PERPETUAL CONVERSION: 30 Years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker, by Dave Hofer

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Perpetual Conversion
ISBN 978-1-63443-800-1
Large-format trade paperback, 172 heavily-illustrated pages
Dimensions: 8 1/2″ x 11″; 2 lb. (.75 kg)
Perpetual Conversion traces the career of bassist Dan Lilker from 1981—the year he co-founded Anthrax—through 2011, and details numerous influential bands he’s founded or joined, including the groundbreaking Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.), thrash legends Nuclear Assault, grindcore trailblazers Brutal Truth, and one of the earliest US black metal bands, Hemlock. Although known among die-hard, underground metal fans, Lilker’s influence has been significant across many genres. From his signature heavily distorted bass tone to his unquenchable thirst to create forward-thinking, aggressive music, Lilker’s musical drive has seen him at the forefront of New York hardcore, crossover, thrash, grindcore, and black metal.

Perpetual Conversion is culled from extensive interviews conducted by author Dave Hofer with Lilker, his family, his peers, and his bandmates past and present, including personal accounts from Craig Setari of Sick of It All, Barney Greenway of Napalm Death, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Gene Hoglan of Death/Dark Angel, Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, Digby Pearson of Earache Records, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Chris Reifert of Death/Autopsy, rapper Necro, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Jacob Bannon of Converge, and many others. In addition, the book is supplemented with excerpts from historic interviews, key reviews, and dozens of previously unseen images.


“Reading Danny’s stories about the ’80s metal scene is like finding missing pieces from my childhood that I now so desperately need. It is manna from metal heaven.”—Fenriz, Darkthrone

“Danny Lilker’s a goddamn legend. The metal musician’s career spans more than 30 years and almost as many bands, including Anthrax, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and many, many more. We were stoked to hear the news of Perpetual Conversion: Thirty years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker, the new book by Dave Hofer detailing his travels.”—Vice/Noisey

“Distinctly great… Hofer paints a simple picture of man who loved metal seemingly above everything else. As the bassist for such metal greats as Anthrax, Brutal Truth, and Stormtroopers Of Death among others, Perpetual Conversion lets Lilker be the star of the show.”—The Onion A.V. Club

“Recollections and (frequently hilarious) anecdotes drawn from a careening, storied career inevitably offer some insight into various heavy metal zeitgeists…Lilker’s wit and swagger are a sustaining force all their own—strong enough, indeed, to make Perpetual Conversion a must-read for those possessing an affinity for music in extremis.”—Decibel

“Hofer paints his subject with warmth, familiarity, and honesty…There’s an undeniable attraction in such a wealth of information, opinion, humour and love for one of metal’s most prolific, influential and hard-working characters. The history of extreme metal oozes from every page and, for that reason alone, it’s something that all underground rats will devour.”—Ghost Cult

“The book itself is well put together with a heavy emphasis on additional writers contributing their thoughts and comments as well as a very visual aspect with hundreds of photos…They really dug deep into the archives as there are many cool, rare photos, flyers, laminates, polaroids, promo material, album covers, and lots of casual shots of Dan hanging out in England or Japan or Chile or wherever. Any fan of extreme music would be fascinated.”—Metal Rules

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