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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936239752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936239757
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"Dayal's knack for a riveting, conscientious narrative - combined with a lifelong knowledge of the scene and a rare level of trust from all involved - leaves behind the sensationalism and various agendas so many authors and documentary makers have brought to bear on black metal, and treats it instead as the still vibrant and turbulent artform all genuine fans will recognise first and foremost, while still providing revelatory insights for fans both old and new." -"Metal Hammer"
"Anyone who has picked up any UK metal mags over the past few years would recognise Dayal's writing. And anyone who has ran into him at a gig over the past few years will recognise the burden of putting together a phone-book sized history of a metal subgenre that has thrived on half-truths, legend and scandal. Said burden could have--should have turned Dayal all shades of Senator Palpatine, but it looks like it has gone to press just in time." - "Decibel Magazine"
"Offering an unparalleled level of detail, and spanning 600 pages, 'Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult' captures the progress of one of metal's most dangerous and exciting genres." -"Terrorizer"
"Author Patterson has pulled off the remarkable trick of covering 30 years' worth of extreme heavy metal, from its garage beginnings to the murderous second wave and finally to the disparate chaos of today.To his credit, Patterson doesn't repeat other book's mistakes by focussing solely on the Oslo scene of the early 90s, though those events (murders, church-burnings and grave desecrations) get their own in-depth chapters. His book adds plenty of previously unread interviews with the main culprits, leading to new perspectives on the original shortlist of innovators (Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer) as much as the modern and frankly confusing wave of bands. It's easy to recommend this book: it's the most ambitious work on black metal so far attempted." - Joel McIver, "Record Collector Magazine"
Unlike other books and documentaries on the subject, Patterson approaches the genre from an insider's perspective, providing an exciting account of nearly 30 years' worth of black metal history, two decades of which he found himself firmly rooted; a purposeful tome meant to enrich, enlighten and "examine the artistic, musical, and spiritual development of the genre and the creative work, ideologies and often colourful lives of some of its most significant bands. - "Zero Tolerance Magazine"
With the arrival of British music writer Dayal Patterson's excellent book, we have a collection of the best journalism and photo archival work of the lot. It completes the "unholy trinity" of BM books. It is an extremely diligent and well-informed publication that leaves almost nothing out of the history of the genre, containing many previously unreported facts and stories. This is no lazy collection of old interviews thrown together in haste. It is a modern masterpiece of the declining art of music journalism. - "Vice Magazine"
It's a fascinating overview of Black Metal written by a seriously otaku expert on the genre. At nearly 500 pages, it's instantly the defining book on Black Metal, even a kind of minor masterpiece of the rock book form, featuring dozens of interviews with the luminaries (would that be the right word?) of the Black Metal scene. I got totally lost in it. - "Dangerous Minds"

About the Author

Dayal began writing professionally in 2005, having previously created a self-published music journal entitled Crypt Magazine. Since that time he has contributed regularly to the likes of Record Collector, The Quietus, Terrorizer, Decibel, Classic Rock Presents... and, most prominently, Metal Hammer magazine, whom he has written for since 2006, providing numerous lead and cover story features. He has also written liner notes for releases by high profile bands including the post-punk pioneers Killing Joke and black metal legends Marduk. As well as working with the written word he has also conducted onscreen interviews for magazines, web sites and DVD release. He has conducted interviews with hundreds of bands of various styles from Rammstein, to Public Enemy to Gorgoroth to Alice in Chains to Machine Head as well as actors, directors and visual artists.


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I've been an avid follower of the genre since 2008 and wanted to see if there was any worthwhile literature about it. I found this book and to my surprise it was a truly excellent read and well above my expectations. It has everything from the early black thrash bands, the second wave, to the underground scenes including the Black Legions and Polish black metal, pagan black metal and the more avant-garde offshoots that developed later on. It doesn't cover absolutely everything, for example there is not much about the American scene or the depressive sub-genre, yet it is a well-written overall history that doesn't solely rely on interview excerpts, but provides a decent narrative divided nicely into chapters. Currently the author is writing more material for the Cult Never Dies series, the first volume of which goes into further detail regarding the scenes mentioned in this book, I will certainly be purchasing those when available. For anyone remotely interested in the genre I cannot understate, this is a must have!
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Very interesting and detailed for fans of the genre. Not only is this useful for reading about the chronology of Black Metal but it has become a wonderful reference tool for me (already a fan with quite a large collection of Black Metal) to discover other Black Metal bands that I'd not heard of previously.
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This is a great book and very interesting it was in great condition wall worth the money for it. Delivery was very good. There is a lot of information in it. I would recommend this book to fans of black metal bands very interesting bye it
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An excellent encyclopaedia of all things black metal, there are just a few issues here which cause me to drop a star from the 5* it undoubtedly deserved:

* whilst it may be subjective as to who the main players in the rise of the scene are, there is no denying that both Immortal and Satyricon more than deserves their own chapters in this story. Without them this massive 642 page tome actually feels incomplete. Satyr is mentioned in almost every chapter due to his label, but both really needed a full chapter.

* I found myself loosing my interest around the last fifth of of book. I felt these later interviews were just not an interesting as the earlier ones.

These things said, the chapters on Burzum, Darkthrone, Venom, Emperor etc were excellent and I found myself flying through them.

I have read people who believe Mayhem and Euronymous got too many chapters, but hey, this is a book about the rise of black metal. These were undeniably such huge players in the scene that they needed such space.

What makes this book different to others on the subject is that the author doesn't set down his own views on any of the acts, apart from when reciting what has been told to him in interviews. I found this to be good in the discussion of satanism (enough he been written on this subject before ), but a tad bit concerning in the chapter on the rise of NSBM. My opinion is that whilst this topic needed to be discussed it should have been made clear that the ideology on display is abhorrent.

With his book Dayal Patteson has written a modern day masterpiece and is the only book on black metal you need to read.
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Brilliant Book! Much better than expected!

Focuses much more on the music aspects of Black Metal than all the Crime/Bad Press (as highlighted in Lord of Chaos). Each chapter is basically a short history lesson about each band involved from the first wave, through the second wave and beyond. Chapters also include several interviews with band members and key members of each scene.

Highly recommended buy for anyone into Black/Extreme Metal!
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Brilliant book to get the low-down on BM. Well presented and written, even mentioning things I never knew about BM. Very happy with this book and defiantly worth a read! Quickly dispatched and good quality upon arrival.
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Dayal Patterson breaths new life into metal journalism. The writer, having contributed to Metal Hammer for over a decade, turns now to a series of books regarding the Black Metal. These books are excellent reading for anyone interested in the subject. They are written in an unpretentious and down to earth style which makes them easy to dive into. However, they do not represent a boiled down simplification lacking the subtlety needed to convey the genre. In a series of in-depth interviews, Black Metal : Evolution of the Cult looks at the history of a number of important as well as obscure artists. Putting a human story to bands known previously only through their music. 5/5
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Whether you are a die-hard fan or simply curious about Black Metal this book is for you. A superbly written overview and history of the genre told by the people who played their part in it. It is the interviews with the musicians themselves that make this such a fascinating book, providing a genuine insight to a musical form that many mistakenly regard as just 'noise'.

Despite it's hefty size i found this book pretty much 'unputdownable' and have discovered a whole load of new music as a result. Highly recommended.
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