Jaclyn Bond (Australia) undertook the "impossible" task limiting the hundreds and hundreds of superb heavy metal albums from the past few decades (and all over the world) into one list of 100.
Bond proves that she knows her metal well enough by acknowledging heavy metal as "a family, an intricate web of subgenres and disciplines all with their own unique and undeniable talents..." and going on to note that "heavy metal is founded on one definite virtue: respect. From the scene's key players to its almighty fans, respect for talent and passion is what unites the masses."
Yes, any one of us could argue with what is and what is not included. And, yes, there are a few errors here or there. All the same, Bond has done an excellent job. There are high-resolution color images of album covers (front and back) and the book is nicely priced-- allowing true fans to buy more music and, perhaps, concert tickets and beer!
As heavy metal studies continues to take off like a locomotive, this list is timely for bloggers, book and article authors, and fans of all styles of the world's best and loudest music. Let the debates, investigations, and learning begin-- for that's part of the fun!!
Endless, and I mean endless typos, I've never seen so many errors in one book. Overpriced, especially taking into account the fairly shoddy printing and binding.
Far too basic to appeal to any seasoned metalhead, but the new fans it's apparently aimed at will probably be put off by the preachy, smug 'wagging my finger in your face, did you get this joke, oh ho ho, aren't I smart' attitude.
Some really off comments - apparently Jason Nested does a fine job in ...And Justice for All. The author must have superb hearing as this is the one Metallica album where it's practically impossible to hear the bass.