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True Norwegian Black Metal Hardcover – May 20, 2008

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"When we're on the road, all we watch is VBS, and our favorite series is Norwegian Black Metal." -- Dave Grohl

About the Author

American documentary photographer Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VICE Books; Deluxe edition (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576874354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576874356
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1 x 14.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, what a deal Amazon has on this. Pretty much half off what a person would pay in the store.

Anyway, like the other reviews here, this book is no slouch. It's meant for the coffee table and if you don't have a coffee table then it garners an extra seat on the couch. When people visit they have to sit next to the large front cover of Nattefrost holding up his inverted crucifix. It's definitely a conversation starter.

I've been a fan of this sub-genre of metal for a while now. I'm not going to lie and say that I've liked it or even knew about the "second wave" when it was happening. I was happily listening to my death, thrash, and classic metal albums at the time. But, when I finally did discover it, I found a new form of extreme music that paralleled my tastes at the time (around 1996).

Pros: Peter Beste's True Norwegian Black Metal captures some of the most memorable photos of the scene throughout the years. My favorites are in here and it's nice to have them on hand and just sit and look at the various photos in detail. There is additional information and old reviews/interviews with the Norwegian black metal alumni near the back as well as a tribute to ex-Mayhem vocalist "Dead". I was expecting to see Dead's body (Dawn of the Black Hearts) but alas, it was nowhere to be found. I'm neither disappointed or elated.

Cons: There is an index with page numbers and names of individuals and/or bands, but a lot of good the page numbers do when the pages have no numbers printed on them! That's probably my only gripe.

Objectively, looking on the scene then and now, my opinion remains slightly mixed on the scene's ideals, chest thumping, and rebellion.
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I'm sure most black metal fans are familiar with Peter Beste's True Norwegian Black Metal. We've seen the selections that are online, and maybe you've been lucky enough to attend one of the shows. I haven't.

Just got the book today after preordering it. It's amazing. The book itself is quite large and impressive. The quality of the paper and binding is good in my opinion. There are many more photographs here than what you may have seen online, and as a whole they are really impressive from a aesthetic perspective. I like the choice of quotations to go along with the work. Also includes some older photos, letters and articles documenting the Mayhem story as well.

You owe it to yourself to buy this. It's definitely a nice thing to have in your collection for anyone interesting in Norwegian BM. $40 bucks well spent!
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I've heard about Peter Beste and this book from a long time ago, I was always curious about it but I have never decided to purchase it until I found a really great offer here in Amazon.
First of all, the book is really huge, with pages and hardcover made of materials of the greatest quality.
The book itself contains a high load of photographs from lots of characters from the norwegian black metal scene, here you can find live photos of typical corpse painted bands or individuals, but you can also see Samoth (Emperor and Zyklon member) playing with his doughter, Nattefrost (Carpathian Forest) smoking heroine in his kitchen(!), Fenriz (Darkthrone) headbanging in his room, members from Immortal walking in the woods or Ghaal (Gorgoroth) standing in front of his cabin atop of the mountain.
The photos are all of them nicely done, looks like Mr. Beste knows something about photography! Seriously, Peter Beste have done here a great job, he's a very skilled guy.
Apart from photographs, the book also contains an introduction written by Metalion, founder of Slayer Magazine; a three page norwegian black metal timeline that goes from the christianization of Norway in 995 A.D. to the denial of parole to Varg Vikernes in 2006, very detailed; some scanned fanzine interviews to people like Euronymus, Dead or Emperor; and some old photos from the church burnings or the infamous kerrang interview to Varg.
If you are into black metal and into bands like Carpathian Forest, Emperor, Taake, Enslaved, Windir or 1349, get yourself a copy, it is worth the money!
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Black Metal, as a musical genre (within its second wave) can be defined between the early to mid 1990's, originating in the unassuming Germanic country of Norway. They were, needless to say, not prepared for what this meant; dark, dangerous and loud, this youth movement idolized all things brutal and extreme, from Satan to eugenics. It resulted in millions of dollars in property damage, the desecration of national treasures (thousand year-old churches and cemeteries to name a few), a resurgence of national socialist/atavistic ideals, murder and suicide. All the while, producing some of the most inspired music and visuals the metal genre has experienced in the past thirty years.

Following the work of photographer Peter Beste's documentation of this frenzy-fueled movement at it's core, it is, like its music, unpolished and raw. For every beautifully depicted, seemingly produced photo comes with it all the by-the-numbers backstage footage. High grain content (implying high speed film), while jarring for the typical art book enthusiast, is very appropriate in this case and speaks to the content perfectly: a visceral expression, as stripped down and basic as you can make it. It would be better for you to look at Beste's body of work not so much as a photo book as historic content. It being one of the few first-hand accounts of the movement itself is vital to posterity as much as in charting the incestuous genealogy that is (at days end) rock and roll music.

A brief moment, a mere blip in music, leaving its indelibly savage imprint on society as a whole: as the title implies, this is "true" Norwegian Black Metal.
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