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"Reading Danny's stories about the '80s metal scene is like finding missing pieces from my childhood that I now so desperately need. It is manna from metal heaven."--Fenriz, Darkthrone "Danny Lilker's a goddamn legend. The metal musician's career spans more than 30 years and almost as many bands, including Anthrax, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and many, many more. "Reading Danny's stories about the '80s metal scene is like finding missing pieces from my childhood that I now so desperately need. It is manna from metal heaven."--Fenriz, Darkthrone "Danny Lilker's a goddamn legend. The metal musician's career spans more than 30 years and almost as many bands, including Anthrax, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and many, many more. We were stoked to hear the news of Perpetual Conversion: Thirty years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker, the new book by Dave Hofer detailing his travels."--Vice/Noisey "Distinctly great... Hofer paints a simple picture of man who loved metal seemingly above everything else. As the bassist for such metal greats as Anthrax, Brutal Truth, and Stormtroopers Of Death among others, Perpetual Conversion lets Lilker be the star of the show."--The Onion A.V. Club "Recollections and (frequently hilarious) anecdotes drawn from a careening, storied career inevitably offer some insight into various heavy metal zeitgeists...Lilker's wit and swagger are a sustaining force all their own strong enough, indeed, to make Perpetual Conversion a must-read for those possessing an affinity for music in extremis."--Decibel "Hofer paints his subject with warmth, familiarity, and honesty...There s an undeniable attraction in such a wealth of information, opinion, humor and love for one of metal s most prolific, influential and hard-working characters. The history of extreme metal oozes from every page and, for that reason alone, it s something that all underground rats will devour."--Ghost Cult "The book itself is well put together with a heavy emphasis on additional writers contributing their thoughts and comments as well as a very visual aspect with hundreds of photos...They really dug deep into the archives as there are many cool, rare photos, flyers, laminates, polaroids, promo material, album covers, and lots of casual shots of Dan hanging out in England or Japan or Chile or wherever. Any fan of extreme music would be fascinated." --Metal Rules Product Description Perpetual Conversion traces the career of bassist Dan Lilker from 1981, the year he co-founded Anthrax, through 2011, and details numerous influential bands he founded or joined, including the groundbreaking Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.), thrash legends Nuclear Assault, grindcore trailblazers Brutal Truth, and one of the earliest US black metal bands, Hemlock. Although known among die-hard, underground metal fans, Lilker's influence has been significant across many genres. From his signature heavily distorted bass tone to his unquenchable thirst to create forward-thinking, aggressive music, Lilker's musical drive has seen him at the forefront of New York hardcore, crossover, thrash, grindcore, and black metal. Perpetual Conversion is culled from extensive interviews conducted by author Dave Hofer with Lilker, his family, his peers, and his bandmates past and present, including personal accounts from Craig Setari of Sick of It All, Barney Greenway of Napalm Death, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Gene Hoglan of Death/Dark Angel, Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, Digby Pearson of Earache Records, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Chris Reifert of Death/Autopsy, rapper Necro, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Jacob Bannon of Converge, and many others. In addition, the book is supplemented with excerpts from historic interviews, key reviews, and dozens of previously unseen images.


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"Reading Danny's stories about the '80s metal scene is like finding missing pieces from my childhood that I now so desperately need. It is manna from metal heaven."--Fenriz, Darkthrone "Danny Lilker's a goddamn legend. The metal musician's career spans more than 30 years and almost as many bands, including Anthrax, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and many, many more. "Reading Danny's stories about the '80s metal scene is like finding missing pieces from my childhood that I now so desperately need. It is manna from metal heaven."--Fenriz, Darkthrone "Danny Lilker's a goddamn legend. The metal musician's career spans more than 30 years and almost as many bands, including Anthrax, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., and many, many more. We were stoked to hear the news of Perpetual Conversion: Thirty years and Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker, the new book by Dave Hofer detailing his travels."--Vice/Noisey "Distinctly great... Hofer paints a simple picture of man who loved metal seemingly above everything else. As the bassist for such metal greats as Anthrax, Brutal Truth, and Stormtroopers Of Death among others, Perpetual Conversion lets Lilker be the star of the show."--The Onion A.V. Club "Recollections and (frequently hilarious) anecdotes drawn from a careening, storied career inevitably offer some insight into various heavy metal zeitgeists...Lilker's wit and swagger are a sustaining force all their own strong enough, indeed, to make Perpetual Conversion a must-read for those possessing an affinity for music in extremis."--Decibel "Hofer paints his subject with warmth, familiarity, and honesty...There s an undeniable attraction in such a wealth of information, opinion, humor and love for one of metal s most prolific, influential and hard-working characters. The history of extreme metal oozes from every page and, for that reason alone, it s something that all underground rats will devour."--Ghost Cult "The book itself is well put together with a heavy emphasis on additional writers contributing their thoughts and comments as well as a very visual aspect with hundreds of photos...They really dug deep into the archives as there are many cool, rare photos, flyers, laminates, polaroids, promo material, album covers, and lots of casual shots of Dan hanging out in England or Japan or Chile or wherever. Any fan of extreme music would be fascinated." --Metal Rules Product Description Perpetual Conversion traces the career of bassist Dan Lilker from 1981, the year he co-founded Anthrax, through 2011, and details numerous influential bands he founded or joined, including the groundbreaking Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.), thrash legends Nuclear Assault, grindcore trailblazers Brutal Truth, and one of the earliest US black metal bands, Hemlock. Although known among die-hard, underground metal fans, Lilker's influence has been significant across many genres. From his signature heavily distorted bass tone to his unquenchable thirst to create forward-thinking, aggressive music, Lilker's musical drive has seen him at the forefront of New York hardcore, crossover, thrash, grindcore, and black metal. Perpetual Conversion is culled from extensive interviews conducted by author Dave Hofer with Lilker, his family, his peers, and his bandmates past and present, including personal accounts from Craig Setari of Sick of It All, Barney Greenway of Napalm Death, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Gene Hoglan of Death/Dark Angel, Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, Digby Pearson of Earache Records, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Chris Reifert of Death/Autopsy, rapper Necro, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Jacob Bannon of Converge, and many others. In addition, the book is supplemented with excerpts from historic interviews, key reviews, and dozens of previously unseen images.

