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METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, by Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen

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“The best metal book of 2011, possibly ever.”—MSN.com

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“Metalion is the best book about heavy metal ever released. A stunningly comprehensive historical and cultural record…Bazillion Points has outdone itself in terms of artistic forethought and comprehensive content. “—PopMatters

Orders ship immediately with FREE bonus embroidered Arne Babb mascot patch.

ISBN 978-0-9796163-4-1
Deluxe 744pp hardcover w/720pp b/w pages
Over 600 reproductions from every issue of Slayer Mag)
100+ rare historical images
8pp color insert from Slayer Mag Archives
16pp gallery of photo portraits by Jon Kristiansen
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″ x 2″ (215mm x 280mm x 51mm); 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
Forewords by Ian Christe, Tomas Lindberg, Chris Reifert, Fenriz, Stephen O’Malley, Erik Danielsson, and Tara G. Warrior

Top 15 Books of 2011, Guitar World
The Best Music Books of 2011, NPR
The Most Metal Books of 2011, Revolver
Top Books of the Year 2011, Record Collector
Book of the Month, February 2012, Rock Hard (Germany)
The Best Metal Book of 2011—Possibly Ever, MSN.com
Best Non-Fiction of 2011, PopMatters

The greatest heavy metal story ever told—the complete tale of a life lived for metal. Part anthology, part memoir, and years in the making, METALION includes over 600 reproduction pages from every issue of Slayer MagSlayer 1 through Slayer XX, plus the precursor Live Wire zine—spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, author Jon Kristiansen recounts his life’s story, from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to metal party beast to world-weary metal survivor. The book also features over 100 rare photographs, including two color sections and a portrait gallery of photographs taken by Kristiansen himself.

For twenty-five years, Norway’s Slayer Mag published the gospel of black metal and death metal, combining eye-ripping graphics, brutally honest writing, and relentless offbeat humor. With this anthology/memoir, editor Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen unfolds the extreme highs and lows of a life lived for heavy metal. Founded in 1985 in Sarpsborg, Norway, Slayer Mag quickly rose to prominence by championing countless unsigned death metal pioneers. The pages of Slayer Mag exploded along with the extreme metal underground, and as black metal rose to prominence in Norway in the 1990s, Slayer Mag remained the final word on the moods and motivations of those dark times.

The astonishing combination of archival material includes scores of key historic interviews with the most revered figures in extreme metal, including Mayhem, Emperor, Slayer, Kreator, Nihilist, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Cathedral, Entombed, Morbid, Napalm Death, Metallica, Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Sadistik Execution, Usurper, Nifelheim, Darkthrone, Sodom, Destruction, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Exodus, Dissection, Candlemass, Carcass, Sepultura, Gorgoroth, Death, Watain, Sadus, Satyricon, Enslaved, Pentagram, Jarboe, Immortal, Possessed, Overkill, Ulver, Dark Angel, and countless others.

“From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could,” says Kristiansen. “I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”

Top 15 Books of 2011, Guitar World
The Best Music Books of 2011, NPR
The Most Metal Books of 2011, Revolver
Top Books of the Year 2011, Record Collector
Book of the Month, February 2012, Rock Hard (Germany)
The Best Metal Book of 2011—Possibly Ever, MSN.com
Best Non-Fiction of 2011, PopMatters

“The best metal book of 2011, possibly ever…Bazillion Points is known for putting out top-quality books, but they’ve outdone themselves here.”—MSN.com

“In among Kristiansen’s stunning portraits (and humorous “Arne Babb” cartoons), the exhaustive text practically forms the unholy black and death metal bible.”—NPR

Metalion is the best book about heavy metal ever released. A stunningly comprehensive historical and cultural record…Bazillion Points has outdone itself in terms of artistic forethought and comprehensive content. “—PopMatters

“Metalion and his Slayer Mag are responsible for me (and a lot of other Swedes) getting into the death metal underground… I clearly remember how proud I was when Grotesque got a mention in the classic mag—this meant more to me than anything else at the time!”—Tomas Lindberg, Grotesque/At the Gates/Disfear

