THE NECROMANCER OF ROCK: The Origins of DEATH SS by Steve Sylvester

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THE NECROMANCER OF ROCK: The Origins of DEATH SS (1977-1982) by Steve Sylvester

208 page paperback (including colour/gloss pages at the centre of the book) with wraparound cover covering every step of the band's early history, The Necromancer of Rock: The Origins of Death SS (1977-1982) tells the insane story of the legendary Italian heavy/doom metal band Death SS.

Experimentations with witchcraft and the occult, bizarre rituals, orgies in cemeteries, and the creation of the band's unique and theatrical sound and aesthetic.

In addition to Steve’s story and version of the history of the band, the book includes interviews with all living members from the time of the 'First Seal', as it has been termed: Danny Hughes, Thomas Chaste and Thomas 'Hand' Chaste, Claud Galley, and even words from the enigmatic Paul Chain, along with remembrances of the contributions from Aldo Polverari and Sanctis Ghoram.

"This book is the final answer for those who thirst for every detail, background history, or bit of spicy gossip related to the circumstances which lead five suburban teens to incarnate as the Kings of Evil…" Steve Sylvester

"It was not that much about music… well, sure, the art of music had more than willingly been chosen for this form of expression, but Death SS could have been a theatre company, a string quartet, any kind of music, and I can assure you that it would have been equally as devastating. Behind the Death SS phenomenon stands a certain type of philosophy, a theatrical and visual avant-garde, a mingling of real life and the art of representation… We surely were very driven and motivated."  Thomas 'Hand' Chaste [Andrea Vianelli]


"…it's basically Steve Sylvester's autobiography from his birth up until the demise of the first incarnation of the band, in 1982. So you have the origins of Death SS, their meddling with the occult and witchcraft, bizarre rituals, orgies in cemeteries and ossuaries, along with the struggles of being such an original and out-of-place band in the yet still quite rural centre of Italy. There's the music, of course, but it's much more about what the band actually was and did, and they did crazy things!"  Max Baroni, Tsunami Edizioni

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[Item type: doom metal book / Death SS book]