At long last, the world’s most disreputable form of music gets the disreputable chronicle it deserves in HELLRAISERS: A COMPLETE VISUAL HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL MAYHEM (Race Point Publishing/ October 23, 2017 / US $35). Co-authored by Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin of the hugely popular blog MetalSucks.net, HELLRAISERS is a visually dynamic, highly informative, wholly unacademic journey through the history of metal music. Told from a superfan’s barely-sober point of view, HELLRAISERS covers it all, from Sabbath to Slayer to Slipknot to Suicide Silence, from thrash to glam to progressive technical blackened sludgecore, from devil horns to invisible oranges to corpse paint emojis.
Featuring cover art by acclaimed underground metal artist Mark Riddick, a foreword by Trivium frontman and dreamiest dude in metal Matt Heafy, and exclusive interviews with members of Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage, The Obsessed, Periphery, Suicide Silence, Coal Chamber, Sigh, Liturgy, and more, HELLRAISERS will entertain metal fans of all experience levels. For the noob, the book will answer such questions as “What’s the difference between doom metal and death metal and black metal?”, “Is Poison really considered a metal band?”, and “What the #$@&%*! is ‘djent’?!?”. For the experienced hesher, the book will carry on their favorite time-honored metal tradition: Bitching about everyone else’s opinions being wrong.
Complete with over 200 photos, genre-by-genre playlists, essays about such topics as metal mascots and drum triggers, a healthy dose of humor, and the ability to double as a doorstop, HELLRAISERS is the only book about the history of extreme music you’ll ever need. Look for it this October—just in time for the holidays! Makes a perfect gift for sullen black-clad children, misanthropic adults, or the other members of your Satanic cult. Hail!
But don’t just take our word for it! Check out this review from Spill Magazine.