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Swedish Death Metal Paperback – July 29, 2008
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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
Top Customer Reviews
If you are a seasoned metalhead, then you will enjoy this book and remember the good old days. If you are relatively young, like me, then you will get a fascinating look into how the old school Swedish death metal scene was like back then. Every respectable metalhead needs this book on their bookshelves. Really, get it, even if you haven't read anything since Left Hand Path came out, it's an awesome book.
Anyway, what makes the book really good is the approach of the research : contrary to most of books about metal, Swedish Death Metal doesn't focus on sales and biggest bands for the history, but on the underground and the whole demo/fanzine scene... which is in fact what metal is all about. The encyclopedia at the end of the book is pretty useful too, covering most of the swedish death metal bands that rose in the early 90's/late 80's and some more recent acts.
The only minus thing : sometimes, the views on bands and some history are a bit too subjective, but I think death metal addicts can easily correct.
A great book !
The pictures and articles Ekeroth managed to scrape together for this amazing tome compliment the writing and history very well, and being that this is the most money I've spent for a book in a long time, it was worth every penny.
A star gets deducted because, even though it is clarified in the introduction that there a lots of parts that are subjective, there are areas where the author comes off "metal-er than thou." This is especially the case in the index of metal bands where bands that actually made money and became famous (see In Flames) are called "too commercial." Shouldn't the listener/reader be the judge of that? And maybe they are too commercial in Scandinavia, but last I checked an In Flames album would not stand a chance to crack the Top 40 in the American market, which IS way overproduced and manufactured.
That aside it has to be one of the best things I've read in a long time and I'm hoping someone comes along and puts out a book about Children of Bodom and the Finnish metal scene sometime in the near future (preferably in the King's English and not Finnish).
It basically leaves no stones unturned on the origins of these Swedish bands. the book includes first hand accounts from many people in those bands and people involved with zines, radioshows ect
This book is truly hard to put down.
If you are looking for info about In Flames, Dark Tranquillity or other Gothenburg bands do not look here.
The closest you will get is some info from Michael Amott from Arch Enemy but if you didn't know he was apart of the seminal band Carnage.
Get it now!
Tons of demo covers that a lot of people in the undergraond like me, never saw.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
omg!!! wow!!! this has got to be one of the greatest purchases of my life! if you love metal (like the entire world should ;p) you will not be disappointed! Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by evilinfatuation333
Nothing else to say, really. Ekeroth's created something very special for a lot of people and interesting to just about anyone with even a casual interest in underground music of... Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by J. Muxlow
All of the big metal magazines advertised this book, but this isn't really a book on "Swedish death metal. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by J. Goltz
Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth is an easy and enjoyable read
that recounts the glory years of Swedish Death Metal told in large part
through the mouths of those... Read more