Another Primordial Day
- the paleo metal diaries -
By Mats E. Eriksson
Warning: This book contains lavish tales of long dead creatures and reading it may trigger an unexpected consuming impulse for a whole new set of bizarre knowledge as well as causing a severe addiction to heavy music.
About the book:
This book deals with the amalgamation of science, arts and popular culture, and more specifically the author dives headfirst into paleontology, heavy metal and reconstructions of long dead things. Swedish Paleo Metal Professor Mats E. Eriksson provides ample examples of how he has managed to combine his life-long love affairs with these subject matters and discusses the benefits from a personal as well as societal point of view. With a witty sense of humor Eriksson describes the "good, the bad and the ugly" excavated from the fossil record and places those ancient organisms in an unorthodox and novel setting.
Thus, the book includes tales of a bizarre travelling exhibition on fossils named after rock stars, as well as unconventional ways of creating music with paleontological connotations (while in the process revealing their impeccable fit). Furthermore, Eriksson addresses the music business and its unexpected close ties to ancient life, how God and Satan are connected to paleontology, why a fossil free world is unwanted, and makes a convincing case of why Swedish biology superstar Carolus Linnaeus (1717-1778) was in fact a "metal head". You will get completely unnecessary information on fossil worms, weathering-resistant dinosaurs, stage diving antics at natural history museums, peculiar anecdotes on, and unique photographs of, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Accept, Wolf, Seance, and many others, all taking place in a "paleo setting". Strange? Yes! Exciting? You bet!
The book is subdivided into two main chunks: beginning with a brief introduction to all things dead in the first part, and their subsequent, metaphorical resurrection, by means of arts and music, in the second part. As opposed to the current era of "alternative facts", this nonfiction book is based on research and for the science-minded, fact loving person it also includes an extensive reference list spanning almost 2000 years' worth of relevant literature, extending from the year 77 up until today.
The full color book features 18 chapters,
comprises 462 pages, and contains more than 150 unique images. The latter
include original artwork by, for example, Joe Petagno
(Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc), Dan Lerner (Slayer, Ghost), and John
Sibbick (Bolt Thrower, and tons of paleo art); never before seen photographs by, for example, Paul Bossenmaier (King
Diamond, Motörhead, Arch Enemy, among many others), Joe Kleon (Mastodon, Gwar),
Adam Wallacavage (Gwar), and Dionysis Partheniadis (Rotting Christ); and
original sculptures of long dead organisms, made and photographically captured
by extraordinary craftsman Esben Horn (of 10
Tons, Copenhagen, Denmark). The book also includes a chapter of in-depth
interviews with Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), Snowy Shaw (Snowy Shaw, ex- Mercyful Fate, ex-King
Diamond, ex-Dimmu Borgir, and many others), Karl Sanders (Nile), aforementioned
Joe Petagno, and, last but certainly not least, Tim "Metal Tim" Henderson
(CEO/President of BraveWords).
The book is beautifully printed in a limited, hard cover edition of 2000 copies worldwide and can be ordered here.