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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 - Banzai Records Companion Issue #4  (Book review)
Author: Van Deventer, Jay
Title: Banzai Records Companion Issue #4 (Book review)
Publisher: RRD Publications
Pages: 24
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A fanzine totally dedicated to the Canadian Record label, Banzai Records.
Click here to read our review of - Hideous Gnosis (Book Review)
Author: Various Artists
Title: Hideous Gnosis
Publisher: Creative Commons
Pages: 281
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A collection of 13 essays about Black Metal and some nice bonus features from the first Black Metal Symposium
Click here to read our review of - Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness (Book Review)
Author: Various Artists
Title: Black Metal: Beyond The Darkness
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
Pages: 192
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A visually gorgeous collection of essays, interviews and photos...an overview of many facets of Black Metal from art to commerce.
Click here to read our review of - The Seventh Serpent (Book Review)
Author: Verwimp, Kris
Title: The Seventh Serpent
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 96
Year: 2010
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Gorgoeus coffee table collection of Verwimp\'s magnificent Metal art.
Click here to read our review of - Gimme An R! The Story Of Brian Vollmer Lead Vocalist Of Helix (Book Review)
Author: Vollmer, Brian
Title: Gimme An R! The Story Of Brian Vollmer Lead Vocalist Of Helix
Publisher: Ball Media
Pages: 387
Year: 2010
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Rough but entertaining story of the life of Brian Vollmer.
Click here to read our review of - Mean Deviation: Four Decades Of Progressive Metal (Book Review)
Author: Wagner, Jeff
Title: Mean Deviation: Four Decades Of Progressive Metal
Publisher: Bazillion Points
Pages: 364
Year: 2010
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The definitive guide to Progressive Heavy Metal. Elite.
Click here to read our review of - The Armageddon Chord (Book Review)
Author: Wagner, Jeremy
Title: The Armageddon Chord
Publisher: Knight Romance
Pages: 254
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An excellent piece of Metal themed, horror fiction from the lyricist and guitarist of Broken Hope
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: 2014
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Iconic Japanese comedy/manga series about a Black/Death Metal band.
Click here to read our review of - This Ain\'t The Summer Of Love: Conflict And Crossover In Heavy Metal And Punk (Book Review)
Author: Waksman, Steve
Title: This Ain\'t The Summer Of Love: Conflict And Crossover In Heavy Metal And Punk
Publisher: University Of California Press
Pages: 391
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Interesting and revisionist theory about the connection between Heavy Metal and punk rock.
Click here to read our review of - Iron Maiden-Run To The Hills-The Official Biography (Book Review)
Author: Wall, Mick
Title: Iron Maiden-Run To The Hills-The Official Biography
Publisher: Sanctuary Music Library
Pages: 350
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The definitve and authoritative, official biography of one of Metals greatest bands. Written by one of rock journalisms greats.
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: 2011
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 - Metal Rules The Globe (Book Review)
Author: Wallach, Jeremy & Berger, Harris & Greene, Paul (eds.)
Title: Metal Rules The Globe
Publisher: Duke University Press
Pages: 382
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A collection of 14 essays about Heavy Metal around the world.
Click here to read our review of - RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music (Book Review)
Author: Wasler, Robert
Title: RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Pages: 220
Year: 2001
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Another early academic take on metal that doesn’t pull any punches. An intriguing read.
Click here to read our review of - HEAVY METAL: A Cultural Sociology (Book Review)
Author: Weinstein, Deena
Title: HEAVY METAL: A Cultural Sociology
Publisher: Lexington Books
Pages: 330
Year: 2001
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: One of the first academic studies of metal ever produced. Essential reading for students of metal.
Click here to read our review of -  Louder Than Hell-The Definitive Oral History Of Metal (Book review)
Author: Wiederhorn, Jon & Truman, Katherine
Title: Louder Than Hell-The Definitive Oral History Of Metal (Book review)
Publisher: It Books
Pages: 728
Year: 2013
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A highly entertaining but very commercialized, American perspective on the history of Metal.
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: 2010
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The ultimate, self-published, authorized, two book guide to Dream Theater.
Click here to read our review of - Bringing Metal To The Children-The Complete Berzerker\'s Guide to World Tour Domination (Book Review)
Author: Wylde, Zakk (w. Hendrikx, Eric)
Title: Bringing Metal To The Children-The Complete Berzerker\'s Guide to World Tour Domination
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 293
Year: 2012
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Hilarious, relentless and crude; stand-up advice and road tales from Zakk the viking.
Click here to read our review of - Fuck You-Rock and Roll Portraits (Book Review)
Author: Zlozower, Neil
Title: Fuck You-Rock and Roll Portraits
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 202
Year: 2011
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Amusing photo collection of \'Rock Stars\' flipping the bird.
Click here to read our review of - Motley Crue: A Visual History 1983-2005 (Book Review)
Author: Zlozower, Neil
Title: Motley Crue: A Visual History 1983-2005
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 232
Year: 2014
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A nice, big coffee table book of photos of Motley Crue
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