Emerging from the blues and psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, heavy metal has been a driving force in music for nearly 50 years — known for its massive sound, extended guitar solos, and unrelenting intensity.
Despite being critically reviled throughout its history, metal has stood the test of time with bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe achieving legendary status, unfathomable wealth and exerting a profound influence on generations of musicians and fans. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose followers are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime — it’s a lifestyle.
Written by veteran rock journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Van Halen and many others, conducted over a 25-year span. Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Dave Mustaine, King Diamond, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo and more. The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight.
“Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators — “Louder Than Hell” is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.
Alice Cooper: “This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the headbanging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then ‘Louder Than Hell’ is a must-read.”
Dec. 8, 2004: Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Darrell Lance Abbott (aka Dimebag Darrell) died at age 38 on stage in Columbus, Ohio after an audience member opened fire during the concert. Three others in attendance were also killed before the shooter was shot and killed by a police officer.
Dec. 8, 1984: While driving drunk, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil crashed his sports car. Passenger Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks was killed in the accident.
Metal Masters Clinic #3 was held on April 12, 2012 at The Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Let me tell you it was one of the best shows I have EVER attended and I have been to over 500 rock and metal concerts since the 80′s.
The guests for this show were Kerry King and Dave Lombardo from SLAYER!!! David Ellfeson and Chris Broderick from Megadeth!!! Mike Portnoy from Adrenalin Mob!!! Phil Anselmo from Pantera!! And Frank Bello and Charlie Benante Anthrax!!!
When we arrived Frank Bello (Anthrax) was giving out a few pointers about playing bass as did David Ellefson (Megadeth). Dave Lombardo (SLAYER) was next and he did a few SLAYER songs on the drums. Charlie Benante (Anthrax) also came out and showed off a few drum techniques before Mike Portnoy joined Dave and Charlie on stage and all three drummers jammed together!!!
It was time for some kick ass music that was led by Kerry King and Phil Anselmo… the rest of the guys came out on stage to play ‘Reign In Blood’ and ‘Angel of Death’… two SLAYER songs that just got the crowd warmed up.
I am still in amazement of the intensity Phil Anselmo displayed… he still has it as a singer!!! It had me wanting to fuck shit up. If that wasn’t enough, they played five Pantera songs that included ‘Walk’, ‘This Love’ and ‘Fucking Hostile’.
The show highlight was when Geezer Butler made a special appearance and jammed to ‘Hole in The Sky’!!!!! This show ranks in my top 3 best of all time!!! Too bad its not a tour, so it could happen more often!!!! Special thanks to Kevin Chiaramonte at PFA (Paul Freundlich Associates).
Here are a few photos of the gig… Enjoy. -Ralph