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    Black Metal: European Roots & Musical Extremities

    Edited by Troy Southgate.

    Black front press has a lot of interesting titles, Troy seems to put in much work. The books are only 15 GBP incl. worldwide shipping




    FROM the snow-covered environs of Norway and secluded graveyards of England to the dark forests of Germany and remote woodlands of Poland and Ukraine, an unstoppable Black Metal beast has dominated the extreme end of the musical scale for more than two decades. Black Metal is an aesthetic, an emotion, an attitude and, for many, a way of life. Exposing the inner workings of your delicate eardrums to unbridled screams of primeval fury, an unending torrent of galloping rhythms and indomitable wall of buzzing guitars is like being thrown head-first into the whirling eye of a chthonic vortex.

    Black Metal can be disturbing, invigorating, provoking and empowering. One persistent and enduring image that is often associated with Black Metal is that of semi-comedic corpse-paint, futile church-burnings and Satanic ritual; but the genre itself can often take on a decidedly political and cultural form and many of its exponents have controversial views and opinions that are frequently overlooked by the commentators of the underground music industry. We aim to examine some of those tendencies in this book.

    Ever since Varg Vikernes was courting media headlines for all the wrong reasons, Black Metal – like a fine wine, perhaps - has matured a great deal. The steady process of counter-cultural ripening has led to the formation of various sub-genres, among them Viking Metal, Progressive Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal, Symphonic Black Metal and National Socialist Black Metal. So whether you like your Black Metal traditional and ground-breaking like Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer; raw and brutal like Mayhem, Emperor and Immortal; slick and polished like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Old Man's Child; or politically controversial like Graveland, Drudkh and Absurd; this book is for you. Contributors include Troy Southgate, Hendrik Möbus (Absurd), Alex Kurtagic (Supernal), Jarl von Hagall (Der Stürmer), Alexander Wieser (Uruk-Hai), Richard Brass (Wodensthrone), Gareth Giles (Hrafnblóð), Matt Kay (Wodfreca Records), Elena Semenyaka, Erik Proft, Smierc Polarstern, Neil Hiatt, Nils Wegner and Chris G. Hicks.

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    Interview with Troy Southgate, editor of "Black Metal: European Roots"

    http://www.examiner.com/article/inte...european-roots

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    Interesting, but where exactly may I place an order?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olavssønn View Post
    Interesting, but where exactly may I place an order?
    "**FIVE BOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF FOUR!!** Due to the popularity of our recent book offer, we have decided to bring back the chance for you to buy five titles from Black Front Press at the great price of just £60 (including postage). This will save you a total of £15. Titles include Strasser, Evola, Crowley, Nietzsche, Woden, Codreanu, Pound, Eliot, Mishima, Bowden, Spengler, Further Writings, Adventures in Counter-Culture, Behold the Hammer, Le Salon (Volume 1), Helios (Volumes 1-3) and our new book on Black Metal. The Paypal address is blackfrontpress@yahoo.co.uk"

    If you only want one book it costs 15 GBP incl. international shipping.

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    I find it interesting that he includes bands from all those countries.

    If he just concentrated on the bands of Norway....the origins of Black Metal.....he'd be able to dig deeper.

    And including a band like Cradle Of Filth in a Black Metal book doesn't make sense.....while they might use some BM techniques...they are not Black Metal in any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suncross View Post
    I find it interesting that he includes bands from all those countries.

    If he just concentrated on the bands of Norway....the origins of Black Metal.....he'd be able to dig deeper.
    Although black metal was further developed in Norway, you don't find the earliest black metal-manifestations in Norway. The English band Venom coined the term, but their music didn't resemble the sound-landscape that we most often associate with the black metal genre today. The Swedish band Bathory, however, used the high-pitched guttural vocals and a much darker and more extreme musical style before anyone started doing that in Norway. Their first album was released in 1984, and I think they already back then sounded more like "Norwegian Black Metal" than the earliest music performed by Mayhem, one of the oldest bands in the Norwegian scene.

    This one is from 1987, though (one of my personal favourites):

    Massacre - Bathory


    I'm not saying that the Norwegian role in the development of the Black Metal-sound is overestimated (because it's not), but the Norwegian scene didn't fully create the black metal-sound themselves.

    And including a band like Cradle Of Filth in a Black Metal book doesn't make sense.....while they might use some BM techniques...they are not Black Metal in any way.
    I don't think they're really a serious Black Metal-band, although they're influenced by the style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suncross View Post
    I find it interesting that he includes bands from all those countries.

    If he just concentrated on the bands of Norway....the origins of Black Metal.....he'd be able to dig deeper.

    And including a band like Cradle Of Filth in a Black Metal book doesn't make sense.....while they might use some BM techniques...they are not Black Metal in any way.
    It's the first book on black metal that isn't all about the Norwegian scene, even though Lords of Chaos had a small section on the French bands, which is why I'm quite eager to buy it!!

    I don't think they're really a serious Black Metal-band, although they're influenced by the style.
    They never really described themselves as black metal, not even in the beginning...I find it really annoying when people call them "False BM" or anything of that sort because they never aligned themselves as such. I don't like COF at all but yeah.
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    I'm sure this song is already well known on this forum, but it's interesting to note the folk-metal band Eluveitie, often singing gaulish, a dead celtic language.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msRy4vcSX4k

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