Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
Louder Than Hell is an examination of the cultural phenomenon of heavy metal, a much-maligned genre that has not only stood the test of time, but has ...more
Still a great book though!(less)
So this book is very well written as it tells the history of metal through quotes from interviews and brief bits of storytelling. I also like how it covers everything from metalcore to death metal so there’s stuff for every metalhead. This book is interesting, has some laughs and a few life lessons here and there (especially about why you shouldn’t fuck around with drugs).
I had a few problems. There were a few bands that are a pretty big deal amongst the metal community that th ...more
The book is extraordinarily large and heavy (718 pages, 2lbs 5oz), but would be terrible as an e-book, because the glossy pictures are great (although they are sadly bunched together rather than int ...more
Metal was one of my first musical loves. Or more specifically my brother’s Metallica tapes. Then I grew up in age of exciting popular metal watching grunge wipe away hair metal(which I mostly hated…because well I had heard Metallica, except Van Halen…I loved Van Halen until David Lee Roth quit…oh and I guess Guns and Roses) and the bizarre era of Jane’s Addiction, Primus, Faith no More, Melvins,Helmet, NIN,Rage against the Machine, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains being popular bands. Then moving ...more
as far as LTHTDOHM goes, if you love metal you'll love the book. it was my main soundtrack leading in to my teens and a big part of it through my 20's/30's. metal's impact on me was huge. now that im older and mar ...more
I mean: How often can you read about excessive drug use (with either people driving themselves to death or plain OD'ing), people starting some kind of violent rag ...more
It's a huge book, almost 700 pages of stuff, plus a bunch of glossy color photographs inserted a few places in the book - though the captions to the photos were BAD. And people say MY humor is bad!
Anyway, this book is just the way I like it; it's stories told by the band members themselves. It covers early metal, new wave of british heavy metal, thrash, metalcore, industrial (a surprising additi ...more
I would have preferred less about sex and drugs and more about rock and roll, though you could argue the two are inseparable. And though it rarely provides any answers, the b ...more
In depth interviews, lots of debauchery, and some un-needed details.
All in all this was a pleasure to read, even if I didn't like certain bands or genres.
Here's this book's dirty little secret: It's not really about metal. Oh sure, you'll consume anecdotes by the truckload about Metallica, Slipknot, Black Sabba ...more
This is the sort of book you can read in a noisy room full ...more
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 examina
-It's not the definitive history, it's the definitive American history; two chapters about Thrash Metal with a passing mention to the Teuton scene, one about Hair Metal, anothe rone about Nu Metal, one for Metalcore, and a closing chapter about New Wave of American Metal attest to that.
-Consequently, there is not a chapter about Power Metal (not a fan of the subgenre, but still p ...more