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DESCRIPTION OF BOOK:
Here's another essential tome for metal bookworms to add to your extreme metal shelf alongside Mudrian's Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore and Moynihan and Soderlind's Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Written by author Daniel Ekeroth (himself a member of Swedish death metal and crust bands like Insision, Diskonto, Soul Devourer, and Dellamorte), Swedish Death Metal is an incredibly in-depth 448-page investigation of one of the world's most influential death metal scenes, collecting an extensive oral history of the amazingly fertile death metal movement that crawled out of the Swedish landscape during the 1980s and 1990s. Ekeroth assembles a fascinating narrative out of first-person accounts from a wide variety of band members, fanzine editors, metal radio disc jockeys, fanatical tape traders, and label owners, tracing the evolution of Swedish DM from the early roots in thrash metal and Swedish hardcore, to early Swedish outfits like Bathory, Obscurity, and Mefisto, to the explosion of death metal that produced classic bands like Merciless, Nihilist, Treblinka, Dismember, Morbid, Grave, Carnage, Entombed, Crematory, Edge Of Sanity, Therion....the list goes on and on. The anecdotal commentary from various denizens of the Swedish extreme metal underground is extensive, and gives a colorful accounting of what went down. One of my favorite things about the book is the attention that Ekeroth gives to the crucial role of underground fanzines and tape trading on the Swedish death metal scene, and there are also several lengthy chapters on the various record labels that were pivotal in spreading the gospel of crushing Death, an entire section that explores the infiltration of black metal into the Swedish underground of the early 90's, the development of the "Gothenburg Sound" that birthed In Flames and At The Gates, the death n' roll offshoots, Swedish crustcore's ties to death metal, and much , much more. It's a lengthy and fascinating read for death metal geeks, filled with Ekeroth's (often quite funny and sarcastic) writing, and is further brought to life with tons of amazing photographs, demo covers, flyers, inserts, fan club ads and gig posters. On top of all of that, the back of the book features two killer appendices, the first being an "A to Z of Swedish Death Metal Bands" that gives you a capsule profile and discography of just about every Swedish death metal band ever, and a comprehensive bibliography of Swedish death metal fanzines with reproductions of covers and Xeroxed ads that has my 'zine-collecting obsession going into overdrive. Fucking awesome.
Proceeds of this auction go towards funding future releases on Chrome Peeler Records.