Mar 09, 10
Read in January, 2010
Ridiculous detail on the history of metal! It was really fun reading this book. Ian Christie is a walking encyclopedia of metal. I really like that he breaks down each genre and traces back the roots of where it all came from. I knew a lot of the history already, but I had several holes of knowledge filled by reading this.
He's also very respectful towards Metallica...in fact in the earlier part of the book Metallica are mentioned in nearly every chapter. Very cool, and somewhat rare. Usually authors use books such as this to bash the latter part of Metallica's career. Christie wasn't fond of the Load albums, but he spends very few paragraphs discussing them. He even raves about their Re-Load tour stage show, calling it "Metallica genius."
Anyone even remotely interested in metal would probably enjoy this book.