Gylve 'Fenriz' Nagell, the black metal band Darkthrone’s member, was elected into his town council in Kolbotn, Norway. According to Clryvnt, the musician was asked to be on a list of backup representatives for the country's Libera. He agreed to participate in the elections being sure that he would not be elected. For its PR campaign Fenriz chose his photo with a cat, complemented the slogan: "Please don’t vote for me".
From Clryvnt’s interview with the musician:
"I’m in the local papers because I got voted in as a politician – involuntarily, I might add. So, I’ve got some support, I guess. But Kolbotn is a tiny place, maybe 9,000 people."
When asked whether he could decline the role, he replies:
"No, if you get voted in, you have to stay in that position for four years. And then you can pull out. But I’m used to these sort of long-term commitments."
"Basically, they called and asked if I wanted to be on the list of backup representatives. I said yeah, thinking I would be, like, 18th on the list and I wouldn’t really have to do anything."
"They just need a list to be able to – well, it’s hard to talk local politics in another language. My campaign was a picture of me holding my cat saying, 'Please don’t vote for me.' But people just went nuts."
"After the election, the boss called me and told me I was a representative. I wasn’t too pleased, and I’m not too pleased about it. It’s boring. There’s not a lot of money in that, either, I can tell you."
Darkthrone is to release their new album "Arctic Thunder" on October 14. Ahead of its coming out, the band shared the first track "Tundra Leech" from the upcoming seventeenth LP.
The Dalai Lama and the leader of Chthonic
Also this week, we learned that the 14th Dalai Lama met with Freddy Lim, best known as the leader of the Taiwanese metal band Chthonic. The meeting took place last week as a part of Lima’s official duties.
Freddy Lim founded the New Power Party in 2015. Receiving support from the Progressive Democratic Party, he won the legislative elections (Legislative Yuan) in Taiwan on January 16, 2016.
On Thursday, September 8, Chthonic posted on Facebook the photo with Lim presenting the band's disk to the Dalai Lama.