Alex Kurtagić

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Alex Kurtagić
Born1970 (age 47–48)
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Occupationauthor, editor, publisher, artist, musician
Known forSupernal Music (record label)
Mister (novel)
Websitealexkurtagic.info

Alex Kurtagić (born 1970) is an artist, cultural commentator, musician, novelist, and publisher, based in the UK. He is the author of the dystopian novel Mister, the founder of Supernal Music, and the editor-in-chief of Wermod and Wermod Publishing Group. His writing deals with topics relating to culture, society, politics, music,[1][2] and community relations in the contemporary West. He is known as a proponent of elitism,[3] and as a critic of egalitarianism (as an ethic)[clarification needed] and conservatism.[4]

Life[edit]

Alex Kurtagić was born in 1970. Due to his parents' jobs he spent part of his youth in South America.[5]

In 1995, he founded the project Benighted Leams, which has since released four albums.[6] In 1996 he founded Supernal Music.[7][8]

During the mid-to-late 1990s, he was active as an album cover illustrator. Most of his artwork appeared on albums by black metal artists, such as Dimmu Borgir, Deinonychus, and others. His artwork is featured in the book Heavy Metal Thunder: Album Covers that Rocked the World.[9]

Writer[edit]

Kurtagić's dystopian novel, Mister, was published in 2009. Since then, Kurtagić has been active as a social, cultural, and political commentator. In 2011 a collection of articles and essays was published in book form by Unitall Verlag in German translation, with the title Ja, Afrika muss zur Hölle gehen.

A second collection, also in German, was published by Antaios in 2013 as Warum Konservative immer verlieren.[10][11]

Supernal Music[edit]

Supernal Music was mainly known throughout the late 1990s for its mail order catalogue of underground music,[12] particularly extreme metal in all categories, but mainly black metal. Later on it became known in the underground black metal scene through a roster that included bands such as Astrofaes and Drudkh from Ukraine, Fleurety and Mayhem from Norway, and The Meads of Asphodel from the United Kingdom.

In 2008 the British anti-fascist magazine Searchlight published a critical article on fascist lyrics and imagery in some styles of black metal that included criticism of the label's newsletter for having featured Savitri Devi, Ernst Junger, Miguel Serrano, and Julius Langbehn on its covers and for the content of some of the CDs on offer.[13]

Discography[edit]

Benighted Leams[edit]

  • Caliginous Romantic Myth (1996)
  • Astral Tenebrion (1998)
  • Ferly Centesms (2004)
  • Obombrid Welkins (2006)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mister. Iron Sky Publishing, 2009; ISBN 978-0-9561835-0-7
  • Ja, Afrika muss zur Hölle gehen. Unitall Verlag, 2011; ISBN 978-3-905937-43-5
  • Hesketh-Prichard, Vernon, Where Black Rules White (foreword), The Palingenesis Project (2012); ISBN 978-0-9561835-8-3
  • Warum Konservative immer verlieren, Antaios (2013); ISBN 978-3-944422-35-0
  • Lovecraft, H.P. The Conservative (foreword), Arktos (2013); ISBN 978-1-907166-30-3
  • Robison, John. Proofs of a Conspiracy (foreword), The Palingenesis Project, 2014; 978-1-909606-03-6

Translations[edit]

  • The Golden Tread by Miguel Serrano. The Palingenesis Project, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wegner,Nils. "Ein Essayist des Eigenen", Junge Freiheit, 24 April 2012.(in German)
  2. ^ Spracken, Karl. The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure: Habermas at the End of Modernity (Basingstoke and New York, 2009) p. 127
  3. ^ Spracken, p. 127
  4. ^ "Warum Konservative immer verlieren", Junge Freiheit 19/13 (3 May 2013), p. 3
  5. ^ Lichtmesz, Martin. "Alex Kurtagić: Mister", Sezession.de, December 2009.(in German)
  6. ^ "Benighted Leams - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  7. ^ Terrorizer Magazine #38 (January 1997)
  8. ^ Terrorizer Magazine #126 (December 2004)
  9. ^ Neil Aldis and James Sherry. Heavy Metal Thunder: Album Covers that Rocked the World, Mitchell Beazley (2006); ISBN 978-1-84533-195-5
  10. ^ "Der Funke" über Alex Kurtagić, Sezession.de, 7 May 2013. (in German)
  11. ^ Kleine-Hartlage, Manfred. "Kurtagić: Warum Konservative immer verlieren", Pi, 13 April 2013.(in German))
  12. ^ Keith Kahn-Harris, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge (Oxford: Berg, 2007), p. 64
  13. ^ A darker shade of black (Issues 391–402), Searchlight (2008)

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