Black Metal is a genre often maligned as overtly concerned with nihilism, destructiveness and an insular obsession with Satanism and aggressive nationalism. In reality, it is a constantly evolving vehicle for musically and ideologically progressive groups and artists, one that is increasingly forward thinking despite maintaining a purity of expression that is tied to the past.
The formative events that, in equal measure, shocked and fascinated the tabloids of Norway and the international Metal underground in the early 1990s have given way to pan-academic appraisal, far-reaching musical appropriation and new conceptions of regional and stylistic self-identity.
Black Metal Beyond the Darkness aims to look past the much-discussed Second Wave spearheaded by groups and artists such as Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone and Emperor, with a new focus on a number of the form’s lesser-reported international scenes; developments in the selling and distribution of Black Metal through labels, stores and distros; idiosyncratic aesthetics and inherent notions of theatricality; Black Metal’s relationship with the world of Fine Art; and oral recollections of the genre’s development, amongst other topics.
Illustrated with previously unseen archival photography, record covers, ephemera and other diverse aesthetic documentation of the genre, Black Metal Beyond the Darkness includes newly commissioned essays by Nathan T Birk, Louis Pattison, Nick Richardson, Jérôme Lefèvre and Diarmuid Hester, as well as newly prefixed texts by Brandon Stosuy and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, alongside testimonials by groups and individuals including John Metalion’ Kristiansen, Ulver, Imperial, Trine + Kim Design Studio, Nicola Masciandaro and Jon Thorns” Jamshid.
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Brandon Stosuy is Editor at "Pitchfork," a Contributing Editor for the "Believer," and a Music Curator at MoMA/PS1. He writes Pitchfork's monthly metal column, Show No Mercy, and curates a series of underground metal shows using that name. Stosuy has collaborated with the artist Matthew Barney on various events and two zines, "TUBAL CAIN" and "ADAC," and has worked with Kai Althoff, Peter Sotos, Philip Best, Brody Condon, Sasha Grey, Tony Conrad, and others on art installations and performances. Stosuy's anthology of Downtown New York literature, "Up Is Up, But So Is Down," was selected by the Village Voice as one of their 25 favorite books of 2006.
Nathan T Birk has been writing prolifically about underground black metal for the past decade, in publications such as "Metal Maniacs," "Terrorizer," and "Unrestrained." Presently, he is the editor of "Zero Tolerance," where he has spearheaded an even deeper focus on underground black metal. During that time, he scored the first major interviews with the likes of Funeral Mist, Xasthur, Watain, Leviathan, and Peste Noire. He currently resides in the United States.
Louis Pattison is a London-based writer, who has written for publications including "Uncut," "Zero Tolerance," "NME," "Guardian Music," "The Quietus," "Frieze" and the "Big Issue." He was editor of "Plan B," an acclaimed independently published music and culture title.
Nick Richardson is a London based editor and journalist. He contributes to the "London Review of Books" and "The Wire," among other publications.
Frances Morgan is a music and film writer based in London. From 2004 to 2009 she edited, and then published, "Plan B" magazine, and has written for publications including "Frieze," "Sight and Sound," "The Quietus," "Terrorizer," "New Statesman" and "Electric Sheep." She recently contributed essays to "Loops" (Faber & Faber) and "The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology" (Strange Attractor Press), and works as an editor for "Strange Attractor, Sound and Music" and others.
"Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness is an enlightening and informative look at the genre." About.com
"Observations are made from a variety of engaging perspectives throughout, making it essential reading for metal fans, and for anyone open-minded enough to realize that the reality of black metal is far more fascinating than its misrepresentative myths. This is a classic piece of metal literature. A classic piece of literature, full stop." PopMatters
"Essential for all fans of Black Metal." Metal Rules
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Description du livre Black Dog Publishing, 2012. Paperback. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P111907317724