About our black metal books



Cult Never Dies was initially set up to publish and distribute a series of books written by Dayal Patterson on the subject of black metal (now expanding to include other underground metal genres)with the express aim of telling the story of the genre honestly and in detail through the voices of the artists involved. You can find out more about the individual books at the above store or by clicking their corresponding tabs on this page, but on this page is a brief summary.


#0: BLACK METAL: EVOLUTION OF THE CULT 
[late 2013, Feral House]
584 page book
Features interviews with: VENOM • MERCYFUL FATE • BATHORY • HELLHAMMER • CELTIC FROST • VULCANO • BLASPHEMY • SAMAEL • ROTTING CHRIST • NECROMANTIA • VON • TORMENTOR • MASTER’S HAMMER • BEHERIT • MAYHEM • THORNS • DARKTHRONE • BURZUM • EMPEROR • GEHENNA • GORGOROTH • TRELLDOM • CRADLE OF FILTH • DIMMU BORGIR • MÜTIILATION • MARDUK  • SHINING • GRAVELAND • INFERNUM • BEHEMOTH • ENSLAVED • SATRYRICON • ISENGARD/STORM • ULVER • WINDIR • HADES • PRIMORDIAL • ARCTURUS • MANES • FLEURETY • SIGH • DØDHEIMSGARD • MYSTICUM • ABORYM • BLACKLODGE • FEN • LIFELOVER
For more information, pictures and ordering click here: [LINK]



#1:  BLACK METAL: PRELUDE TO THE CULT
[late 2013]
64 page mini-book
Features interviews with: MAYHEM • ARCHGOAT • CLANDESTINE BLAZE • TAAKE • GORGOROTH • IMPALED NAZARENE • BEHERIT • 1349 / SATYRICON • MANIAC / SKITLIV • ENTHRONED • HORNA / BEHEXEN • SIGH • MARDUK • HADES ALMIGHTY
For more information, pictures and ordering click here: [LINK]


#2:  BLACK METAL: THE CULT NEVER DIES VOL. ONE 
[early 2015 ]
300 page book
 – Available as standalone book OR 2 book boxset edition – 
Features exclusive interviews with: SATYRICON/STORM/MOONFOG • MANES • KAMPFAR • SOLEFALD • WARDRUNA/JOTUNSPUR/GORGOROTH) • XANTOTOL • ARKONA • MASTIPHAL • EVILFEAST • MGLA/KRIEGSMASCHINE • STRID • BETHLEHEM • SILENCER • FORGOTTEN TOMB • TOTAL NEGATION + Artist THEODOR KITTELSEN and his impact on black metal aesthetics.
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#3:  BLACK METAL: INTO THE ABYSS 
[2016]
300 pages book
 – Available as standalone book OR 2 book boxset edition – 
Features exclusive interviews with: FURIA • MASSEMORD • 1349 • FORGOTTEN WOODS • TSJUDER • NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION • VEMOD • ONE TAIL • ONE HEAD • MYSTIFIER • BLACK ALTAR • BESATT • MORD ‘A’ STIGMATA • TRIST • HELHEIM • HYPOTHERMIA • LOITS • DEINONYCHUS • PSYCHONAUT 4 • KOLDBRANN • URGEHAL • SACRILEGIUM • BLAZE OF PERDITION
For more information, pictures and ordering click here: [LINK]



#4:  CULT NEVER DIES: THE MEGA ZINE 
[late 2016]
268 page book • Compilation CD
Features exclusive interviews with: MYSTICUM • BAL-SAGOTH • IN THE WOODS... • REVEREND BIZARRE • INDESINENCE • NAHTRUNAR • SLEGEST • SCYTHIAN • LYCHGATE • MORK • ANCIENT • JON KRISTIANSEN / HEAD NOT FOUND Records • Black metal photographer ESTER SEGARRA • Illustrator GARETH ELLIOTT
For more information, pictures and ordering click here: [LINK]


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A few reviews and testimonials:


“The Black Metal scene needed this book. Dayal Patterson’s TITANIC work collects all the materials and interviews under one flag; ‘Cult Never Dies’. This is the testimony of OUR existence.”

