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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Bazillion Points (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097961631X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979616310
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from Daniel's book as this was very much an impulse purchase. With the exception of Grave and Entombed, the Swedish scene at the time passed me by as I was more into their British and American counterparts, and later the Norwegian Black Metal scene. I missed a lot it seems!

This is an unashamed and honest look at the scene and makes no claims to be 100% accurate, being compiled from the demos, fanzines and the recollections of those within Sweden's death metal community - including the author himself. The music comes first throughout the book and shuns sensationalism, which lends a greater air of authority to the text.

Swedish death metal's punk and thrash origins are explored, the (quasi-)parallel development of the black metal genre runs throughout, and the legacy of the scene completes the history. No genre is completely isolated, so it was great to have this information included and usually impartial... well, with some slightly unfair knocking of the black metal bands across the border.

The author's knowledge and passion shines through with a wonderfully thorough (and frequently amusing!) list of bands, recordings and fanzines rounding out the book. Demo covers, fanzine extracts, band photos, posters and flyers form an amazing visual record of the years and got me very nostalgic for my own experiences of the UK scene.

A fine addition to any extreme metaller's bookshelf alongside Albert Mudrian's "Choosing Death".
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Pretty detailed but very opinionate book. I really enjoyed it and I will refer it to friends in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The definitive history of Swedish Death Metal 17 Oct. 2008
By Morbid Devourment - Published on
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a few weeks ago, as the cover is simply amazing, and I love death metal. I am currently about half way through and it has been a goretastic ride. Daniel Ekeroth writes the book from his point of view as a kid growing up in Sweden as a death metalhead. It recounts the origins of extreme music in Sweden, starting with the hardcore/punk bands in the early 80's. The book segues into the early thrash scene in Southern California, and how it impacted the youngsters in Sweden. Daniel tells of a bunch of Swedish bands that I have never heard of, but he writes about them so well that I want to listen to all of them. There are hundreds of band/album/demo photos as well to illustrate the scene.

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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Maybe one of the best books about metal I read ! 23 Nov. 2008
By Neniam Ree - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a must-have for any swedish metal fan, but I think it's pretty obvious with the title...

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 !
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 2 Feb. 2010
By J. Terrana - Published on
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Like any book on music there are a lot of parts in the book that are subjective. That being said this is the most in-depth, interesting, and well researched book not just on metal but on any topic I've read concerning music.

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).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book on metal ever? 8 Oct. 2009
By Michael P. Grefski - Published on
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With it's diligent research, copious rare graphics, enthusiastic delivery and quality printing, this just may be the best book ever written on any aspect of heavy metal. It goes to show just how well the music can be documented when you have an author that really gives a damn! The author deserves our gratitude and praise for the amount of work and love put into this book, which is staggering in it's exhaustive nature.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
True history from the dawn of Swedish Death Metal 18 Aug. 2008
By J. McKemy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great read that has input from just about every major Swedish Death Metal Band that were part of creating and defining Swedish Death Metal (At the Gates, Dismember, Entombed, etc). Lots of great quotes and historical "facts" of how it all began and how it changed metal forever. If you are a fan of this style of music you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!!!
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