Sound of the Beast

Sound of the Beast

The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

Book - 2004
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The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.

More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more alive than ever. Yet there has never been a comprehensive book on the history of heavy metal - until now. Featuring interviews with members of the biggest bands in the genre, Sound of the Beast gives an overview of the past 30-plus years of heavy metal, delving into the personalities of those who created it. Everything is here, from the bootlegging beginnings of fans like Lars Ulrich (future founder of Metallica) to the sold-out stadiums and personal excesses of the biggest groups. From heavy metal's roots in the work of breakthrough groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to MTV hair metal, courtroom controversies, black metal murderers and Ozzfest, Sound of the Beast offers the final word on this elusive, extreme, and far-reaching form of music.

Publisher: New York : HarperEntertainment, 2004.
ISBN: 9780380811274
Characteristics: 385 pages : illustrated


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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Feb 22, 2012

This book was an excellent nostalgic read. Having been a Heavy Metal fan for a long time, I knew a lot of the history already, this book helped to remind me of that. The author does a great job of describing the influence of various bands since 1970. His prose can be over the top at times, but given the subject matter, it works. The history begins, quite correctly I feel, with the emergence of Black Sabbath. He moves on to explain the origins of various sub-genres of Metal such as Thrash, Black, Death, and Doom. My only complaint about the book is that I feel he gives Metallica far too much credit for their impact of the Metal scene, but this is a matter of opinion.

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