War (Swedish band)

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Total War
Also known as War
Origin Sweden
Genres Black metal
Years active 1997–2001
Labels Necropolis Records
Past members Jim "All" Berger - Vocals
David "Blackmoon" Parland - Guitars
David "Impious" Larsson - Bass
Lars Szöke - Drums, guitars

Total War (formally known as War) was a Swedish black metal supergroup, formed by Tony "IT" Särkkä of Abruptum, David "Blackmoon" Parland of Dark Funeral and Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy.


Total War was formed under the name "War" in 1997 when Blackmoon attended an Abruptum recording session of "Vi Sonus Veris Nigrae Malitiaes" in Peter Tägtgren’s The Abyss Studios. After the recordings, IT, Blackmoon and Tägtgren had a discussion about the scene, about the murder of Euronymous and IT's True Satanist Horde. They discussed to record an album and give any money they would earn to the True Satanist Horde. It was also discussed to have killed Varg Vikernes who had murdered Euronymous. As IT said: "We knew people inside the "Cunts" prison, who would have him killed for a certain amount of money, at that moment we hatched the idea of recording an album and that any money earned from it would directly go to the Hordes bank account. This is how WAR was born."[1] According to Blackmoon, he added "We decided loaded out of our minds, to form a band that night...a band that should be like a true fist to the face to all the theatrical, keyboards, female vocals, troll singing black metal bands that were coming out at the time".[2] Unlike those bands, War played primitive black metal with lyrics, akin to those typical of old-school black metal, mostly about Satan and war.

Controversially, War recorded and released the racist song "I Am Elite" with lyrics such as "Stand aside for the superior race. You are nothing but worms" and "Niggers and kikes, stay away." Since then, then-drummer and producer Tägtgren and Paul "Typhon" Thind (who released the band's records on Necropolis) tried to distance themselves from the aforementioned racist content. "My biggest thing is censorship and freedom of speech," claimed said Typhon in an interview with Metalion. He claimed that All screamed in the line extemporaneously and that Tägtgren did not want it affiliated with him. Typhon continued to say "I can't stand [racism]. My parents are Northern Indian... They experienced racism and I experienced racism... That said, I don't believe in that stuff, but... to each his own." Tägtgren claimed to be unaware of All's lyrics and that the song was not supposed to be racist, but generally misanthropic. "I didn't give a shit, and I still don't give a shit... I don't associate with the political speech that [War has]."[3]

In 1997 the band released its first EP "Total War", featuring IT and Blackmoon on guitars, Peter Tägtgren on drums, Mikael Hedlund of Hypocrisy on bass and Jim "All" Berger of Abruptum, Ophthalamia and Vondur on vocals, on Necropolis Records. They also featured on the Bathory tribute album In Conspiracy With Satan released in 1998, performing the final song titled War. In 1999 they released their album "We Are War" with All on vocals, Blackmoon on guitars, David "Impious" Larsson of In Aeternum on bass and Lars Szöke, one more Hypocrisy member, on drums and guitars.

The band had to change its name to Total War in 2001 as there was already another band called War, and released "We Are...Total War", a compilation of material released before. The band disbanded the same year.

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  • Total War (EP, 1997)
  • We Are War (Full-length, 1999)
  • We Are...Total War (compilation, 2001)


  1. ^ IT Interview at MySpace fan page
  2. ^ War fan site at MySpace
  3. ^ Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult (2013), p. 368-369