Label: Independent Music Press 2012
Review by The Bailey Brothers
An in depth look at the rise of arguably Americas premier Metal Act Metallica highlights the huge impact their first four albums had on the whole metal Genre. From cover to cover it's a journey that only Metallica could have travelled.
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal included artiste such as Diamond Head a band that truly inspired Drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist James Hetfield. It would be the glue that eventually kept this band evolving into the formidable force it still is to this day. Having been at the forefront of the NWOBHM ourselves it's really encouraging to note that although it was Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon who broke out into the big league, many acts such as Diamond Head played their part and influenced others to follow. The book also recognises the part Judas Priest and Motorhead played in influencing Hetfield and Ulrich.
This is a well researched and executed insight into what it takes to be Metallica; a band who wouldn't compromise their beliefs, played it harder and faster and in time evolved into a formidable monster that is Metallica. There are contributions from artiste, the press and those who have experienced the phenomena up close, also a complete dissection of songs, background information and input from band members. It's a good read; it's unauthorised and unofficial but informative and entertaining.