For death metal fans, a few key scenes loom large: Florida, Sweden, Great Britain, you know the drill. For dedicated death metal devotees, however, the Dutch death metal scene holds a special place in the history of the style.
Big names like Asphyx, Thanatos, and Gorefest made mighty contributions to the canon, but still retain a measure of obscurity compared to the Morbid Angels and Napalm Deaths of the world. This makes the history of extreme music from The Netherlands particularly fascinating. And while authors like Albert Mudrian have touched on the scene’s history before, there was still room for a full book-level treatment.
A wealth of information awaits the ready eager to learn more. Like I’ve said before, sometimes the best way to get interested in a group of bands is to learn the backstories and wider context. It makes you feel part of the history that went into the riffs, screams and blasts.
Oh, and the tulips and windmills on the cover are a nice touch. You’ll find pre-order information at Cult Never Dies‘ web store.