Flauros (MASTIPHAL)

"Patterson focuses on three strands of black metal - an expanded Norwegian chapter, plus the Polish scene and the depressive/suicidal black metal subgenre - dissecting each thread in minute detail with the assistance of the musicians themselves. This is where your value for money comes in: most of these headbangers have never opened up before about their music and the philosophy that drives it... It's a mighty achievement and may Satan usher in a second volume before too long."

"Through a series of exclusive interviews Patterson gives ample space to bands who though underground were able to make a mark in the extreme scene. A good book, written with passion and expertise, and also accompanied by a carefully put together gallery
Joel McIver (RECORD COLLECTOR magazine)

“In the latest years I often detest to reply to interviews since they’re usually very boring and it seems like writers do not really know the band that well, resulting in stupid or boring questions. It was the actual opposite with Dayal, since all the questions were challenging and gave me a chance to finally speak my mind about several points in the history of my band. The way the whole chapter was put together is very entertaining, honest and exhaustive. If someone wants to know more about Forgotten Tomb this is certainly the proper way to do it.”
Herr Morbid (FORGOTTEN TOMB)

“Dayal is asking the right questions and definitely has a hand for weaving it all together tastefully.”

C (TOTAL NEGATION)


“Throughout my 20 years with Kampfar I’ve done hundreds of interviews with everything from hobby journalists to professional full time journalists. I’ve even done some interviews with authors who would like some help with some informative pieces they would have in place, in relation to particular Norwegian black metal anno early nineties etc. Very often these interviews are very similar and without any depth unfortunately.


When I met Dayal the first time it was way before it all had begun with his first book Evolution of the Cult. Even back then I noticed early on that Dayal had more than just the great strength in his written word. He also had a ‘wonderful’ knowledge of black metal. No journalist or author has ever gotten me to go so in depth or divulge so much of Kampfar as he. He got me to speak of things I just only revealed my closest friends before. And now its too late to regret that I revealed this too Dayal too.”
Dolk (KAMPFAR)

A good book, written with passion and expertise, and also accompanied by a carefully put together gallery."

Francesca Legnani (ROCK HARD ITALY magazine)

"With Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies - Volume One, Patterson once again proves his value as a storyteller and a true genre connoisseur
Wouter Dielesen (AARDSCHOK magazine)


“Dunno, Dayal is one of these few persons who’s tickling out this kind of information you basically never would speak about in public. And won’t give you the feeling of using these informations for just sensational reasons. In 24 years I only met one or two interviewers who have taken things absolutely serious. Otherwise I never would have drawn such an intense picture of Bethlehem which basically never was drawn before. Furthermore Dayal is an excellent writer who has overworked my lame English into something pretty much meaningful which exactly is reflecting my original thoughts about it. Such intense drawings won’t be repeated anyways because privacy should not be shared with the entire world I reckon. This more is for the mainstream and yellow press. Therefore people, enjoy if you can.”
Jürgen Bartsch (BETHLEHEM)

“It is a great honor and pleasure to be part of a project that documents the history of black metal scene . Admiration of the work of those who volunteer their time to document a history that without their involvement will be forgotten.”

Venom (XANTOTOL)

“The aim of Patterson’s project is nothing less than to produce a comprehensive picture of the phenomenon of black metal. ‘The Cult Never Dies’ is more than just an appendix to the 2013 book… the publication guarantees precious reading and is richly reinforced with private photos."
Geir Larz, (Norway Rock)


“Dayal’s previous book ‘Evolution of the Cult’ was amazing, and is the definitive guide to the origins of black metal... so when he wanted to include a more in-depth feature on Manes in his new book ‘The Cult Never Dies’, both me and Sargatanas were of course ready to answer all his questions. Now, after proof-reading the Manes chapter, I can’t wait to read the rest of the book! it will be just as great as his previous effort, no doubt!’
Cernunnus (MANES)

"The book is flooded by unpublished pictures and exclusive interviews, many of which from musicians who never spoke in public before (such as Silencer). The chapters include a more detailed return not only into the Norwegian scene, but also Polish Black Metal, with additional touches of Depressive/Suicidal Black Metal."

