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Sturmgeist Issue Statement On Finnish School Shooting

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Sturmgeist's Cornelius von Jackhelln has issued a statement on the recent high school shooting in Finland:

"Today an 18-year old man shot seven people in a high school massacre in Tuusula, Finland. The killer referred to himself as "Sturmgeist89" on YouTube. Sturmgeist is not only the name of my band, but also of a character in the video game "Medal of Honor". As of yet, it is not established wherefrom the murderer took the name. Understandably, journalists keep calling me, eager to prove a link between my band and the massacre. However, as an artist, I can neither control the actions of my fans nor be held responsible for them."

"It is my firm conviction that if somebody wishes to go down as the cause of a massacre like that in Tuusula, explanations beyond music must be sought. In an interview with the Oslo-based newspaper Dagbladet today I argue that although extreme metal as a genre deals with topics such as isolation, misanthropy and despair, blaming the musicians is both wrong and unfair. It is people that kill people. Not music."

"Extreme metal has a potential both for social comment and personal katharsis, given its dealing with problems ordinarily shunned by mainstream society: suicide, madness, pollution, violence, warfare and drug abuse all occur regularly in extreme metal lyrics, mostly subject to critical scrutiny."

"I do recall how lonely and isolated I felt as a teenager, how strong an impact music had on my life. Extreme metal helped me channel my aggression in a constructive way; where Slayer's album "Seasons in the Abyss" described the psychology of a mass murderer, Cannibal Corpse's "The Bleeding" gave graphic accounts of extreme violence. Even though I adored both albums, I did not go out and kill people."

"Knowing the boundary between fiction and reality was always a prerequisite for dealing with dark matters in music, literature, film and video games. It seems obvious that the Tuusula murderer was ignorant about this boundary."

"The lyrics of Sturmgeist do contain topics both sinister and martial. Topics such as WWI & WWII ("Triumph", "Enigma"), the war in Iraq ("Shock & Awe", "Iron Hammer"), Viking battle ("Army of Odin"), a victim exerting revenge on his tormentor ("Ruger"). I readily admit it. Saying anything else would not only be a blatant lie; worse, it would be betraying the music I love and believe in."

"I am most shocked by the tragic event in Finland, and mourn the victims of the crime. I believe that the victims could have been alive today, if youngsters on the edge were given more attention by the proper instances. I extend my compassion and my condolences to the families of the deceased."

You can check out Sturmgeist on their MySpace page or download an MP3 of "Rock Me Amadeus" from their latest release "Uber" on Season of Mist.

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1. deathbringer writes:

That was very well stated on many facets of the issue at hand and I totally agree with his assessment of the cathartic value of metal.

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 9:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. FocusShift writes:

It's such a sad thing to see tragic events trying to be blamed upon extreme metal.

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 9:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. J66 writes:

No one in Finland (where I am located) has blamed Sturmgeist or Metal for what's happened. Not a word, at least so far, which is a suprisingly good scenario. My personal opinion is, they could start looking into what's happening in Jokela, Tuusula in general. Jokela is in the headlines quite often here in Finland, and it's never anything positive.

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 10:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

I'm not sure if Sturmgeist will get the blame for this, obviously I hope not. According to the killers YouTube page he did not want anything or anyone to be blamed for the shooting "not books, not computer games, not anything" and it was something he had planned "in his own head".
It's a real shame that he won't br brought to justice for this tragedy.

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. alchemist writes:

i think a heartfelt and well written large passage such as that shows that all metal heads arent brain dead dropout bongheads. were all real people with real sh** going on and yes were not f***ing dumb!

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. SlugEmperor writes:

i hate when they blame these bands because most of the time these bands were the only things keeping the kid from shooting the school before.
I guarantee you that metal has helped people a lot more than it has ever harmed people. And like alchemist said, the majority of us are not druggy dropouts, metal is one of the smartest genres if not the smartest genre in music based on consistency of intellectual lyrics, catharsis brought through the songs, the people who listen to it, the complexity brought through songs and the mixtures of genres and kinds of people who listen to it. Sure not everyone fits into this but more so than the majority of genres and music out there today at least ,in that sense, the mainstream world.

Now playing: Old Man Gloom - Afraid Of

# Nov 9, 2007 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. psythe writes:

I never thought the Finnish would have someone at the same level of base stupidity as America has seen. How does shooting people make things better?? But then, at least the Finnish aren't trying to sue metal bands and ban them from performing and so on... Sturmgeist's is definitely one of the better responses to such a tragedy that I've seen.

Gotta agree with SlugEmperor, metal HAS helped more than harmed. I'm certain that trend won't change.

Now Playing: AC/DC - Shook Me All Night Long

# Nov 10, 2007 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ... writes:

hes got a point. people kill people not music

# Nov 10, 2007 @ 9:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BLACKDOG writes:

AGREED!

