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Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness [Paperback]

Louis Pattison , Nick Richardson , Brandon Stosuy , Nathan T Birk
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20 Jun 2012
Black Metal is a genre often maligned as overtly concerned with nihilism, destructiveness and an insular obsession with Satanism and aggressive nationalism. In reality, it is a constantly evolving vehicle for musically and ideologically progressive groups and artists, one that is increasingly forward thinking despite maintaining a purity of expression that is tied to the past. Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness is a contemporary reader on this musical genre and features a chronological historical overview of the genre's developments; insights into notable groups and records; interviews regarding DIY distribution, zines, record labels, peripheral industry individuals and shops; archival visual material; and a range of essays discussing Black Metal's inherent relationship with regionality, isolationist literature, fine art, sexuality, transcendentalism and theatrics, amongst other topics. Bands discussed include: Rotting Christ, Varathron, Ulver, Xasthur, Krieg, Graveland, Darkthrone, Wolves in the Throne Room, the associated artists of the French Les Legions Noires movement, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Opera IX, Mortuary Drape, Skyforger, Burzum, Weakling, Liturgy, Mayhem and Marduk. Illustrated with previously unseen archival photography, record covers, ephemera and other diverse aesthetic documentation of the genre, Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness includes newly commissioned essays by Nathan T Birk, journalist Louis Pattison, The Wire writer Nick Richardson, Jérôme Lefèvre and Diarmuid Hester, as well as newly prefixed texts by Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, alongside testimonials by groups and individuals including John "Metalion" Kristiansen, Ulver, Imperial, Trine + Kim Design Studio, Nicola Masciandaro and Jon "Thorns" Jamshid.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK (20 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317729
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness" is an enlightening and informative look at the genre." "About.com""Observations are made from a variety of engaging perspectives throughout, making it essential reading for metal fans, and for anyone open-minded enough to realize that the reality of black metal is far more fascinating than its misrepresentative myths. This is a classic piece of metal literature. A classic piece of literature, full stop." " PopMatters ""Essential for all fans of Black Metal." "Metal Rules"

About the Author

Brandon Stosuy is Editor at Pitchfork, a Contributing Editor for the Believer, and a Music Curator at MoMA/PS1. He writes Pitchfork's monthly metal column, Show No Mercy, and curates a series of underground metal shows using that name. Stosuy has collaborated with the artist Matthew Barney on various events and two zines, TUBAL CAIN and ADAC, and has worked with Kai Althoff, Peter Sotos, Philip Best, Brody Condon, Sasha Grey, Tony Conrad, and others on art installations and performances. Stosuy's anthology of Downtown New York literature, Up Is Up, But So Is Down, was selected by the Village Voice as one of their 25 favorite books of 2006. Louis Pattison is a London-based writer, who has written for publications including Uncut, Zero Tolerance, NME, Guardian Music, The Quietus, Frieze and the Big Issue. He was also editor of Plan B, an acclaimed independently published music and culture title. Nick Richardson is an editor and journalist. He contributes to the London Review of Books and The Wire, among other publications.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection 13 July 2012
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I have been eagerly waiting for the release of this title since November, and I haven't been disappointed. If you enjoyed Masciandro's "Hideous Gnosis" this is the product for you. More academically inclined than Lords of Chaos, and stretches far beyond the Norwegian second wave of Black Metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 27 Nov 2013
By Milja
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Absolutely beautiful read, both visually and information-wise.
Love that the relevant members of the scene gave a lot of input and that it also covers black metal in other forms of art, even graphic design [to my huge delight since i am in that industry, as well].
Only minus i'll give it that it after first 2 chapters it kinda focuses on USBM slightly more than anything else.

Having said all that, my absolute recommendation to any BM fan out there or even just those with a curious mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Interesting Book 5 April 2013
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This is a great book if you are interested in black metal, but more so if you want to learn more about bands and black metal scenes around the world. This doesn't focus on the Norwegian scene, but other scenes around Europe, such as Greece. Lots of great unheard bands listed in this book. Also there is a section on Christophe Szpajdel the "Lord of Logos" who has designed logos for my bands, as well as many others, big and small. Was pleased to see this recognition for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and engaging 21 Nov 2012
a well written, nicely presented exploration of a much misunderstood, easy to dismiss yet still influential subculture which many people still care about.
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