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Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,220 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Their roots lie in the heavy rock of 70s groups like Deep Purple. The music they played—heavy metal mixed with punk attitude—became its own genre: thrash. Their bassist died and they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. As grunge threatened to overtake them, they reinvented themselves. Then their singer went into rehab and they almost fell apart. They ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Hosein
Jan 29, 2017 Hosein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چند روزه که این کتاب رو تموم کردم، ولی خب، راستش نمیدونستم دقیقا باید برای ریویو چی بنویسیم.

متالیکا واقع گرایانه ترین موسیقی که تا الان دیدم. و اینکه صددرصد، روی زندگیم تاثیر زیادی گذاشت. فکر کنم اولین باری که از گروه متالیکا آهنگ شنیدم، ده-یازده سالم بود. یکی از دوستام که خیلی سنش بالاتر بود برام آهنگ "یک" و "دیگه هیچی مهم نیست" رو فرستادم. یادمه که اون زمان تازه مستند شوک رو دیده بودم که در مورد شیطان پرستی بود و کلی در مورد متالیکا حرف زده بودن(خدا خیرشون نده با این دروغ هایی که میگفتن:دی و ا
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Brandon
“No party music, no girl magnet ballads. Just brutal, attack-oriented, audio death”.

..and with that quote, it becomes impossible to really sum up Metallica better. I’ve been a big fan of these guys since I was 15 years old and finally welcomed the chance to read an official biography on the band. Although, while it’s true I did have preconceived notions that I knew as much about the band as I was ever going to learn, that quickly went out the window in the first few chapters.

As it turns out, I h
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Natalie
I learned a lot about the history of Metallica but the author could have cut this book by a third. It was very wordy, particularly in the first section, and didn't have as much information from the band as I would have liked. The author is a music writer by trade so he goes into extreme detail about the background "inspirations" for each band member as well as every friend he introduced in the book. He repeats band names hundreds of times. (I get it. They were inspired by Diamond Head.)

That bein
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Poppy
Jul 21, 2012 Poppy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, own
For a band that has just celebrated their 30th anniversary, the book seems to skip over a lot that has happened since 1986. Almost half of the book covers these first five years, and the rest of the book seems rushed to cram in the subsequent albums. The worst point to me was the amount of personal opinion was included. I got the impression that Mick Wall is on of those "fans" that only likes the first three albums, hence why he focuses so much on writing about those and then criticising the res ...more
Ryan
Sep 05, 2011 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Had to try this bio of Metallica - I listened to them in high school and they're fascinating. It was, on the whole, interesting and informative, but I couldn't stand the writing. It was awful. Beyond the typo-every-page editing, he was just a whiny narrative voice with something to prove to the world at large. He wanted to prove that he knew the guys well (that didn't seem to be the case), he wanted to prove that he was a hard partier, he wanted to prove that his exact opinion of which songs and ...more
Jeremy Wagner
Apr 07, 2012 Jeremy Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enter Night is one of the best band biographies I've ever read. It touched upon many important points in Metallica history, answered numerous things I'd only known as rumors or unbelievable, and dug into dirt and a dark side I'd never know about one of my biggest musical influences--things never known to me before because Metallica hid darkness and pain so well...until now.

All that said, the book isn't some tabloid dish, but rather, parts the curtains to reveal the naked evolution of an incredib
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Matt R.
Oct 16, 2011 Matt R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, 2011
What a great book! Let me say first that I am a huge fan of heavy metal. That being said, Metallica was one of my first favorites as a teenager and they have influenced so many other bands. I followed Metallica over the years as they got bigger and went through a series of changes. What surprised me is how many stories in this book were new to me. The book is written well and chronicles the early years to present. A lot of the focus (which I liked about this book) is on the earlier years. It cov ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
Lars' difficulties on the drums were more problematic. "I thought he was absolutely useless." Flamming says now. "I remember the very first thing I asked when he started playing was: 'does everything start on an upbeat?' and he went 'what's an upbeat?' Holy shit!"

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Mick Wall, me lovez ya bunch!
Timothy
Sep 29, 2014 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great biography.
Michael Hermann
Mar 24, 2014 Michael Hermann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read, if you are a Metallica fan of any sort, you really should read this book. It gave me insight into the band that I never knew. I joined the Metallica crowd with the "And Justice For All" CD back in the late 80's and have been a huge fan ever since, but this gave me perspective on the early stuff that I didn't get to experience like the Dave Mustaine and the Cliff Burton years in the band. It also gave me a perspective on what happened once the band had to replace Cliff Burton and ...more
Rod
Aug 20, 2013 Rod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy a good music biography. And that was very thorough.

