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5.0 out of 5 stars Great spectrum of knowledge, 12 May 2013
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This review is from: Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness (Paperback)
I was given this book as a gift from my sister as she knows I'm a large fan of black metal and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in discovering the history and progression of this controversial music scene. This book is by far a quality, interesting read that covers essentially all aspects of the genre, delving into the dark roots from which it grew and rising to the modern scene. It provides in-depth information of countless bands from varying countries in many decades, bearing varying beliefs and musical styles; from the early NSBM that grew out of Poland with such bands as Graveland, to the modern nihilistic, atmospheric approach that has emerged from such bands as Wolves in the throne room from America.
By far the best feature of this book would have to be the diverging from the mainly Norwegian scene that is commonly focused on with documentaries and books. While it still does look into it with excellent analysis, the book also delves into the less renown scenes such as the Greek which I knew nothing about, providing great interviews from many minds actively involved in the scene.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2013 12:46:11 BDT
.. sorry, there must be some confusion, .. hopefully not in the book! To my knowledge Graveland is from Poland, and Switzerland is too small for the even most clandestine NSBM scene. Not that there might be some "solitary practitioners" operating in some mountain caverns. But as a Swiss I can confirm that there is too much democratic freedom in our country to even generate a slightest sympathy in nazi ideology.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2013 10:43:17 BDT
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GITS says:
oh no that was my mistake, just realised that! But yeah i meant poland :O oh right wow, i haven't heard of any NSBM out of switzerland either... just going to edit that to avoid any confusion
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