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A Textbook Rather Than Another "Lords of Chaos",
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This review is from: Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge (Paperback)
Buyers expecting a book in the same vein as "Lords of Chaos", "Lucifer Rising" or "Choosing Death" will likely be disappointed. Kahn-Harris's book is a textbook, based on a PhD study and is structured like a thesis. It's a sociology book rather than a book about music (hence the 3 star rating).
Having said that, it is an interesting factual analysis of the extreme metal scene, its history, psychology, fandom and codes of ethics, though the style is dry which makes for heavy going at times.