A Louisiana man convicted of burning down three black churches in 2019 was sentenced to 25 years in prison and fined $3 million. Holden Matthew, 23, a Black Metal musician, was wanting to use these arson attacks to raise his Black Metal musician profile.
He was ordered to pay restitution of $590,000 to St. Mary Baptist Church, $970,000 to Greater Union Baptist Church and $1,100,000 to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, all in the Opelousas, Louisiana, area.
“Matthews admitted to setting the fires because of the religious character of these buildings, in an effort to raise his profile as a ‘Black Metal’ musician by copying similar crimes committed in Norway in the 1990s. Matthews further admitted that, after setting the third fire, he posted photographs and videos on Facebook that showed the first two churches burning. Matthews admitted that he had taken these photographs and videos in real time on his cell phone, as he watched those churches burn, and that he had posted them to Facebook in an effort to promote himself in the Black Metal community,” the DOJ said.
I had never heard of “Black metal” before, but here is how Wikipedia describes it:
Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, a shrieking vocal style, heavily distorted guitars played with tremolo picking, raw recording, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on atmosphere. Artists often appear in corpse paint and adopt pseudonyms.