Bearded Hero of the Week: Grigori Rasputin

At Adrenochrome Music we rekon Rasputin is Metal as fuck. Born a peasant in a small village along the Tura River in Siberia he rose to become one of the most controversial figures in History. Rasputin became influential within the Russian Royal Court in 1906, its members were obsessed with mysticism and occult practices.

Rasputin’s shrewd grasp of human psychology gradually gained him influence, and he was appointed Imperial Lampkeeper. Rasputin’s reputation was assured when he seemed to heal Alexis, the only son of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, of the rare blood disease Hemophilia. His influence became so strong that his incessant womanizing, drunken parties and frequent clowning around was generally ignored by the Royal Court. It’s even rumoured that Rasputin bedded the Czar’s wife! Lad.

Eventually, his opponents managed to lure him down to a cellar, where they served him cakes and red wine laced with a massive amount of Cyanide. According to legend, Rasputin was unaffected despite the fact that the dosage of poison was large enough to kill 5 men.

Determined to finish the job, Prince Yusupov, his main opponent, became anxious about the possibility that Rasputin might live, Yusupov ran upstairs to consult the others and then came back down to shoot Rasputin in the back with a revolver. Rasputin fell but when Yusupov returned to check on the body Rasputin suddenly opened his eyes and lunged at Yusupov! He throttled Yusupov and attempted to strangle him to death. At that moment, however, the other conspirators arrived and fired shots at Rasputin. After being hit three times in the back, he fell once more.

As they neared his body, the party found that, remarkably, he was still alive, struggling to get up. They clubbed him into submission. Some accounts say that his killers also severed his penis. After binding his body and wrapping him in a carpet, they threw him into the icy Neva River. Yet, he broke out of his bonds and the carpet wrapping him and it is said that he then drowned in the river. One HARD bastard.

So, three days later Rasputin’s body, poisoned, shot four times, badly beaten, and drowned, was recovered from the river.

Rasputin in Metal:

(Reader, if you know of any more please comment!)

Type O Negative – Dead Again(2007)

Mastodon’s tee for ‘The Czar’, designed by Brann Dailor.


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One thought on “Bearded Hero of the Week: Grigori Rasputin

  1. I didn’t know that.

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