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

Sound of the Beast The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal Welcome all ye who dare enter Sound of the Beast the first definitive look at the madness and mayhem of heavy metal From its cataclysmic beginning with Black Sabbath over years ago to the hyperac

  • Title: Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal
  • Author: Ian Christe
  • ISBN: 9780859653572
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

    Welcome, all ye who dare enter Sound of the Beast, the first definitive look at the madness and mayhem of heavy metal From its cataclysmic beginning with Black Sabbath over 30 years ago to the hyperactive nu metal bands ripping apart the charts today, heavy metal has become the dominant musical force around the globe Yet despite selling over a quarter billion albums andWelcome, all ye who dare enter Sound of the Beast, the first definitive look at the madness and mayhem of heavy metal From its cataclysmic beginning with Black Sabbath over 30 years ago to the hyperactive nu metal bands ripping apart the charts today, heavy metal has become the dominant musical force around the globe Yet despite selling over a quarter billion albums and breaking into new markets wherever it can be heard, there has never been a complete overview of metal s dark, powerful, and untamed history until now.Pieced together through countless hours of research and first hand accounts from the masters of metal themselves, Sound of the Beast reveals the underground history to the first three decades of headbanging mania Included here are heavy metal s primitive origins the rise and fall of MTV hair metal Metallica s successful quest for world domination the devilish frenzy of Florida death metal the church burning fever of Scandinavia s morbid teen terrorists and metal s return to center stage at the hands of Ozzfest and Ozzy Osbourne Plus, readers will get 20 chapters based on interviews with Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, W.A.S.P Slipknot, and over 100 of heavy metal s greatest bands A timeline of the most explosive happenings in metal from 1970 to 2002 Never before seen color photos and over 100 images from the metal revolution A listing of 25 heavy metal masterpieces that changed music history Genre boxes breaking down dozens of metal styles, from thrash and black metal to avant garde and beyond, including essential CDs Exclusive insight from Chuck D of Public Enemy, Iron Maiden artist Derek Riggs, the directors of Paradise Lost, and .With hairs bristling and fangs bared, Sound of the Beast is the must read story of heavy metal for die hard fans, fresh new converts, and musical thrill seekers alike Hear the call of the wild as this extreme, elusive, and ear splitting form of music finally gets its justice, and leaves everyone in its wake banging their heads and flipping the devil sign for years to come.

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    1. Shawn Fairweather

      I tried and tried to come up with justification to give this 3 stars however I just can't stomach the idea. So why is that? Well perhaps the author needs to figure out how to put fandom aside and to become objective when taking on a subject matter that he obviously has much invested in. By that I mean, when trying to take on such a large subject such as the entire history of heavy metal, the author needs to realize that Metallica and his fanboy worhship of them does not make up 60-70% of the his [...]

    2. jack

      do you like heavy metal? good for you. do you love it? then read this book. it breaks down every aspect and genre of metal in fascinating and fact backed detail. there are charts! my only criticism with this book is that it starts the history of heavy metal right at the birth of black sabbath. and while i agree that sabbath is the great grandaddy of all us bangers and rightly deserve our worship i gotta point out that the zep and deep purple had a hand in it, too. and way waaaay waaaaaaaaaaaay b [...]

    3. Leah

      A great read for anyone with a passion for the music or who's chewed through the numerous rock star autobiographies on the market. Motley Crue's "The Dirt," for example, is a compelling story about one band's experience of what it was to ride the wave of metal stardom in the 1980s. While both books are focused on heavy metal, Ian Christie's functions at the macro level, examining heavy metal as a cultural force that grew out of and into something that goes beyond the sound. Commencing with Black [...]

    4. Carl

      The Sound of the Beast will seriously school you on the world of metal. Offering a very clear progression of metal as we know it from Black Sabbath to Dillinger Escape Plan, this book reads like a long version of the type of magazine article that makes you stay seated in the bathroom until you finish, reading. The writing is entertaining without degenerating into mind-numbing aural description and Christe rarely uses the same hyphenated adjective twice. Taken as an exhaustive overview of all thi [...]