Labrini Gouma (Metal Hammer Greece)

“Giving interviews is not my absolute favorite thing in the world but I always feel very assured that my answers are in safe hands and that the outcome will be as good as it can when doing an interview with Dayal. He is a reflected and observant man and he has an artistic, sharp and clever style of writing"


Kvitrafn (WARDRUNA/JOTUNSPUR/ex-GORGOROTH)

As comprehensive and no-gravestone-unturned as last year's Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult was (named as K!'s book of the year, no less), it still couldn't fit everything black and nasty in... The first volume of this bolt-on is as thorough and compelling as the original, with the author's attention to miniscule detail making [it] as genuinely essential as anything in the author's main book.
4/5 Nick Ruskell (Kerrang!)


"Great book. I thought there won't be much to discover....given how elaborate this author's previous book was but really delighted with the stuff here. strongly recommended for any black metal fan."

Ramakrishnan M, Goodreads review

Dayal Patterson’s phenomenal ‘Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult’ was for me a highlight not just in black metal writing, but in ‘alternative subgenre music history’ writing in general. It takes a rare combination of factors to create such an instant classic, including a thorough knowledge of the subject matter, a spiritual bonding with the material the author writes about, and painstaking research at the heart of the book. All these elements were firmly in place in Patterson’s debut book and the fact that it was also approved by most of its notoriously difficult protagonists, can only be seen as additional evidence of the quality of this work.


Once again the book is packed with the sort of detail that delightfully exposes the quirks and peculiarities of the characters behind this unusual musical genre...another praiseworthy attribute of this fascinating book: because the individuality and strong will of the main characters come strongly to the fore through the interviews, you can’t help as a reader doing your own research about the bands you don’t know as much about, if only to find out if their music corresponds to their often bizarre and  unusual worldviews. Another fascinating book by Dayal Patterson. He now firmly establishes himself as an erudite and noteworthy author, and I am already looking forward to his future work."



Kosta, Goodreads review

"If Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is the course literature for the foundation course in black metal, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies is the literature for the intermediate course." 

(Close Up magazine, Sweden)

“This is a very insightful work: Without doubt the ultimate book on the subject, a testimony of black metal and a good introduction for neophytes.”

Vorph (SAMAEL)

"Patterson, with his concise writing style coupled with the extended thoughts and musings from damn near everyone involved, has written as close to a definitive work on the overall history as will probably every be written...for the newcomer this is an invigorating, essential read; for seasoned veterans there's more than enough in the way of new interviews, fresh perspectives and archival relics for 'Evolution...' to be equally riveting."
9/10
Guy Strachan (TERRORIZER Magazine)

"Dayal is an excellent writer – with an almost nerdlike (and I mean that in the most positive way) enthusiasm and eye for detail. I found reading what he put together, from our talk about my band's early days, genuinely moving. If the other chapters are done with the same care (and I assume they are) this will be the definitive encyclopedia on Black Metal."
Kristoffer Rygg (ULVER)

“So good. Lovely memoirs of those old times and some interesting new stuff. I think you have done a really great job with this book.”
Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (BEHERIT)

"It's informative and very well written with just enough humour to make a few hundred pages of darkness and evil properly entertaining. I was especially curious about the Norwegian chapters of course - and there were lots of stuff I'd never read before, with great first hand accounts from people that were actually around (without becoming fanboy interviews like ‘in-depth’ black metal interviews often tend to be)."
Torgeir Krokfjord (DAGBLADET / SCREAM / METAL EXPRESS)

