Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem (Hardcover)

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A pair of metalheads well versed in everything from Anthrax to Zeppelin take you through the metal halls of history in Hellraisers. Time to crank the volume and throw the horns!

Take a journey through the history of metal music from its earliest roots with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to its popular modern incarnations like experimental black metal, stoner doom, and djent. Get incredible looks at modern prog metal musicians tearing up the fret board, or remember some of your favorite, old 38s from years gone by. Everything from AC/DC and Anthrax to Meshuggah and Mastodon is on display in this superfan's-eye-view exploration of metal’s most innovative and hardcore sounds that can be heard around the world.

Co-authored by Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin of the hugely popular blog metalsucks.com, this is a visually dynamic history, complete with exclusive band interviews, over 200 full color photos, genre-by-genre playlists, and plenty more to keep you throwing horns all night long.

About the Author

Axl Rosenberg is the pseudonym of Matthew Goldenberg, co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the popular heavy metal blog metalsucks.net. He is also a novelist and screenwriter. He lives in New York City with his dog, Sacha, and his neuroses.

Christopher Krovatin is a YA and middle grade author best known for his novel Heavy Metal & You. He's also a heavy metal journalist who has written for Revolver Magazine, MetalSucks, Rolling Stone, Invisible Oranges, and Noisey to name a few. He lives in New York City with his girlfriend, records, and Halloween decorations.

Mattew Kiichi Heafy is the vocalist and lead guitarist of the world-famous metal band Trivium, which he joined in 1999 at the age of 13. Trivium has toured alongside bands including Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Machine Head. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Ashley. Matt can read sheet music, but only when playing the saxophone.

Praise For…

“I like books with pictures and I like books about heavy metal and this book has both. People like to compartmentalize their genres but this book shows that everybody is influencing everybody constantly and begetting lunatic metal children with Sabbath legs, Van Halen arms, Kiss torsos, Cannibal Corpse faces and maybe even cartoon feet. This is also a great gift for your idiot friend who doesn’t know anything about good music. There’s nothing better than giving a gift and insulting somebody at once. That’s just a good tip outside of this book."

- Brendon Small, creator of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse and frontman of Dethklok

"HELLRAISERS cuts to the core of Heavy Metal’s history with a healthy dose of humor, the sincerity of a committed Jedi, and the familiarity of your closest metal brothers and sisters. Think of this book as the literary version of stealing your older brother/sister’s records when you were a kid, only there is so much to learn contained herein that even the most well studied metal scholars will find truth in these pages. For myself, reading about the genre of music I helped pioneer in context of this vast history is overwhelming. Most music is created upon the foundation of a love for music that came before it and this book does an amazing job of illuminating this relationship. In a time of fake news, fake music, fake pop stars, the fake reality that is the Internet, HELLRAISERS proves to be a much needed and much welcomed addition to the written history of heavy metal.” 

  - Mike Schleibaum, guitarist for Darkest Hour

The visuals make for an enriched reading experience with an array of visuals that will stir up nostalgia among long-time fans of the genre, as well as curiosity among newer fans.
- Spill Magazine

Every heavy metal fan should get their hands on a copy of this book to give them a broader idea into the heavy metal genre
- JP's Music Blog

Its handy format allows you to hold it in one hand so you can easily hold a beer or a whiskey in the other.
- KNAC.com

"The historical perspective is there and the photos are great...buy this book for the smart, humor-having metalhead in your life."
- Pure Grain Audio

"Informative and funny. I laughed so hard, my scrotum exploded."
- J.R. Hayes, vocalist of Pig Destroyer

"HELLRAISERS is sort of a crash course in all things metal. From Thrash Metal to Black Metal, Glam to Deathcore bullshit, this is a comprehensive book that covers a wide variety of bands and genres. Worth it even just for the pictures.” 
- Joel Grind, frontman of Toxic Holocaust

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631064302
ISBN-10: 1631064304
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English