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Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult Paperback – February 13, 2014
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"Anyone who has picked up any UK metal mags over the past few years would recognise Dayal’s writing. And anyone who has ran into him at a gig over the past few years will recognise the burden of putting together a phone-book sized history of a metal subgenre that has thrived on half-truths, legend and scandal. Said burden could haveshould have turned Dayal all shades of Senator Palpatine, but it looks like it has gone to press just in time." - Decibel Magazine
"Offering an unparalleled level of detail, and spanning 600 pages, Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult’ captures the progress of one of metal’s most dangerous and exciting genres." -Terrorizer
"Author Patterson has pulled off the remarkable trick of covering 30 years' worth of extreme heavy metal, from its garage beginnings to the murderous second wave and finally to the disparate chaos of today.To his credit, Patterson doesn't repeat other book's mistakes by focussing solely on the Oslo scene of the early 90s, though those events (murders, church-burnings and grave desecrations) get their own in-depth chapters. His book adds plenty of previously unread interviews with the main culprits, leading to new perspectives on the original shortlist of innovators (Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer) as much as the modern and frankly confusing wave of bands. It's easy to recommend this book: it's the most ambitious work on black metal so far attempted." - Joel McIver, Record Collector Magazine
Unlike other books and documentaries on the subject, Patterson approaches the genre from an insider’s perspective, providing an exciting account of nearly 30 years’ worth of black metal history, two decades of which he found himself firmly rooted; a purposeful tome meant to enrich, enlighten and examine the artistic, musical, and spiritual development of the genre and the creative work, ideologies and often colourful lives of some of its most significant bands. - Zero Tolerance Magazine
With the arrival of British music writer Dayal Patterson’s excellent book, we have a collection of the best journalism and photo archival work of the lot. It completes the unholy trinity” of BM books. It is an extremely diligent and well-informed publication that leaves almost nothing out of the history of the genre, containing many previously unreported facts and stories. This is no lazy collection of old interviews thrown together in haste. It is a modern masterpiece of the declining art of music journalism. - Vice Magazine
It’s a fascinating overview of Black Metal written by a seriously otaku expert on the genre. At nearly 500 pages, it’s instantly the defining book on Black Metal, even a kind of minor masterpiece of the rock book form, featuring dozens of interviews with the luminaries (would that be the right word?) of the Black Metal scene. I got totally lost in it. - Dangerous Minds
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While it may be a matter of personal taste, my one criticism would be the overlooking of particular bands (Immortal, Ancient, Abigor, Summoning) in favor of some of others who have had less of an impact (DHG, Storm, etc.). Perhaps it was just the accessibility of the aforementioned bands' products in the States (getting imports in the US was a challenge at this time) that made them important to me, but it seems odd to have not spent time on them.
If you are a long time fan of the genre, this book is a solid collection of stories and reflections, with enough new information to make it a worthwhile read. If you are newer to the scene, it is a large but digestible overview of one of he more intriguing sub-cultures of the last 30 years.
I'm learning a lot about this genre and gaining an appreciation for it by reading this. It's gotten me to check out bands I hadn't been too familiar with. You can tell the writer put in a lot of time and effort in putting together this book.
If you are a metal fan, or have an interest in learning about metal, or specifically black metal (even if you're just a music fan in general and enjoy books about music) I would recommend this book. If I have anything to add after finishing this book I'll edit my review later on...
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After reading "Lords of Chaos," I was left with the impression that Black Metal was defined solely by Varg Vikernes' criminal racist battiness and the genre extended no... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Erebus
In a word: Brilliant. One can pick at a few things (bands explored/not explored) here and there but in the aggregate this is a very well written and researched book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maria Pilar Santos Pestonit
Super informational, not for those who are just interested in salacious tabloid stories. For those who love the music.Published 6 months ago by Bossy Boots
Well-researched book, but not necessarily inspiringly written. Also, I don't agree with any book that claims to chart the "evolution" of a music genre, but has chapters... Read morePublished 6 months ago by 1-0
Very descriptive. There is a lot of information and it was the perfect gift for my metal fact seeking boyfriendPublished 8 months ago by Katelyn
Good book that cover the history of black metal thru the most important bands and the evolution of the sound and ideology.Published 8 months ago by Oscar Lozano
This book accomplishes to bring a more balanced outlook on black metal as opposed to a biased one telling personal, cultural stories, musical development. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C5B6