I now have all the information I will ever need on Metallica...actually MORE than I will ever need. But it was a fun read. I've been a fan for 30 years, I seldom listen to them anymore though (I prefer Megadeth these days.)

Just like all music biographies I read - I would like to hear more about their craft and instruments. Less sex, drugs, and emotional insecurities...more guitars, drums, microphones and compressors. But that's just
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Tyrone
Nov 06, 2012 Tyrone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read a couple of Mick Wall's biographies, and apart from "When Giants Walked The Earth" and his John Peel bio, they were all rather dull. This isn't exactly dull, but Enter Night is more about the wheeling and dealing of record label execs and promotors, than interesting band adventures.
Pages and pages of boring, seemingly irrelevant details surrounding individuals who happened to be in Metallica's circle of colleagues or friends is not what I bought this book for.
Wall also placed Cliff
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Eric Leach


Interesting book. Realized two important facts: Master of Puppets might very well be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I still listen to those first three albums regularly; I haven't bought or listened to a single new Metallica album since Metallica in 1991, which was also the last time I saw them live.

Mick Wall's take seems similar to my own impression: not very much good happening musically after Cliff.
Joe
May 14, 2017 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the author spends too much time stating his opinion as fact. Like any art, music is subjective. The italicized beginnings of each chapter did nothing other than try and convince us the author is cool. But other than that, an informative and enjoyable bio of the mighty Met.
Laurie
Mar 17, 2017 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to give 3-1/2 stars.
America's top-selling thrash band and their rise to the top of the metal heap are well documented; more interesting to someone with an interest in music business history than a fan looking for juicy info. Anecdotes are often at arms-length, with most time spent on the compelling early years of the band - the Kerrang! years ; like later Metallica recordings the book peters out in content after the 90s. A good read, if you want a salacious read - get the Ministry book I
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Jacob.Malek
May 23, 2016 Jacob.Malek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a musician and avid rock music fan, Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica seemed to be a perfect choice. As a fan of the thrash pioneers, I was excited to read the book put together by Mick Wall, and, though I had mixed feelings about the biography, as a whole I was definitely not disappointed. Wall’s take on the band’s more-than 30 year history was extremely thorough and personal.
Enter Night is a two part chronology of the metal band Metallica. The story focuses on all aspects of the band,
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Laura Beth
Jul 23, 2012 Laura Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
False advertising. This is more a book written by an outsider that thinks he is an insider about himself with a larger emphasis on his Metallica adventures than his other adventures. I'm not sure if it had an editor; if it did, the editor did not do the job. It should have easily been 150-200 pages shorter. It is full of errors, too much background info concerning many other bands & business stuff, and many, many, many stories about the author. I get including stories in context and talking ...more
Sille
Dec 23, 2016 Sille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
See hinnang käib muidugimõista raamatu, mitte bändi kohta, sest Metallical on minu jaoks olnud ja jääb alatiseks täiesti eriline koht muusikamaailmas.
Aga see raamat on mõnevõrra vastuoluline - hardcore fännide lugemislauale peaks see muidugi kindlasti kuuluma, samas on selles siiski liiga palju täitematerjali - tohutul hulgal asjasse vähepuutuvaid seiku ja inimesi, plaadifirmade detailseid kujunemislugusid, laulude subjektiivseid arvustusi, mille koht ei ole just ilmtingimata biograafias, samal
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Easton Adams
Dec 01, 2016 Easton Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Metallica Is a hard rock band formed in 1981 when James Hetfield saw an advertisement in the paper sent out by Drummer Lars Ulrich that he wanted to start a band. They had a few more men join the band such as Kirk Hammet, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), and Cliff Burton and they released they're first studio album "Kill em' all" in 1983 with very little success. A month after its release, the band kicked the Bassist guitarist Dave Mustaine out of the band, who later created his own successful Metal Ba ...more
Kyle
May 20, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wall's biography of the Boys in Black is well written and despite the fact that I'm a huge Metallica fan (just went to Indio, CA from OH to see the Big 4 show, my 10th Metallica concert) I learned quite a bit that I didn't know. For example, Wall makes the case that before Cliff Burton died, he and James Hetfield had discussed finding a replacement for Lars (specifically with Slayer's Dave Lombardo). How different would music history be if this had happened? Obviously compared to Burton (a subli ...more
Harkonen
May 12, 2011 Harkonen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per my published review from examiner.com:
As Metallica are rolling out a tour to celebrate nearly 30 years of history as one of 'The Big Four' it seemed fitting to release a biography. The Big Four refers to the four largest selling 80s 'Metal' bands: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. In his book Enter Night: Metallica - The Biography, Mick Wall denotes several instances when members of these competing groups temporarily joined or were attempted to be recuited into rival bands. Of course
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Scott Wilson
Nov 12, 2010 Scott Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mick Wall writes the most detailed and interesting rock biographies around. I’ve read his previous ones on Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin and couldn’t wait to pick up a copy of his latest book on Metallica.
Enter Night is written in two main parts, the first being Born to Die about the early years and up until the Master of Puppets album and the tragic death of bass player Cliff Burton. The second part, The Art of Darkness, covering the reinvention of the beast known as ‘tallica from the ...And Jus
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Ru
Oct 01, 2012 Ru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A detailed, rich, compendium-like biography of one of the biggest rock groups in the history of the world. The yardstick, for me, by which all rock bios is measured against is "Hammer of the Gods" by Stephen Davis, which is, of course, Led Zeppelin's biography. That book covers so much ground & is so well written. In fact, in "Enter Night", you can definitely pick up on some of the influence "Hammer" must have had on Mick Wall.

