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The staff here at Metal-Rules support metal in all it's forms, audio, visual and even literature. Often writers can give additional academic credibility to our genre which at times suffers from a negative reputation and we support their efforts and enjoy reading their books. In recognition of the dramatic increase in metal-related books we have developed this unique section dedicated to reviews and opinions about Heavy Metal literature and interviews with authors and publishers.

On this page you will find a quick summary of various titles and links to further in-depth reviews of these fine publications and more.

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Reviews
Click here to read our review of - Ye Olde Metal 1968-1972 (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: Ye Olde Metal 1968-1972
Publisher: Powerchord Press
Pages: 232
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An extensive analysis of 14 unsung albums from 1968-1972. Loaded with interviews.
Click here to read our review of - Ye Olde Metal 1973-1975 (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: Ye Olde Metal 1973-1975
Publisher: Powerchord Press
Pages: 230
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An extensive analysis of 18 unsung albums from 1973-1975. Loaded with interviews.
Click here to read our review of - Metal-The Definitive Guide (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: Metal-The Definitive Guide
Publisher: Jawbone Press
Pages: 495
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: One of the best Metal encyclopedias/coffee table books available.
Click here to read our review of - Thrash Metal (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: Thrash Metal
Publisher: Zonda Books
Pages: 433
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The revised and updated version of A-Z Of Thrash Metal, first published in 2003.
Click here to read our review of - The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (Book Review)
Author: Sixx, Nikki
Title: The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
Publisher: VH1
Pages: 0
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: EvilG
Preamble/Intro: A deeply disturbing and intimate look at an excessive and damaging year in the life of a disturbed rock star. Visually stunning and well designed, it is a great companion to The Dirt.
Click here to read our review of - Slash (Book Review)
Author: Slash & Bozza, Anthony
Title: Slash
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 450
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Pretty standard \'rock star\' autobiography, lots of sizzle not as much substance.
Click here to read our review of - Black Metal-Book One (Book Review)
Author: Spears, Rick & BB, Chuck
Title: Black Metal-Book One
Publisher: Oni Press
Pages: 164
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A Black Metal themed comic
Click here to read our review of - W.A.R.-The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose (Book Review)
Author: Wall, Mick
Title: W.A.R.-The Unauthorized Biography of William Axl Rose
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Press
Pages: 352
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: One of many, many G\'n\'R books on the market but this is one of the better ones
Click here to read our review of - Dream Theater-Lifting Shadows (Book Review)
Author: Wilson, Rich
Title: Dream Theater-Lifting Shadows
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 200, 344
Year: 2007
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The ultimate, self-published, authorized, two book guide to Dream Theater.
Click here to read our review of - Heavy Metal Thunder (Book Review)
Author: Aldis, Neil & Sherry, James
Title: Heavy Metal Thunder
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 250+
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Way cool collection of Metal album covers broken into rough genres.
Click here to read our review of - American Hair Metal (Book Review)
Author: Blush, Steven
Title: American Hair Metal
Publisher: Feral House
Pages: 175
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A collection of photos and quotes from the heyday of 80\'s melodic Metal.
Click here to read our review of - Swedish Death Metal (Book Review)
Author: Ekeroth, Daniel
Title: Swedish Death Metal
Publisher: Bzillion Points
Pages: 440
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The ultimate guide to Swedish Death Metal. Meticulous, and well researched. Sets the standard for any regional/genre histories to come.
Click here to read our review of - Black Sabbath-Doom Let Loose-An Illustrated History (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: Black Sabbath-Doom Let Loose-An Illustrated History
Publisher: ECW Press
Pages: 355
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: In fepth analysis of each Black Sabbath album (and more!) by Metal\'s most known journalist.
Click here to read our review of - Dio-Light Beyond The Black (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: Dio-Light Beyond The Black
Publisher: Metal Blade
Pages: 207
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An excellent track by track, album by album, analysis of the Dio solo albums.
Click here to read our review of - Bruce Dickinson: Flashing Metal With Iron Maiden and Flying Solo (Book Review)
Author: Shooman, Joe
Title: Bruce Dickinson: Flashing Metal With Iron Maiden and Flying Solo
Publisher: Independent Music Press
Pages: 240
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A well written chronicle of one of Metal\'s true renaissance men. Goes well beyond just Iron Maiden.
Click here to read our review of - Suzie Smiled: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (Book Review)
Author: Tucker, John
Title: Suzie Smiled: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
Publisher: Independent Music Press
Pages: 223
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An excellent recounting of the NWOBHM.
Click here to read our review of - Detroit Metal City (Book Review)
Author: Wakasugi, Kiminori
Title: Detroit Metal City
Publisher: Viz Media
Pages: 194
Year: 2006
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Iconic Japanese comedy/manga series about a Black/Death Metal band.
Click here to read our review of - The Rough Guide To Heavy Metal (Book Review)
Author: Berelian, Essi
Title: The Rough Guide To Heavy Metal
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 410
Year: 2005
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An adequate overview of Hard Music with many non-Metal bands included. A strong British focus.
Click here to read our review of - The Last Temptation (Book Review)
Author: Gaiman, Neil & Zulli, Michael
Title: The Last Temptation
Publisher: Dark Horse
Pages: 102
Year: 2005
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The graphic novel crossover with the Alice Cooper album, The Last Temptation
Click here to read our review of - Metallica (Book Review)
Author: Halfin, Ross
Title: Metallica
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Pages: 236
Year: 2005
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Big, bold, beautiful pictures of Metallica from 1986-2005.
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