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The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Impressive!

    Martin Popoff returns with yet another comprehensive tome of metal bits, wisdom and knowledge that can only be thought of as encyclopaedic. Like his previous metal books, Popoff's latest manifestation bases itself on three impressive characteristics: a) intelligence, b) readability, c) damn-near impossible to find insight and off-the-wall facts that even the most seasoned metallic purveyor will find interesting, unique and eye-opening. For this specific book project, Popoff asked the general public to list their top metal songs of all time (an exercise we all partook in as kids, no doubt). 4500 tunes later, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time has the man not only describing inaudible intricacies I still can't figure out (witness why anyone would ever pick anything by AC/DC post Bon Scott), but he's delved into his own interview archive and compliments most song reviews with quotes from the band members themselves (Jake E. Lee discussing the solo in Ozzy's 'Bark At The Moon' is beyond cool). To top it off, Appendixes are included at the back of the book, and Martin P has compiled detailed sub-list upon sub-list of top songs, top albums, numbers of metal countries represented within the book and much more razzle dazzle to entertain you on any given day or night. Honestly, the man's a genius and if there was any justice in the world, he'd be writing for Rolling Stone or Spin (but he writes and edits for Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, arguably a better rag than either of the aforementioned, so things kind of work out, no?). I'm impressed, yet again, with Popoff's work and the levels of comprehension, wit and foreclosure that the author has put forth. Another indelible shining mark on the metal community.

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