    5. Bryce

      This is an excellent and much needed scholarly effort that skillfully weaves a comprehensive history of the vastly erratic, eclectic, and woefully underappreciated genre of Heavy Metal. There is a LOT more to the story than Metallica and 80's Glam Rock (despite what VH-1 tells you); Sound of the Beast is a useful resource for anyone interested in going beyond the shallow depths of the industry spiel.

    6. Patrick

      Metal has been growing for a couple decades now and how built up quite a following of dedicated metalheads and crazy headbangers. Many will tell you that it all started with Black Sabbath who is often considered to be the first ever heavy metal band. The genre eventually evolved from the Sab Four to a variety of subgenres, making metal one of the most diverse genres of music and this book covers (most of) it all. From the Bay Area thrash metal scene to the church-burning Norwegian black metaller [...]

    7. Todd

      I actually give this work two and a half stars. For me, it was a notch above "ok." The reason for my rating is as follows: The book suffers from several major flaws.1) It sometimes reads like the Book of Numbers from the Bible (try reading the Book of Numbers and you'll see what I mean). Too much detail in too little space with too many names of people and bands.2) It lacks organization. Ian Christe attempts to take on way too much in too few pages. The outcome ends up being something like paint [...]

    8. Ashley

      For my second time through this book, my feelings are pretty much the same as before. It feels like a series of long magazine articles, as the casual and exuberant writing style seems to reflect that more than the feel of a tightly written book. One the downside, the coverage of Metallica is still extensive, but didn't bother me as much as the first time around, I guess because I've somewhat come to terms with the reality tat they were/are(?) a band that played an important role in the history o [...]

    9. Lee Vickers

      After being a metal fan for my entire life, I thought that I knew everything that I needed to know about the most misunderstood music genre. Then I read this, an amazingly in depth of the whole genre from thrash, to glam to black metal, this is a witty and brilliantly written that took some serious time to digest.

    10. Chris

      I remember this being jaw-dropping when I first read it. Most people talk about how irritating it is that Metallica get so much attention, but what he's doing makes sense - you need a control group to calibrate all the rest of the machines. Plus, those first three Metallica albums fucking KILL. Great pics, great anecdotesI could stand to read this again.

    11. Amanda

      Okay, Ian Christe needs to realize that there are more Heavy Metal bands out there, other than Metallica. Simply graces over some of the most important bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, all of Death and Black Metal, Marilyn Manson, and any metal band popular in the late 90's. But could be a great biography for Metallica, just needs to change the name.

    12. Cameron O'neil

      this is one of thoes Rare Gems of literature, that actually captures the essence of what Metal is actually about.I highly recomend this book to people who are already Metalheads, and people who want to learn more about the history of the genre. you may be supprised to know that there is much, MUCH more to this music than you think.

    13. Rebekah

      There is nothing new that I read in this book. All the ideas are generic, cliché, biased, and Christe offered absolutely nothing to ponder. Also, if I have to read the words "Black" and "Sabbath" one more time. arghghghalsdkf.

    14. Jeff

      A thorough evaluation of the rise and fall and resurgence of Heavy Metal. All the highs, all the lows, all the unbelievable anecdotes in between. Two massive devil horns raised high.

    15. Peejo

      Well. What to say. I really didn't know ass from elbow when it came to metal before I read this book. Look at the rating before you get too excited.This book has three strong points:It covers the entire history of metal and devotes equal attention to all the offshoots, even giving ICP a spot.It's full of top ten lists of albums, artists, etc. that are essential to certain aspects and parts of metal's history.Most of the art for the chapter/list headings is pretty dope.This book has one weakness [...]

    16. Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains)

      Being a metal fan, I thought that I would sit down and get my metal history straight. Turns out it was completely straight to begin with, thanks to my husband who had already told me 99% of the information in this book. So I skipped around to the chapters I thought were more interesting like punk and black metal, turns out, according to my husband, that the black metal chapter is pretty lacking. He scrunched up his face in disgust as I read a few tid bits to him. I have now been pointed in the d [...]

    17. Jonathan Maas

      Read this awhile ago, just writing review today. In short, it's attributes:* Author Ian Christe really brings his power to light here. He's been doing this since he was a teenager, and this is one of his culminations.* Though metal history is easily dated because of new bands coming out every year, there's a timelessness here. * It's quite humorous in places, particularly Christe's lists.Just a great book, a great gift for metalheads and more. One of those 'open it up at any page and jump in' bo [...]

