'Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries' Book Due In June

Bazillion Points Books has revealed the final cover artwork for "Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries", a mammoth 744-page hardcover journey into black metal, death metal, and beyond by Norway's metal godfather Jon Kristiansen. "The greatest heavy metal story ever told" will be available June 6, 2011, wherever books are sold, and is available for preorder now with two bonus limited patches at this location.

Part anthology, part memoir, and years in the making, "Metalion" includes over 600 reproduction pages from every issue of Slayer mag, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, author Jon Kristiansen recounts his life's story, from alienated outsider to central figure in Norwegian black metal to world-weary metal survivor. The book also features over 100 rare photographs, including two color sections and a portrait gallery of photographs taken by Kristiansen himself.

The astonishing combination of archival material includes scores of key historic interviews with the most revered figures in extreme metal, including:

MAYHEM
EMPEROR
SLAYER
KREATOR
NIHILIST
CELTIC FROST
BATHORY
CATHEDRAL
ENTOMBED
MORBID
NAPALM DEATH
METALLICA
OPETH
CRADLE OF FILTH
SADISTIK EXECUTION
USURPER
NIFELHEIM
DARKTHRONE
SODOM
DESTRUCTION
MORBID ANGEL
DEICIDE
EXODUS
DISSECTION
CANDLEMASS
CARCASS
SEPULTURA
GORGOROTH
DEATH
WATAIN
SADUS
SATYRICON
ENSLAVED
PENTAGRAM
JARBOE
IMMORTAL
POSSESSED
OVERKILL
ULVER
DARK ANGEL

"From the start, I made Slayer mag as honestly and as well as I could," says Kristiansen. "I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time."

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