The IMMORTAL Essence of the Polar Ice

IMMORTAL  - The Eternal Essence of the Polar IceWhich BM adept does not recognize that greatness of this record? Immortal as an artistic entity embodied the spiritual profundity of the abysmal Ice. Contrary to mankind’s need of security, superiority, control, the Ice does not fit within our rational mind for we cannot grasp it. Just like one is overwhelmed while listening to Immortal’s sonic work of art. The endless Ice reflects our fears, our anguish not being able to control things, not knowing what is lurking beyond the Threshold.

The substance of Ice is completely different from the solidness of the earth in which the alchemist seeks the philosopher’s stone. The warm soothing earth versus the freezing coldness of the Ice which annihilates our certainty, our dependence on this earth. The Ice holds a sublime force which, when awakened, we are not able to comprehend; a multifaced, heterogeneous rupture that sweeps down like an avalanche. Just like a crystal tetrahedon from ONA’s tradition the crystals of Ice break down the light and transforms it.

The substance of Ice is also different from the earth because the Ice has a liquid form when the environment is too warm. “A flow of water can freeze and cohere into a plane of shining Ice” (Wilson, The Spiritual History of Ice). From a formless state of water we witness the formation of several ingenious geometric structures. As Wilson writes: “Entropy jumps into negentropy, flat disorder into cubic textures. Being becomes beings.” This natural phenomenon is actually spiritual as it holds the essence of being and becoming, which we have forgotten for we are being tied to our identities, our egos, our work, our titles and so on. From a heterogeneous state of being we have been plunged into a cosomos of homogeneous, crippling forces of the Demiurg.

The crystal, describes Wilson, “suggests a poetics of self-organization: poetic forms that mimic the processes by which holistic powers metamorphose (turn, trope) into individual organs“. So, an abyss of holistic powers, an organic system in which we can discern seperate beings organizing an indifferent energy of life. All things, textures are in different states of liquidity and they are spawned by an abyss of holistic powers, like Ice being spawned by water. Their structure encapsulates the original energy which is inherent to the water and this energy is used to build the particular structure of the crystal. All things can be seen as “vortices of the void”: they keep the original energy and turn it into something particular which is finite depending on the velocity, but finite in the end and then it returns back to the original Chaos from when it came. Just like when the crystal melts, it becomes water again and then it releases its energy. The abysmal Ice has therefore a spiritual profundity which we can see in the Tetrahedon from the ONA tradition.

I would like to compare the ONA itself to a crystal itself or rather a whole lot of crystal reflecting, breaking the causal Light, distorting it, transforming it the way the Sinister Dialectics work. A crystal is able to hold abysmal energy which explains the centrality of a crystal or a tetrahedon for one’s meditational and occult work. Mine is not a tetrahedon, but a nice crystal which I stumbled upon in an obsure shop in Ghent. It has been with me for about 20 years and has accumulated the energy within my study where I do my writing, meditation, where I listen to BM and so on.

The ONA being formed out of several crystals is exactly the poetics of self-organization. The ONA is a pagan tradition spawned forth from several ancient rural traditions and through the years I have been acquainted with the ONA (about 22 years) the Order has organized and re-organized itself taking different forms every time and in each decade new individuals taking up different roles. The ONA adept is a crystal himself for the sister or brother accumulates chtonic energy from the Abyss and thereby shaping the way one exists, one lives,one’s environment, one’s art and so on. Those who take the ONA seriously do not boast about it and they can withdraw from the surface when they need to. Just like the melting of the crystal to become part of the flow of water again.

I’ve had such a period myself after being active for more than 10 years I disappeared, or rather Von Sanngetall disappeared from the stage. I studied philosophy (Bataille, Lacan, Freud, …), got married and lived a more stable life. Now I have resurfaced so to speak and a crystal started to grow again and it changes form and structure day by day. My form does not matter to me. I regard the Chaos as the Mother who has spawned me and the tradition of the ONA feels most naturally to me. Therefore I exist..for now.

Hold your crystal very close to you and see yourself mirrored. The Crystal is you but be aware for it has labyrinthine powers as well. Its complex structure is like your unconscious mind, being the blueprint of the polymorphous perverse being you are. As a human being you should be humble and you should never assume a godlike status. My mysticism is acephalic for there is no godhead. We are all vortices, powerful yet incalculable. The Chaos commands us! Ordo ab Chao.333!



