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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Metalion (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I bought this couple of days ago at the fantastic Remedy Records in Hamburg. It's a great book: fascinating reading, excellent production value, well bound, high quality paper: here are all 20 issues of the legendary Slayer fanzine by Metalion, each one introduced by a detailed and extremely candid text by Metalion. The whole thing is surprisingly moving: I've read a lot about the Norwegian scene in the 90s, as have most people, but I've never come across an account which is this open and vivid in its potrayal of the human nature of the events and not just the sensational crimes committed. These were kids! Teenagers! And not just getting lost in confused violence and rebellion, but forging a complex aesthetic of music, behaviour and outlook. The combined influences on them and their influence on each other led to the criminal/tragic events everyone's familiar with, but Metalion's first person perspective on the times and the people - he was close friends or in close contact with all the main players - goes beyond the merely historical and provides a deeply human and, I'll say it again, surprisingly moving personal story.
But the crimes aren't the central thing here. This is 100% a book about metal and about one particular metalhead's journey ever deeper into this wonderful and seemingly infinite parallel universe. The craziness and darkness and seductive mysticism and gleeful energy of all things metallic explode from every page, the interviews still make for interesting and entertaining reading, even so many years later, and the fact that this was all written and produced AT THE TIME by somebody who was ACTUALLY THERE is a massive bonus. This is black/death metal culture without hipster irony: black metal cultural history as practised by a metalhead, not a tittering, disdainful outsider. It's a record of what fandom and "scenes" and subcultures used to be like before the internet. Important book.