Michael Jenkins Moynihan
Michael Jenkins Moynihan is an American journalist and musician. He is best known for co-writing Lords of a book about black metal. Moynihan is founder of the music group Blood Axis, the music label Storm Records and publishing company Dominion Press. Moynihan has interviewed numerous musical figures and has published several books and essays. In the 1990s, Moynihan was characterized as a fascist or neo-fascist by some critics and fans. Moynihan accepted these descriptions with reservations in the 1990s, but in the 2000s dismissed them as inapplicable buzzwords used by "anti-this and anti-that activist types" and denounced the far-right. Moynihan was born in Massachusetts, to a lawyer father. Moynihan identifies his background as Northern European: Irish, English and German. Moynihan attended a private day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he became active in experimental music from 1984, forming Blood Axis in 1989 and releasing his first album under that name in 1995. Moynihan collaborated with Boyd Rice from 1989, in 1990 the two moved into an apartment in Denver.
Like Rice and Thomas Thorn, Moynihan was a member of the Church of Satan at this time. Moynihan appeared as a guest with Rice and James N. Mason on a special episode of Bob Larson's Christian radio talk show titled "Manson Maniacs". During the summer of 1991, Moynihan states that he was visited at his apartment by agents of the United States Secret Service about an alleged plot to assassinate then-President of the United States George H. W. Bush. Moynihan agreed to a polygraph test, no charges were filed. Moynihan stated that it was a simple case of intimidation stemming from his correspondence with Charles Manson and visits to Sandra Good. Moynihan stated that he felt that he had been monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1984, that they had taken his luggage on an occasion, that they had once called his father, admitting to him that they had taken a parcel from his mail. Moynihan cited his then-friendship with Peter Sotos as a potential cause. Differences between Boyd Rice and Michael Moynihan led to an acrimonious split between the two in the mid-1990s, though Rice would remember their time together fondly and refer positively to Moynihan.
After the split, Moynihan disassociated himself with Rice and was no longer involved with the Abraxas Foundation. Moynihan has been a member of the small Asatru collective Wulfing Kindred since 1994. In 1995, Moynihan released the first full-length album by Blood Axis, The Gospel of Inhumanity, moved from Denver to Portland, where he became an editor at Feral House, a publishing company owned by Adam Parfrey. After studying language and history at the University of Colorado and Portland State University, Moynihan received his B. A. in German language in 2001. Moynihan is one of the editors of TYR: Myth – Culture – Tradition and the North American editor of Rûna. In 1992, Moynihan edited and published a collection of writings by National Socialist Mansonite James N. Mason into a book entitled Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason. In 1998, Feral House published the book Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, which Moynihan co-authored with Norwegian journalist Didrik Søderlind.
It won the 1998 Firecracker Alternative Press Award. During this period, Moynihan contributed to various magazines and journals, including Seconds and The Scorpion. Among the artists and figures he has interviewed are power electronics founder Whitehouse. In 2001, Moynihan co-authored The Secret King with Stephen Flowers. 2001 saw Moynihan editing a reprint of Julius Evola's book Introduction to Magic published in 1929, in 2002, he edited the first English language translation of Evola's 1953 book Men Among the Ruins. In 2005, Moynihan edited and published a collection of essays by British writer John Michell entitled Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist. Moynihan is best known for his 1998 account of the early Norwegian black metal scene. Reviews of Lords of Chaos have been mixed, with several critics praising the book for offering an informative or at least interesting view on a obscure subculture, winning the 1998 Firecracker Alternative Press Award; the publication was sometimes criticized for a perceived lack of distance towards its subject matter.
This was considered alarming to groups and figures that had accused Moynihan of right-wing sympathies, charges which Moynihan has dismissed as inapplicable due to the "intricacies of such subjects". Tyr: Myth—Culture—Tradition is a journal edited by Moynihan together with Joshua Buckley; the publication is named after the Germanic god. The editors state that it "celebrates the traditional myths and social institutions of pre-Christian, pre-modern Europe." The first issue was published in 2002 under the ULTRA imprint in Georgia. The editorial preface of Tyr, vol. 1 defines an anti-modern, anti-capitalist ideal of "Radical Traditionalism" encompassing: Resacralization of the world versus materialism. Natural social hierarchy versus an artificial hierarchy based on wealth; the tribal community versus the nation-state. Stewardship of the earth versus the "maximization of resources." A harmonious relationship between men and women versus the "war between the sexes." Handicraft and artisanship