Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Musicby William Phillips, Brian A. Cogan
Pub. Date: 02/28/2009
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
It has been reviled, dismissed, attacked, and occasionally been the subject of Congressional hearings, but still, the genre of music known as heavy metal maintains not only its market share in the recording and downloading industry, but also as a cultural force that has united millions of young and old fans across the globe. Characterized by blaring distorted
It has been reviled, dismissed, attacked, and occasionally been the subject of Congressional hearings, but still, the genre of music known as heavy metal maintains not only its market share in the recording and downloading industry, but also as a cultural force that has united millions of young and old fans across the globe. Characterized by blaring distorted guitars, drum solos, and dramatic vibrato, the heavy metal movement headbanged its way to the popular culture landscape with bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath the 1970s. Motley Crue and Metallica made metal a music phenomenon in the 1980s. Heavy metal continues to evolve today with bands like Mastodon and Lamb of God.
Providing an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind the movement, this inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of heavy metal, including sub-movements such as death metal, speed metal, grindcore, and hair metal.
Essential and highly entertaining reading for high school and undergraduate courses in popular music studies, communications, media studies, and cultural studies, the Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music and Culture offers a guide to the ultimate underground music, exploring its rich cultural diversity, resilience, and adaptability. Entries for musicians include a discography for those wanting to start or develop their music collections.
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-- Too Many Egregious Omissions of popular/influential metal bands: Brian Cogan's "Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture" (2006) is pretty good, especially the reprint over sized paperback edition with loads of photos. This work with William Phillips, however, is highly disappointing in the end. It is very far from being exhaustive (e.g. No entry AND no mention in the back index for PANTERA!!!!). How is this possible? Pantera is regarded as one of the best, most influential metal bands of the past twenty years. Their sales alone make them one of the most successful rock bands ever. Some of this encyclopedia's entries are great; others good; still others too brief, too long, poor, or wrong (e.g. the vocalist history of the mighty Metal Church). Here is a list of band OMISSIONS to assist metal fans in evaluating the worth of this 270-pages (of entries) book: The NO EXCUSES Omissions: Pantera (yes, no entry for Pantera), SAXON (nope), ENTOMBED!!!, IN FLAMES, Death Angel, OPETH!!!!!, Paradise Lost, Nuclear Assault, Samael, Suffocation, TOOL, Unleashed, Witchfinder General, Nirvana (there are entries for Grunge, Dave Grohl, & Probot), Fear Factory, Obituary, The Gathering, GRAVE, My Dying Bride, Nightwish, Nine Inch Nails!!!!, Satyricon, Virgin Black, Grave Digger, Eyehategod!!, Bruce Dickinson solo, Diamond Head, Destruction, CRADLE OF FILTH, Coroner, Atheist, ANNIHILATOR, Cro-Mags (nope)!! The GLARING OMISSIONS: Shadows Fall, ANATHEMA, MANILLA ROAD!!, THE HAUNTED, Doro, Terrorizer, SADUS, Municipal Waste, Tiamat, Vicious Rumors, Tankard, Vio-lence, Solitude Aeturnus, The Obsessed, Sanctuary, Pestilence, Primal Fear, Strapping Young Lad, System of a Down, Repulsion, Rigor Mortis, Rollins Band, Soilwork, U.D.O., Six Feet Under, Superjoint Ritual, Rotting Christ, Vader, Witchcraft, The Accused, Asphyx, Autopsy, Brujeria, Brutal Truth, HALFORD, Hypocrisy, Jesu, Killing Joke, Moonspell, Crimson Glory, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hate Eternal, EVERGREY, Fight, Gojira, HIRAX, Impaled Nazarene, Nasum, Nevermore, MOUNTAIN, Lacuna Coil, Lordi, Malevolent Creation. The CURIOUS OMISSIONS: Y&T, Cancer, Children of Bodom, 1349, Exciter, Gamma Ray, 3 Inches of Blood, Cryptopsy, Forbidden, OTEP, Warlock, EZO, Down, Amorphis, Anacrusis, Blind Guardian, Damage Plan, Gorguts, . But, we do get entries for: Beatallica, Britny Fox, Eagles of Death Metal, Extreme, Filter, Incubus, Insane Clown Posse!, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Mr. Big, Nickelback!!, Night Ranger, Powerman 5000, Vixen, and others. To the authors' credit, they DO have entries for: John Peel, Sarcofago, Wishbone Ash, Sun O))), TSOL, Discharge, Southern Lord Records, Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Pig Destroyer, Neurosis, Blue Cheer, DRI, Budgie, and other notables that are often neglected. Considering the growing number of great scholarly books, dissertations, articles, and conferences on metal, hardcore, and punk, this encyclopedia from 2009 fails to measure up. Borrow it from a library or buy used.