New 'Swedish Death Metal' Book On The Way

June 14, 2008

According to Voices From The Darkside, another book focusing on the early Swedish death metal scene called "Encyclopedia of Svensk Ddsmetall" (Encyclopedia of Swedish Death Metal) will be released in the coming weeks. Author Nicola Costantini began working on the book at the end of 2005 and has chosen to focus on the most unknown Swedish death metal acts that existed between 1988 and 1992.

"Encyclopedia of Svensk Ddsmetall" will feature plenty of interviews with the important names of the Swedish death metal scene along with articles covering most of the bands that were in existence during the scene's formative years.

The book is professionally printed on 218 black-and-white A4 pages and captures the true old-school fanzine spirit with a cut-and-paste layout. It will sell for 40 euros.

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INSISION bassist Daniel Ekeroth's book about the Swedish death metal scene, apty titled "Swedish Death Metal", reached the No. 1 position on the AdLibris sales charts in Sweden for the month of February 2007 for non-fiction books in a foreign language. According to Daniel, "AdLibris is Sweden's biggest retailer of books, and the fact that an underground project like this can hit the No. 1 spot is just amazing!"

Ekeroth previously said the following about the "Swedish Death Metal" book, "In the mid-'80s, a small underground movement in Sweden started to emerge from small towns and suburbs. A handful of restless teenagers started to search for the most extreme music available, and a tape trading community began to grow. Eventually the teenagers picked up instruments themselves, and created what in a few years would dominate the world of extreme music Swedish death metal. This is the improbable history of how it all began and evolved into the early '90s. The book also includes a massive A-Z of Swedish death metal bands (about 900 entries) as well as fanzines. All in all, the book is 480 pages long, and contains over 500 cool pictures. About 30 central characters of the scene have been interviewed" including Fredrik Karln (MERCILESS),Johan Edlund (TREBLINKA, TIAMAT),Fred Estby (DISMEMBER, CARNAGE),Ola Lindgren (GRAVE),Kristian "Necrolord" Whlin (GROTESQUE, LIERS IN WAIT, DECOLLATION) and Orvar Sfstrm (NIRVANA 2002) "and some of their anecdotes are as wild as the music ever was. Still, the main focus of this research is the music. After all, the fantastic music is the greatest achievement of the Swedish death metal movement."

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