The anticipated conclusion of the Death Metal Epic trilogy arrives with Book Three: Sinister Synthesizer. Death Metal Epic, Book One: The Inverted Katabasis (2013) and Death Metal Epic, Book Two: Goat Song Sacrifice (2017) follows David Fosberg playing guitar in Valhalla. But don’t worry: this is no jukebox hero saga of his rise to fame and fortune. Valhalla’s a death metal band. From Florida. And the rest of the guys just quit. There’s not a lot of money in metal hymns to the Elder Gods. If David can record another album, Plutonic Records will send him on a two-week tour to promote it. A Eurotour. Where people like metal.
In this edition, Desekration attained elite status when they released Infernö, a genre-defining meditation on the black death that ends with fifteen minutes of keyboards. Hard-working guitarist David Fosberg helped make the album into a masterwork for the ages. With speed and skill, he played all the best riffs he could steal.
But it didn’t matter.
Desekration ditched him. Replaced David with someone less normal … and more evil.
Now alone in Belgium, his ultralimited money slipping away one Trappist ale at a time, David faces a cold and friendless winter. Stuck in a bandless limbo, David can’t shake the feeling—something more than a feeling—that he should stop listening to metal. And move on with his life.
An epic hero’s journey directly inspired by the music, imagery, and unity of death metal . . . Any metalhead out there who thinks they’re alone or an outcast should pick up this book.—Indy Metal Vault
Handled with a pleasing mixture of sardonic humour and deep-seated reverence . . . it’s clear that Swinford is onto something special here.—Terrorizer
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