Louder Than Hell

Louder Than Hell

The Definitive Oral History of Metal

Book - 2013
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Offers a chronological look at the history of heavy metal music through the words of the artists themselves culled from over four hundred interviews conducted over twenty-five years.


The definitive oral history of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by renowned music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the movement, conducted over the past 25 years.

Unlike many forms of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for the true aficionados; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being. Louder Than Hell is an examination of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned genre of music that has stood the test of time.

Louder than Hell features more than 250 interviews with some of the biggest bands in metal, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal Tap, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from industry insiders, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, and journalists; and 48 pages of full-color photographs.

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Featuring more than 250 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Pantera, Korn and many others over the past 25 years, this examination of the cultural phenomenon provides an expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the '60s to the present. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : itbooks, 2013
Edition: First edition
Description: xiii, 718 pages, 40 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780061958281
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 Wie
Additional Contributors: Turman, Katherine,


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Feb 24, 2017

I liked this book. However, once it gets toward the end, and you start dealing with talk of bands like Limp Bisquit and such, you have to hold your hand up and say WHOAH, thats enough! Same with all these other newer "growler" type bands. Who cares? LOL But for the classic (and talented) bands, great stories.

Mar 01, 2014

"This book goes to 11." You could play a drinking game with every time someone references Spinal Tap. The oral history has become a standard in telling pop culture stories, from SNL to Seattle's grunge scene to MTV. This ambitiously "definitive" history of metal is for those more interested in the "Behind the Music" type tales of debauchery and insanity and it does drag after all. It is amazing how so many of the bands in here followed a similar career arc: early, struggling days, success, excess, crash and eventual recovery (or, in some cases, death). The book starts with Sabbath and works it way through the various major subgenres, including the British New Wave, thrash metal, death metal and the notorious Norwegian black metal scene, which gave us church burnings, murder and suicide. Metal purists may object to an entire chapter on the unfortunate "nu metal" years and current fans will be disappointed that indie metal bands like Baroness, High on Fire, Boris and Sun))) are left out. It's fun, but not very enlightening and many of these guys (and it is almost exclusively guys) come off as total a**holes. A more balanced, historical account of metal is "Sound of the Beast." I give this 2.5 devil horns up. Praise Satan!

bubbagtr Oct 06, 2013

I love books about the hard rock/metal world and this gives does a good job following the chronological development over the decades. But it does dwell a little too much in rock excess. Yes we get the point; rock stars drink alot, do alot of drugs, women routinely open up for them in all kinds of crazy (degrading?) ways etc etc. Little too many 'heard it once, heard it a million times' tales of band members debauchery while on the road. But still a pretty cool read...

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