35 review for Perpetual Conversion: 30 Years & Counting in the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker

  1. 5 out of 5

    Twerking To Beethoven

    At the moment, there's only two ways to get hold of this book. 1. Pay roughly a couple of hundred US$ for a used super-rare copy, if you're lucky enough to stumble across one. 2. Learn Italian and buy the Italian release through the indie publisher "Tsunami Edizioni" for a way more reasonable price. Given I'm a greasy wop and speak Italian fluently, I've chosen the latter, sparing roughly 170 US$ (which I'll endeavor to spend on VB and XXXX, in case you want to know). I'm a huge S.O.D. & Nuke fan. At the moment, there's only two ways to get hold of this book. 1. Pay roughly a couple of hundred US$ for a used super-rare copy, if you're lucky enough to stumble across one. 2. Learn Italian and buy the Italian release through the indie publisher "Tsunami Edizioni" for a way more reasonable price. Given I'm a greasy wop and speak Italian fluently, I've chosen the latter, sparing roughly 170 US$ (which I'll endeavor to spend on VB and XXXX, in case you want to know). I'm a huge S.O.D. & Nuke fan. As a pox-ridden teenager, I remember listening to "Game Over" when it came out and laughing my lungs out at both "Mr. Softee Theme" (ICE CREEEEAAAAAAAM!) & "Hang the Pope" so I knew had to read this book when I found out about it[*]. That being said, "Metal Veteran" (that'd be the Italian title) is really well done & well researched; it's basically a long stream of consciousness and a very entertaining one at that; I literally flew through the 288 pages in less than three days. Come on, this definitely needs to be reissued as it's a damn shame all them English speaking metalheads can't enjoy "Perpetual Conversion" atm. Five stars & good job, Dave. [*] As for Brutal Truth and Hemlock...well, put it this way, grindcore and black metal aren't really my cup of tea.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karmakosmik

    Un libro davvero interessante e soprattutto divertente. La storia del Metal viene praticamente raccontata attraverso l'avventurosa vita del buon Dan Lilker. Dagli esordi con gli Anthrax, al successo dei S.O.A.D e fino alla creazione dei Brutal Truth, passando attraverso tutti vari side-projects e collaborazioni sparse, si ha un vero e proprio quadro della sviluppo dei vari generi del Metal nel corso degli ultimi 30 anni. Una vita passata praticamente a suonare con chiunque, con l'amore per le dr Un libro davvero interessante e soprattutto divertente. La storia del Metal viene praticamente raccontata attraverso l'avventurosa vita del buon Dan Lilker. Dagli esordi con gli Anthrax, al successo dei S.O.A.D e fino alla creazione dei Brutal Truth, passando attraverso tutti vari side-projects e collaborazioni sparse, si ha un vero e proprio quadro della sviluppo dei vari generi del Metal nel corso degli ultimi 30 anni. Una vita passata praticamente a suonare con chiunque, con l'amore per le droghe leggere messe praticamente sempre in primo piano, Lilker viene visto come una specie di santone del metal estremo, che ha forgiato generazioni di nuovi metallari. Dave Hofer ha non solo organizzato una lunga chiacchierata con il riccio bassista, ma ha anche integrato il suo racconto con brevi interventi di altre persone chiamate in causa, uno fra tutti Scott Ian degli Anthrax. Un libro assolutamente da avere per tutti gli amanti del Metal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Menno

    Interesting read about one of extreme metals' most influentials players!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Petri Mölsä

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Anderson

  6. 4 out of 5

    William Johnson

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sven

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doug Brown

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiago Cattani

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael Albers

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fredrik Stenman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Embla

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dan Lactose

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave Hofer

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Wray

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Spomer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cori Burwell

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  23. 5 out of 5

    Breaux

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rodney

  25. 4 out of 5

    Inge

  26. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Tompkins

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Nolan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Severson

  31. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  33. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  34. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jim

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