Bazillion Points is offering a free download extract of “Chapter 5. Passing the Threshold”, from the newly-released and already-acclaimed book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner. The PDF download is available at this location: www.mean-deviation.com
After tracing the origins of progressive metal from Rush, King Crimson, and Black Sabbath, in this excerpt Wagner looks at the formation and importance of the most groundbreaking of progressive metal mavericks. High points include John Arch’s dramatic exit from Fates Warning; the story behind Operation Mindcrime; the rise and fall of Crimson Glory; and even a curious “What if?” section, that ponders a near-miss of early prog metal history involving Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek…
In addition, the book’s index can be also be downloaded, providing an in-depth look at numbers behind Wagner’s treatment of Atheist, Believer, Voivod, Dream Theater, and other progressive metal giants. The index is available in PDF format at this location: www.mean-deviation.com
Meanwhile, the high praise continues to flow for former Metal Maniacs editor Wagner’s debut as an author, as Mean Deviation continues to garner praise from members of Cynic, Fates Warning, Hades, Watchtower, and others.
“We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music,” says Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree in the book’s introduction.
Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, by Jeff Wagner is available directly from Bazillion Points and is on sale now wherever books are sold.
“Jeff Wagner nailed it…another triumph for Bazillion Points”-Metal Rules.com, 4.5/5 review
“What a massive undertaking… knowledge, passion, skills, and class… this book should be required reading for any metal follower.”-Blistering.com [9.5/10 review]
“An expertly researched love letter to the largely misunderstood and often maligned progressive metal scene”-AOL Noisecreep, Holiday Gift List