METAL: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE Garry Sharpe-Young
From page 78 of Classic Rock Magazine July 2007
A slab of steel to slap on your coffee table.
Metal nerds have been more than satisfactorily serviced in recent years, with loads of meaty books devoted to the genre’s evolution and its major players. This book is a laudable attempt to usurp the lot. It has biographies and discographies of a nearcomprehensive list of metal’s most significant bands, and although occasional inaccuracies and an obsession with mundane details make it an often turgid read, that bold sub-title really isn’t too far off the mark.
What these kind of books are really good for, of course, is provoking gloriously pointless pub debates. With this one, start with ‘Only five pages for Maiden?’ and ‘Who the fuck are To/Die/For?’ and you’ll be off to a flyer.