a denim jacket with various patches with the title text embroidered on and a sword through the word 'faith'

Defenders of the Faith: The Heavy Metal Photography of Peter Beste

by Peter Beste Author and Peter 'Biff' Byford Author

In this tribute to heavy metal culture and fashion, photographer Peter Beste has compiled hundreds of pictures of heavy metal fans and their iconic denim and leather vests into one collection. Covered in patches, insignia, and logos, these vests are alternately referred to as Kutten (German for monk's robe) or as battle vests. A true metal fan wears the vest into the pit, showing their fandom and the authenticity of their affection for the music the vest honors. Beste's photography has been praised for its ability to offer the uninitiated a glimpse into another world, whether that be the world of Norwegian Black Metal, or Houston's rap scene. With Defenders of the Faith, Beste's fourth book of photography, he continues to show readers subcultures that would otherwise remain unseen. A powerful collection of photographs.