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Nachtmystium

A friend just pointed out this post from Jessica Hopper's blog, in which the blacklist-happy music writer goes after Chicago black-metal band Nachtmystium. The problem? Well, Hopper thinks they're racist and homophobic.

Now, I loved Nachtmystium's last album from 2006, an arty slab of psychedelic metal called Instinct: Decay. But I don't go around doing due diligence on every band I like, so I'd never read any interviews in which frontman Blake Judd uses questionable language, or expresses questionable ideas.

But I decided to Google Nachtmystium and "Zionist conspiracy" and got nothing but Hopper's blog. (Googling "Nachtmystium" and "Zionist" gets you here.) I didn't bother with the f-word, because it seems clear enough that the guy is upset with message board lurkers, not, um, gay people.

Now, I'm not going to condone what Judd said, but, if Hopper's going to call out poor Stephin Merritt for not liking rap, then perhaps she will understand that–as Faulkner once said about the South–some of us like despite, not because of.

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