THE BIG BOX OF BLACK BOOKS: Metalion, Only Death Is Real, Swedish Death Metal, Choosing Death Book Set

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*** Nearly 2,000 pages total representing over three decades of death metal, black metal, and grindcore history ***

This is a giant 20 lbs. (10 kg) collection of massively heavy reading material from Bazillion Points, the five most intense metal books ever written: METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, by Jon Kristiansen; ONLY DEATH IS REAL: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost 1981–1985, by Tom Gabriel Fischer; the exclusive hardcover edition of SWEDISH DEATH METAL, by Daniel Ekeroth, including a free woven patch; the exclusive 2016 Death-luxe edition of CHOOSING DEATH: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore, by Albert Mudrian, also including a limited free woven patch; AND, finally, the limited red hardcover reissue of SLAYER MAG Vol. X, originally published in Spring 1995 by Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen.

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Book 1: METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, by Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen
“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

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); retail $39.95
Forewords by Ian Christe, Tomas Lindberg, Chris Reifert, Fenriz, Stephen O’Malley, Erik Danielsson, and Tara G. Warrior

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 Mag—Slayer 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. 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.

Book 2: ONLY DEATH IS REAL: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost 1981–1985, by Tom Gabriel Fischer with Martin Eric Ain
288pp (24pp color) deluxe Wibalin-bound hardcover
Introduction by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone
Foreword by Joel McIver
Dimensions: 9.25″ x 11.5″ (241mm x 292mm); 4 lbs. (1.8 kg)

“Heartfelt and open…a genuine asset to the understanding and appreciation of…what was sacrificed in the name of music that has since become classic.”—Terrorizer [10/10 review]

This formidable oversized hardcover runs 288 pages (including a 32-page color section), and combines hundreds of unseen early Hellhammer and Celtic Frost photos with a vast treasure trove of artwork and memorabilia. A substantial written component by Fischer details his upbringing on the outskirts of Zurich, Switzerland, and the hardships and triumphs he faced bringing the visions of his groundbreaking bands Hellhammer and eventually Celtic Frost to reality. In addition, the book includes an introduction by Nocturno Culto of Norwegian black metal act Darkthrone, and a foreword by noted metal author Joel McIver. Without question, Only Death Is Real goes farther than any other source in exploring the origins of underground heavy metal.

“This is a book about the real Hellhammer, the essence of that group, the aura it carried, and the truly unique spirit of revolution of the times in which it existed. It is a book about a group of outcasts—about persistence, dedication, and an utterly personal vision. I have worked very hard to make sure it will do justice to the work of a number of very unique people who shared the same ideas at a very unique point in time.”—Tom Gabriel Fischer

Book 3: SWEDISH DEATH METAL, by Daniel Ekeroth
*** Limited edition hardcover ships with bonus Swedish Death Metal woven patch ***

“Finally, the true story of Swedish death metal! This book brought me back to the good old days”—Tomas Lindberg, At the Gates

450 densely-illustrated pages Heavy-duty 130gsm paper
Extensive 300pp history PLUS 150pp highly opinionated band encyclopedia, gallery, and fanzine bibliography
Written by Daniel Ekeroth (of Insision, Tyrant, Dellamorte, Diskonto; and author of Violent Italy)
Foreword by Chris Reifert (Autopsy)
Dimensions: 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg); retail $44.95

The ultimate blow-by-blow account of Sweden’s legendary death metal underground, 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.

Book 4: CHOOSING DEATH, by Albert Mudrian 
*** Death-luxe expanded 2016 edition ships with limited Dan Seagrave cover art woven patch ***

“Albert Mudrian, our disciple of all that is heavy and extreme, definitively documents this period of blissful cacophony for all to behold. Play fast or die!”—Shane Embury, Napalm Death

“Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel magazine, condenses painstaking and lengthy interviews to create this informative history of death metal, covering the genre’s origin in small clubs and basements on two continents.”—Publishers Weekly

384 densely-illustrated pages Heavy-duty 130gsm paper
Forewords by BBC DJ John Peel and Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Dimensions: 3 lbs. (1.5 kg); retail $29.95

Death-luxe 2016 edition features:

• New introduction by Albert Mudrian
• New foreword by Scott Carlson of Repulsion
• Revised and expanded new chapters
• Brutal new 16-page color section featuring raw, bloody early photos of Death, Repulsion, Obituary, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Thanatos, At the Gates, Napalm Death, Carcass, Dismember, Nihilist, and many others
• Expanded Essential Discography
• Complete reformat for this larger, heavier 130gsm paper edition

Book 5: SLAYER MAG VOL. X, by Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen 

“This is how Slayer Mag X was done, nothing has been changed and all errors are intact.”—Jon Kristiansen

Hardcover reissue release of the crucial tenth issue of Norway’s infamous Slayer Mag, overflowing with key Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Thorns, Emperor, Satyricon, Bathory, Dissection, Enslaved, and many more candid black metal interviews from the turbulent 1992 through 1994 period.
• High-quality blood-red hardcover
• 82pp complete actual size A4 reprint
• Dimensions: 8.75″ x 12″ (220mm x 307mm); 2.0 lbs. (0.8 kg)
Slayer X contains 1992-1994 interviews with:
• EMPEROR (Bård Faust, Samoth) • THOU SHALT SUFFER (Ihsahn) • BATHORY (Quorthon) • MAYHEM (Dead) • BURZUM (Varg Vikernes) • SATYRICON (Satyr) • THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL (Kari Rueslåtten) • AGHAST (Nacht, Nebel) • DARKTHRONE (Fenriz) • MYSTICUM (Ravn) • ABRUPTUM (It) • DISSECTION (Jon Nödtveidt)• THORNS (Snorre Ruch) • ULVER (Garm) • DARK FUNERAL (David “Blackmoon” Parland) • MORTIIS • ENSLAVED (Grutle Kjellson, Ivar Bjørnson) • GEHENNA (Dirge Rep, Sanrabb) • MARDUK (Morgan Håkansson) • SIGH (Mirai Kawashima) • OPETH (Mikael Åkerfeldt) • CRADLE OF FILTH (Dani Filth) • IN THE WOODS… (Overlord Svithjod) + MONUMENTUM, BEYOND DAWN, INSANITY, DECEASED, ORDER FROM CHAOS, SADISTIK EXEKUTION, MONUMENTUM, NIFELHEIM, ABSU, SADISTIC INTENT… + Necrovore appreciation, Arcturus, many record reviews, and opinionated editorials by various characters expressing various stances on the events of 1993.

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