What I saw last night was disturbing so what I am about to write is also disturbing. You have been warned.“1349? Behemoth? Mere child’s play. Besides Behemoth haven’t been black metal since their 2nd album, but I’ll admit, that’s a bit of a moot point. I have been warned? LOL, ok go ahead. I’ll humor you lady.”There was blood dripping down Niklas’ arms and onto the crowd that was in the front row throughout the set. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen blood on stage before. I’ve seen band members get nailed by the head of a guitar or bass creating a nice big gash and the subsequent blood that comes from said gash. Accidents happen and there’s nothing you can do. But this was no accident. It was clear that Niklas had slashed up and down his arms very recently letting the blood flow down his arms.Being someone who went through a nasty bout with self-harm, this made me feel super uncomfortable. I am super proud that I no longer have the urge to self harm and consider myself a “recovering cutter”. Seeing Niklas scratch at the fresh cuts to make them bleed more disgusted me. He was glorifying something that has taken me years to try and recover from.
Niklas was grabbing members of the audience with his arms in a chokehold of sorts leaving a trail of blood behind. At one point, he allowed audience members to rub up and down his bloodied arms. The members of the audience seemed to take this as an honor of sorts. They had giant smiles on their faces as they played in Niklas’ blood. I didn’t understand how I seemed to be the only one utterly disgusted and sick from watching all of this happen.”
TRIGGERED. TRIGGERED. TRIGGERED. As someone who suffers from major depressive disorder and prone to anxiety attacks and other non-favorable mental health issues, I can totally understand the process of bloodletting and understand why he does the things he does. I’ve never been a ‘cutter’ myself although there was that one time as a teen where I carved an upside-down cross into my left arm(It was the 90’s, we did shit like that to prove ourselves as teens and men ok? Deal with it). And as someone who has been into this kind of music since I was a teen, for me it is total catharsis. A void where I can channel my own personal negativity into and have that emotional connection with the rest of the world. And as far as Niklas goes, fuck man….excellent show chap! Hell I would have practically hailed and frothed at the mouth for him to do more or even worse. I like a good GG Allin-esque performance and in 2016 there ought to be more so. Let’s keep shoveling through this pile of shit this delicate flower left on the proverbial bed shall we.
“As if that wasn’t enough, at one point Niklas grabbed a female that was standing in the front row and slammed her face into his crotch. I’m not a gung-ho feminist in any way shape or form but this made me irate”
Not a feminist? Could’ve fooled me lady.
“This blatant display of sexism made me want to get up on that stage and punch Niklas square in the face. The worst part of this? The woman encouraged the act as she wrapped her arms around his legs to get even closer to his crotch. Again, I’m no feminist but I have far more self-respect than to let a man do that to me. If anyone tried to do that to me they wouldn’t succeed in anything other than broken bones and bruises.”
Throughout the set Niklas would grab drinks from people in the crowd, have a sip without permission, and then give them back. All I could think was, thank God I drove tonight so I wasn’t drinking and if he tried to that to me I would have splashed the remaining drink right in this prick’s face. He also seemed to have a habit of grabbing people’s phones if they were out so I avoided taking my phone out of my bag except to grab a couple pictures.
At one point, Niklas jumped into the crowd to slow dance with the woman who was standing directly in front of me during an instrumental portion of a song. I stumbled backwards to avoid getting his blood all over the front of me. I tried to blend into the small group of guys that was behind me but it didn’t work as I fumbled with my footing. My eyes met Nicklas’ and my hands instantly formed a fist. I realized that I was the only female near the stage that he had yet to get his nasty, blood soaked hands on. I was ready.”
OMAHGAWD! I wish this lady would have attended a Mentors show or a GG Allin show during his prime. What she has described is fucking vanilla. I’ve been to Hardcore shows where people get crowdkilled and completely annihilated in the pit.
“I’m not one to fight. Sure, I know how to throw a punch and throw it well but it’s a skill I pride myself on never having to use. Last night was the closest I have ever gotten to throwing a punch at a concert. I can deal with people being obnoxious in the pit and I can deal with the drunk chick spilling her drink all over me. Hell, I can deal with someone puking on me feet… I won’t throw a punch. Last night, after witnessing everything that had gone down with Niklas I about lost my cool. My fists were clenched and as soon as he was within arms length it took every ounce of me to resist throwing that first punch.
