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Review: Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume I
Book Review
Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume I
Publisher: Cult Never Dies
Author: Dayal Patteron
Year published: 2015
Pages: 300

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 8, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume I

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This book follow's 2013's Black Metal-Evolution of the Cult. While I found its predecessor to be a page-turner, here it's a little easier to just stop and come back to it days later without feeling like you need to remember what you had read before, so it's easier to digest if that's more your thing when reading a book. The book is split into three main sections that cover Norway, Poland and the DSBM (Depressive Suicidal Black Metal) scenes. Each one is, of course, filled with the author's deep knowledge of each scene and with exclusive interviews with numerous bands (I've read a lot of interviews with some of the bands here and still learned stuff). There's a good number of photos and artwork, some of which previously unpublished, so this is not just a big wall of text (not that there's anything wrong with that). I found that the DSBM section dragged a bit too long, though whether it's my lack of interest in the subgenre or something else... hard to say. Still learned something either way. The author's style is fluid and pretty much filler-free, which is something that I definitely appreciate. I didn't like The Cult Never Dies as much as the previous book, but it's still more than a worthy purchase. Highly recommended.

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