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CULT 002: BLACK METAL: THE CULT NEVER DIES VOL. ONE  [by Dayal Patterson]
Published early 2015. A full-length 300 page book

[Released as a standalone book and as  a web-exclusive 2 book boxset featuring the main book and a Visual Companion (a colour/gloss mini-book of mostly unpublished photos), plus two art prints, a certificate of authentication, an exclusive shirt and a deluxe box with metallic Cult Never Dies logo.]



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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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)


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


“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)


“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)


“The book should be of certain interest to anyone who either has been, or in the future will be, held sway by the influence of this particular genre.”
Leere (SILENCER)


"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.

Nick Ruskell (Kerrang!)

"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)



"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."
Kostas Panagiotou (Pantheist)








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