by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman
Louder Than Hell is an unflinching examination of the cultural phenomenon of heavy metal, a much-maligned genre that has not only stood the test of time, but has metamorphosed with each new generation of bands and audiences. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose fans are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime for these people; it’s a lifestyle and obsession that permeates every aspect of their being.
The book features over 300 interviews conducted by renowned journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman over the past 25 years. It also includes candid and confessional commentary from late icons of the genre, including Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, who was murdered onstage in 2004 in Columbus, Ohio by a crazed fan; frank admissions from Type ONegative singer Peter Steele, and surprising insights from Ronnie James Dio. In addition, the book features comprehensive interviews with established metal musicians in the genres of classic metal, nu metal, death metal, hair metal, black metal, crossover and morediscussing their often-traumatic upbringings, musical histories, battles with substance abuse, sexual exploits, plus expert analysis of the heavy metal scene from the ‘60s to the present. Industry insiders (managers, record label A&R people, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) will provide additional insight.
Louder than Hell does for metal what Please Kill Me did for punk.
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March 12, 2011
by James Fitzgerald