I understand that point of view, although I don't share it. (Should Jimmy Page have not played the blues because he was not an ex-slave from rural Mississippi?) The way I see it, music transcends bloodlines and nationalism and all that. I understand, though that black metal is often based on heritage. It's also, often, based on nature worship, though, and that's where we agree, Marksveld. That's a major part of my point with the whole Injun thing. They were worshiping the nature in which we live for thousands of years. Even if you feel wrong about playing music with a Native American influence, researching the religions of the tribes and nations which once called where you live home should help to make a more American form of black metal. Alot of the US is alot like northern Europe. We've got mountains(sort of), forests and snow up here in Michigan. We also have the best of the Great Lakes, though. Also, our woods are different from those of Ohio in many ways. They must be hugely different from those in Norway. We've got wetlands, rivers and smaller lakes... it's a different environment than anywhere I've been. Another thought I've had along the pagan angle is that of Voodoo. Also, the southwestern angle holds boundless possibilities. Hey, how about a song (or better yet, a whole album) based in the old west where a German preacher, an escaped slave and a Mestizo find a kinship on a trip through the mountains headed for California? Sure sounds American to me.