From Publishers Weekly
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-- 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
Vastly entertaining -- Time Out New York
Painstakingly researched...a true labor of love, and an addictive read. --Albert Mudrian, Decibel Magazine
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
STARRED WEB EXCLUSIVE PICK OF THE WEEK: 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 illustrations. --Publishers Weekly
Painstakingly researched...a true labor of love, and an addictive read. --Albert Mudrian, DECIBEL Magazine