Just a few months after a movie was made about the Norwegian black metal scene, which also chronicles the church burnings in the early 90s, news comes of a New Zealand metalhead who is charged with multiple church fires.
Jacob Lowenstein is 28-years-old, plays in the bands Igni, Oblivion Dawn, and Secularity, is being tried in court on two charges of arson – and one of unlawfully taking a vehicle, according to the The New Zealand Herald.
Two churches – one in Christchurch and one on the West Coast – were damaged by fire last month.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Upper Riccarton suffered damage to a building used as a study centre around 2am on March 11.
Two days later, firefighters had to battle a major blaze at a Greymouth church.
Stuff reports one of the fires "caused enough damage for the building to need demolition."
Lowenstein is scheduled to be tried in court today.
A Metal Injection commenter noted he came up in the same scene as Lowenstein, and Lowenstein has a history of mental issues and a criminal history having nothing to do with his connections to the metal scene in the area.