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Zeit der Wölfe

Bringt kein Licht ins Dunkel, sondern verwandelt es in Worte: Schriftstellerin Ulrike Serowy // Foto: Helena Melinda Fehér

Zeit der Wölfe

Wer Schönheit, im Dunkeln sucht, ist bei Ulrike Serowy goldrichtig. Als „kleines, lichtabweisendes Juwel“ beschrieb die FAZ den Erstling der Kölner Autorin: Die schwarzmetallische Erzählung Skogtatt war ein Versuch, extreme Musik in Worte zu verwandeln. Ein gelungenes Experiment. Denn Serowy (be)schreibt, was sie kennt; ihre Sprache ist minimalistisch und nahbar zugleich. Auch in ihrem neuesten Buch. Wölfe vor der Stadt erzählt die Geschichte zweier Menschen, einsame Wölfe inmitten einer kalten, von dichten Nebelschwaden bedeckten Welt. Ist es Zufall oder Bestimmung, dass sich ihre Wege kreuzen?

Meet the Coolest Man on Earth: Wim The Iceman Hof

“I am just a man on a mission” // Wim “The Iceman” Hof // (c) www.wimhofmethod.com

Meet the Coolest Man on Earth: Wim The Iceman Hof

Wim Hof is convinced that we are on the brink of change of awareness and consciousness. He believes that his method, a combination of cold therapy, breathing techniques and meditation, does not only improve our physical and mental health, but can also alter our mindset and transform the way we live. 

Naked Truths And Dark Secrets: Type O Negative’s Peter Steele

Naked Truths And Dark Secrets: Type O Negative’s Peter Steele (†)

6’8”, muscles, fangs: In 1996 a journalist described him as a mix of The Kurgan, Glenn Danzig and Count Dracula, but Peter Steele insisted that he looks like Jesus Christ // Press Release (1995) // (c) Roadrunner Records / Joseph Cultice

PAST INTENSE // It’s been almost a decade since Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk better known as Peter Steele has left this mortal coil. To this day the former singer and bass player of American Goth metal legends Type O Negative remains dearly beloved and distinctly remembered by many. Not only for his musical legacy and his vampiresque looks, but also for his dark sense of humor, provocative views and his intense yet gentle personality. On a cold sunny day in spring of 2003 AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK met with him; not for the first time, but as it would turn out later, for the last time.

Beyond Duality: The Surreal Sculptures Of American Artist Robin Whiteman

Beyond Duality: The Surreal Sculptures Of American Artist Robin Whiteman

© Robin Whiteman // “Shroud” // Porcelain Sculpture (2016)

Sculpture is defined as the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. The delicate porcelain pieces of American sculptress Robin Whiteman, however, operate on a spiritual dimension as well. Her fairytale-like characters and human-animal hybrids devoid of color explain a universal truth: the center of things beyond duality.

S.G. Of German Dark Rockers Secrets Of The Moon Shares His Famous Last Cords

S.G. Of German Dark Rockers Secrets Of The Moon Shares His Famous Last Cords

Not a fan of the “Gangnam Style”, but frequently playing “God Of Emptiness”: S.G., frontman of Secrets Of The Moon // (c) Oana Marchis

FAMOUS LAST CORDS // Music is the one single subject that no musician will ever get tired of talking about: S.G., vocalist, guitarist and lyricist of the band Secrets of the Moon, reveals his favorite records, most beloved tunes and songs he wishes were never written.

Kat Von D: “My Idea Of Beauty Is A Lot Different Than Most People’s”

Kat Von D: “My Idea Of Beauty Is A Lot Different Than Most People’s”

As Jim Davis might rightfully stated: “Kat rules the world” // Kat Von D // (c) Kat Von D Beauty

For many years the name Kat Von D was tied exclusively to tattoos and tabloids. After all, both of these things, alongside her ambition, her smarts and her stunning goth appeal made her into an internationally renowned tattoo artist, having successfully ran her own studio High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood and starred in TLC’s reality show LA Ink. But the natural born creator is so much more: author, animal rights activist, feminist, free spirit, musician, wife, mother, makeup mogul.

Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro

Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro 

Little Black Phillip with Fernando Ribeiro, poet, author and lead singer of Portuguese metal band Moonspell // (c) Napalm Records

He is best known as frontman and lyricist of Portuguese dark metal band Moonspell. However, Fernando Ribeiro has also made a name for himself as a writer. His latest is also his first fictional book Senhora Vingança (Lady Vengeance) and contains two ruthlessly dark short stories. Prior to that he explored the manifold facets of pain betrayal, hope and healing by means of poetic verse.

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik Maniac Kristiansen

The moment you find yourself wishing you’d be a guard, so you could raid his cell: Maniac // Press shoot for Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War” (2000) // (c) Season Of Mist

PAST INTENSE // When a band is called Skitliv (shit life), you can hardy expect bubble gum pop music. Their debut album “Skandinavisk Misantropi”, however, is next level shit – so dark, it may cause self-destructive behavior and long-lasting feelings of emptiness and frustration. A true masterpiece, created by none other than Sven Erik Kristinansen aka Maniac, former vocalist of black metal legends Mayhem.


AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a blogazine for those who find inspiration, pleasure and beauty in darkness. Who search for it in music, art, fashion, literature, places and other people. Who pay attention to obscure details and dare to take a deeper look. Who enjoy being different, but find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a mindset, a cross-referencer and a common denominator – beyond cliché and niche, genre and gender, limits and boundaries. It unites and invites those who share a passion for everything AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK.

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