One of my earliest BM-designs more than 10 years ago now. Perhaps a bit naive but I wanted to capture the unique BM spirit. I believe I succeeded: the rawness, its amoral and inhuman nature. Black Metal remains one of the few artistic exponents of Bataille’s base materialism.

The phrase aestheticising of the self refers to the work of the French philosopher Michel Foucault. In the last two parts of his work L’Histoire de la sexuality (The History of sexuality) Foucault develops the idea of an ethics of the self: “Through the formation of a ‘critical ontology of the self’ it is possible to formulate an alternative ethical standpoint from which individuals can begin to resist the normalizing force of the ‘government of individualization’.” (McNay 1994: 133) The ethics of the self is derived from a Greek – Roman understanding about morals as an excercise in modesty and self-control. Foucault goes against the normalizing process that has been going on since modernity.

This is a process that forces each individual to ‘fit in’, to obey the hegemonic laws. Foucault calls this “new forms of subjectivity through the refusal of this kind of individuality which has been imposed on us for several decades.” (Foucault 1984b: 216). The “refusal of this kind of individuality” started from (and actually still does) the judeo-christean morality which enforces a universal law. This understanding, secularized in today’s disciplinary power and the bio-power, requires total obedience of the human subject. The Greek-Roman notion, on the other hand, regards morality as a practice, an exercise. Foucault argues that man must create himself as ‘an individual’ instead of listening to external norms and rules. Those sets of rules that tell us how to dress, how and what to eat, how to behave and so on. The example of the new modern individual is Charles Baudelaire: Baudelaire, being a dandy, is modern because he craves for an ‘essential inner self’, but he produces or rather creates ‘a new self’ (McNay 1994: 149). This new self is able to control itself, its limits and desires, but plays freely with them and as such is truly able to transgress the limits imposed by society, the Symbolic Order. In this regard Foucault refers to the insights of Georges Bataille.

The Baudelairean individual truly stands out and creates his own self and destroys the one that is imposed on him. As such Foucault does not introduce a new ethics (thou shallt) but a new ethos, a mode de vie. This is an ethos which I see reflected in BM being an ominous, powerful and sovereign artistic movement that has created and recreated itself during the years. From Deathspell Omega onwards to Svartidaudi today the revolutionary black flame is still burning brightly. These artists are sometimes anonymous for they let their Black art speak for itself. They are Satanists, not because they boast about Satan, burn churches, not they have become vehicles, actual nexions that allow the sinister forces of the Acausal to enter. They are truly sovereign because there is no law that dictates their Art and they control them-selves, their limits and desires otherwise they would not be able to create such works of art.

The Sinister Way of the ONA can take various forms. Mine is a philosophical – mystical one, for others this means that practice of Black Magic, and so on, but something adepts of the ONA share, is the fact that they are individuals: self-control, knowing one’s limits and desires and using them to grow as an individual in order to transgress society’s limits each in his own unique way and to presence the Sinister.

A terrifying vision: man’s non-identity and the Void within

ImageThis is a haunting self-portrait by the Belgian painter Léon Spilliaert. I found a most fitting analysis and description of this dark painting in one of our newspapers. The author, Eric Rinckhout, mentions 4 important elements: the Night, the Eye, the Clock and the Mirror.

Being a gastric patient Léon Spilliaert often wasn’t able to sleep and therefore he wandered through his house in Oostende and silently observed himself. This work of art is not a painting, but it is water-colour drawing combined with coloured pencil and East Indian ink. The absence of colour, the black and white, greyish green and red tints emphasize the drabness of the Night. The Night is very important in the Bataillean occult for the Night defies all ‘vision’, all understanding, all understanding. Look at the artist staring into Nothingness, aimlessly as if is he waiting for some demon to appear.

The eye. Being an insomniac the artist looks at things from an uncanny perspective. Beyond logic and durability. All the certainties of one’s daily life are now gone, evaporated so to speak as the greyness of the Night enters. The Eye staring at us is the Left Eye, the ‘evil eye’. Evil not being the absence of good, but the presence of vitality, power, ongoing energy without purpose. A Solar eye. This is the eye of corruption for its power destroys our identity. It makes us realize that we are ‘nothing’, that man’s existence in the cosmos in the end is utterly meaningless despite our self-centred ideologies, our sciences that make us feel unconquerable. Look closely at the fear and anguish reflected by that eye being the core of our existence. The head seems to be a death’s head; almost headless. The Joy before Death.The all immersive Joy of the Void.

