Thursday, June 14, 2012

Behind the History of Face Mask and Paint Face Musicians to Underground

For those who are familiar with the world of underground music it is definitely no stranger to this one makeup style. Yes, corpse paint, a creepy makeup style that mimics the pale appearance of a dead body. If the reader has seen the faces of Dracula, Pocongan, or Kuntulanak in horror films, that is how the makeup style is closest to the makeup of the corpse paint.

Corpse paint means language painting a corpse. But in terms, only the makeup of the underground black metal music group can be said as a corpse paint. Although a metal band other than black metal uses a corpse dressing style or a ghost, if the music flow is not black metal, then the makeup is still not called a corpse paint.

Black metal itself, (whether its musical and theatrical style is original or gimmick) is a super extreme music genre that is often identified as a devil worshiper. One of their clear identities is corpse paint. Actually the flow of black metal is not only anti-christ or satanic. It is said that black metal is a reflection of the traditional Scandinavian pagan culture that young people tried to raise up in the late 1980s. They reject semitic elements such as monotheism and Christianity.

Asal Mula Corpse Paint

It is still confusing about which musicians first used the corpse paint before the black metal era in the late 1980s began. In the early days of the development of rock music from the era of hippies and glam rock in the early 1970s, there were already musicians who used similar designs of corpse paint in their glamorous and theatrical stage acts. They are Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper and the KISS music group.

KISS personnel, Gene Simmons, an Israeli citizen

In the early 1980s, where metal music began to rise and develop its own increasingly aggressive characteristics, King Diamond (Mercyful Fate band vocalist) could be regarded as the first musician to use the corpse paint makeup in his stage action. Even though in the days of King Diamond, true black metal bands did not yet exist. Until finally this makeup is truly identical and popular with the black metal music genre which was in the transition of the 1980s to the 90s by the very controversial band Mayhem.

Corpse Paint, Horror Inside

This one-way makeup trip as a black metal fashion icon is highly controversial. Just look at the appearance of King Diamond who likes to carry an inverted cross (as a symbol of insult to monotheism) in his shows. As well as satanist and paganist lyrics that always accompany this makeup at every music concert.

King Diamond

Not even a terrible story written by Mayhem, one of the black metal bands that popularized corpse paint. In 1991 the vocalist of the group (Per Yngve Ohlin aka Dead who did suffer from a mental disorder) committed suicide with the condition of the death of his skull crushed with blood from a shotgun shot. Unfortunately, in 1995 Mayhem released their album with a photo cover showing the condition.

No less exciting is the case of an internal feud between two Mayhem personnel which resulted in Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grisnackh) finally in prison for killing his colleague Oysten Aarseth (aka Euronymous). Varg Vikernes is now known as his Neopaganism attribute.

Gimmick or not, just as bad

Finally, with the status of black metal herds that are portrayed out of the box, such as punk, emo and others, make unstable young people imitate the herd's behavior. They think this theatrical action is cool. They did not understand that black metal adherents in the eyes of the people had as many irregularities as happened in the tragedy of Mayhem.


There is also a reason for taking the black metal style just a gimmick or an imitation. In countries with Muslim populations such as Indonesia it is certainly easy for them to take anti-christ stances. But they were not aware that the pagan load contained in corpse paint and the like could bring attributes to kesyirikan which were far worse than the religion of the scribes.

The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) has forbidden to resemble them (the idolaters and infidels) and instructs us to stay away from the attributes. Moreover, this black metal attribute in the social eye is very distorted. It is narrated by Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah said, "Whoever imitates a people then he belongs to them." (Narrated by Abu Daud, authored by Ibn Hibban).

While if not a gimmick aka make kesyirikan, it is very clear the law. The existing Islamic becomes void. The attitude of a Muslim must stay away from shades. One of the consequences of Laa Ilaaha Illallah Creation is an-Nafyu, which denies all forms of worship that exist. Laa ilaaha illallaah demands us to quit, abstain, and abandon four things: Move (Arrest), Arbab (regulator gods), Andad (rivalry), and Thaghut.

So if you want a gimmick or not, still the contents of paganism are still prohibited in religion. Islamic Sheikh Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah said in "ash Shiroth al Mustaqim" that Imam Ahmad and others had argued with this hadith (as quoted from eramuslim). These hadiths at least show their tashabbuh (imitating) bans as in his words: "And whosoever among you takes them as guardian / leader then verily he is among them." (QS Al Maidah: 51).

By: Kaab As Sidani Editor of

Undergroundtauhid/The Truth Seeker Media

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