Swedish Death Metal Book Death-luxe Edition Now Available; Video Preview Posted

July 24, 2008, 10 years ago

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INSISION/TYRANT bassist Daniel Ekeroth's acclaimed 450-page history Swedish Death Metal is now available in revised and expanded edition from new US publisher Bazillion Points. All pre-orders have been shipped, and the first 50 copies include surprise page proofs signed by the author.

The ultimate insider's account of the rise of the Scandinavian metal scene, Swedish Death Metal boasts over 500 images, and is based on candid interviews with members of NIHILIST, ENTOMBED, IN FLAMES, AT THE GATES, DISMEMBER, GRAVE, GROTESQUE, HYPOCRISY, UNLEASHED, MARDUK, MORBID, MOB 47, DERANGED, EDGE OF SANITY, NIRVANA 2002, LIERS IN WAIT, MERCILESS, CARNAGE, CARCASS, TREBLINKA, TIAMAT, OPETH, THE HAUNTED, along with many other central characters, including fanzine writers, radio hosts, and promoters.

According to a press release, Swedish Death Metal is "the improbable history of how a marginalized teen movement crawled from Sweden's small towns and suburbs, and found a lasting place on the world stage. Daniel Ekeroth captures the epic tale with enlightening detail, beginning with Sweden's violent loss of innocence in the 1980s, depicting metal's chokehold on the country during the 1990s, and illustrating the lasting legacy and influence in the turbulent 2000s of the Sunlight guitar tone, the 'Gothenburg Sound,' and countless other offshoots of Sweden's most lethal cultural export."

The book features original cover artwork by Nicke Andersson (NIHILIST, ENTOMBED, THE HELLACOPTERS), and an introduction by death metal pioneer Chris Reifert (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS, DEATH). In February 2007, the highly-regarded first edition reached position No. 1 on the AdLibris sales charts in Sweden for non-fiction books in a foreign language. The new edition is completely revised, and includes new images and interviews.

The book is available directly from Bazillion Points, and is distributed by Last Gasp, The End Records, Century Media, Amazon.com, and 20 Buck Spin.

Reaction to Swedish Death Metal from Chris Reifert: "Read this book if you are willing to be subjected to the story behind the extreme face-melting, flesh-ripping, ear-slaying, gut-blasting phenomenon known as Swedish death metal!"

From Tomas Lindberg (GROTESQUE, AT THE GATES, DISFEAR): "Finally, the true story of Swedish death metal! This book brought me back to the good old days."

From Nicke Andersson: "Death metal ruled my adolescent years. The problem is I don't remember half of it. This tome of dark recollections is the chance to set things straight."

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