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Extreme Metal II [Paperback]

Joel McIver
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8 Mar 2005
Choosing 250 of the biggest and most influential bands of the extreme metal genre, he then established a benchmark with his guide that others have since imitated.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 2nd edition edition (8 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844490971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844490974
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,400,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his 21 books to date is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and selling close to 50,000 copies in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on music-related BBC and commercial radio.

In the introduction to a 2009 collection of rock writing, McIver was described as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world", and in a book review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".

As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the memoirs of rock musicians, notably that of sometime Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, whose autobiography was published in May 2011, and of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), whose book will appear in 2013.

Contact Joel at www.joelmciver.co.uk or www.facebook.com/joelmciver.

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About the Author

Journalist and author Joel McIver is the Production Editor at Record Collector magazine and contributes to a variety of magazines as well as compiling albums, and writing liner notes. His other books for Omnibus Press include Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, and Slipknot: Unmasked, the first biography of the masked Iowan nine-piece. Married with a daughter, he lives near London.

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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK BY A GOOD AUTHOR 18 Sep 2013
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Very competent book, if a tad compact ( I'd have preferred more pages, but there you go ... ) about a multitude of extreme metal bands. Very useful mini-encyclopedia for a quick read and to get a fast idea about how various bands are, mostly the ones I do not know yet ( but also to discover more recent works by ones I already know, appreciate and follow ) . the author is very competent, as I knew from other books of his.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for devoted metalheads 10 Feb 2007
By Stefan Isaksson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better but still good 13 Dec 2005
By A. Pierre - Published on Amazon.com
There are alot of bands in here that are worthy and alot of bands that I never heard of. I saw Carnal Forge in it, and that is why I bought the book. I agree his opinions are annoying sometimes and the bios are way to short. Still I haven seen alot of "metal" books out there that forgets these bands. Thats why I give it four stars.
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