Satanism, crime, violence, and suicides: a new book tells the untold story of Finnish black metal, to be released by Svart Records
The Devil's Cradle: The Story of Finnish Black Metal is the definitive history of one of the most uncompromising music scenes in the world: Finnish black metal. Based on over 50 interviews conducted by Helsinki-based journalist Tero Ikäheimonen between 2014 and 2017, the book unravels the story of Finnish black metal from the late 1980s to modern times.
"Countless of books have been written about black metal over the years, but every time, the Finnish scene has remained merely a side note," says Ikäheimonen. "It's an atrocity, since Finland has created some of the world's most renown underground black metal since the beginning; I wanted to fix that. This book is made for the maniacs all over the world."
To be released by Svart Publishing on November 1st, The Devil's Cradle features such bands as Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Barathrum, Archgoat, Azazel, Diaboli, Darkwoods My Betrothed, Horna, Vornat, Thy Serpent, Wanderer, Urn, Black Dawn, …And Oceans, Musta Surma, Alghazanth, Azaghal, Warloghe, Behexen, Clandestine Blaze, Satanic Warmaster, Ride for Revenge, Goatmoon, IC Rex, Charnel Winds, Cosmic Church, Saturnian Mist, Rienaus, and Abyssion among others.
"It was important for me to base the book on the experiences of true underground spirits - black metal musicians, zine authors, and tape traders," Ikäheimonen says. "Many stories are told for the first time. I wanted to focus on the music, but not forget the darker side of black metal - all the violence, death, and destruction that have ravaged the Finnish scene. It was crucial to include the spiritual and psychological side of black metal, too. Satanism with all its different notions and the occult are present throughout the book."
The Devil's Cradle was first published in Finnish in September 2016 by Svart Publishing (titled Pirunkehto). The English translation features all the original content and two additional chapters. This edition will encompass 500+ pages and be presented in a hard cover. Chapter excerpts will be periodically revealed HERE.
The first ever official Iron Maiden comic book series is coming from leading US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing. The comic books are based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography, from the ancient sands of Powerslave to the far flung future of The Final Frontier.
Comprising five fantastic issues, with an overarching narrative and incredible illustrations, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide from comic retailers everywhere on October 11th, but is available to pre-order online now. See full details below.
The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos – leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal says, “As a lifelong fan of Iron Maiden, it is a privilege to publish the first official comic giving a narrative to their iconic mascot, Eddie. Heavy Metal’s near half-century-long history of either working with or launching the careers of only the most accomplished artists continues here with the amazing team Iron Maiden has working on this series.”
Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director at Phantom Music Management says, "After 40 years of unbridled creativity, innovation, and attitude, Heavy Metal has always been a home to the greatest talent in sequential storytelling and fantasy art. With a natural affiliation to the heavy music genre, it's a nexus point for counter culture and alternative arts. I can think of no better partner to explore Iron Maiden's Mythology and expand the Legacy Of The Beast!"
The official launch of the first issue is October 11th - at comic retailers everywhere. However, you can preorder a copy online NOW and get all the action delivered through your mailbox!
USA (East Coast): http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?PRID=IRON+MAIDEN+LEGACY+OF+THE_1665893
USA (West Coast): http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Iron-Maiden-Legacy-Of-The-Beast-1-%28of-5%29-%28Cover-C---Casas%29___549670
Or ask your local comic book shop, quoting the Diamond Order Code for Issue #1: AUG171760
LOTB Volume 1 Release Schedule:
Issue #1 - October 11, 2017
Issue #2 - November 15, 2017
Issue #3 - December 13, 2017
Issue #4 - January 17th, 2018
Issue #5 - February 14th, 2018
Writers: (Story) Llexi Leon, (Script) Ian Edginton
Pencil Artist: Kevin J West
Cover Artist: (A) Santi Casas
Inks Artist: Jason Gorder
Color: Raúl Manriquez
Letters: Jacob Bascle
The Music Industry Self Help Guide 2nd Edition as recently covered in The Huffington Post, is an essential self-development guide that covers all of the elements needed for independent and emerging artists to gain a foothold on their career and understand the requirements that one needs to have to grow in today’s music industry.It is the goal of Repel Media to bring the resources and information that are necessary for success directly to the musicians who need it. Targeting music markets that facilitate the growth of independent musicians, Los Angeles is the top priority on a short list of cities and that the book will be introduced to first.
Mike Repel, the books author, who is lifelong Chicagoan, travels to the Los Angeles area a few times a year to speak on conferences (IES, NAMM), recognizes the importance of having his book available in this market and has said:
"There is no disputing the fact that Los Angeles is the west coast epicenter of the creative arts. The vast amount of opportunities and music professionals on hand in this city has helped my personal growth in this industry and is a golden opportunity for the artists that come prepared as well. However, having access to this network without first covering the basic fundamentals in one’s own career can be self-defeating and prove to be an exercise in futility. Alternatively, an educated artist who knows what this industry is going to throw at him ahead of time will create a stronger generation of up-and-coming musicians that will strengthen the industry overall."
Physical copies of this essential artist development guide are now available for purchase at Book Soup 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
List price $19.99 - 400 pages. ISBN 978-099-15155-3-0
The Music Industry Self Help Guide 2nd Edition is a comprehensive, educational resource publication that was created to help independent artists emerge through the underground and independent sectors of today’s music industry while also giving them immediate access to the tools and platforms they will need to implement to obtain forward momentum in their individual careers. This entire book was also re-tooled to provide multiple reference points for quick and easy navigation, and now includes a step-by-step guide on how to register a copyright.
Mike Repel, who has recently appeared as a guest speaker at the 2016 NAMM Show has stated that “In this competitive industry which is fueled by delusion and lack of guidance, there has not yet been a book made publicly available to shepherd the naive through the earliest stages of their careers. So I took it upon myself to write the book that I wish I had access to when I was 16 years old.”
Repels’ background as an indie artist, manager, and also as a former independent record label owner gives this book a dynamic perspective into artist development from all angles. It will help the artist not only understand the fundamentals of their own career development, but also why the industry requires these steps. Over 100 topics are covered in the span of thirty-four chapters that will empower the individual to obtain the basic foundation necessary before any manager, publicist or record label will even be able to consider them for any realistic opportunities.
"This is an excellent, no-holds barred manual that any musician, especially those in the beginning and intermediate stages of their career should take to heart. All of the bases are covered. And while each chapter deserves a thorough read, the layout of the book makes it simple to find or revisit individual topics at those points in your career when you specifically need to refresh your memory on copyright issues, or merchandising, for example." - Hillary Mahoney / Screamer Magazine
“Arm yourself with knowledge. “The Music Industry Self Help Guide” was like reading my own thoughts, as if Mike entered my head and took my step by step playbook when working with clients. A definite must read for any artist looking to succeed in the ever changing music industry.”
- JB Fetzer Founder/Fetzer Entertainment
A free preview of the The Music Industry Self Help Guide includes a very in-depth table of contents.
Copies of the 2nd Edition of The Music Industry Self Help Guide are available for international mail-order here also available Amazon Kindle Edition:
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