The Culture of Death


"Death this! Death that! What is your OBSESSION with death?!"

Hang out on the Soulless website for more than a few minutes, and you'll quickly learn we do kinda talk about death a lot, don't we? I mean, our whole ideology is literally based about our inspiration from death. But why death?! How does someone even become obsessed with death?

I know how cliche it is to say that I've always been drawn to the topic, but honestly, I've always been drawn to the topic. Flash back to 2002 when "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls," the debut album by the Murderdolls came out on Roadrunner. I distinctly remember begging my mom to drive me to my local record store to pick up a copy on release day. By that point I had been listening to metal for about two years, but nothing that referenced death, dying, and the dead as much as the Murderdolls did. And from my first play through of the record, I was hooked - songs about grave-robbing, horror movies, and zombies were all I cared about. From there I was introduced to Wednesday 13 and his older projects like the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 to the Misfits, and so on. Horror was what I wanted; horror was what I craved. I found myself obsessed with death - and I was only twelve years old.

Flash forward fifteen years to 2017, and death is still very much a huge part of everything I do. It's in the music I listen to, the movies and television I watch, and even the clothes I wear. Death is everywhere if you know to look for it. Rightfully so - it's the final chapter every single person you know or can think of will experience. We can run from our problems, run from our past, but you cannot run from death. Death is the true god because in the end, we all face it.

Soulless was founded on the culture of death. Like i mentioned before - the music, the movies, the people - the culture of death is alive and well. With genres of music dedicated to the topic, movies that glorify the psychos and ruthless, and art that depicts death and the occult imagery, the death culture is something that definitely is very niche - it is not something for everybody. Not many people can fall asleep to songs written from the perspective of Jack the Ripper or mark their skin with the images of the macabre. But for those who can, Soulless gets you, and that's why we're here.

Does that mean there's something wrong with us? In all honesty, I don't think there is a single thing wrong with death culture or what we stand for. We are not out glorifying suicide, harassing those in mourning, or actually causing physical pain to others. For us, it's more of the dark imagery and fantasy that attracts us. I don't actually want to go out and slaughter a bunch of strippers, but watching a neurotic butcher go and do it? Fuck yeah, give it to me. Got a deathcore band writing about the punishment of his cheating whore of an ex-girlfriend? Believe it or not, it's therapy for us.

But it doesn't end with just the entertainment - the actual process of death is simply engulfing. Because like I mentioned, it's in all of our future. And none of us actually, 100% fully can say what happens. It's that mystery that has caught my attention and held it for years. Death is the great unknown - and in recent years, we've built a full on culture around it.

Is it offensive? It's not for everybody, that's for sure - and that alone is going to make it offensive. But death is a taboo topic still - many people are still very hesitant to talk about it. So while this whole death culture "scene" may not be for everybody, for some to find it offensive - yeah, I absolutely get it. And that's part of the reason we want to open the conversation at Soulless - and our future posts on "death positive" will certainly touch base on that.

For now, you're welcome to ask questions and explore. There's beauty in this culture of death, so put on your death goggles, hop in your coffin and join our cult.


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