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The Rough Guide to Heavy Metal (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – August 15, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Reference
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843534150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843534150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essi Berelian has been a freelance music writer for ten years, and was a contributor to the first edition of the Rough Guide to Rock. He has contributed countless reviews and features to magazines, books and websites, including Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Careless Talk Costs Lives, Plan B, Front, Total Film, metal-is.com, playlouder.com, and bol.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hector Garcia on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Good book, but only to give you an idea of the career and influence of many of the most influential and famous of metal bands. This means there are entries for Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, AC/DC, Nirvana, etc. plus pleasant surprises like Nile, Devin Townsend or Angel Witch, or new bands like Shadows Fall and Lamb of God. If only there were 100 more pages that included Metal Church, Nevermore or a few other bands, but this comes to show that a book of this kind can never be comprehensive enough. And considering the inclusion of Meat Loaf...

Another flaw in the book is the reviews. At the end of each entry, there is one or more album reviews of the band or artist, and some of the choices are suspect. Obviously there isn't going to be a review of half of Slayer's albums even if all of them are classics, but Pearl Jam got, like, 9 albums reviewed, which is kind of silly. Not to mention the cases where a review is of a Greatest Hits package instead of a studio album.

Regardless, this is a fun read. There are many little lists included about the best guitar riffs, guitar solos, metal movies and other interesting trivia. If you don't know much about metal, this can point you to the most well known bands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fonseca on October 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
well, this book was a surprise. Its writing style is pleasant to read, the entries are generously treated (of course, in this kind of book there is always controversy about what band should have been included and was not) and there is no open bias towards any particular band.

The photos are also interesting.

I did not read it back to back, of course. I read it little by little, out of alphabetical order. Concerning mistakes, the only serious I found so far was in the "Accept" entry. The writer simply get thing wrong when he says that Hermann Frank Jr. also recorded "Restless And Wild". Although Frank appears in the credits, Wolf Hoffmann recorded all guitars on that album. Also, poor old Jorg Fisher (the stalwart second guitarist in Accept) is not even mentioned.

Anyway, the entries are cleverly written and it's fun to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Naylor on July 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Book review: don't bother. Why?

Pages devoted to Aerosmith, Asia, Bad Company, BOC, Boston, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Black Crowes, Foreigner, Free, Jane's Addiction, Journey, Skynyrd, Meatloaf, Ramones, Chili Peppers, & ZZ Top: 31.75

Pages devoted to Overkill, Fates Warning, Nuclear Assault, Sodom, Destruction, Brainstorm, Metal Church, Kamelot, Death Angel, Mob Rules, Grave Digger, Rage, Hammerfall, Stratovarius, Firewind, Tad Morose, Dokken, Suicidal Tendencies, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Symphony X: ZERO

Longest entry: Maiden? NO. Priest? NO. Metallica? NO. Answer: The Wildhearts.

Many of the "feature boxes" are a waste of space that could have been dedicated to the missing bands listed above. Drummer jokes - lame. Top guitar solos - lists are like a**holes; everyone has one, no one wants to hear it. Southerm rock - save it for the rock encyclopedia. Metal movies - wouldn't documentaries be more in line with what an encyclopedia user wants?

Fail.
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