    18. Shane

      Not only is this a true gem that metalheads will enjoy reading once, they'll also find it a great reference further down the road. It's the history of the evolution of metal, decade by decade and subgenre by subgenre. Looking for a new band to check out? Whether recent or veteran, you'll find scores of suggestions. A must-have book for any fan of metal music.

    19. Dustin

      awesome, and it made me start digging deeper into my itunes library, too. well written, though Christe definitely glosses over some sub-genres in favor of his clear preferences, but even for that, its definitely a good read that looks at the development and evolution of heavy metal from the earliest days all the way up to the "present (2005 or so)."

    20. Dana

      I can't for the life of me figure out why Ian Christe didn't just write a book about Metallica. If you are a Metallica fan, then this one if for you. If you have high hopes that you will see more than a paragraph about your favorite metal band, look elsewhere.

    21. Russell Holbrook

      Are you kidding?! This is the best book about metal, so far, ever!! At least it's my favorite. Really, this is hands down my favorite music book of all time. It's immensely fun to read and was written by a dude who loves metal just as much as you or I do, or maybe more.

    22. Eli

      I think that this book doesn't miss a fact about how the genre metal began. it's timeline and details and pictures are amazing. It's my favorite book and f you like metal this book is for you.

    23. Tiffany Newman

      im a person who loves heavy metal. this book tells the history of metal has the time goes on it really great has awesome pictures of heavy metals bands though the times

    24. Soham Chakraborty

      Heavy metal.For an ever-increasing number of people, it's more than a musical genre, it's more than the fist-pumps on stage, it is something that makes them who they are. It gives them a voice, a voice capable of expressing dissent and protest, a freedom to speak against atrocities and injustice in this world, an energy that will never be a doormat, an ever-thrusting energy and devotion will keep crushing all the hatred and censorship and proclamations and misinformation about it. Heavy metal is [...]

    25. Diogenes

      For those who may not know, Ian Christie is a mainstay DJ on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel, and he hosts a riveting show called Bloody Roots where he tackles some thematic issue each time, be it Folk Metal from the UK, the origins of Black Metal in Scandinavia; he even did an ode to children and childhood through heavy metal music. Needless to say, this dude's a sage on the subject and a kindred spirit of alliteration meshed with a heroic writing style. As one of the back cover plugs by the Li [...]

    26. Gabriela Galeano

      Sound of the Beast offers a compounded – and dare I say not “complete” - history of heavy metal. Beginning with Black Sabbath, the heavy metal founding fathers, Christie traverses several decades covering the intersections and fragmentations that make heavy metal what we know and love today. This compendium presents an impressive collection of information and visuals. Pages are peppered with photography, underground posters, tape-trader zines, and basement show flyers. Christie also compil [...]

    27. Shannon Ealy

      It's been at least 2 years since I have read this, so the review is going by memory. Ian Christie's Sound Of The Beast, a book a lot more fair then most for some reason called "heavy metal" books, that focus on Meatloaf, Glam Bands and AC/DC and if you're lucky a bit of Metallica, and seem to think that Heavy Metal was destroyed when Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains showed up in the 90's. I'm looking at you Bang Your Head.Now that the rant's over, lets get to the review. Ian C [...]

    28. Aurélien Thomas

      Telling the history of Metal music, a complex and incredibly rich scene spanning more than four decades, surely must not have been easy. Ian Christe though managed to pull it off here, in a book that is as interesting as it is easy to read. Sure, it's quite a romp and the fans won't learn much! But it still is nice to go through the whole story, both of the music itself and of the different contexts in which it has been evolving. We see the impacts of various other genres (from punk to grunge an [...]

    29. Jillian Hundey

      I'm disappointed in this book. If I wanted to read a biography about Metallica I would have. 3/4 of this book refers to Metallica's accomplishments. While they are instrumental in the metal music scene there are so many other bands who are as well. I wouldn't call this "the complete headbanging history". If you want to expand your knowledge on the subject I recommend reading Choosing Death by Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine Editor).

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