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Old 06-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default NON - Children of the Black Sun

The entire album:

NON - Children Of The Black Sun (Full Album) - YouTube

The first time I ever heard of NON, it was in a punk zine that had an article covering the neo-Nazi scene. They showed a photo of Boyd Rice who was head of the Aryan Front at the time. He had also appeared on Tom Metzger's public access TV show "Race and Reason."

I later learned he was a member of the Church of Satan (CoS), corresponded with Charles Manson and was a dedicated avant-garde musician/composer who went under the name NON.

Manson got him in touch with Nicholas Schreck who is married to Zeena, the daughter of CoS founder Anton La Vey. Apparently, she and her father had a big falling out and she and Schreck founded their own cult called the Werewolf Order, essentially Satanist with a large, unhealthy dose of white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Schreck founded a band called Radio Werewolf. What Rice sees in him is beyond me. Frankly, Radio Werewolf SUCKS!

The thing that Rice and the Schrecks seem to have in common is this idea that man is a predator and can never realize his full potential until he looses that savage wolf nature he keeps bottled within which can only be achieved by, in the words of Rice, "total war."

Do I buy into any of this? No. For one thing, being classified as a person of color, I have no use for white supremacy. While I have no doubt that brain-damaged fools with huge egos, i.e. the Schrecks, are completely serious, I have always suspected Rice was at least 50% put-on.

I did catch a NON show and managed to converse with Rice for a bit. I found him surprisingly normal, even humorous and witty. I actually liked the guy. I remarked that for all the racist imagery he's acquired over the years, why wasn't there any race- or Jew-baiting at his shows. He shrugged like he was tired of explaining it and said some of the audience are hardcore Nazis who end up leaving disappointed because his shows are strictly about the music. He said one reason he gave up the Aryan Front was that too many of those types of people were showing up expecting a neo-Nazi rally. "There's none of that here," he said. "Anybody is welcome and anyone who thinks it's a white power rally really needs to come and see for themselves. There's none of that here."

The audience at the show I attended actually seemed to be composed more of the weird folks you see at underground events. There did appear to be some racist freaks walking around but mostly it seemed to me to be more of the bizarre dress and makeup crowd. And I'm no newbie when it comes to the Nazi element. I've attended enough punk shows in the 80s and saw the stupid skins all over the place (although not all the skins were Nazis but still just as rowdy). I always found the Nazis ridiculous--beating up on white kids. None of them ever attacked me and I never saw them attack any blacks in the crowd.

What impressed me about Rice was that the only thing I could be certain of about him was that he was a serious avant-garde artist. His knowledge and ideas on the subject indicated to me that he'd been involved in that scene for a long, long time and was completely dedicated to it. The thing is, though, that I wasn't that crazy about his stuff. The Non stuff I had wasn't all that impressive and the Hatesville stuff left me cold.

That was until he came out with "Children of the Black Sun." I've owned the CD for years now and I still listen to it at least once or twice a week although the first few years I owned it, I rarely played it. Today, I love to play it on my big-ass stereo system with the volume jacked up until the walls are shaking. It's not ambient music, that's for sure.

It reminds me of the time I stole into the Northville Psychiatric Hospital some years back. It's deserted, abandoned. So urban explorers break into it all the time. I'm not really an urban explorer but I HAD to go see the asylum. I got in alone--just my flashlight, camera and me. I ran into some other guys drinking beer. They showed me the Northville Tunnels which are a kind of urban legend. The experience was a life-changing event for me. Then the whole place (which is a bunch of buildings) is surrounded by the thickest, darkest, spookiest woods you will ever see. Even in broad daylight, they are dark and absolutely forbidding to see. Daunting. When I played "Black Sun" again after that, I thought, "That's it!" Oddly "Black Sun" came out the same year the asylum closed--2002. I broke into Northville about 2007 or 8.

About a year later, I saw the movie "Session 9." If I'd seen it before I visited Northville, I never would have went.
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