Thursday, 28 February 2008

Coming from a Catholic household

It's not about me, I'm Protestant and very happy not to be Cat-holic ;-)
Still, here is an excerpt from an interview of Martin Eric Ain, bassist of the Swiss Black Metal band Celtic Frost:

My mother was a Catholic religion teacher. She taught the catechism. Most probably, the reason for me joining up with the arch rebel — Satan himself! — was because that was the most powerful force to oppose my mother. I remember that traumatic experience being in a church, and there was this life-sized cross with this tormented human figure nailed, its limbs twisted and turned. I must have been about 5 or 6. That was really bizarre, having all those people around me being solemn in a way, but then, on the other hand, really getting joyous toward the end of that ritual about this person dying. And then going to the front of the church and coming back having devoured part of the body of that person. As a child, you take something like that quite literally, you know? And it was never really explained to me in a way that seemed really logical. I had nightmares. For me, religion didn't have a redemptive quality. It didn't help me to have a more positive outlook on life. It was a negative, oppressive kind of thing. Christ was a symbol of utter failure and absolute totalitarian control.

Good interview, but too short, and unfortunately they manage to mistake Tom Gabriel Fisher for Martin Eric Ain.

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