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Review: Black Metal: Into the Abyss
Book Review
Black Metal: Into the Abyss
Publisher: Cult Never Dies
Author: Dayal Patterson
Year published: 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9933077-1-3
Pages: 300

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: January 17, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Black Metal: Into the Abyss

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

This is the third book in the "Black Metal Cult" series from Cult Never Dies. It's basically interviews with a lot of black metal bands, some known and some not so much—just throwing a few names here: Tsjuder, Trist, 1349, Vemod, Forgotten Woods, Psychonaut 4, MasseMord, Nocturnal Depression, and many others.

Each interview is preceded by comments from the author, sometimes on the short side and sometimes a couple of pages' worth, but always interesting—Dayal Patterson knows his way around black metal and its subgenres. The interview questions are well researched and several of the interviewees really put a lot of thought into their answers, which makes for compelling reading for the most part. A few of the questions are repeated in almost each interview, so that sometimes gives a bit of a feeling of deja vu, but for the most part the questions are tailored to each band. Lots of photos, but not so much as to steal too much space, so this is really packed with a lot of text. Yet another winning entry in this book series.

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