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Metal: The Definitive Guide Paperback – March 28, 2007
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What you won't be seeing, though, are some controversial genres. I'm talking about Hair Metal, Grunge, Nu Metal and bands that the author perhaps thought were split between Hard Rock and Metal (the aforementioned 70s Metal category is rather short, but the bands there are very crucial to Metal's history). So there is no Motley Crue, no Nirvana, no Korn and no Deep Purple, for example. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since a book focusing in band biographies could be three times the size of this one and still leave out interesting bands. So, all the bands in this book are inarguably metal and reading this book can get you to know what kind of bands are (or were) out there.
However, the thing I expected a little more from this book was a general focus on the music itself, not only the story of the band. Yes, you will know what kind of sound is the trademark of every band (usually at the beginning of the entry) and if a band changed the face of metal in big or subtle ways that comes across in the text as well. But the entries can't have the same length (bands like Infernal Majesty never had the long career of Black Sabbath) and often I want to read more about which albums by Trouble are the classics, not what happened to them between albums or which bands they toured with.Read more ›
The book is broken up into sections for different genres/categories of metal. Because there are so many genres of metal and so many different metal bands, this sounds like a bad idea, but the categories are split up pretty well. Every band entry is pretty informative and includes a discography. Most entries for bands span multiple pages. Entries for more popular bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Anthrax span several pages and had all kinds of information I had never read before. So while reading this I've never really gotten the feeling that I'm just reading a bunch of stuff that I've read before, which is a huge plus with this kind of book. Also, the band entries are often accompanied by a band photo, which is nice.
Anyway, I guess I would sum up my thoughts on this book as thus: If there were a college course on heavy metal, this would probably be the textbook you'd have to buy.
As for the book itself it has quite a comprehensive list of heavy metal bands, many I was not aware of before hand and now have come to love. The beginning of each segment genre is about a page long and describes the origins and sound of each style of heavy metal. These were my favorite parts of the book because Gary Sharpe-Young really nails where the sounds came from and sometimes even why. He also examines various heavy metal scenes such as Norway, Sweden, Germany, Finland, South America and Japan and their accompanying bands. The pictures are all black and white and while some of them are cool many seem to be bland band-posing-in-front-of-camera shots.
Now we come to the biggest problem with the book yet: the writing. While the writing is detailed and informative its also so straight forward and bone-dry and, worse of all, just plain boring. Nearly every section of the band follows the exact same formula; the band members get together after listing whatever bands they may have been in first, then cuts <__> demo, go into the studios with <__> producer and makes their first album titled <__>, the band tours with <__> bands and plays <__> festival.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Covered all the important styles of metal bands.Best this was I was in the book !Published 14 months ago by Bob
Needed to prepare for a metal show I'm doing on radio an wanted more in-depth background. Hard to get accurate info on metal and this late author delivers.Published on August 28, 2013 by Maria Callas
All he cares about is the boring minutiae! A typical band entry discusses every single person who's ever been in the band, every other band they played with before or after... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by Mark Prindle
Within my small but perfectly formed music library, I have `The International Encyclopedia Of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal' which came out in 1983 (with Mick Box on the cover) and Vol... Read morePublished on October 17, 2009 by Kev Rowland
I loved the attention to detail involved in this book. All the nitty gritty details about all of the metal bands in a variety of genres. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Bill Rockwell
The Definitive Guide - I agree absolutely!!! Useful and practical book - over 400 pages and about 300 bands covered. Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by Golovanov Alexey
Got this gift for my husband who is a metal fanatic. He loved it. He said it was the best gift he ever got. I would recommend this for any metal enthusiast!Published on December 28, 2007 by Jennifer L. Youngdahl