When Joes McIver's book Extreme Metal was published in 2000, it contained descriptions and the background stories of 250 of the world's largest and most influential metal bands throughout history, and turned out to be a very useful guide, to say the least, for anyone who needed a thorough dictionary that could be used again and again. Since the book was published, the metal genre has expanded immensely, new sub-genres have evolved, and styles that only a few years ago were considered too extreme are now crawling closer and closer to the mainstream. And that is both good and bad, I guess.
Anyhow, five years after Extreme Metal was published the world of heavy music had grown to such a great size that a sequel was needed: Extreme Metal II. This time around the number of bands has increased to almost 400, and instead of having complete discographies each entry now has one recommended album. This change is definitely to the better; because for people out searching for new bands it'll be great not having to listen through tons of records. After all, metal music is just like any other music: there are numerous bands who suck more than anything has ever sucked before.
Extreme Metal II is, just like other books of its kind, not meant to be read from beginning to end in one go, even if it's perfectly fine to do just that. It's quite handy whenever one hears of a metal band one hasn't heard of before, or when a simple background check about a certain band is needed. A few errors occur here and there, but that doesn't really matter much.
All in all, Extreme Metal II is a great tool for all metal lovers, and if you have a genuine interest in the music, you don't wanna miss out on the opportunity of having your own copy.