A three-and-a-half-minute video clip of classic Swedish death metal band GROTESQUE — featuring ex-AT THE GATES/THE CROWN frontman Tomas Lindberg — performing the song "Blood Runs from the Altar" at their one-off reunion gig Friday night (January 26) at Kafé 44 in Stockholm has been posted online at YouTube.com. The concert, which featured additional appearances by NIRVANA 2002 (featuring ex-ENTOMBED session singer Orvar Säfström) and INTERMENT, was staged to celebrate the publication of the "Swedish Death Metal" book by INSISION bassist Daniel Ekeroth. A poster for the show can be found at this location.Daniel Ekeroth previously said the following about the "Swedish Death Metal" book, "In the mid-'80s, a small underground movement in Sweden started to emerge from small towns and suburbs. A handful of restless teenagers started to search for the most extreme music available, and a tape trading community began to grow. Eventually the teenagers picked up instruments themselves, and created what in a few years would dominate the world of extreme music — Swedish death metal. This is the improbable history of how it all began and evolved into the early '90s. The book also includes a massive A-Z of Swedish death metal bands (about 900 entries) as well as fanzines. All in all, the book is 480 pages long, and contains over 500 cool pictures. About 30 central characters of the scene have been interviewed" — including Fredrik Karlén (MERCILESS), Johan Edlund (TREBLINKA, TIAMAT), Fred Estby (DISMEMBER, CARNAGE), Ola Lindgren (GRAVE), Kristian "Necrolord" Wåhlin (GROTESQUE, LIERS IN WAIT, DECOLLATION) and Orvar Säfström (NIRVANA 2002) — "and some of their anecdotes are as wild as the music ever was. Still, the main focus of this research is the music. After all, the fantastic music is the greatest achievement of the Swedish death metal movement." For more information, visit www.myspace.com/tamarapress.
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