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

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"We are Professors Rosenberg and Krovatin, and this semester, we'll be taking you on a trip through the history and culture of the single greatest musical innovation since a caveman began beating two femurs together in a 4/4 rhythm."

Heavy metal music is not known for having a sense of humor about itself, but fortunately the two experts/superfans who wrote this book most definitely do. Thorough, thoughtful, and full of great illustrations, this book is perfect for full-blown metalheads and curious newcomers alike. -Justin Remer

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