The Clock: can you hear the ticking sound of an old clock? The clock standing on the mantle piece in front of an empty mirror as if it were a passage way into another time frame, a parallel universe where the Dark Gods dwell.

The Mirror: Spilliaert observed himself in a mirror from the bottom up so the figure seems to stare into an Abyss which fulfills him with horror. This has created a claustrophobic atmosphere which makes this work of art even more impressive.

We may not have an ‘identity’ but this drawing shows the anguish, the dread, the horror that lurks within us, deep down, hidden beneath our shallow thoughts. It is not a ‘truth’ but far beyond because it is non-human and far too inhuman to experience. Such self-contemplation destabilizes us and throws us in the Abyss. Are you prepared for this?

Manifesto of the Ministery of the Abyss

1. BE THE CHOSEN OF THE VOID. Service to the Abyss is a privilege, not a duty. It is a sacred responsibility to represent the Void, to explore its truths, and to share its revelations with others. The idea of ‘evil’ appeals to many, but few are actually able to hear the call of the Abyss and respond.
2. BRING THE ABYSS INTO THIS WORLD. Our tradition holds that this universe is cut off from the Abyss. Whether it is outside, beyond, or trapped, we know that it can access this world through cracks in the spiritual fabric, created through pain, suffering, and esoteric practices.
3. LIVE (ONLY) TO FURTHER ITS ALIEN AGENDA FOR THE COSMOS. The Abyss demands all or nothing. To serve the Abyss is to know that you must offer everything and everyone in your life as a potential casualty of its inscrutable plans. Your own hopes and dreams are only relevant insofar as they may be expressions of its own malignant will.
4. SPILL BLOOD. The Abyss demands sacrifice. All blood is fit for sacrifice, from whatever source – yours as well as others. Blood is life, and life must be offered to the Abyss and to its entities. There is no bloodless path to the Void.
5. SAY NO TO LIFE. ABANDON HOPE. There is no hope in false gods and idols. Only through the Abyss can we achieve true peace, by becoming a part of its super(un)consciousness. Only through merging with terror itself can you overcome your fears. Other religious traditions offer hope of salvation or freedom of suffering, but they are lying. Do not place your hope in gods that cannot save themselves.
6. EMBRACE DEATH. The Abyss offers true death of the false-ego. There is no return and no escape from its embrace, because you cease to be you, and become part of something infinite. True death is true peace as part of the eternal darkness beyond life and death.
7. USE THIS LIFETIME TO LEARN HOW TO ESCAPE REINCARNATION, SO WE CAN BE DISSOLVED BACK INTO THE VOID. Only through convergence with the Abyss can we escape the useless cycle of suffering and reincarnation. Otherwise, we are tools of the gods and subject to their whims and dictates. The Abyss is the only possible escape from the cycle.
8. CREATE ART, MUSIC, AND TEXT THAT PERSONIFIES THE IMPERSONAL HORROR OF THE VOID. The revelations of the Void can be shown to others. Media like art, music, and narrative are powerful tools for communicating the strange, contradictory truths of the Abyss which can only be transmitted through oblique paths. The Abyss wants to be experienced, and so we must create those channels through which it can be perceived by others.
9. BUILD SHRINES ALTARS FOR THE ABYSS. SACRIFICE OURSELVES AND OTHERS. The worship of the Abyss constitutes a grave violation of the spiritual laws of the cosmos. Every altar, every offering, every shrine and blot that is consecrated to the Abyss serves as a doorway for it into the cosmos.
10. CONSUME. CONVERGE. Daily, we consume the energies of the people and cultures around us, and turn them into the power of the Void. Through us, the Abyss is able to absorb spiritual and cosmic energies, which it warps into its own complex patterns. We serve as the hands of the Abyss in this world, and each act (each spell, each meditation, each offering) bring us closer to convergence with it.
11. COMMIT ACTS OF ESOTERIC TERRORISM. Like the Diabolus who is our general, we seek to destabilize the cosmic order on a spiritual level. We are not concerned with politics revolutions, because the physical universe is already contaminated. Our violent attacks are artistic, literary, musical, and magickal, because that is the only lasting way to affect the masses.
12. DESTABILIZE THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS OF THE COSMIC WORLD. We are at war with the gods and their followers. We are engaged in subverting spiritual powers and causing the erosion of established religion. Through demonic sacrifices and artistic expression, we will shatter and defile the psychic stability of whatever community we inhabit.
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