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Sharpe-Young, Garry
Thrash Metal (Book Review)
November 2011
Released: 2007, Zonda Books
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

This is essentially a revised of Editions of Sharpe-Younge’s 2003 book A-Z OF THRASH METAL. Apparently there was a bit of an issue with the UK publisher and so Garry decided to publish in New Zealand with Zonda under the MusicMight (formerly Rockdetector) banner. I highly recommend you read my review of THE A-Z OF THRASH METAL to get a full perspective on the two books.

This title rechristened simply THRASH METAL, was republished in 2007 with a bigger, better format, larger font; it’s more readable and has the advantage of four years worth of updates. This tome now clocks in at 433 pages. Garry’s original introduction has been dropped but a handy Table Of Contents has been added. There are still some black and white photos scattered about the book. Oddly enough it doesn’t say which band is on the front cover or back cover. There is no bonus CD in this edition either. On a personal note (which does not impact my rating) is that I was disappointed that my name was dropped from the credits. I wrote a decent chunk of this book and my name is nowhere to be seen. Oh well! I assume my royalty cheque got lost in the Bermuda Triangle when it was put on the mail-freighter from New Zealand many years ago!

This upgrade/update is very well done and is one of the best, quick reference guides in print today. Not too much more to add other than this is basically the reissue with bonus tracks! It is deserving of a place in your library.

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