Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

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Harper Collins, Sep 7, 2010 - Music - 416 pages

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.


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User Review  - benjamin.duffy - LibraryThing

ADDENDUM - June 2011: I finally had to part ways with my copy of this book after vomiting red wine all over it as it sat unawares on my toilet tank. A fittingly metal end to this fine book. This book ... Read full review

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I bought this for £1 in a charity shop at that price it was a bargain, nicely printed and well written Christe has a great knowledge on the subject. As a general history it is about the best i have ... Read full review


A Brief Headbanging History of Time viii
Prelude to Heaviness
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal
The American Wasteland Awaits
Highways Video Waves
Metallica Power Metal
Kings of Black Metal Devils
The PMRCs Antimetal Panic
The Globalization of Heavy
The Teen Terrorists of Norwegian Black Metal
The People v Heavy Metal
Haircuts New Roots
Virtual Ozzy Metals Digital Rebound
Its a Headbanging World
Iron Man Lives Again

The Mental Metal Reaction
Thrash Metal Attacks
The Hollywood Glambangers
Metal and Hardcore Punk
And Platinum for One Metal Matures
The Black Album Beyond
Death Metal Deliverance
The Best 25 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time
Index of Genre Boxes
The Fine PrintMetal Lists
All Hail to Thee
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Page 321 - ... mentioned, by the group Dove Shack, distributed by a large and respected company, Polygram, which touts the virtue of a machine that automatically smacks a wife or girl friend into line. Or the vile work of the death metal band, Cannibal Corpse, distributed through a Sony subsidiary, another great company, which recorded one song describing the rape of a woman with a knife and another describing the act of masturbating with a dead woman's head.
Page 360 - By the truest definitions of what we call heavy metal, at least, Sabbath were the godfathers. They were a major inspiration to countless new artists. Even today all the new bands on the block cite this great band Sabbath as a major influence.
Page 7 - Previous rock stars had enchanted pop consciousness with flowers, parades, and promises to change the world. Black Sabbath strode at the end of that procession, still preaching the need for love but warning stragglers there was no return to a naive state of grace. While most popular contemporaries stuck to "girl bites man" territory, Sabbath sang of fatherless children and the wickedness of the world.
Page 8 - From Sabbath came heavy metal, which doubled in intensity and became power metal, then twisted into thrash metal. From there the music crossed paths with other forms to spawn black metal, create the unbelievable refinements of death metal, and fuse with every other sort of music, finding itself perpetually reborn.
Page 123 - We're asking the recording industry to voluntarily assist parents who are concerned by placing a warning label on music products inappropriate for younger children due to explicit sexual or violent content.
Page 5 - Black Sabbath" became the centerpiece of a new sound, a locus of auditon' mortal dread that required the band rechristen itself Black Sabbath. Departing from the world around him, Tony lommi took music from the past with little concern for tradition, blazing through blues scales with his own timing and finesse.
Page 326 - In the thirteen years since Kill 'Em All, Metallica's early headbanger accoutrements — jean jackets, Saxon pins, and the pubescent mustache on Lars Ulrich's face — had given way to a uniform of matching black jeans and shirts.
Page 8 - There was no precedent — and no literal explanation of their power was needed. Their gloomy tones were a captivating siren call to a deep unsatisfied void within modern consciousness.
Page 214 - The band's breakneck tempos and staggering chops would impress even the most elitist jazz-fusion aficionado/

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Ian Christe grew up in the metal strongholds of Switzerland, NewMexico, Indiana, Germany, and Washington. He moved to New York Cityin 1992, and has covered emerging technology and fringe culture forReuters, Wired, and His hundreds of articles on heavymetal have appeared in Spin, AP, CMJ, Metal Maniacs, and the Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock and been cited by The New York Times.

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