“An exhausting and wonderful diorama of the evolution of heavy metal across the quarter century. It’s as engaging as it is informative, and vice versa—equally necessary assets for a book about something that champions it’s grim and enigmatic tendencies.”—Pitchfork

“For countless metalheads, the zine Slayer was a lifeline to a global scene. Founder Jon Kristiansen was deep into the scene in Norway, and is, to this day, one of the best primary sources for facts and stories about Mayhem, Varg, and what really happened back in the day.”—The Onion AV Club

“Not only a chronicle of death and black metal at their births but also a personal coming-of-age story”—Chicago Reader

“The legendary Slayer zine gets its long overdue anthology”—Decibel

“The extreme metal fanzine…[744] pages of rabid frankness…”—The New York Times

“The raw essence of the early black metal scene”—Metal Hammer [UK]

“A unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”—The Oslo Public Library

“Presiding over the birth of extreme metal from its Scandinavian heartland, the first issue of the legendary Slayer fanzine was cranked out in 1985 and over the years shifted its coverage to provide an insider view of Swedish death metal and Norwegian black metal through their formative and most controversial years.”—Terrorizer

“If you have even a passing fancy for thrash, death, and especially early black metal, this is a mandatory read.”—Montreal Mirror

“It’s best savored slowly, absorbing two decades of metal history and learning something new in every issue…this collection will be primary material for those exploring the history of metal.”—About.com [5/5 star review]

Metalion is essential reading for anyone interested in pieces of wood with six strings played by men with long hair.”–Vice Literary

“Best idea since sliced bread.”—Fenriz

Comments

  1. :

    Received this majestic masterpiece in my hands yesterday and still compulsively reading at this time! The most important compilation in metal history!

  2. :

    This is just incredible. I wrote to Metalion as a preteen in the late 90s asking him if he had any more copies of Slayer #3/4 – #10. I got a piece of my original envelope back saying “Sorry no more old Slayer. -Metalion” along with the stamps I used. It’s awesome to be able to finally see these zines more than a decade later, along with his personal accounts of what was happening around that time. Highly recommended, and an awesome production job!

  3. :

    Just received “The Slayer Mag Diaries”… best metal-book… nah, best book ever!!! Thanxxx to Bazillion Points for this wonderful piece of evilness!!!

  4. :

    Got my copy in the mail today, worth every single penny. You folks have truly outdone yourselves, this book is one of the highest-quality heavy metal artifacts EVER. Thanks Jon, Ian, and everyone at Bazillion Points! HAIL AND KILL

  5. :

    This is just incredible. I wrote to Metalion as a preteen in the late 90s asking him if he had any more copies of Slayer #3/4 – #10. I got a piece of my original envelope back saying “Sorry no more old Slayer. -Metalion” along with the stamps I used. It’s awesome to be able to finally see these zines more than a decade later, along with his personal accounts of what was happening around that time. Highly recommended, and an awesome production job!

  6. :

    Just received “The Slayer Mag Diaries”… best metal-book… nah, best book ever!!! Thanxxx to Bazillion Points for this wonderful piece of evilness!!!

  7. :

    I miss those days of printed fanzines, tape trading and waiting a month to get that LP with post in those pre-internet yet glorious days! Slayer mag, along with selected others were like the unholy bibles for us. Still, those issues are occupying my book selves with pride! Recently I got the (yet to be legendary as well) final issue of Slayer mag with the Morbid MLP and I should grab a copy of this one as well! A big cheers and thank you to all involved, thanks also to Bazillion for filling out book selves with tons of quality reading treasures!!!

  8. :

    What a great book! A true valuable piece of metal music history in every way. End of an era….hope Jon makes it big time with his photography!!! Sworn to metal forever!!! Hail!!!!

  9. :

    This book is so personal, a great saga to be told in the grim, yet brotherly, world of underground metal. Jon not only got personal with important figures of Death Metal and Black Metal, but he welcomed the reader in with his own personal feelings and thoughts pertaining to the tragic events we all know happened in Norway. You can’t get much more metal than this|m/

  10. :

    Thank you very much to Jon Kristiansen, Tara Warrior, Ian Christe and Bazillion Points. I feel so so spoiled to own something as awesome as METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries. You guys and gal did a wonderful job with this book. I am in debt to you all forever.

