First, watch this Immortal video up to the 00:35 second mark then STOP:
Ok. Did everyone see what I saw?
That’s right, kids. It appears we may have ourselves a most metal-tastic “gora Sikh” feeling the sweet sweet vibes of Immortal. Of course, we’re not the only ones intrigued by the potential Kundalini Yoga elder. The comments under the YouTube video are many, each one seeming to miss the mark on what this guy’s deal might be:
So, for those who don’t know the band above is called Immortal, and are a part of what is considered the “second wave” of Black Metal bands, a majority of which came out of Norway, leading to the generalized term “Norwegian Black Metal.” Many of these bands look like this:
Breaking down the in’s and out’s of this scene would take a good hour, so let’s just assume you’ll watch the absolutely fabulous Until the Light Takes Us documentary (which can be streamed in full on the site) at some point if you haven’t already. The trailer is here:
But, what’s most interesting to us today is what appears to be a Kundalini Yoga old-timer front and frickin’ center at the Whacken Open Air Festival in Germany, an enormous metal festival that also by default doubles as the world’s largest “black t-shirt with white band lettering event” ever.
There’s a bunch of questions we’d love to ask this gentleman, especially in light of the many things Yogi Bhajan has had to say about musical vibrations. We know YB certainly felt strongly about the specificity of music chosen for KY classes, so we would love to hear how (and if) Black Metal has any place in all of that. So, we’re wondering if anyone has any idea who this bloke is, as we would like to chat with him. Here’s what we know so far:
- Man is probably in his late-40s to mid-60s
- Likes metal of the blast beat variety
- Possibly lives in Germany, but may live in a surrounding country
- Seems to practice (maybe teach) Kundalini Yoga as Taught by the Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Yogi Bhajan
Anyone got any ideas? May the icon of Abbath Doom Occulta guide you on your way.