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Louder Than Hell

The Definitive Oral History of Metal

Wiederhorn, Jon

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Louder Than Hell
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Featuring more than 250 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Pantera, Korn and many others over the past 25 years, this examination of the cultural phenomenon provides an expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the '60s to the present.
Publisher: New York, NY :, It Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 006195828X
9780061958281
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 W644L 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 718 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Halford, Rob
Ian, Scott
Turman, Katherine Author

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Featuring more than 250 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Pantera, Korn and many others over the past 25 years, this examination of the cultural phenomenon provides an expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the '60s to the present. -


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Mar 01, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"This book goes to 11." You could play a drinking game with every time someone references Spinal Tap. The oral history has become a standard in telling pop culture stories, from SNL to Seattle's grunge scene to MTV. This ambitiously "definitive" history of metal is for those more interested in the "Behind the Music" type tales of debauchery and insanity and it does drag after all. It is amazing how so many of the bands in here followed a similar career arc: early, struggling days, success, excess, crash and eventual recovery (or, in some cases, death). The book starts with Sabbath and works it way through the various major subgenres, including the British New Wave, thrash metal, death metal and the notorious Norwegian black metal scene, which gave us church burnings, murder and suicide. Metal purists may object to an entire chapter on the unfortunate "nu metal" years and current fans will be disappointed that indie metal bands like Baroness, High on Fire, Boris and Sun))) are left out. It's fun, but not very enlightening and many of these guys (and it is almost exclusively guys) come off as total a**holes. A more balanced, historical account of metal is "Sound of the Beast." I give this 2.5 devil horns up. Praise Satan!

Oct 06, 2013
  • bubbagtr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love books about the hard rock/metal world and this gives does a good job following the chronological development over the decades. But it does dwell a little too much in rock excess. Yes we get the point; rock stars drink alot, do alot of drugs, women routinely open up for them in all kinds of crazy (degrading?) ways etc etc. Little too many 'heard it once, heard it a million times' tales of band members debauchery while on the road. But still a pretty cool read...

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