- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849383863
- ISBN-13: 978-1849383868
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bloody Reign of Slayer Paperback – 7 Jun 2010
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"...an essential read..." --Record Collector
About the Author
Joel McIver is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica (also published by Omnibus Press), a hard-hitting analysis which has now sold 30,000 copies in seven languages. He is an expert on the international metal scene, contributing to several magazines on the subject. See www.joelmciver.co.uk for more information.
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The reviews of the albums are one dimensional, the authors train of thought is Fast Slayer Songs = Good, Slow = Bad. It becomes tiresome after a while, especially when you reach Seasons In The Abyss and the author is claiming Dead Skin Mask and Seasons in the Abyss are poor tracks based on the above arguement! You could nearly guess what songs the author is going to rubbish before reading.
Overall there is very little here that potential readers will not know already, there is no real insight into the recordings or the bands personal lives that you wouldn't have read elsewhere prior to this.
A wasted oppertunity.
I enjoyed it but can't say I would read it again. The flaws, hmmm, where to begin. The writing style is not very easy to stomach it lurches from point to point sometimes just chaging tack suddenly with no warning. Mr McIver, as has been pointed out in other reviews, is obsessed by the speed and ferocity of their songs. Anything less that 180bpm is almost immediately dimissed as slow and plodding, this comes over in the reviews of each song ( more about that in a minute! ). He reviews each number and anything ferocious and 180+ bpm gets a long glowing review, anything slower get dimissed as plodding and usually recieves less than 20 words.
The one thing I have never got about Slayer, despite listening to them since the Hell Awaits album, is this so called evil vibe they are supposed to exude. Never seen it myself, just four blokes with a great chemistry and a stunning ability to write superb metal numbers, yet everyone always goes on about how evil they sound and behave on record. I was hoping the book might explain this oddness but it merely enforces this myth that they are supposedly evil by banging on about it even more!Read more ›
At such a cheap price, any Slaytanic warrior should be ordering this fine book!
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