Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth

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Sweden is a remote country in the freezing northern Europe, with less than nine million inhabitants and a reputation for Volvos, hockey players, cheap furniture, vodka, and blonde women. Since the late 1980s, however, Sweden has produced over a thousand extreme heavy metal bands, creating one of the most respected regional music scenes in the world. This is the improbable history of how a marginalized teen movement crawled from Sweden's small towns and suburbs, and found a lasting place on the world stage. Daniel Ekeroth captures the epic tale with enlightening detail, beginning with Sweden's violent loss of innocence in the 1980s, through the metal's virtual chokehold on the country during the 1990s into the lasting legacy and influence in the turbulent 2000s of the Sunlight guitar tone, the "Gothenburg Sound," and the countless offshoots of Sweden's most lethal cultural export.

This ultimate blow-by-blow account of Sweden’s legendary death metal underground is based on exclusive interviews with members of Nihilist/ Entombed, In Flames, At the Gates, Dismember, Grave, Hypocrisy, Opeth, Unleashed, Marduk, Morbid, Mob 47, Deranged, Edge of Sanity, Merciless, Therion, Liers in Wait, Carnage, Carcass, Tiamat/Treblinka, Afflicted, Repugnant, and the Haunted.

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Daniel Ekeroth is a death metal musician. He plays in the bands Insision and Tyrant, and is a past member of Dellamorte and Diskonto. He is also author of Violent Italy and Swedish Exploitation Cinema.
Published July 29, 2008 by Bazillion Points. 450 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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In his introduction, Ekeroth explains the youth phenomenon that was Swedish Death Metal (it sounds pretty much like you would think) as natural in a country ""generally made up of extremely small and boring towns."" He writes: ""In the small and worthless town of Avesta where I grew up, there wer...

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No, this ever-busy film science graduate has decided to turn his pen towards his home country once again, only this time it's directed towards Sweden's own film industry, specifically that of 60s, 70s and 80s grindhouse exploitation.

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Swedish melodic metal is extremely popular to this day and has probably influenced more recent trends in metal more than any other style, and just as well, classic Swedish heavy metal is still sought after by collectors.

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