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Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness ed. Tom Howells

Black Dog Publishing, 2012 (192 pages; paperback)

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Black Metal features a chronological historical overview of the genre’s developments; a multitude of group profiles and case studies on classic records; information on seminal record labels, peripheral industry individuals and shops; archival visual material; and a range of essays discussing Black Metal’s relationship with radical environmentalism, fine art, sexuality, transcendentalism and theatrics, amongst other topics.

Groups featured include: Bathory, Burzum, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Blut Aus Nord, Xasthur, Wolves In The Throne Room, Darkthrone, Immortal, Hellhammer, Liturgy, Weakling, Ulver, Enslaved, 1349, Krallice, and the associated artists of the French Les Légions Noires movement. Illustrated with album covers, previously unseen photographs and ephemera.

Contributors include Nathan T Birk, Louis Pattison, Nick Richardson, Brandon Stosuy, Neill Jameson, Jon Kristiansen and Jerome Lefevre.