Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004
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About the Author
Ian Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of Switzerland, NewMexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved to New York Cityin 1992, and has covered emerging technology and fringe culture forReuters, Wired, and Salon.com. His hundreds of articles on heavymetal have appeared in Spin, AP, CMJ, Metal Maniacs, and the Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock and been cited by The New York Times.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sure, you'll find things to disagree with (particularly in his album lists -- all the 'right' artists, but some rather left-field album choices), but that's part of the fun. Most metalheads tend to be well-informed aficionados, but I'd lay money on the fact that there will be a few nuggets in this work which will be new to you, not to mention an album or two which you will feel compelled to buy.
I found this book absorbing and I must admit a little nostalgic as I haven't listened to that much metal since I was a kid. Although my affection for Slayer and Metallica have stayed over the years, after reading this book I'm hunting down other bands I've thought about exploring but never got around to trying out (or others I had forgotten about, such as Exodus).
The section on Norwegian Black Metal I found facinating. I'm not into it myself but I find the whole movement and beliefs interesting to read about.
Of course a book like this is always going to be critisised for not including someone's favourite band as much as another, but hey, you can't knock the thorough job Mr. Christe has done here.
I'm off to watch Slayer's Still Reigning DVD again.... God help my neighbours.
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