After the set, Niklas took off his shirt only to reveal a giant Reichsadler (fancy word for the Nazi eagle emblem) tattoo (minus the swastika). I wanted to throw up. I quickly pulled my sleeve down on my sweater to hide my star of David tattoo. I felt threatened. Was this really happening? How did I find myself here?”
Just fucking stop right there you ignorant bitch. Where the fuck is your outrage over Slayer using the Wehrmacht Eagle as their logo and several of their songs being references to the Third Reich and the Nazis? Also my best friend in the world is Bavarian Jewish descent. Him and I crack Nazi jokes all the time and laughs his ass off and even he can appreciate stuff like Hate Forest and Drudkh. Not to mention several of my friends in the Miami scene (who are all Hispanic/Cuban/Puerto Rican btw) who are all huge fans of NSBM. And I even have a multi-cultured/multi-colored adoptive family. Hell, this past week I ran down with my step-brother who is half black/half mexican and went and scored some weed in the projects. So riddle me this; what the fuck is up with you?
“I wanted to cry. I wanted to curl up into a ball in the corner and just cry. I wanted to rush out the door but at this point I was too scared to really do much of anything. I had already posted something online about my opinion of this band but that was before I saw the tattoos. What if someone had seen my post… were they going to follow me to the car? I know the door guy, but he was too busy to walk me to my car at that moment.
I stood there. Stunned. I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I couldn’t believe I stood there through the whole set. I couldn’t believe anything. I felt like I was having a nightmare… I was stuck in a horror movie dream only this was real life.”
WHAAAAAAAAAAA! Cry me a fucking river. You had every opportunity to just simply leave, but you took the moral high-ground to stay and still watch the performance only to blog/cry about it? Fuck outta here with that bullshit.
“The show went on. Origin played and they sounded great. Same with Belphegor with their scary face paint, incense, and everything else but I didn’t pay attention. I had been super excited to see both Origin and Belphegor but after witnessing Shining, I really just wanted to go home and cry.”
Again, cry me a fucking river.
“I should have done my research before the show last night. Feel free to google “Niklas “Ghoul” Kvarforth” for yourself but be warned that what I just described to you is really nothing new for this guy.
Dear Belphegor, Origin, and Abigail Williams– Shame on you for letting this band tour with you. I have lost all respect for you guys because you didn’t take a stand against Niklas’ behavior and let him continue on this tour.
Dear Triple Rock Social Club– I love your building and your staff but shame on you for not stopping the show. I have put so much trust into you guys and you blew it last night.
Dear Swordlord (the promoter)– Thank you for bringing such amazing international bands to Minneapolis but shame on you for not screening them first.
I go to a concert damn near every night. I’ve seen hundreds of international black metal bands and, sure, they’re creepy and give me nightmares but I have never felt unsafe at one of their shows.
I was scared for my safety last night.
I don’t feel right today. I’m irritated and crabby and it’s because my safe haven was ambushed last night.
Fuck you Shining.”
No. Fuck you lady. And fuck your complaining about being irritability and crabbiness. The only reason you are acting like a child is you got introduced and saw an actual black metal show (Behemoth doesn’t even fucking count), and you finally saw what black metal is. I love it when Special Snowflakes all want to be ‘black metal’ but when it comes to black metal shit, they fucking can’t simply deal with it. This is a music genre that is based and built upon negativity at it’s core; satanism, arson, murder, suicide, self-mutilation, misanthropy, darkness, and just about every other form of negative human trait and characteristic. If you can’t deal with that, just go to a Deafhaven or a Myrkur show. You writing about your unfortunate experience on your shitty blog (MXPX? Seriously? Fucking weak!) is EXACTLY what bands like Shining want negative and horrible reactions from idiots like yourself and by the looks of it, after them of doing this black metal thing for almost 20 years now, looks like they succeeding. Congratulations on only helping to fuel their career with the great publicity you not only provided them but excellent material for me to counter-write about.
Lesson learned here today folks: DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND RESEARCH BANDS BEFORE SEEING THEM LIVE. I can guarantee you that future concerts like this will be less triggering.
FUCK OFF SJWS AND FUCK OFF TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T GOOGLE BANDS BEFORE THEY SEE THEM LIVE.