on 19 May 2014
While everyone has a right to criticise Popoff for some of his judgements, yet again I fail to understand how people don't see the good this man does for the rock/metal genre. This guy just know the subject like no other and nobody could write the amount of reviews that he has achieved in his 4 volumes covering the 70's through to the 00's. It is an astonishing amount of work and listening and because of that fans like myself have been able to go out and buy albums and be in touch with bands that would otherwise been left of the shelf or hyperspace. Some bands and albums get a right battering in his books but people still need to remember it's just his opinion, and just like other opinions, they are not always right in the views of others, but thankfully people like martin Popoff are able to give their opinions. Again, like I have said before, this is great for fans who like to debate the albums and bands achievements, their place in the history of the genre that we love, Popoff is a master of this, he is aware of the development of the rock/metal genre, the giants within it and the hidden gems that lay unheard of to the masses. I was 20 in 1994 and was thankfully in full head banging mode when Slayer, Pantera and sepultura ruled the thrash scene, but sadly saw the demise of my favourite boys from metallica, I never lost faith and glad they are now back producing fast aggressive music, the 90's ended up with metal in a bad place and it's still not recovered. It's so sad since the decade started so well by eliminating the hair metal scene which I was so against in my last years of school, anyway, great book and sorry for digressing.