Dayal Patterson is a writer and photographer who began his career in music journalism with the publication of his own zine, Crypt, a decade ago. He is now a regular writer and photographer for Metal Hammer and Record Collector magazine, having also contributed to the likes of The Quietus, Terrorizer and Classic Rock Presents, as well as penning biographies and liner notes for the likes of Marduk and Killing Joke.
Having closely following the black metal scene since the mid-nineties, he is about to release an epic tome entitled Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult. Offering an unparalleled level of detail, the book spans 600 pages and captures the history of this genre in fascinating detail. From its infancy in the early eighties through to its resurrection in the nineties and onwards to the diverse scene we see today, the book examines the artistic, musical and spiritual development of the genre, and the ideologies and colourful lives of some of its most influential and unusual bands.
Taking four years, the book features exclusive interviews with members of such diverse bands as Venom, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Vulcano, Blasphemy, Samael, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, VON, Tormentor, Master’s Hammer, Beherit, Mayhem, Thorns, Darkthrone, Thou Shalt Suffer and Emperor, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mütiilation, Marduk and Funeral Mist, Shining, Graveland, Behemoth, Enslaved, Ulver, Windir, Negura Bunget, Hades, Primordial, Arcturus, Manes, Fleurety, Sigh, Dødheimsgard, Mysticum, Aborym, Blacklodge, Fen and Lifelover.
It also includes 300 images, many previously unpublished and in some cases never seen before, with unseen images dating right back to Mayhem’s Deathcrush sessions in the eighties.