AGGREGATED ASSAULT!

Featured Events


Share |



Other swag here
metal rules swag




Popoff, Martin
Popoff Archive-1:Doom Metal (Book Review)
January 2017
Released: 2016, PowerChord Press
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

This book could be the start of something very special. Martin Popoff was (well, still is to a degree) one of the main writers at Brave Words magazine (now webzine) from 1994 to sometime around 2007, when BW & BK went all-digital. People have asked him time and again about his interviews he has compiled over the years. By his own estimation readers saw approximately 25% of the interviews he did for the mag in that time-frame. Doing the math that means there is a HELL of a lot of unreleased material in his archive. Hence the title POPOFF ARCHIVE!



Essentially Popoff has open the vault / archive of his interviews and self-published on his own PowerChord Press his first (of likely to be many books) collection of interviews. An interesting choice, Popoff choose DOOM as his first genre specific collection of interviews. What is also cool is that 99% of this material has never been seen before, he is not retreading his quotes/interviews from his other books.



The book itself is a standard paperback with a cools shot of Candlemass on the front but there are no other photos. It’s nicely laid–out, easy to read and has a collection of 37 interviews with various members of Doom bands of various stature. I almost didn't want to break it down statistically to reduce it to a numbers game, lest you get the impression it is ‘just’ another collection of interviews, but it really is so much more. Martin digs through the dusty ol’ memory banks (some of these interviews are over 20 years old!) and he prefaces each interview with a brief blurb about when, where and how the interview took place. He has a fairly standard set of questions, but these are classic questions and sometimes these ‘go to’ question about…say, spirituality for example, lead to some very interesting points.



There are so many great little highlights! I got a semi-morbid chuckle when back in 1996 Peter Steele said a book about him would not sell! I understand Jeff Wagners book about him SOUL ON FIRE (also reviewed on this site) is doing very well in terms of sales! Another cool thing I learned about was the existence of a ‘holy grail’, a rare, unreleased album. Originally, apparently the 1998 Candlemass album, DACTYLIS GLOMERATA was supposed to be an Abstract Algebra album and there is another version in the vaults! I must hear this! The book is loaded with intriguing information and all the great bands are interviewed from Witchfinder General, to Trouble to Cathedral, My Dying Bride and some groovy lesser-known acts such as In Ruins and Solace. I was surprised (but not really) how many bands cited Venom’s BLACK METAL and Black Sabbath’s ‘Hole In The Sky’ as a big influence and how man doom guys work crappy day jobs! I guess Doom doesn't pay.



DOOM METAL is the beginning of a beautiful thing, he has already released POPOFF ARCHIVES 2: PROG ROCK. This specialized title is a pretty limited run so you will want to grab your very quickly from his website. Some of his other older books are going for huge dollars on E-bay and the like so if you are a Doom fan, jump (into the void) now and peek into the Popoff Archives!
Track Listing

NA

Lineup

NA

Other reviews

» GOLDMINE HEAVY METAL RECORD PRICE GUIDE (Book Review)
by JP

» The Collectors Guide to Heavy Metal Volume 1: The Seventies (Book Review)
by JP

» The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time (Book Review)
by JP

» The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time (Book Review)
by JP

» Run For Cover-The Art Of Derek Riggs (Book Review)
by JP

» Riff Kills Man! 25 Years of Recorded Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (Book Review)
by JP

» The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal (Book Review)
by JP

» The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal Volume 2: The Eighties (Book Review)
by JP

» The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal Volume 3: The Nineties (Book Review)
by JP

» The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal Volume 4: The 00\'s (Book Review)
by JP

» Black Sabbath-Doom Let Loose-An Illustrated History (Book Review)
by JP

» Judas Priest-Heavy Metal Painkillers: An Illustrated History (Book Review)
by JP

» UFO-Shoot Out The Lights (Book Review)
by JP

» Rainbow-English Castle Magic (Book Review)
by JP

» Dio-Light Beyond The Black (Book Review)
by JP

» Getting Tighter-Deep Purple: \'68-\'76 & A Castle Full Of Rascals-Deep Purple: \'83-\'09 (Book Review)
by JP

» Ye Olde Metal 1968-1972 (Book Review)
by JP

» Ye Olde Metal 1973-1975 (Book Review)
by JP

» Ye Olde Metal 1976 (Book Review)
by JP

» Ye Olde Metal 1977 (Book Review)
by JP

» Ye Olde Metal 1978 (Book Review)
by JP

» The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles (Book Review)
by JP

» Heavy Metal (Book Review)
by JP

» Worlds Away: Voivod And The Art Of Michael Langevin (Book Review)
by JP

» All Access: The Art And History Of The Backstage Pass (Book Review)
by JP

» Black Sabbath FAQ (Book Review)
by JP

» Contents Under Pressure-30 Years Of Rush At Home & Away (Book Review)
by JP

» Scorpions:Top Of The Bill (Book Review)
by JP

» Epic Ted Nugent (Book Review)
by JP

» The Deep Purple Royal Family Part I & II (Book Reviews)
by JP

» Two Minutes To Midnight (Book Review)
by JP

» Rush-The Illustrated History (Book Review)
by JP

» Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History (Book Review)
by JP

» Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records (Book Review)
by Celtic Bob

» Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth (Book Review)
by JP

» Steal Away The Night (Book Review)
by JP

» The Big Book Of Hair Metal (Book Review)
by JP

» Sail Away: Whitesnake\'s Fantastic Voyage (Book Review)
by JP

» Who Invented Heavy Metal? (Book Review)
by JP

» Swords And Tequila (Book Review)
by JP

» Kickstart Your Heart (Book Review)
by JP

» Wheels Of Steel: The Explosive Early Years of the NWOBHM (Book Review)
by JP

» This Means War: The Sunset Years of the NWOBHM (Book Review)
by JP

» Metal Heart: Aiming High with Accept (Book Review)
by JP

» Popoff Archive-1:Doom Metal (Book Review)
by JP

» Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga Of The Superlative Max Webster (Book)
by Celtic Bob


Next review: » Popoff, Martin - Rainbow-English Castle Magic (Book Review)
Previous review: » Popoff, Martin - Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History (Book Review)





Home | About Metal-Rules.com | Staff | Advertise With Us | Staff Openings | Donations

Content is © 2009-2012 Metal-Rules.com. All Rights Reserved.
Graphics by Hammerblaze studio.