Black Metal musicians commonly wear facepaint.
Black metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that, to an extent, originated in Norway. It’s gaining increasing popularity across the world and is an emerging symbol of Norwegian culture. So to ensure that Norway’s official representatives can speak intelligently about it, the government is training diplomats on the subject…
Kjersti Sommerset, the head of Norway’s foreign ministry’s centre of excellence, told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv: “We now have 106 foreign service missions and they get many enquiries from people who want information about Norwegian black metal as a phenomenon. In the training program, we have a large cultural program in order to give the trainees a good understanding of Norwegian culture and the cultural industry. Black metal is clearly a part of this ‘global awakening.’”