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Review: Extremity Retained: Notes From the Death Metal Underground
Book Review
Extremity Retained: Notes From the Death Metal Underground
Publisher: Handshake Inc.
Author: Jason Netherton
Year published: 2015
Pages: 438

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 2, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Extremity Retained: Notes From the Death Metal Underground

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

Rather than your usual authored text with the occasional quotes from musicians and the likes, here 99% of the book is small blurbs—from a short paragraph to a page or two—from various people in the industry (mostly musicians, with some label owners, journalists, etc.) about various aspects of the death metal underground, anywhere from tape-trading all the way to touring, signing to labels, learning the ropes, etc.

Some of the stories are kind of bland—and usually pretty short when they are—but for the most part these are really fun and informative, sometimes depressing (the touring stuff made me wonder why some kept doing it—the crap some of those guys had to put up with...) Most people here are musicians from well-known or relatively well-known death metal bands—most of the big names are represented—and a few that I personally had never heard of before.

So, this is 400+ pages of short stories, some of which are kind of intertwined as some of those musicians and/or bands have crossed paths at shows, recording studios and on the road. Lots of cool anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud. I found the book to be a light, fun read that's perfect when you have either a few minutes or a few hours to kill.

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