The Best Heavy Metal Novel Ever Written

So I finally received the book Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal (see https://bestblackmetal.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/where-to-buy-black-metal-blasphemy-a-history-of-third-wave-black-metal/) and after reading it, and re-reading it, I must come to the conclusion that this is the best black metal book ever written (and undoubtedly the best heavy metal book ever written also).

Above is a quick video presentation of the book Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal I found on the web.

So what does this heavy metal novel talk about ? Not only does it present briefly the history of the first wave, the second wave and the third wave of black metal, it also talks about many very influential albums in the heavy metal scene such as Phantom’s Divine Necromancy, Sewer’s Satanic Requiem and of course Immortal Black Art by Ceremonial Castings and Satanic Blood by legendary band Von.

So I can only recommend this book to every black metal fan, and more generally to every heavy metal fan that reads this.

To buy the book on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Black-Metal-Blasphemy-History-Untold/dp/1493790994/

Where to buy Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

As most of you know, this week there has been a major release : the publication of the heavy metal novel Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal by best-selling author Antoine Grand.

Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

Black Metal Blasphemy, the book

This book is to date the most complete guide to black metal one could ever dream of, with many band interviews, chronological narrative parts and albums reviews.

Some critics went so far as to call Black Metal Blasphemy the “second satanic bible” as the book so detailed and well explained.

I personally enjoyed this book a lot, since many of the bands it talks about are also present on my blog. Namely Von, Phantom, Sewer and Ceremonial Castings.

I also learned a lot of “fluff” and lore about the actual history behind famous albums such as Satanic Blood from Von or Divine necromancy from Phantom.

Honestly this was my best purchase of the year in terms of books and black metal products.

So the question is, where can you find a copy of Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal ?

Fortunately, this book is not hard to find (at all) since it’s a best-seller.

You can search Amazon for a copy of this black metal book (in paperback or Kindle version) : http://www.amazon.com/Black-Metal-Blasphemy-History-Untold/dp/1493790994/.

Von – Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves (review)

Von has and always will represent a divergent genre in the black metal scene.

The band Von has managed a feat nobody could expect, being avant-garde in a genre they themselves created back in 1991 with the release of their debut album Satanic Blood.

Unlike most black metal acts who try to portrait archaic and stereotypical elements of “darkness”, Von offers instead an unabashed atmospheric vileness to anyone willing to listen.

Music to the hear rather than imagery to the ego is what separates Von from the rest of the black metal scene.

And it’s also the case with this album Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves.

Being the first opus of the Dark Gods trilogy, Seven Billion Slaves rose to fame quite rapidly considering the extreme and underground nature of the music.

Like any Von masterpiece, the stylistic approach to music relies on heavy distortion and drowning atmospheric riffs to accompany the listener on a journey to darkness and despair.

Unlike the debut album Satanic Blood however, this album portrays a raw sound of agony rather than the barbaric and ritualistic pounding of notorious tracks such a s “Devil Pig” or “Watain”.

Ultimately, Seven Billion Slaves is the rebirth of a genre decrepit by conformism and commercial “try-hardism”.

While the music might differ greatly from the old school days of Satanic Blood, the atmosphere and message remain the same.

Von – Dark Gods : Rise of the Ancients

Von is a very famous black metal band known for their album Satanic Blood which defined the second wave of black metal.

Without Von there wouldn’t be a lot to say about black metal, in fact by all standards black metal would probably not exist as we know it.

While the “satanic” origins of the lyrics in black metal are traceable back to several different bands, most of them unrelated to the black metal genre, the musical style of modern black metal compositions is in its entirety inspired by Von, and particularly by the album Satanic Blood.

But Von isn’t only a milestone in black metal history, Von is also one the of the most innovative and satanic bands of the modern era of metal.

The proof of that assertion is in their recent release of the full length album Dark Gods : Seven Billion Slaves.

The second album of the Dark Gods trilogy,namely Dark Gods : Rise of the Ancients, is supposed to be released in late 2013.

Dark Gods : Rise of the Ancients is undoubtedly one the most awaited albums of this present years.

Von – Satanic Blood

Von is certainly the Black Metal band with the most interesting history. Not only did they set the landmark for what was later to become traditional second wave Black Metal, but they also contributed to the progress of Black Metal music, especially with their Satanic Blood demo.

