Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

By Jon Wiederhorn

The definitive oral historical past of heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by well known track reporters Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman includes hundreds of interviews with the giants of the flow, carried out during the last 25 years.

Unlike many types of renowned track, metalheads are inclined to include their favourite bands and stick to them over many years. steel isn't just a hobby for the genuine aficionados; it’s a way of life and obsession that permeates each point in their being. Louder Than Hell is an exam of that cultural phenomenon and the much-maligned style of tune that has stood the attempt of time.

Louder than Hell beneficial properties greater than 250 interviews with the various greatest bands in steel, together with Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Spinal faucet, Pantera, White Zombie, Slipknot, and Twisted Sister; insights from insiders, family, associates, scenesters, groupies, and newshounds; and forty eight pages of full-color photographs.

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