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Library of Loudness

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 - Smoke On The Water-The Deep Purple Story (Book Review)
Author: Thompson, Dave
Title: Smoke On The Water-The Deep Purple Story
Publisher: ECW
Pages: 402
Year: 2004
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An excellent overview of the venerable rock institution.
Click here to read our review of - The Seventh Serpent (Book Review)
Author: Verwimp, Kris
Title: The Seventh Serpent
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 96
Year: 2004
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Gorgoeus coffee table collection of Verwimp\'s magnificent Metal art.
Click here to read our review of - Sound Of The Beast (Book Review)
Author: Christe, Ian
Title: Sound Of The Beast
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 385
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The first, best and most encompassing history of the Heavy Metal to date. Released in many languages to global acclaim and respect.
Click here to read our review of - Kiss: Behind The Mask-The Official, Authorized Biography  (Book Review)
Author: Leaf, David & Sharp, Ken
Title: Kiss: Behind The Mask-The Official, Authorized Biography
Publisher: Time Warner Books
Pages: 431
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The essential telling of the Kiss story from the band members themselves.
Click here to read our review of - The Collectors Guide to Heavy Metal Volume 1: The Seventies (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: The Collectors Guide to Heavy Metal Volume 1: The Seventies
Publisher: Collectors Guide Publishing
Pages: 344
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The expanded and further detailing of the first decade of Metal via album reviews.
Click here to read our review of - The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time (Book Review)
Author: Popoff, Martin
Title: The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time
Publisher: ECW Press
Pages: 486
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Part of Popoff’s two-part global survey (over 10,000 respondents!) helping truly settle once and for all the question of what are the most popular metal songs of all time.
Click here to read our review of - Death Metal Music: The Passion And Politics Of A Subculture (Book Review)
Author: Purcell, Natalie
Title: Death Metal Music: The Passion And Politics Of A Subculture
Publisher: McFarland
Pages: 234
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Excellent academic study of Death Metal. One of the best.
Click here to read our review of - Black Sabbath-Never Say Die!  1979-1997 (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: Black Sabbath-Never Say Die! 1979-1997
Publisher: Cherry Red
Pages: 400
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: One of metals most prolific authors chronicles the oft-neglected post-Ozzy eras of Black Sabbath. Full of interviews and great rare photos.
Click here to read our review of - Rockdetector: A-Z OF 80’s Rock (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: Rockdetector: A-Z OF 80’s Rock
Publisher: Rockdetector/Cherry Red
Pages: 736
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: One of many in the Rockdetector (now Musicmight) series. The biggest of the five-part series, encyclopedic in scope and scale.
Click here to read our review of - A-Z of Power Metal (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: A-Z of Power Metal
Publisher: Cherry Red
Pages: 504
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The definitive Power Metal encyclopedia
Click here to read our review of - A-Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal (Book Review)
Author: Sharpe-Young, Garry
Title: A-Z of Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal
Publisher: Cherry Red
Pages: 472
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The definitive Doom, Gothic & Stoner Metal encyclopedia
Click here to read our review of - Kiss and Make Up (Book Review)
Author: Simmons, Gene
Title: Kiss and Make Up
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Pages: 275
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: Directly from the lions mouth, this is Gene’s life story in all it’s glorious and sordid detail. They say don’t believe everything you read but we think in this case you can.
Click here to read our review of - Sex, Money, Kiss (Book Review)
Author: Simmons, Gene
Title: Sex, Money, Kiss
Publisher: New Millennium Press
Pages: 236
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: The perfect twin to Gene\'s autobiography a couple of years previous.
Click here to read our review of - The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Volumes I & II (Book Review)
Author: Stark, Janne
Title: The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Volumes I & II
Publisher: Premium
Pages: 400, 450
Year: 2003
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: This is how all Metal Encyclopedias should be designed and presented. A massive hardbound collection of all things Swedish in amazing detail and great to look at.
Click here to read our review of - The World According To Heavy Metal (Book Review)
Author: Blake, Stephen & John, Andrew
Title: The World According To Heavy Metal
Publisher: Michael OMara Books Unlimited
Pages: 161
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: A quick pop culture reference guide that serves as an adequate introduction to Heavy Metal. Fun and simple for newcomers, possibly aimed at a younger audience.
Click here to read our review of - The Australian Metal Guide (Book Review)
Author: Giffin, Brian
Title: The Australian Metal Guide
Publisher: Moonlight Productions
Pages: 87
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: This original version documents that entire nations scene in amazing detail. Griffin is by far the world’s expert on his national scene.
Click here to read our review of - The Australian Metal Guide (Book Review)
Author: Giffin, Brian
Title: The Australian Metal Guide
Publisher: Moonlight Publications
Pages: 87
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: EvilG
Preamble/Intro: This original version documents that entire nations scene in amazing detail. Griffin is by far the world’s expert on his national scene.
Click here to read our review of - The Book Of Metal (Book Review)
Author: Ingham, Chris (ed.)
Title: The Book Of Metal
Publisher: Thunder\'s Mouth Press
Pages: 258
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: It looks good but in terms of content one of the weaker Metal Encyclopedias on the market.
Click here to read our review of - The NWOBHM Encyclopedia (Book Review)
Author: Macmillan, Malc
Title: The NWOBHM Encyclopedia
Publisher: Iron Pages
Pages: 800
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: It is unlikely anyone will ever surpass this academically inclined documentation of the NWOBHM. A huge book for serious fans only.
Click here to read our review of - Ozzy Knows Best (Book Review)
Author: Nickson, Chris
Title: Ozzy Knows Best
Publisher: St. Martin\'s Griffin
Pages: 249
Year: 2002
Reviewed By: JP
Preamble/Intro: An unauthorized look at Ozzy focusing on his MTV years. Lacks substance.
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