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Swedish Death Metal is a comprehensive overview of the highly influential and celebrated Swedish death metal scene during its heyday in the late '80s and early '90s. This book, accompanied by illustrations and photos of demos, records, and the bands themselves, celebrates the genre with abundant interviews of almost all the major and minor players. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in extreme metal.
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"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Sweden is a remote country in the freezing northern Europe, with less than nine million inhabitants and a reputation for Volvos, hockey players, cheap furniture, vodka, and blonde women. Since the late 1980s, however, Sweden has produced over a thousand extreme heavy metal bands, creating one of the most respected regional music scenes in the world. This is the improbable history of how a marginalized teen movement crawled from Sweden's small towns and suburbs, and found a lasting place on the world stage. Daniel Ekeroth captures the epic tale with enlightening detail, beginning with Sweden's violent loss of innocence in the 1980s, through the metal's virtual chokehold on the country during the 1990s into the lasting legacy and influence in the turbulent 2000s of the Sunlight guitar tone, the "Gothenburg Sound," and the countless offshoots of Sweden's most lethal cultural export.

This ultimate blow-by-blow account of Swedens legendary death metal underground is based on exclusive interviews with members of Nihilist/ Entombed, In Flames, At the Gates, Dismember, Grave, Hypocrisy, Opeth, Unleashed, Marduk, Morbid, Mob 47, Deranged, Edge of Sanity, Merciless, Therion, Liers in Wait, Carnage, Carcass, Tiamat/Treblinka, Afflicted, Repugnant, and the Haunted.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780979616310
Author:
Ekeroth, Daniel
Publisher:
Bazillion Points Publishing
Author:
Reifert, Chris
Author:
Ekerot, Daniel
Subject:
Heavy Metal
Subject:
Music-Rock Songbooks
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos and illustrations throughou
Pages:
450
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7 x 1.5 in

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Product details 450 pages Bazillion Points Publishing - English 9780979616310 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Sweden is a remote country in the freezing northern Europe, with less than nine million inhabitants and a reputation for Volvos, hockey players, cheap furniture, vodka, and blonde women. Since the late 1980s, however, Sweden has produced over a thousand extreme heavy metal bands, creating one of the most respected regional music scenes in the world. This is the improbable history of how a marginalized teen movement crawled from Sweden's small towns and suburbs, and found a lasting place on the world stage. Daniel Ekeroth captures the epic tale with enlightening detail, beginning with Sweden's violent loss of innocence in the 1980s, through the metal's virtual chokehold on the country during the 1990s into the lasting legacy and influence in the turbulent 2000s of the Sunlight guitar tone, the "Gothenburg Sound," and the countless offshoots of Sweden's most lethal cultural export.

This ultimate blow-by-blow account of Swedens legendary death metal underground is based on exclusive interviews with members of Nihilist/ Entombed, In Flames, At the Gates, Dismember, Grave, Hypocrisy, Opeth, Unleashed, Marduk, Morbid, Mob 47, Deranged, Edge of Sanity, Merciless, Therion, Liers in Wait, Carnage, Carcass, Tiamat/Treblinka, Afflicted, Repugnant, and the Haunted.

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