This book is long. That is not a complaint, but I suppose there a
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McKay
Jul 10, 2011 McKay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well...I grew up a huge Metallica fan. Back then, there was only one bad that I felt was superior to Metallica and that is TOOL! Although my thoughts and loyalty toward TOOL remains in tact and strong, Metallica has slipped on my list. As the years have gone on, their music has not appealed to me the way it used to. Although the self titled black album will go down as one of the greatest metal albums of all time and still is one of my favorites, they have gone the wrong direction since then.

Mick
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Tim
Metallica are one of my favourite bands, even though I did not discover their music until after they had completed the two mid-1980s albums that in my opinion remain their best work, "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets". They have had many commercial highs - not always matched by creative highs - since then, but unlike their 1980s peers, have kept on trying to do new things musically even when it would have been easier all round to confine themselves to the nostalgia circuit. Mick Wall's ...more
Kaitlyn
I am still waiting for an autobiography from one of the band members (besides Dave Mustaine). This book focused a lot on the BEGINNING YEARS, dedicating entire chapters to the upbringing of both James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't as much information on some of the other core members' childhoods, Kirk Hammett for example. I had read Dave Mustaine's book before reading this one, which I would recommend for a Metallica fan, even if you just read the cha ...more
Aurelien
Oct 16, 2013 Aurelien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Like for every legend it's easy to believe we know it all about Metallica. Yet, Mick Wall (a great writer, check out his other books!) manage to deliver here the unthinkable: tell Metallica's journey in a plethora of details even the fan I am had no clue about!

Complete, surprisingly for a friend of the band (he had Lars Ulrich staying at his home several times) the author is also without any complacency and, dare dealing head-on with the controversial issues of their career -from their relations
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gekko100
Jan 14, 2014 gekko100 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An authoritative and sweeping history of one of my all-time favourite bands from their inception at the start of the eighties right through to recent times (2010, soon after the release of Death Magnetic, to be precise).

It's a rollicking good read, and the author pulls no punches in letting the reader know exactly what he thinks of each album. For my taste, he is a little too negative on everything post-black album: I would argue that Load was a genuinely good album and that Re-Load, while weake
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Andrew
Sep 01, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Metallica are one of my favourite bands, and having read a number of music biographies recently, I sought out a book about them. In the absence of anything written by the band members, British journalist Mick Wall's seemed to fit the bill. Mick Wall has followed Metallica, and known them personally, since they came to prominence in the early eighties. As a music journalist, he weaves interesting background information on the era and genre into the narrative, which I liked: he doesn't just tell t ...more
Jim
Feb 08, 2017 Jim is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I'm a massive fan of this band, but I watched the movie "Some Kind of Monster" that they made and sussed that they were a bunch of interesting characters. I quite like rock biographies if they're well written and include enough stories about debauchery and largess, and this has its fair share. A sense of humour is a good thing too, but I'd say this is more a "serious fan" than a Spinal Tap take on the band.
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Mick Wall is an author, journalist, film, television and radio writer-producer, who’s worked inside the music industry for over 35 years. He began his career contributing to the music weekly Sounds in 1977, where he wrote about punk and the new wave, and then rockabilly, funk, New Romantic pop and, eventually, hard rock and heavy metal. By 1983, Wall become one of the main journalists in the early ...more
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“Cliff was the backbone. Cliff was the guy that everybody looked to. If there was a big decision to be made it was done in the inner workings. But it seemed to me, if there was something Cliff wasn't gonna like, it wasn't gonna happen. Cliff was the Keith Richards of the band. No one fucked with Cliff.” 0 likes
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