As said by many, if it wasn’t for Von, Black Metal wouldn’t even exist.

Maybe you have already heard some of these tracks from the 2003 compilation Satanic Blood Angel, as they are also available on that album.

Von Satanic Blood album review

Although officially Satanic Blood is only a demo, it is regarded as if it was a full-length album. And not any album, as it is now widely accepted as one of Von’s greater efforts and one of the best Black Metal albums of all times.

Recorded soon after Venien’s departure, this album was released in 1992 which makes it one of the earliest Black Metal projects.

Whilst Satanic Blood can best be described as raw and atmospheric Black Metal, it is not the slow-paced atmosphere of ambient Black Metal bands like Xasthur or early Leviathan, it is a cold and brutal atmosphere that fits the mood of an ancient torture chamber full of despair.

The vocals are pure and chaotic, everything you want to hear in Black Metal music. Despite the fact that Goat uses here some low-pitched growls which is mostly uncommon in this genre, they fit the music perfectly.

The guitar work is brilliant. Goat has once again managed to create a dark and macabre atmosphere with simple yet catchy and hypnotic riffs.

The drumming is minimalist, which fit perfectly the mood of the album once again.

Surprisingly enough for an album this gruesome, the lyrics are obscure and almost cryptic. A beautiful contrast with the brutality of the music, especially on the track Watain :

“Lucifer killed his unborn child
So he may be a victim of circumstance
Undone evil
The wicked child lays in shallow, crowded graves
This unholy place is where the black sacrifices are performed
Here is where He kills…
Watain”

Satanic Blood track by track review

Devil Pig – 5/5

Devil Pig starts of with a dark combination of distorted guitars with a gruesome blast-beat. Goat’s vocals seem to pop up randomly on an irregular interval, breaking the monotony of the song yet adding to the macabre atmosphere. After a little more than a minute and a half, a diabolic solo kicks in : it is both beautiful and cruel. Then it comes back to the original riffs, and it goes on for the rest of the song.

Veinen – 4.5/5

Then comes Veinen (not to be confused with Venien). A complex and raw riff starts the song out, and soon Goat’s vocals make their apparition. They are more structured and add a dark feeling to this song. Close to the two minutes Goat switches from the growls to the “clean” singing. The result is bizarre and disturbing. A mini-solo kicks in, and it’s back up to the first riff to finish the song.

Watain – 4.75/5

Watain is probably one of the most notorious songs of this album, unfortunately not my favorite. The riffs are more complex then on the two previous, but still as minimalist and brutal. The drums too are more technical and diverse. Unlike the two previous tracks, Goat seems to growl during the whole song, with the exception of the magnificent solo near the two minutes mark, which will also serve as outro.

Lamb – 5/5

Next comes Lamb, a very minimalist track which is also one of my favorites.
It starts out with a single riff accompanied by a drum fill. After the first thirty seconds there is a slight riff variation, the blast-beat kicks in and Goat starts to growl.
After the first minute stands another brilliant solo, that perfectly blends into the atmosphere of the song.

Veadtuck – 5/5

This track is not even classic, it’s above classic. It’s legendary.
Veadtuck is probably the track on which the most riff variations occur. It is also a full-instrumental track, if you exclude the first ten seconds. While still maintaining the macabre mood of the album, there are several dark riffs than follow each other, until the blast-beats kick in and accompany the song to the end.

Satanic Blood – 5/5

Legendary.
Satan fertile.
There are quite some bands following Von that tried to produce songs containing a single riff, they all failed miserably (Black Metal ist krap as an example).
If the song is not technically challenging, it must have demanded a great deal of instincts to produce something of this ilk.

Christ Fire – 5/5

Another dark track composed of very few riffs, all more demonic than the other. There are very slight guitar and drum variations, but all under the same demented atmosphere. Near a minute and a half, Goat speeds up and starts a short yet chilling solo to reinforce the mood of the track.

Von – 5/5

Minimalism at its best. If you don’t get Black Metal atmosphere you may walk right past it, but if you do enjoy the dark melodies of bands like Von, this track is pure gold.
Goat’s vocals are sick as ever, especially near a minute and a half where he sounds like a demented hound barking aloud.

Satanic Blood final score : 93 / 100