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Metallica: Enter Night: The Biography
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on 14 May 2015
I just finished this last night and I don't necessarily agree with the opinions of Mick but setting that aside this is a great book, firstly Mick doesn't blow too much smoke up Mets asses and keeps his opinions real, which is to be admired at the risk of invoking the Hetfield rage (touched on a few times in the book), even though his opinion of Justice and Death doesn't seem right considering the positive feel he directs at Load, but this book is well written, informative and in general correct with the fans feelings of Metallica from the 80s up until the present.
The early years stuff in light reading, the Cliff stuff is pretty heavy going, Load era is cringy and then there is the feel good factor towards the end where we get the old Metallica back with DM, the only down side is the book confirms Metallica don't view themselves as full on recording artist anymore....downer
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on 27 January 2015
Like other Mick Wall books, this is a great read, clearly very well research - the author was there in person for many key periods in the band's development - packed with detail and rolls along at a nice pace. I have read a couple of books on Metallica, and I would say this is by far the best, particularly if you are interested in the early days.
However, things are not so great when you get to the chapters on the bands more recent history... Metallica is such a written-about band that I would liken it to political science writing - you have to have your theory and expand upon it. Wall seems to take the view that the Cliff Burton years produced the best material, so this is the premise he will hang his hat on.
That's fair in the sense that this is the era that Metallica still draws most heavily on for its live shows. It is also understandable, as this was the period when Wall seems to have had most frequent and intimate access to the band himself. But it also means the rest of the bands career is given fairly short-shrift. Even the career-changing 'Black album' is glossed-over a little compared to insights into previous albums, and the last 10 years seem almost non-existent as far as the author is concerned. For example, the 'new' bass player Rob Trujillo has been in the band for 10+ years, but there must be less than 3 quotes from him, and the only insight Wall seems to bring is that he's a nice, laid-back guy.
All in all it is not a bad book, and it does a reasonable job of covering the band's full career. However, I would still say it is much more a history of Metallica in the 1980s than anything else.
Still very much worth a read for anyone interested in Metallica. I haven't found anything better out there.
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on 13 September 2016
As a big fan of Metallica since childhood, I enjoyed reading this book. Those who were there in the nineties remember the shock of Metallica cutting their hair. Well, this book covers it all. From the very early years up untill Lulu and everything in between. And there's a lot of in between. Mick Wall is an excellent writer and is regarded as one of the best at what he does. Even if you don't like Metallica, it's a highly recommanded read!
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on 15 March 2013
I've followed and enjoyed Mick Wall throughout his 'rock mag' years, bought his Black Sabbath book, and enjoyed it. Enjoyed this one thoroughly too, particularly the recounting of his 'One on One's' at the start of each chapter. However, the book concentrates so much on the formative years of the band, presumably because Mick had the most access at that point, either due to his own or the bands desires (I'm going with his, based on his opinion of everything after The Black Album (Lulu aside)), that the period from 93-09 (16 years) is dealt with in 113 pages, compared to the 347 pages for the bands first 11 years. Despite that, there is so much depth in the material in the early (and undoubtedly finest) years that should satisfy any 'proper' fan. Interviews and recollections with friends of the band, other Big 4 luminaries, and from Mick himself both are insightful and thought provoking. Characterisation of the massive changes in band members personalities over the years is also a great read. A must-have for fans of the band.
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on 6 February 2014
A very good in-depth story about the band... also good that Mick Wall have met the band loads of time, so atleast its not like other books where the writer just guesses and analyse... I would think all metallica fans would love this, his opinions made sense (such as load-reload was bad). I can sense some hate from Wall in this biography, but I guess everyone kinda hates metallica anyway :p how the book is written also makes it very fun to read... So anyways, this biography is very worth it and a must read for a metallica fans, plus it ended with a 'happy ending' with death magnetic :D I hope u guys enjoy it as much as I do
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on 10 September 2016
Good book. Well written. Mick Wall is overly nonchalant throughout though as if he's too cool for school, even in the early days when Metallica were becoming a massive name, he writes as if he couldn't remember who they were at the time... Seriously doubt this was the case, any budding heavy metal journalist worth his salt should have known who they were by 1986 to be fair!! Other than that, another good, solid read by Wall.
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on 20 February 2018
Easy to install, work fine
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on 9 August 2017
As expected, quick delivery
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on 30 August 2013
I enjoyed this until Mick Wall started to slate ...And Justice For All, dismissing every track but One as 'turgid, overly-long', etc. It's a rough-sounding album but it's still great.

I think he should also have done more work to get to the bottom of Jason Newsted's feelings but, overall, I really enjoyed it.
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on 24 July 2016
Excellent.Thank you.
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