From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Death Metal musician and author Ekeroth (Violent Italy) shows a true fan's dedication in this oral history/band index of the thunderous music scene that emerged from frozen, sparsely-populated Sweden in the '80s and early '90s. In his introduction, Ekeroth explains the youth phenomenon that was Swedish Death Metal (it sounds pretty much like you would think) as natural in a country "generally made up of extremely small and boring towns." He writes: "In the small and worthless town of Avesta where I grew up, there were metal bands in every garage, school, and youth center," he writes. Without sensationalizing SDM's dark, flamboyant lyrics, Ekeroth traces the movement that produced more than a thousand bands, from proto-genre "thrash metal" (more punk) to bastard offshoots like "black metal" (more makeup, less fun), through interviews with the musicians, tape-traders and fanzine writers who were there. The furious scene, made up almost entirely of frustrated and disaffected teenagers, would echo the '70s punk revolution in New York and explode with the same powder-keg intensity, before eventually spawning "ridiculously well established" years that meant the death of Death. Maybe worth the price alone is the appendix, an "A to Z of Swedish Death Metal Bands," which features brief profiles and discographies (with Ekeroth's opinions) of every known SDM band, from world-famous At the Gates ("all their albums are classic masterpieces") to Slakt (just one 2005 demo, "probably nerds"). More than 500 black and white photos and illus.
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Book of the Year 2008, Decibel Magazine
"Vastly entertaining"Time Out New York
”Finally, the true story of Swedish death metal! This book brought me back to the good old days”Tomas Lindberg, At the Gates/ Grotesque/Disfear
Death metal ruled my adolescent years. The problem is I don’t remember half of it! This tome of dark recollections is the chance to set things straight.”Nicke Andersson, Nihilist/Entombed/The Hellacopters
Read this book if you are willing to be subjected to the story behind the extreme face-melting, flesh-ripping, ear-slaying, gut-blasting phenomenon known as Swedish death metal!”Chris Reifert, Death/Autopsy
Ekeroth knows of what he writes
5 of 5 stars”Revolver
The charms of Swedish Death Metal are endless
a highly entertaining story filled with colorful characters”PopMatters
A sprawling epic of a book
basically the perfect read for extreme metal fans.”Bravewords & Bloody Knuckles, 9.5 of 10
Death Metal musician and author Ekeroth shows a true fan’s dedication”Publishers Weekly, Starred Review/Pick of the Week
Daniel Ekeroth has impressively balanced a high level of raw data with a loving, subjective tone. Aspiring authors of such future volumes are advised to approach their subjects with the same care and passion.”Metal Maniacs