"History in Black Metal has finally started to be written. And Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is doing that at its best. A valuable educational piece of dark writing."
Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST)

"Finally, black metal has the book that does justice to the genre. Marrying a fan's enthusiasm with a more detached, academic approach is a difficult balance to achieve but Dayal does so with aplomb. Free from the sensationalist hyperbole that can blight texts on the genre, 'Evolution of the Cult' contains a dizzying array of detail, anecdotes, photographs and contextualization of the landmark artists within the genre - all delivered with Dayal's fluid prose and dry wit. A huge undertaking that oozes passion, this lengthy tome currently stands tall as THE definitive book on the black metal genre. Excellent work."

The Watcher (FEN / VIROPHAGE / DE ARMA)

"I just got copy of "Black Metal" from Feral House and it is fucking excellent!  I feel the same excitement reading it I felt reading through 'Swedish Death Metal' or the 'Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries' book for the first time. It just makes me wanna tell all my friends to go out and buy a copy, which is what I'm gonna do. Congrats!"
Albert Mudrian (Editor of DECIBEL MAGAZINE, Author of 'CHOOSING DEATH')

“Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is testament for future generations. Compiled and written with sincerity of effort and high class aesthetics.”
The Magus (NECROMANTIA/THOU ART LORD/ex-ROTTING CHRIST)


“These chapters of modern day grimoire need your utmost attention. Fact is, you don’t have to read between the lines anymore ‘cause its all there, straight from the source.
Silenoz (DIMMU BORGIR)


"Author Patterson has pulled off the remarkable trick of covering 30 years' worth of extreme heavy metal, from its garage beginnings to the murderous second wave and finally to the disparate chaos of today.To his credit, Patterson doesn't repeat Lords of Chaos' mistakes by focussing solely on the Oslo scene of the early 90s, though those events (murders, church-burnings and grave desecrations) get their own in-depth chapters. His book adds plenty of previously unread interviews with the main culprits, leading to new perspectives on the original shortlist of innovators  (Venom, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, Hellhammer) as much as the modern and frankly confusing wave of bands. It's easy to recommend this book: it's the most ambitious work on black metal so far attempted."
4/5
Joel McIver (RECORD COLLECTOR magazine)

“Evolution of the Cult is a definitive and essential piece of writing, exposing a genre that has drastically evolved since Black Sabbath and Venom left their stain on the world.”
Venien (VON)

“Evolution of the Cult is a brilliantly written book about the saga of black metal. No doubt that it is written by a man that is professional and with a burning passion for the topic. Mandatory if you have any interest in the genre or want to explore a new world.”
Hvall (WINDIR/VREID)

"There have been many printed, visual and audio documents of Black Metal but to my mind the ones that stand far ahead of everything else are the books Lords Of Chaos (Feral House) and True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice). With the arrival of British music writer Dayal Patterson’s excellent Black Metal: Evolution Of A Cult (Feral House), we have a collection of the best journalism and photo archival work of the lot. It completes the “unholy trinity” of BM books. It is an extremely diligent and well-informed publication that leaves almost nothing out of the history of the genre, containing many previously unreported facts and stories. This is no lazy collection of old interviews thrown together in haste. It is a modern masterpiece of the declining art of music journalism."
Andy Capper (VICE)

"I’m putting this book at #1 on my list because, believe it or not, I think it would appeal to the largest cross section of people. Me, I didn’t give a shit about Black Metal, but when I opened the package and pulled this book out, I sat right down and read the majority of it in one sitting."
pleasekillme.com, (who placed the book Number 1 in their end of year list).

