Made in Sweden

It's only fitting that our first issue of the new Maximum Metal column "Made in Sweden" focuses on the tome that provoked it -"Swedish Death Metal" by Daniel Ekeroth. If Douglas Adams offered "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" then Ekeroth surely offers "The Passenger's Guide to Hell".

What is Swedish Death Metal? What is the fascination? What in the bloody Hell happened to the kids in Stockholm? Ekeroth offers an abundance of rich, scholarly texts deciphering one of metal's most energetic and awe-inspiring moments in time. It's aptly titled "Swedish Death Metal" for a reason. Ekeroth gives it all to us--glorious, gut-wrenching, defining as it is--in one extremely heavy volume of tunes and tombs. --Eric Compton, Maximum Metal

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. Loudness. White Skull
. Vicious Mary. BloodDuster
. Mondo Generator. Exmortem
. Impellitteri. Goatwhore
. Kataklysm. Usurper
. Legend. Wizard
. Metallica. Powergod
. Dr. Butcher. Valley's Eve
. Vyndykator. Ion Vein
. Iced Earth. Inner Rage of Emotion
. Bloodbath. Curriculum Mortis
. Steel Preacher. Victory
. King Diamond. Lanfear
. Stryper. Eidolon
. Tad Morose. Windseeker
. Attacker. Defiled
. Iron Savior. Dew Scented
. Three Inches of Blood. Exodus
. Babylon Mystery Orchestra. Bang The Union
. downBleed. Freakhouse
. Bleeding Inc. Kingcrow
. Skyfire. Gary Moore
. Scorpions. Vox Tempus
. Meliah Rage. Black Destiny
. Shadows Fall. Theocracy
. I.C.E.. Valume Nob
. Marshall Law. Mine
. Silent Force. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
. Fifth Cross. Feared Creation
. The Apocalyptic Riders. Miles Beyond
. Kamelot. Dirt
. Soulscar. Nevermore
. Chuck Schuldiner. John Sykes
. God Fear None. Bruce Dickinson
. Holy Moses. Strapping Young Lad
. Ignitor. Ramesses
. Callenish Circle. Sinisthra
. Embraze. Defleshed
. Blind Stare. Rudra
. Astarte. Agents Of Man
. Maximum Overdrive. Ektomorf
. Kult ov Azazel. Dynamic Lights
. Slik Helvetika. Supagroup
. Gemini 5. Gaia
. The Father Panic Riot Orchestra. Havochate
. Clutch. Iron Maidens
. Octavia Sperati. Peccatum
. The Atomic Bitchwax. The Firstborn
. Third Degree. Algol3
. Balatonizer. Crystal Ball
. Gojira. Asrai
. Chain Collector. The Classic Struggle
. Bronx Casket Company. Zero Down
. Nocturnal Rites. Absu
. Early Man. Sodom
. Totalisti. Blackmore's Night
. Lair Of The Minotaur. Daylight Dies
. Hell-Born. Steep
. Degree Absolute. Moonspell
. Bal-Sagoth. Cataract
. Down Factor. The Sword
. Apiary. Non-Human Level
. Upon Infliction. Royal Hunt
. Fragments of Unbecoming. Abominant
. The Finals. Panzerchrist
. Demise. Darkness Eternal
. Starkweather. Kotipelto
. Handful of Hate. Stonegard
. Battered. Omnium Gatherum
. Manticore. Cattle Decapitation
. Almah. White Wizzard
. Mithras. Rob Zombie
. Antigama. Manes
. Randy Ellefson. Sworn Enemy
. Architect. Himsa
. Echoes of Eternity. Keldian
. Diamond Dogs. Deceiver
. Trivium. Blood Haven
. Straight Line Stitch. Vulture Industries
. Trinacria. Iron Fire
. Son of Eric. Eighteen Wheels Burning
. Something Beautiful. Mustasch
. Caliban. DC4
. Raven