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Church Arsonist Blames Burzum Singer

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A devoted follower of a Scandinavian band notorious for its heavy metal anti-Christian music burnt down a majestic Moonee Ponds church in a multimillion-dollar arson attack.

Novak Majstorovic had drunken visions of the 107-year-old Ascot Vale Uniting Church being responsible for society's problems with law, ethics and morality.

Majstorovic, 19, admitted his passion for the band Burzum, whose lead singer was allegedly involved in burning down numerous Norwegian churches in the 1990s, helped create a heavy metal ideological imagery based on good and evil.

"It can be explained through any real meanings, you know, but using God and Satan is just like a... it's an image," he told police after his arrest.

Victorian arson squad detectives treated Majstorovic as a suspect after investigations revealed his interest in Burzum and "black metal" music and culture.

Police learnt the band's lead singer Varg Vikernes, now in jail for murder, was commonly referred to as a Satanist, but was regarded more as deeply anti-Christian and anti-Semitic.

Majstorovic yesterday appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to plead guilty to arson and burglary from the fire in Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds, on August 29, 2004.

In a summary tendered to the court, the church, widely used by its local community, was described as majestic and ornate. Its irreplaceable pipe organ and historic records were destroyed in the fire.

Majstorovic, who had drunk half a bottle of bourbon, had earlier left a party, telling guests he was going to burn the church. After entering, he lit Bibles, scrap paper, books and flags near the pulpit and left.

Asked days later by Detective Sergeant Andrew Kerr if he considered the elderly who had cried over the church or what it had stood for, Majstorovic replied: "It was what it stood for, but it's... it's just an object, you know. It's just a building. Faith lies with the individual."

Pressed by Sergeant Kerr about it being sacred and a "heart and soul of things", he said that the church "doesn't like people to cling to any sort of idols here on earth".

Majstorovic said that because he was drunk and near a church he thought he would act on an ideological belief the church was responsible for society's problems.

"A lot of the concepts of my ideologies and stuff would, sort of, stem from heavy metal, from the imagery of heavy metal, from the metaphors that heavy metal uses with the, like, Christian sort of metaphors of good and evil and such," he said.

Magistrate Lisa Hannan bailed Majstorovic, of Hoppers Crossing, to appear in the County Court on August 23.

Source: The Age

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1. bodom after brunch writes:

what a sore f***ing loser. now christians over there are gonna be even more aggressive on heavy metal music, even though burzum was garbage.

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2. DEADMETAL writes:

no sh** ... what a lame f***ing excuse .... at least just stand up like a man and admit that you burned the damn church on your own volition ....

# May 4, 2005 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Insanislupus writes:

At least he didn't blame the devil.

# May 5, 2005 @ 12:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brokenwings13 writes:

Nope, Insanislupus is correct, he didn't blame Satan, score one for Black Metal!

But yeah, the Christians will be more aggresive about it, and even though 70 % of their Christians listen to metal(That is not an exact number, it's my own conclusion after looking at album sales and religion charts) they're still going to fight it.

# May 5, 2005 @ 12:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. trippedoubt writes:

moron. if you're going to burn a church don't tell anyone about it. i fail to see what torching a redneck church is going to do to bring about the downfall of judeo-christian society. this guy is just as dumb as the christians that he attempted to harm. hardly anyone listens to metal out here, (unless you count linkin park) let alone f***ing christians, so i don't know where your figures come from but they are wildly erroneous - they get scared if you mention that you listen to metal. oh and if the christians come after us, they'll have a big f***ing fight. metalheads are few, but f***ing devoted to the cause.

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6. ryan writes:

the kid's comments are f***in retarded, "oh, it's only an object, it's only a building....the church doesn't like people to cling to idols on earth" oh, so you burned a church just because it's only a building and so people wouldn't cling to it as a false idol....good excuse d***head.
sounds to me like he just burned the church to be more "metal" and be looked on as a "strong" black metal leader, now he's sh**ting his pants, trying to talk his way out of a jail sentence, and basically blaming heavy metal for his actions. what a little douche.

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7. brokenwings13 writes:

Yep. Exactly Ryan.

And besides, someone doesn't need a church to worship God. A church here burned down, it was an electrical fire, and the used the parking lot with some tents, had classes at peoples homes. I suppose it's different for others though.

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