“Metal is not a musical form that is easy to write about. In this book Dayal Patterson took what is probably the only reasonable approach to the task: he let the artists speak for themselves. If you are prepared to pick up a book this size, then are probably are enough of a fan to be glad that you did.”
Fabban (ABORYM)

“What makes this interesting and stand out from the others? The search for just and necessary information, without excesses, assimilating the vision of the band or musician and especially feeling the sense of each artist or work. Dayal knew how to convey their work, interviewing each member of each band and crossing lines between them.”
Seldrack (WISDOM)

“Without doubt the best book about black metal I’ve ever read. Actually, I could probably say that it’s the only book about metal (black or otherwise) worth reading! A fascinating view on the beginnings of the genre, told by those that were a part of it, cleansed of most of the shock-value and hysteria that usually surrounds similar books and documentaries. Even for us ‘insiders’ there are tons and tons of never-before told stories, trivia and factoids… I couldn’t put it down until I had finished the whole thing! I can’t recommend it enough!”
Tor-Helge Skei / Cernunnus (MANES)

"This promises to be THE one book on the rise of Black Metal that lays all previous books on the topic to rest. Instead of basing his research on tabloid articles, Dayal has interviewed A LOT of the people involved in the scene, making sure he presents facts, not vague theories or guesses. Couple that with his extensive knowledge of the topic and his very skilled pen, Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult should be both very informative and an entertaining read. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this book, the Gehenna chapter is great!"
Dolgar (GEHENNA)

"If the chapter on Enslaved’s humble beginnings is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat; finally a book on the rise of nineties extreme Metal and its facets, from someone who understands what it was actually about; musical integrity and artistic visions. It was a lot of fun reading our own history through Dayal’s skilled and enthusiastic, yet factually-oriented, pen. Now I am eager to start reading about the other bands! The next time some half-witted student wants me to write his thesis on “Norwegian Black Metal in the early nineties” for him, I am going to buy an extra copy of this book and throw at him."
Ivar Bjørnson (ENSLAVED)

"There are quite a few books on black metal on the market these days but this one is totally different. This is not a typical disc-guide book. This is not a book that only focusses on those inner circle myths. This is an in-depth and very well-researched book that overlooks the world of black metal. It is a true honour that some pages are dedicated to ourselves in a book like this. It means a lot to us. Definitely this book features a lot of stories which have been never told to anybody - I don't think I ever talked about pre-Sigh days before. And surely this is the most detailed descriptions about our entire works. This is amazing!"
Mirai (SIGH)

“Oh look. Another book about black metal. Dont tell me, another outsider writing about some

sensationalist events that took place in Norway over twenty years ago. Who cares? I’m tired of reading these books or watching these documentaries that seem to put their own slant on the subject. They usually spew out uninformed crap that basically omits most of the important bands that helped to form this scene.....Let’s see here. ‘Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult by Dayal Patterson’. Wait a minute! I don’t believe it! Finally a book that covers black metal in a well informed manner and gives credit where credit is due. No sensationalism! You can tell this book was written by someone that’s actually into the music! This is by far the best book I’ve read on black metal and I can recommend this to anyone that is interested in a good read on our diverse genre. Dayal Patterson covers all spectrums of black metal here, everything from the beginnings to the bands that took the genre to the next levels. Thank you Dayal Patterson for putting this book together! This needed to happen!
Deathlord of Abomination & War Apocalypse (BLASPHEMY/CONQUEROR)


"As a connoisseur and rabid collector of second wave black metal since 1992, I thought I knew ‘everything’ about the scene's early days. But Dayal has managed to drag out information both new, and sometimes even contrary to the same old regurgitated mythos surrounding this music. Dayal is a master wordsmith, tireless researcher and a huge Overall Benefit to Black Metal. One of the most informative and entertaining reads on the subject of black metal...this is our black metal bible.
Vincent Albert Wager (BLACK METAL MUSEUM GERMANY)

I’ve been looking forward to this one! My copy of the Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult book is now in my hands and I really can’t wait to get reading this fascinating journey through the genres history. I’ve only just started and I already find Dayal’s writing style extremely addictive, making this book hard to put down. I have to say it is really cool to see Black Death Nostalgia mentioned in the acknowledgements of this great book! Thank you Dayal - I am glad that we could be of some assistance to you.”
Martin Beerwolf (BLACK DEATH NOSTALGIA)