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Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries

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by Jon Kristiansen
     
 

Founded in 1985 in Sarpsborg, Norway, Slayer Magazine quickly rose to prominence by championing countless unsigned death metal pioneers. The pages of the magazine became a written gospel for the fledgling extreme metal underground, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and a relentless and sick sense of humor. As black metal rose to

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Founded in 1985 in Sarpsborg, Norway, Slayer Magazine quickly rose to prominence by championing countless unsigned death metal pioneers. The pages of the magazine became a written gospel for the fledgling extreme metal underground, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and a relentless and sick sense of humor. As black metal rose to prominence in Norway in the 1990s, Slayer Magazine remained the final word on the moods and motivations of those dark times. This book is densely illustrated with early candid photos of classic heavy metal bands including Kreator, Mayhem, Emperor, Darkthrone, Napalm Death, and Morbid Angel. In addition to rare archival material unseen in decades, the book includes unreleased and exclusive interviews and artwork, including historical photographs, and never-before-seen portrait photography by editor Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen.

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From the Publisher

Top 15 Books of 2011, Guitar World
The Best Music Books of 2011, NPR
The Most Metal Books of 2011, Revolver
Top Books of the Year 2011, Record Collector
Book of the Month, February 2012, Rock Hard (Germany)
The Best Metal Book of 2011—Possibly Ever, MSN.com

“The best metal book of 2011, possibly ever…Bazillion Points is known for putting out top-quality books, but they’ve outdone themselves here.” —MSN.com

“Among Kristiansen’s stunning portraits (and humorous “Arne Babb” cartoons), the exhaustive text practically forms the unholy black and death metal bible.” —NPR

“Metalion is the best book about heavy metal ever released. A stunningly comprehensive historical and cultural record…Bazillion Points has outdone itself in terms of artistic forethought and comprehensive content. ”—PopMatters

“Metalion and his Slayer Mag are responsible for me (and a lot of other Swedes) getting into the death metal underground… I clearly remember how proud I was when Grotesque got a mention in the classic mag—this meant more to me than anything else at the time!” —Tomas Lindberg, Grotesque/At the Gates/Disfear

"An exhausting and wonderful diorama of the evolution of heavy metal across the quarter century. It's as engaging as it is informative, and vice versa—equally necessary assets for a book about something that champions it's grim and enigmatic tendencies."—Pitchfork

“For countless metalheads, the zine Slayer was a lifeline to a global scene. Founder Jon Kristiansen was deep into the scene in Norway, and is, to this day, one of the best primary sources for facts and stories about Mayhem, Varg, and what really happened back in the day.” —The Onion AV Club

“Not only a chronicle of death and black metal at their births but also a personal coming-of-age story” —Chicago Reader

“The legendary Slayer zine gets its long overdue anthology” —Decibel

“The extreme metal fanzine…[744] pages of rabid frankness…” —The New York Times

“The raw essence of the early black metal scene”—Metal Hammer [UK]

“A unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”—The Oslo Public Library

“Presiding over the birth of extreme metal from its Scandinavian heartland, the first issue of the legendary Slayer fanzine was cranked out in 1985 and over the years shifted its coverage to provide an insider view of Swedish death metal and Norwegian black metal through their formative and most controversial years.” —Terrorizer

“If you have even a passing fancy for thrash, death, and especially early black metal, this is a mandatory read.” —Montreal Mirror

“It’s best savored slowly, absorbing two decades of metal history and learning something new in every issue…this collection will be primary material for those exploring the history of metal.” —About.com [5/5 star review]

“Metalion is essential reading for anyone interested in pieces of wood with six strings played by men with long hair.” –Vice Literary

“Best idea since sliced bread.” —Fenriz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979616341
Publisher:
Bazillion Points
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Pages:
744
Sales rank:
1,375,148
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.11(d)

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