tonight
she will always burn
But her spirit shall survive...

Feel free to post any St. Lucia-related black metal songs in the comments, because I obviously don't know shit.


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LEE. 1
This is exactly why the 2nd wave started. Bands like Bathory and Venom were sick, sure, but they certainly weren't evil outside a cartoony capacity. No self-respecting "true" Scandinavian black metal band would sing a song celebrating the Christendom that robbed the pale Vikings of their mighty Norse pantheon. Especially not one where they don't even get to burn the fucking Christer.
Posted by LEE. on December 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Travis Ritter 2
Christ Arst!
Posted by Travis Ritter on December 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM · Report this

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