We always know that we're going to get something special with a new Ditto release, and 'Svartmalmur: Icelandic Black Metal' is a Nordic cracker. Svartmalmur is a unique portrait of Iceland's black metal scene through the lens of photographer Verði ljós (also founder of black metal project, Wormlust).
Taken over a period of three years, the project weaves together documentary and landscape photography with fiction to create an up close and personal view of a cloaked and mysterious world.
This is a sumptuous publication. Litho printed with pages of beautiful black and gold inks, a gold foiled hard cover and changes of paper stock throughout, this feels like an a very special artefact of a very singular scene.