New book to tell history of Finnish black metal Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:00

A new book on the history of Finnish black metal is to be published in English for the first time.


‘The Devil's Cradle: The Story of Finnish Black Metal’, by Helsinki-based journalist Tero Ikäheimonen, will be issued by Svart Publishing on 1 November.


The Devils Cradle artwork


Based on more than 50 interviews conducted by Ikäheimonen between 2014 and 2017, the book unravels the story of Finnish black metal from the late 1980s and 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.


"Countless 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.


"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. The English translation features all the original content and two additional chapters.