In the last two decades, a bizarre and violent musical subculture called "Black Metal" has emerged in Norway. Its roots stem from a heady blend of horror movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Paganism, and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.
Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume One is the second full-length book in Dayal Patterson's 'Black Metal Cult' series of books and like the others, can be read completely independently. Comprised entirely of new and exclusive interviews with: Satyricon/Storm/Moonfog, Manes, Kampfar, Solefald, Wardruna/Jotunspur/Gorgoroth), Xantotol, Arkona, Mastiphal, Evilfeast, Mgla/Kriegsmaschine, Strid, Bethlehem, Silencer, Forgotten Tomb And Total Negation.
Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult (Extreme Metal)
Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult features over one hundred exclusive new and archival interviews with the genre's most central figures. It is the most comprehensive guide yet to this fascinating and controversial form of extreme metal. It is encyclopaedic in length and breadth.From the early 1980s pioneers to its fiery rebirth in Scandinavia through to today's increasingly diverse groups, this epic tome captures the movement's development in unparalleled detail and images through such bands and personalities as Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Behemoth, Tormentor, Emperor, Darkthrone, Samael, Gorgoroth, and many dozens of others.Increasingly influential, black metal continues to grow and expand as a musical form as well as the subject of serious and satirical, animated, documentary, and narrative feature films.Publisher Feral House has already published the most famous and award-winning book about this subculture, Lords of Chaos, soon to become a narrative feature film directed by Jonas Ackerlund, an ex-black metal musician who has directed feature films and award-wining videos for the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Issue 1 ("Incipit") of Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory. Not to be confused with metal studies, music criticism, ethnography, or sociology, Black Metal Theory is a speculative and creative endeavor, one which seeks ways of thinking that count as Black Metal events — and indeed, to see how Black Metal might count as thinking. Theory of Black Metal, and Black Metal of theory. Mutual blackening. Therefore, we eschew any approach that treats theory and Metal discretely, preferring to take the left-hand path by insisting on “some kind of connaturality between the two, a shared capacity for nigredo.” Issue 1: Incipit includes: Zareen Price, “Dilation: Editor’s Preface” — Janet Silk, “Open a Vein: Suicidal Black Metal and Enlightenment” — Timothy Morton, “At the Edge of the Smoking Pool of Death: Wolves in the Throne Room” — Elodie Lesourd, “Baptism or Death: Black Metal in Contemporary Art, Birth of a New Aesthetic Category” — Amelia Ishmael, “The Night is No Longer Dead; it has a life of its own” [featuring artwork by: Alexander Binder, Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert, Ibrahim R. Ineke, Alessandro Keegan, Irena Knezevic, Allen Linder, Gean Moreno, and Nine Yamamoto-Masson] — David Prescott-Steed, “Frostbite on My Feet: Representations o...
Black Metal is a genre often maligned as overtly concerned with nihilism, destructiveness and an insular obsession with Satanism and aggressive nationalism. In reality, it is a constantly evolving vehicle for musically and ideologically progressive groups and artists, one that is increasingly forward thinking despite maintaining a purity of expression that is tied to the past.The formative events that, in equal measure, shocked and fascinated the tabloids of Norway and the international Metal underground in the early 1990s have given way to pan-academic appraisal, far-reaching musical appropriation and new conceptions of regional and stylistic self-identity.Black Metal Beyond the Darkness aims to look past the much-discussed Second Wave spearheaded by groups and artists such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone and Emperor, with a new focus on a number of the form’s lesser-reported international scenes; developments in the selling and distribution of Black Metal through labels, stores and distros; idiosyncratic aesthetics and inherent notions of theatricality; Black Metal’s relationship with the world of Fine Art; and oral recollections of the genre’s development, amongst other topics.Illustrated with previously unseen archival photography, record covers, ephemera and other div...
A Journey in Darkness: The Life and Music of a Man Called "IT"
This is the story of Tony “IT” Särkkä, one of the greatest metal musicians of all time, the evil genius behind some of the 90's best heavy metal bands. He was the creative force behind such acts as Vondur, Ophthalamia, Abruptum, and others. And then at the height of his creativity, he walked away from the scene. And then he came back to front one the most dynamic industrial bands of all time: 8thSin. Sadly, we lost Tony in 2017, but the music and the legacy he left behind will live on forever. Join me on this journey in darkness to explore the life and music of one of metal's greatest icons.
Defenders of the Faith: The Heavy Metal Photography of Peter Beste
The religious ferocity of Heavy Metal fandom is one of the most fervent in the history of subculture. The display of this fervor has been channeled and distilled throughout time into one sacred object: the battle vest. Often referred to as the Kutten (German for monk’s robe), the battle vest serves a multitude of purposes: as a musical CV, a badge of authenticity, a creative practice of identity, and a fashion statement. Defenders of the Faith documents the timeless and universal concept of fandom through the elevation of the battle vests, revering them beyond the sweaty bodies they adorn and the pits they live in, to the status of religious artifact. Photographer Peter Beste has been documenting subcultures for over 20 years. His first book True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice Books) was a portrayal of the extreme end of the genre and the stunning photos contained within translated far beyond the niche fans of the music, selling tens of thousands of copies. His critically acclaimed follow up book Houston Rap showed his breadth as a photographer and Juxtapoz called it “An astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.” Defenders of the Faith is Beste’s fourth book that has been edited by Boo-Hooray's Johan Kugelburg and his photographic treatment ...
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Peter Beste Black Metal
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