Black Metal

$27.95

An epic 500+ page tome exploring the history and development of black metal from its beginnings in the early 1980s to the present day. Featuring dozens of interviews with and material from the most significant protagonists, integral bands, iconic photographers and hangers-on of the time. The book also includes a wealth of previously unpublished images.

Has Black Metal, in all its current interpretations, finally breached the mainstream with its inclusion in Goldfrapp videos, cross-globe exposure, cumulating in televised parodies?

Despite a history of association with and blatant demonstration of criminal activity, black metal has become Norway’s biggest cultural export, earning it support from the government itself.


Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult examines the artistic, musical, and spiritual development of this controversial genre. Included are interviews with nearly every contributor to the genre:

Venom • Mercyful Fate • Bathory • Hellhammer • Celtic Frost • Sodom • Slayer • Kreator • Destruction • Vulcano • Sarcofago • Blasphemy • Samael • Rotting Christ • Necromantia • VON • Tormentor • Master’s Hammer • Beherit • Mayhem • Vomit • Thorns • Darkthrone • Burzum • Thou Shalt Suffer • Emperor • Gehenna • Gorgoroth • Trelldom • Cradle of Filth • Dimmu Borgir • Mütiilation • Vlad Tepes • Belketre and the Black Legions • Dissection • Watain • Marduk and Funeral Mist • Shining • Graveland • Infernum • Behemoth • Enslaved • Satryricon • Isengard/Storm • Ulver • Windir • Negura Bunget • Hades • Primordial • Arcturus • Manes • In the Woods • Ved Buens Ende • Fleurety • Sigh • Dødheimsgard • Mysticum • Aborym • Blacklodge • Amesoeurs/Alcest • Fen • Wolves in the Throne Room