In our continuing effort to ensure that our fans read bloody more, Decibel Books is proud to announce our partnership with U.K.-based publishers of all things underground Cult Never Dies to become North America’s exclusive retailer of their essential reading. Now our well-read heshers can avoid crushing international shipping fees and order directly from America’s only monthly metal mag. Limited quantities of five titles have been added to our web store, so see what’s in stock before it’s gone for good!
Streams of Ancient Wisdom: The History of Dutch Death & Extreme Metal by Steven Willems
During the late ’80s and early ’90s, most eyes were fixed on America and Scandinavia when it came to death and extreme metal. However, almost unknown to the masses, a fascinating and highly active scene was exploding in the Netherlands, spitting forth a legion of exciting bands, some of which made it to the international stage, and some of which sadly did not.
Streams of Ancient Wisdom: The History of Dutch Death & Extreme Metal tells the fascinating story of the Dutch extreme metal scene during its most seminal years via a massive 400-page, 8.5 x 12-inch hardcover book. Featuring a wealth of rare photographs and artwork, much of it previously unpublished, this book features over 100 interviews with Dutch bands, from well-known names like Asphyx, Pestilence, The Gathering, Thanatos, God Dethroned, Sinister and Gorefest, to underground (and underrated) heroes such as Sempiternal Deathreign, Delirium, Castle, Silenxce, Inquisitor, Phlebotomized and Dead End. Get it here.
Ancient Black Art – Nidrosian Black Metal
This beautiful 154-page, 8.5 x 12-inch hardcover book contains over 200 striking images (approximately 100 color) of the early Trondheim black metal scene in Norway. Nidaros—a Medieval name for the city and municipality now known as Trondheim—was the capital of Norway from 997 AD until 1217 AD. Centuries later, home to early Norwegian black metal bands such as Thorns and Manes (as well as the cathedral that famously appears on the cover of Mayhem’s landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album, Trondheim became a hotbed of black metal activity in the 2000s.
Created by the author of the underground fanzine Ancient Black Art, Nidrosian Black Metal pays tribute to the prolific yet secretive Norwegian black metal circle in Trondheim. The book features a wealth of both black and white and color photography, artwork, lyrics, flyers and documents relating to such stellar acts as, Mare, Kaosritual, One Tail One Head, Slagmaur, Celestial Bloodshed, Selvhat, Whoredom Rife, Aptorian Demon and Black Majesty. Get it here.
Non Serviam: The Story of Rotting Christ by Sakis Tolis & Dayal Patterson
Written by founder and frontman Sakis Tolis and author Dayal Patterson (Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol. 1), Non Serviam dives deep into the earliest grindcore tape-trading days of the band, to their role in the rise of the international black metal scene through their current status as extreme metal icons. This epic, full-color, glossy 300-page book includes extensive interviews with key members such as Themis Tolis, Jim Mutilator, Morbid, George Emmanuel and George Tolias, as well as words from many of the band’s peers, including members of Enslaved, Behemoth, Mayhem, Cradle of Filth, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Moonspell, Macabre Omen, Septicflesh, Death Courier, Tiamat, Immolation and more. Get it here.
Wolves Who Were Men: The History of Moonspell by Ricardo S. Amorim
Authored by a countrymate and long-time friend of the band, Ricardo S. Amorim, Wolves Who Were Men: The History of Moonspell features lengthy interviews with the group’s current and former members as many of the band’s peers, including members of Rotting Christ, Cradle of Filth, Samael, Kreator, Decayed, The Gathering, Amorphis and more. This massive, 450-page hardcover book Includes a wealth of images, many previously unpublished, including a glossy color gallery. Get it here.
Skogen Zine Anthology 1993-1996
Created in the early-to-mid-’90s by writer Sascha Falquet—who also contributed keyboards to Behemoth’s Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) debut album—Skogen was one of the most memorable zines released during black metal’s golden years. Thoughtful and often lengthy interviews capture many of the most important bands in the underground metal scene during an era when the scene was exploding in dramatic fashion, something reflected in the often-extreme worldviews of the participants. Now this 200-page, 8.5 x 12-inch hardcover anthology combines all three issues in full, along with additional text and design by Dayal Patterson, and an interview with the zine’s creator. This essential collection includes early conversations with Mayhem, Necrophobic, Mortiis, Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Nifelheim, Sólstafir, Satyricon and many, many more. Get it here.
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