# Nov 10, 2007 @ 11:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. J66 writes:

I'm actually really glad that no one in the finnish bullsh** media has blamed Metal (not yet at least). The only band that has been named is KMFDM as supposedly this wacko had one of their song in the background on one of the YouTube messages. I guess a nation that send "Lordi" to the Eurovision (and won) and who's overall Top 20 exports include Children of Bodom, Nightwish and HIM (ok the only metal band mentioned here is COB, but anyway...) can't really blame metal for anything. But it's great to see that connection hasn't even been made here. And I don't think Sturmgeist will get the blame for this, not in Finland anyway.

# Nov 11, 2007 @ 11:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. KKKILL writes:

Just when you think the band is the real deal...this happends! Theres no heroes anymore.

# Nov 11, 2007 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Dark_Funeral writes:

dont understand what kids need to go and shoot innocent people for. violance aint what the genres about.

# Nov 11, 2007 @ 9:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. JAMES 44 writes:

besides of kills the innocent victim, i agree about the mind of the shooter that is fight against the system.

# Nov 11, 2007 @ 9:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Public Execution writes:

That was a very well spoken response by Sturmgeist, and I agree with his points. My condolonces go out to the families of the victims.

# Nov 11, 2007 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Dead Man Walkin' writes:

they should wage war against the america and join islam for the sake of allah praise be upon him

# Nov 12, 2007 @ 8:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Suck Me Off writes:

Artists should never have to defend the sh** they create when people do sh** they personally choose to do. Influence is all in your head.

# Nov 12, 2007 @ 7:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. mutant_mutilator writes:

people who hold metal responsible for murders just need to know that metal has only been around for 40 years. murderers since the beginning of time.

# Nov 13, 2007 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hate crew writes:

First of all my condolences go out to all families of the victims.I'm an exteme metal fan myself and havin gone through a lot of sh**,i didn't take a f***in gun and killed ppl and den blew my brains.Metal is not to be blamed for this.I don't why kids gotta go and kill innocent ppl for. violence is not the way to deal wid ur f***in probs u gotta face em.

# Nov 14, 2007 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jillybean writes:

That part about music helping you when your doing it tough is true. When i was 14 i went through a big eminem thing. Someone else being able to put into words what i was thinking and feeling at the time stopped me from destroying myself through frustration. Now I've moved on to metal because it reflects who i am now. He still says it best "and they blame it on Marilyn; and the heroin. Where were the parents at? Now look where it's at...." I can't believe this could happen in Europe. it's so sad. I hope that they can recognise personal choice instead of brainwashing each other into finding a scapegoat.

I don't think teens these days are getting emotional education. I'm about to turn 20 so I'm still a teen and even i can see whats wrong with the system. When was the last time you sat down and asked your dad's opinion on an emotional problem you had? A better question for today's kids is 'when was the last time you saw your dad?' 'do you know who he is?'

I'm not saying that the whole world would be perfect if we were all happy little Christian families sitting around the table knitting blankets for the homeless or some sh**e like that; but having some emotional coaching while growing up wouldn't hurt. Maybe then the line between reality and fantasy wouldn't seem so blurred. You'll deny it but I'm sure alot of people reading this now have had the same little fantasy. I guess this guy didn't know how to keep it in his head.

# Nov 15, 2007 @ 9:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. JAMES 44 writes:

i agree with Jillybean, we had almost same situation but metal keep me alive through struggle of the world.

# Nov 15, 2007 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Dark_Funeral writes:

he does got a point, but its not the rest of society's fault that these kids get bullied. they do need help, if everyone in your school hates you you're doing somthing wrong lol

# Nov 19, 2007 @ 10:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Dark_ Funeral writes:

i'm dumm

# Nov 22, 2007 @ 5:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. the antihippy writes:

the was very well spoken there. much respect to sturmgiest to be able to articulate their argument really well.

# Nov 25, 2007 @ 7:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. CROSSGUITARWORKS writes:

EXTREME KUDOS TO STURMGEIST. THOUGH I AM NOT A FAN OF DARK, OR EXTREME METAL, I AM THRILLED TO SEE SUCH A POIGNANT AND VERY INTELLIGENTLY WORDED STATEMENT. WHEN WILL IT BE THAT EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET KNOWS TRUE INNER PEACE AND THE SCOURGE OF OSTRACISM BECAUSE OF WHATEVER REASON IS BANISHED FROM THE HUMAN RACE. TAKE A MOMENT RIGHT NOW AND THINK OF SOMEONE THAT YOU DONT LIKE. NOW THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE THEM JUST SAY HI OR WHATEVER. SHARE A MINISCULE MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE IN A POSITIVE WAY WITH THAT PERSON. IT WONT KILL YOU.......THEY MIGHT.

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25. Dark_Funeral writes:

LOL dead man walkin, ip logged. silly c***.

# Nov 26, 2007 @ 9:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Cruisecontrol writes:

Man. That was very Emo of you Cornelius. In norway they burn churches while you sit here whining. Guess we know where the REAL metal is at.

# Nov 27, 2007 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. PunK writes:

this guys insane!!!

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