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Louder Than Hell

The Definitive Oral History of Metal
Wiederhorn, Jon (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Wiederhorn, Jon
Title: Louder than hell
the definitive oral history of metal
Publisher: New York, NY :, It Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xiii, 718 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman ; introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax ; afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest
Contents: Foreword: In my world / by Scott Ian
Prologue: Heavy metal thunder
Kick out the jams : proto metal, 1964-1970
Masters of reality : Sabbath, Priest, and beyond, 1970-1979
British steel : new wave of British heavy metal shapes the future, 1980-present
Youth gone wild : metal goes mainstream, 1978-1992
Caught in a mosh : thrash metal, 1981-1991
The age of Quarrel : crossover/hardcore, 1977-1992
Far beyond driven : thrash revisted and revised, 1987-2004
High-tech hate : industrial, 1980-1997
All for the nookie : nu metal, 1989-2002
Hammer smashed face : death metal, 1983-1993
In the nightside eclipse : black metal, 1982-present
When darkness falls : metalcore, 1992-2006
New American gospel : millennial metal, 1992-present
Conclusion: the end complete
Afterword: Defender of the faith / by Rob Halford
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Halford, Rob
Ian, Scott
Turman, Katherine
ISBN: 006195828X
9780061958281
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 W644L 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Black metal (Music) History and criticism Death metal (Music) History and criticism Heavy metal (Music) History and criticism
Topical Term: Black metal (Music)
Death metal (Music)
Heavy metal (Music)
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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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