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Posted June 4, 2013
I thought the book was really good. The stories about Lars' and
I thought the book was really good. The stories about Lars' and James' cildhoods are especially pleasing to hear. I have read several differant Metallica Bio's and this one was deffinitaley the best. They are my favorite band and I love to jam to their songs all the time on the bass and guitar. They are a great insparation and this book brought that to life. Thanks Mike Wall.
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Posted May 26, 2012
Enter Enlightenment. Not a simple, soft, rehashing of the well
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Not a simple, soft, rehashing of the well documented history every hardcore Metallica fan already knows due to endless reruns and re-edits of vh1’s Behind the Music. Author Mick Wall pens the tale of the four horsemen with bone crushing intensity from the perspective of a British rock journalist. A lot of attention is focused on the early years, the Cliff Burton era in particular. For many fans; myself included, this is the best part of the story. The character building climb up the mountain to getting signed by a major record label is often way more riveting than the tales of excess and debauchery that usually follow. Wall’s own story covering the band is also interesting and offers a new perspective on what the boys were like at different phases of their journey to metal stardom.
Wall deserves much praise for cutting through all the metal hero worshipping hype and getting to the cold, brutal, and often ugly truth. Consider the mistreatment of Jason Newsted. He’s the Meg Griffin of Metallica. Placed in what is viewed through hindsight as an absolute unwinnable situation; the lads certainly didn’t welcome Jason with open arms and in fact, would eventually drive him away. James may write pummeling riff after pummeling riff, and Lars may have the business savvy of a billion dollar global entrepreneur mastermind ; but they seem like real a-holes when you get down to it. Why give the guy the job if you’re not willing to welcome him as a brother?
Wall dares to question Metallica’s relevance and what the future might hold for them. He also probes then phenomena of how they seem to do things that alienate their fans, i.e. the Black album, S&M, and the whole Napster debacle. Given the St. Anger, and Lulu records, I wonder if we are one Hetfield relapse away from the inevitable, career-ending Metallica country album. This is a must-read for any metal fan.
Posted May 24, 2011
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