Prior to purchase I had not read any of the reviews, nor seen a copy of this book for sale anywhere. It was a blind purchase based on my interest of black metal.
When it arrived I was surprised at the sheer size of the book, it's similar to one of the large art books, it is weighty and feels like a quality book with its glossy thick pages and double spread photos.
If you are buying this book in the hope to read about black metal - don't, this is not for you. This is an art book with some of the most personal and candid photos of the guys that started the black metal movement.
Although you may spend a couple of hours at first flicking through it, it's not the type of book you would pick up on a regular basis. It's something to treasure and look back on over the years. If this sounds for you then I highly recommend buying this to add to your collection.
Bought this book as a present for a musician who has been involved in the genre/scene for more than ten years and was quite happy of getting it, so if the same applies to you, this will be a good addition to your library. Photographically speaking, most of the shots are either candid pictures taken backstage/during private moments or live photos, though there are several promotional shots that most black metal fans will recognise. Considering the large format of the book and the means used to take the shots (most of them on regular film, not medium format or higher, at the times of course digital photography wasn't standard) some of them may have degraded, but the grittines and grain actually enhances the overall appeal, as well as the inclusion of a fanzine section at the end of the book. There are also several pages dedicated to the whole "satanic mafia" arsons/murders, with news coverage from Uk and local tabloids and music press.
Amazing book, have waited for it for many years to be published. Beautiful images and a wonderful size which really does justice to the pictures. Would recommend it not only to those interested in unusual portrait photography, but also metallers who want a deeper understanding of the Black and Extreme metal ethos which encompasses the music. Beste did an amazing job.
I'll keep this brief as I am sure that the huge majority of people that are looking at this item are already aware of the book's contents.
In this book, Peter Beste shows his true admiration for the Norwegian Black Metal scene. The photos can be outstanding, hilarious, candid or any combination of these; providing a true insight into the sometimes mysterious world of Black Metal.
The book is beautifully printed on heavy stock and looks like it could easily withstand a lifetime of browsing. The inclusion of Slayer Magazine pieces about Black Metal's early days and the outrageously incorrect "Kerrang" articles at the back of the book were a surprising and very welcome bonus.
I heartily recommend this book to any fan of Norwegian Black Metal.
This is one amazing book on the history of black metal in Norway,capturing the true essential images of the scene as it evolved the images are outstanding, there's alot of thought gone into this book,if you love black metal it's a must for any fan! Theres loads of quality photos a great source book for old and new fans. Brilliant. Peter Beste I salute you
excellent size some disturbing photos,some sad and also some beautiful scenic photos of norway.Absolutly love this book even with the dark matter which is contained within the book it gives me so many different emotions when looking through the pages.
This book, is as very satisfying book, this book is for any black metal fan or anyone interested in black metal. This super sized book, contains great pieces of black metal photography in very high quality. The black metal time line is great and all the mayhem newspaper articles is a true bonus. This is by far my faveroute book, I recommend this to everyone!
A beautifully detailed, atmospheric collection of photos and articles relating to the genre; don't expect much of a read, but for visual theatre (and some moments of bathos, especially the shots on the streets) this is a treat.
fantastic photographs from a great sub genre of the metal world. There are some very well thought out shots and some strange locations but all in all a very good book and a must for any black metal fan