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    I don’t even know where to begin! In today’s world, there is not much need for a hardback book.This book smashes that logic! (and it could smash faces too…I dropped it on my foot, and screamed almost as loud as Varg on War!)Pros:Easily the best chronological scene account from an insider’s point of view EVER! I have been looking on eBay for years to locate every issue of Slayer Magazine possible. Ironically when I think about that…it’s a throwback to my days of tape trading and zine finding. No more looking..no more searching. Here it is. Well bound, well printed, fantastic layout.Cons: As someone that only speaks English, it’s a pain in the fucking arse to translate! However, like most works…it will be worth the effort. As a fan of Norwegian Black Metal since the 90’s, I’ve learned some of the language and bought many books on the various dialects spoken in Norway. I’m excited to read all of the interviews in the book…but for consistency’s sake, it would have been nice to have an entire English volume.Hails:Metalion This book will be your legacy my friend. The zine needed to be reprinted to put to bed an era that is often replicated, and dastardly imitated. …Thanks again!

  12. :

    This book hits the nail on the head Im sure. Too bad Ive been away otherwise Id jump at the opportunity to see the man who put out former band of mine albums in NY and abroad. Its possible the label carries many albums that paved the way for extreme music. Stay true stay underground

  13. :

    fuckin hell!!! it came today, its so fuckin huge! and really nice made! its worth every cent and it will take me months to get to read everything!congrats!

  14. :

    I just received it yesterday morning (via 20 Buck Spin’s mail order) and I’ve already read the whole thing cover to cover, having stayed up most of last night, simply unable to stop reading. Hands down the best book I’ve purchased this year, surpassing “Only Death Is Real” which is an amazing tome. This is well worth every single dollar spent on it. You guys raised the publishing bar so high… thanks for all the hard work, it’s a metal publishing masterpiece.It also doubles as a handy weapon, you could send someone to the ER just by throwing it at them.

  15. :

    This is seriously going to be the absolute best and definitive book about the underground extreme metal scene.

  16. :

    greetings…Mr. Ian was nice enough to grace us with copies. If you’re here in the NYC area, stop by The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St in Brooklyn and pick one up. We’re also hosting Jon Kristiansen aka METALION on June 24th from 7-9!

  17. :

    Hello, the book included the slayer magazine issue XX?

  18. :

    Are you gonna have copies available for purchase at Maryland Death Fest? I call dibs on one if it’s possible. Thanks!

  19. :

    Hails Metalion and Slayer Magazine!!!The new edition of Slayer Mag, is simply fucked! A cult of the Underground! A true cult!!!Cheers with beer!Irlan Asaradel and SATANIC MALEDICTION ZINE/since 1995.

  20. :

    Hi!The most important thing about the book (besides Rok’s morbid art) – do You tell us the story of Arne Babb?:) Where he came from, what he’s doing etc…CheersM.

  21. :

    HAIL METALION!!!

  22. :

    FOREVER FISTFUCKING UNDERGROUND TERROR OF DOOM!!!

  23. :

    this book will be classic!

  24. :

    I HAVE TO HAVE THIS!Already purchased Touch & Go and I love itHurry hurry hurryCheck out fanzinesecuatorianos.blogspot.com

  25. :

    Estimado Karlo, no nos quedamos con ninguna copia (nunca pensamos que posteriormente ser√≠a interesante guardar una, y recuerda que en esa √©poca no hab√≠an PC’s para respaldar la info), salvo una portada scaneada del primer n√∫mero que la otra vez me la reenvi√≥ el Pato Jara desde Santiago, es lo √∫nico que tengo (eduardoyung@hotmail.com)

  26. :

    compatriota como puedo contactarlo para consultas sobre su old magazine “deadly regurgitation”. karlo.

