New York Times covers “Extreme Metal”?

Yep. I’m as surprised as you are about this, but they just webbed an article about Norwegian metal phenomenon Enslaved’s recent tour. I should be able to read metal coverage like this in major national newspapers everyday:

Enslaved went from being called “black metal” to being called “Viking metal” to being called “progressive metal,” though the members prefer the catch-all term “extreme metal.” And in an Internet age especially, extreme metal both transcends national boundaries and, in a fertile way, emphasizes them. “Evil” imagery exists everywhere, inspiring scenes all over the globe. And as old-fashioned Satanic imagery has given way to subtler allusions to pre-Christian culture, obsessive fans have gotten used to doing online homework to keep up with the lyric sheets. . . .

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