Louder Than Hell: A Book Even Non-Heavy Metal Fans Would Enjoy
As I always appreciated the music, I was never a hardcore fan of heavy metal. Around the year 2000, I started losing track of metal music. Still, that does not mean I don’t appreciate a good book when I read one. Even if you absolutely hate heavy metal, Louder Than Hell by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman definitely entertains.
The book starts around the late sixties with group Black Sabbath. Along the ride, we run into KISS, Alice Cooper and The New Wave of British Metal including Judas Priest and Def Leppard. Also, we witness scenes developing in Tampa, Massachusetts and Norway. Plus we taste the scenes of death metal, thrash, hair metal, black metal, punk metal and nu-metal.
Yet, the highlight of the book is the oral stories by the entertainers themselves. Stories about fucking women with a fish. Stories about women sucking the road guys’ dicks just to get backstage with the band. All your rock-n-roll goodies are included; heroin, booze, sluts and of course, cocaine.
A warning: With 746 pages, this is a long-assed book. So long, I had to check it out twice from the Orange County Public Library in Orlando. Still, the book deserves all the patience the reader can give it.
Even if you hate heavy metal, I still would encourage one to read Louder Than Hell, an entertaining book you can’t put down.