Louder Than Hell
The Definitive Oral History of Metal
Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman
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The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.
Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examination of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned genre of music that has stood the test of time.
Louder than Hell features more than 250 interviews with some of the biggest bands in metal, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal Tap, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from industry insiders, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, and journalists; and 48 pages of full-color photographs.
From Publishers Weekly
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Really good book to read if your interested in heavy metal and all it's different subgenres. Really goes into detail
Solid Overview of Heavy Metal
I enjoyed this book. It provided a good overall narration of the history of this genre that I love. It wasn't perfect however, and could have been better. I thought the authors spent way too much time on Metalcore, and Crossover. I understand they're part of the story, but I believe they're not as important as other genres and, are part of the problem with mainstream metal today. They've become too formulaic and the music is boring. But I digress. Not enough time was spent on early and pre metal and not enough important bands from those eras were mentioned. Also completely missing from this book, is grunge. Regardless of what people think about the music and the bands it is part of the story of heavy music, period. Almost all of those bands, especially the popular ones, had heavy elements of metal. The only thing mentioned about grunge was that it killed metal in the 90s. Late 80s/early 90s commercial pop metal is what killed metal in the 90s. Grunge (label given by critics) helped bring metal back to its roots. At the same time it helped heavy music evolve into the next century. Good and bad (mostly bad with all the cheap knockoff post grunge bands). Grunge's influence is still felt throughout today's popular, heavy music. All in all it's a good book for an overview and newcomers to the genre will learn a few things.