Emerging from the blues and psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, heavy metal has been a driving force in music for nearly 50 years — known for its massive sound, extended guitar solos, and unrelenting intensity.
Despite being critically reviled throughout its history, metal has stood the test of time with bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe achieving legendary status, unfathomable wealth and exerting a profound influence on generations of musicians and fans. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose followers are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime — it’s a lifestyle.
Written by veteran rock journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Van Halen and many others, conducted over a 25-year span. Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Dave Mustaine, King Diamond, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo and more. The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight.
“Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators — “Louder Than Hell” is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.
Alice Cooper: “This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the headbanging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then ‘Louder Than Hell’ is a must-read.”
Blabbermouth.net: Bob Nalbandian, founder and publisher of the esteemed early ’80s heavy metal music fanzine The Headbanger, has struck a deal with Tokyo-based company Japanime Publishing to release all 11 issues of the Xeroxed ‘zine as ebooks. Never before has the fanzine — which featured early interviews of local and international heavy metal bands, including the very first profiles of then-unsigned Los Angeles bands METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH — been available for mass distribution until now.
The first ebook will include an all-new introduction and reminiscence by Nalbandian, along with the entire contents of The Headbanger issue #1, which was released in May/June 1982. The issue features now-legendary all-female New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band GIRLSCHOOL on its cover and a review of the group’s debut U.S. show at the Whisky on April 25, 1982; colorful recaps of live performances by then-local L.A. bands RATT and STEELER; and no-holds-barred commentary on “new” albums by MOTÖRHEAD, IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, and the first “Metal Massacre” compilation. As a bonus, the ebook also includes the original full-page “Los Angeles Metal Report” that Nalbandian and his Huntington Beach metal comrade Pat Scott wrote for the March 1982 issue of Ron Quintana’s nationally distributed fanzine Metal Mania. It was through this “Report” that headbangers living beyond the smog of the Sunset Strip were to read the first words ever published about a then-unknown Orange County/L.A. garage band … named METALLICA!
Issue #1 of The Headbanger is now available worldwide in the Apple iBookstore and the Amazon Kindle store.
Hardrock Haven: (Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson)
“It was quite shocking actually, especially because we were just coming up the ranks and were not the big MTV icons at the time. That bass line has certainly been the subject of many great conversations over the years, that’s for sure!”
Dave Mustaine told Rolling Stone that he never received any royalties for their usage of ‘Peace Sells‘… “They didn’t give me a penny. They cut it off right before they’d have to pay me, which was very clever. I don’t think anybody with a conscience at MTV did that – it was probably somebody in their legal department.”
Consequence of Sound: “Before he became a botoxed spewer of conspiracy theories and Rick Santorum endorsements, Dave Mustaine was the archetypal underdog — the former Metallica guitarist who was exiled, disenfranchised, and cast out to fend for himself. He reacted by forging his own metal enterprise, Megadeth. Although never as relevant as Metallica, Megadeth achieved chart success and mainstream prominence with the release of 1992’s Countdown to Extinction, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and getting the obligatory reissue treatment. It’s the album that got the band on the radio.”
“Recorded in L.A. amid the Rodney King riots and the lingering tensions of the Gulf War, Countdown to Extinction was Mustaine’s political record (and also his most accessible). After the technical theatrics of 1990’s Rust in Peace, Mustaine and lead guitarist Marty Friedman opted for groove metal, best illustrated by the chunky chords and verse-chorus-verse simplicity of the lead single, “Symphony of Destruction”. No wonder it remains Megadeth’s most popular song. The album also houses “Sweating Bullets”, in which Mustaine sings like a constipated cartoon character (“Nice story, tell it to Reader’s Digest!”). It’s charmingly goofy, but just ridiculous enough to be Mustaine’s finest vocal performance ever.”
METAL SHOP Rocks was again invited to a taping of VH1 Classic ‘That Metal Show’ (Season9).
The first show taped was an hour long interview with AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson. Don, Eddie, Jim and Brian talked about many things, including a good story that Brian told on how he wrote the lyrics to “You shook Me All Night Long.”
The second show included Guests Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell). Mustaine talked about his recent neck surgery and showed the guys the scar on his neck. Dave said he felt great and was looking forward to getting back on tour in support of the new Megadeth album TH1RT3EN. Rex and Vinny took the stage next and talked about the new band they formed called Kill Devil Hill. Their first album will be out in March, 2012.
Can’t forget special guitar guest Warren DeMartini (Ratt) made an appearance. Here a few photos from what we were allowed to shoot. Special thanks to Emily at VH1 and Jesus Martin for all their help.
IRON MAIDEN and OZZY OSBOURNE lead the pack with multiple nominations at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards, set to take place April 20, 2011 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Ozzy and Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson are up for Best Vocalist and both band’s guitarists and drummer, respectively, are nominated.
Iron Maiden and MEGADETH are up for Best Live Band and ACCEPT for Comeback of the Year.
The 2011 “Golden God Award” will be presented to ALICE COOPER, while THE RONNIE JAMES DIO LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD will go to MOTLEY CRUE. The original Alice Cooper Band line-up will perform for the first time in 40 years.
Here are the nominees for all categories:
Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)
• John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE)
• Dan Donegan (DISTURBED)
• Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND)
• Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
• Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN)
• Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Drum Workshop Best Drummer
• Tommy Clufetos (OZZY OSBOURNE)
• Abe Cunningham (DEFTONES)
• Joey Jordison (ROB ZOMBIE)
• Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR)
• Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN)
• Mike Portnoy (Ex-DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
• Glenn Danzig (DANZIG)
• Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN)
• Chino Moreno (DEFTONES)
• Ozzy Osbourne (OZZY OSBOURNE)
• M. Shadows (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)
• Corey Taylor (STONE SOUR)
Affliction Album of the Year
• AVENGED SEVENFOLD, “Nightmare”
• BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, “Order of the Black”
• DEFTONES, “Diamond Eyes”
• OZZY OSBOURNE, “Scream”
• STONE SOUR, “Audio Secrecy”
• VOLBEAT, “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven”
Samson Zoom Best Live Band
• AVENGED SEVENFOLD
• IRON MAIDEN
Most Metal Athlete
• Chris Cole (pro skateboarding)
• Dan Hardy (MMA fighting)
• Toni Lydman (NHL)
• The Miz (WWE wrestling)
• Jeremy Shockey (NFL football)
• Mike Vallely (pro skateboarding)
Best New Band
• ASKING ALEXANDRIA
• BLACK VEIL BRIDES
• THE DAMNED THINGS
• THE PRETTY RECKLESS
• TIMES OF GRACE
• WE ARE THE FALLEN
Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year
• FAITH NO MORE
• A PERFECT CIRCLE
• SYSTEM OF A DOWN
There is always a little bit of controversy when talking about the biggest names in thrash metal. I know I have been taken to task on a few occasions by my references to the so-called “Big Four.” I freely admit that as much as I love metal, I am not the most knowledgeable about its history. So what? I know what I like and I recognize the bands who have influenced my love of the genre for so many years. Read More
A live recording that is 74 minutes long seems like a long concert.
But with a fast-paced metal band like Megadeth, an hour and approximately fifteen minutes of ripping rifftastic metal goes by in a flash and leaves you wanting more.
That is, of course, a good thing.
“Dave Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That’s how lucky he has been and how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. In ‘Mustaine’ he tells a story that will inspire, stun and terrify.” -James Hetfield