Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is a 600-page book by UK author Dayal Patterson that delves deep into the history and development of black metal as an art form and a culture. It is released on November 13th, but is now available to pre-order from Amazon at a discounted price. Published via Feral House, . . . Evolution of the Cult is as comprehensive a take on the black metal scene as you will find. There are already some superlative books published on black metal—Lords of Chaos, immediately springs to mind (hey, whatever became of that LoC movie?), but also Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness, the highfaluting Hideous Gnosis . . ., and True Norwegian Black Metal, a showcase for Pete Beste’s photography. But none have documented the genre so comprehensively, with such detail.
As the official Facebook page says, "It captures the progress of the genre, from its infancy in the early eighties through to its resurrection in the nineties and onwards to the fascinating scene we see today. Combining interviews with the key individuals involved with editorial insight and iconic photography this epic tome examines the artistic, musical, spiritual development of the genre and the creative work, ideologies and often colourful lives of some of its most significant bands.”
The interview list is exhaustive [see bottom for a sample], and the crypt has been raided for a number of unpublished images, including some of Deathcrush-era Mayhem.
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.
**Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult on Facebook **Feral House publishing **One long interview list . . . Alan ‘AA Nemtheanga’ Averill (Primordial) Attila Csihar (Mayhem / Tormentor) Benny ‘Cerastes’ (Mysticum) Christophe Szpajdel (Designer for Emperor, Graveland etc) Conrad ‘Cronos’ Lant (Venom) Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) Edmond ‘Hupogrammos’ Karban (Negura Bunget) Eirik ‘Pytten’ Hundvin (Producer for Emperor, Gorgoroth, Mayhem) Fabban ‘Malfeitor’ (Aborym) Frank ‘The Watcher’ Allain (Fen) František Štorm (Master’s Hammer) George ‘Magus Daoloth’ Zacharopoulos (Rotting Christ / Necromantia) Gerald ‘Black Winds’ (Blasphemy) Greg ‘Damien’ Moffit (Cradle Of Filth) Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell (Darkthrone / Dødheimsgard / Isengard / Storm) Hans ‘Mortuus’ Rostén (Marduk / Funeral Mist) Håvard ‘Mortiis’ Ellefsen(Emperor) Ian ‘Tjodalv’ Åkesson (Dimmu Borgir) Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) Jarle ‘Hvall’ Kvåle (Windir / Vreid) Jason ‘Venien’ Ventura (VON) Jon ‘Metallion’ Kristiansen (Slayer Mag / Head Not Found Records) Jonas ‘B’ Bergqvist (Lifelover) Jonas Åkerlund (Bathory) Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud (Mayhem / Kvikksølvguttene) Jorn Tunsberg (Old Funeral / Immortal / Hades) Kai ‘Trym’ Mosaker (Emperor / Enslaved) Kim ‘( )’ Carlsson(Lifelover) Kim ‘King Diamond’ Petersen (Mercyful Fate) Kjetil ‘Manheim’ (Mayhem) Kjetil Grutle (Enslaved) Kristian ‘Gaahl’ Espedal (Trelldom / Gorgoroth / Gaahlskag) Kristoffer ‘Garm’ Rygg (Arcturus / Ulver) Lee Barrett (Candlelight Records) Marko ‘Holocausto’ Laiho (Beherit) Michael ‘Vorph’ Locher (Samael) Mikko Aspa (Clandestine Blaze) Mirai Kawashima (Sigh) Morgan ‘Evil’ Hakkansson (Marduk / Abruptum) Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) Ole ‘Apollyon’ Moe (Aura Noir / Dødheimsgard / Immortal) Paul Ryan (Cradle Of Filth) Peter Tagtgren (Producer for Dimmu Borgir, Marduk) Preben ‘Prime Evil’ (Mysticum, Aborym) Rob ‘Darken’ Fudali (Graveland / Infernum) Robin ‘Graves’ Eaglestone (Cradle Of Filth) Robin ‘Mean’ Malmberg (Mysticum) Roger ‘Infernus’ Tiegs (Gorgoroth / Borknagar) Rune ‘Blasphemer’ Eriksen (Mayhem / Aura Noir) Saint Vincent (Blacklodge) Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) Shawn ‘Goat’ Calizo (VON) Simen ‘ICS Vortex’ Hestnæs (Arcturus / Dimmu Borgir) Snorre Ruch (Stigma Diabolicum / Thorns / Mayhem) Steffen ‘Dolgar’ Simestad (Gehenna) Svein Egil Hatlevik (Fleurety / Dødheimsgard) Sven ‘Silenoz’ Kopperud (Dimmu Borgir) Sven-Erik ‘Maniac’ Kristiansen (Mayhem) Terje ‘Tchort’ Vik Schei (Emperor / Carpathian Forest) Thomas ‘Pest’ Kronenes (Gorgoroth) Tom ‘King’ Visnes (Gorgoroth / Ov Hell) Tom ‘Warrior’ Fischer (Hellhammer / Celtic Frost) Tomas ‘Samoth’ Haugen (Thou Shalt Suffer / Emperor) Tor-Helge ‘Cernunnus’ Skei (Manes) Vegard ‘Ihsahn’ Tveiten (Emperor / Thou Shalt Suffer) Ville ‘Shatraug’ Pystynen (Horna / Behexen) Willy ‘Meyhna'ch’ Rousell (Mutiilation) Yusaf ‘Vicotnik’ Parvez (Dødheimsgard) Zhema Rodero (Vulcano)