Alex Kurtagić

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Alex Kurtagić
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Spain
Residence United Kingdom
Occupation author, editor, publisher, artist, musician
Known for Supernal Music (record label)
Mister (novel)
Website alexkurtagic.info

Alex Kurtagić (born 1970) is a Spanish-born 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's roots are Bosnian and Spanish. Due to his parents' jobs he spent part of his youth in South America.[5]

He was born in 1970 in Spain to a father of Bosnian descent and a Spanish mother. He has lived in five countries, "both in the First and Third Worlds, located on both sides of the Atlantic", but he spent most of his life in the UK. Kurtagić went through the US educational system in both university and high school and completed his post graduate work in a British university.[citation needed]

In 1995, he founded the band 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] More recently, he has been active as a book cover illustrator. Since 2009, he has focused primarily on writing and publishing.[citation needed]

Writer[edit]

Kurtagić's dystopian novel, Mister, was published in 2009. Since then, Kurtagić has been active as a social, cultural, and political commentator. His writing has appeared in AlternativeRight.com,[10] American Renaissance,[11] Counter-Currents,[12] and Takimag.[13] In 2011 a collection of his articles and essays was published in book form by Unitall Verlag in German translation, with the title Ja, Afrika muss zur Hölle gehen (Yes, Africa must go to Hell).

A second collection, also in German, was published by Antaios in 2013 as Warum Konservative immer verlieren ('Why conservatives always lose').[14][15]

Supernal Music[edit]

Supernal Music was mainly known throughout the late 1990s for its mail order catalogue of underground music,[16] 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.[17]

Discography[edit]

Benighted Leams[edit]

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

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wegner,Nils. "Ein Essayist des Eigenen", Junge Freiheit, 24 April 2012.(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.(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. ^ Alex Kurtagic AlternativeRight.com author page
  11. ^ Alex Kurtagic American Renaissance author page
  12. ^ Alex Kurtagic Counter-Currents author page
  13. ^ Alex Kurtagic Takimag author page
  14. ^ "Der Funke" über Alex Kurtagić, Sezession.de, 7 May 2013. (German)
  15. ^ Kleine-Hartlage, Manfred. "Kurtagić: Warum Konservative immer verlieren", Pi, 13 April 2013.(German))
  16. ^ Keith Kahn-Harris, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge (Oxford: Berg, 2007), p. 64
  17. ^ A darker shade of black (Issues 391–402), Searchlight (2008)

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