  27. :

    for those about to thrash back in the 80’s days best regards my friends…I remember once a time I made an issue called “regurgitation death” in Antofagasta city in Chile…thrash till death

  28. :

    No Doubt,one of the greatest metal ‘zines of all the times! (if not THE greatest!!).Still own a couple of original issues survived from the 80s and I can’t wait to read all the issues!! can’t wait!!cheersMarco

  29. :

    ..la raja!!!!!!! SLAYER MAG. I always dreamed of a copy at that time and had several copies thanks to friend PICOROCO REC.(RIP), but the tragic and sad that I lost due to a violent assault that happened to me. I still remember my copies and now desperately restless waiting for the release build and buy the book SLAYER -the return.I look forward to book me know the book and buy it, because I find it unfair to the sale on ebay for some old copies of crazy prices and unattainable for an old metalhead fan zine Chile, karlo.ave Metalion & slayer magazine!!!!!my contact: k.artur71 @ gmail.comI pag. old trader demos & magazineshttp://s760.photobucket.com/albums/xx248/karlohell

  30. :

    Like go the book about slayer magazine?.

  31. :

    Count me in Slayer was one of the best zines out should be a great readchris

  32. :

    This is LOOOONG overdue!Good luck and many thanks to all involved in the project…!

  33. :

    HELLZ YEZZ!!

  34. :

    as a fanzine editor of the 80ties. I’m more than interested and happy to read this book is coming out this year. I remember SLAYER mag as one of the best(if not the best) fanzine from those years. Jon Metallion surely was a good writter and also had a good point of view to see the real talented bands from all over the world. Here in Chile we had a killer scene filled with fanzines, and underground bands…. Recently I put our the first book that tell the story of the first decade of thrash in Chile. Filled with flyers, fanzines, pics, and awesome layout… Interested parties, get in touch: corvusdiscos@gmail.com http://www.myspace.com/metalchileno83-93

  35. :

    My all time favorite Extreme Metal Zine! Of all the zines that I did interviews with, I’m most proud of the one I did with the Mighty Metalion for Slayer X. He was my best penpal, and we finally got to meet in person when we played Wacken in 2001. Fuckin’ great guy, great writer, and I can’t wait for this release. Arne is Metal. Metalion is Metal. Slayer mag is Metal.

  36. :

    I think this was the best underground magazine in 80’s the world i can’t wait to have it.cheers from colombia!!!!

  37. :

    Metalion rules and the trendy and shitty metal scene of today doesn’t deserve a guy like him! But we deserve this book because we got the old spirit yet! Ha! Respect him!

  38. :

    I discovered MASTER`S HAMMER (CZ) thanks to this zine. Metallion was a great guy as was √ñystein of Mayhem.I didn’t like many of the bands he featured But he had a personal style and love for the music.M

  39. :

    This is really a nice new! I can’t wait to have in my hands this masterpiece! All of us that have made underground magazines in last decades were influenced directly or no by his mind and works! I’m gonna count the days…

  40. :

    I bought my first issue of Slayer mag back in ¬¥88 and I was hooked at once. I still got the numbers i got hold on, but the condition is¬¥nt that good after all these years, so this book is more than welcome..without Metalion we wouldn¬¥t have the scene we have today…Hail Jon (with one burger in each hand)

  41. :

    I HOPE YOUR INCREDIBLE STUFF, SLAYER WAS A BIG ZINE FROM late 80s. SALUTE YOU, FROM BESTIAL CONSPIRACY ZINE.

  42. :

    Probably the biggest inspiration on the direction my zine took back in the late 80s/early 90s. Jon was a rip and a great guy to trade/talk bands with: glad to see his great mag get its due in book form. I’ll be there…

  43. :

    This is going to be LEGENDARY!!! Hails to BP for putting this out!

  44. :

    hell yeah! HELL YEAH

  45. :

    Well, I used to run my own death metal zine INFECTED , back 90-93……it was an incredible and unusual experience in my life! Cant wait to get the book (how?)….. SLAYER will be the supreme one of all times! HAIL METALION! Also Hail to the zines: USD, UNDERDEATH, CODEIN,DEATH VOMIT, DECIBEL OF DEATH, PUTREFACTION…..VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!

  46. :

    I can’t wait for the book.To have all those classic ‘zines compiled into one book is great.Cheers!!!!

  47. :

    ARNE ALWAYS WIN!

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