Arriving just in time for Halloween, is the newly published book "Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History Of Heavy Metal Mayhem." The co-authoring duo of Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin look to give you a lesson into the history of heavy metal and every sub-genre that has been created. Each chapter sums up what bands are covered by the specific sub-genre (Glam Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal and so on). The end of each chapter also gives you homework on which songs are a "must hear" in order to get a better sense of that genre.
Not only is the writing of this book very easy to follow, as if it was a spoken lecture class in college, but Rosenberg and Krovatin, even have fun with the captions for the pictures. While I consider myself a fan of heavy metal, their was definitely information about some of the more "obscure" heavy metal genres that I did not know about, especially the "heavy metal criminals." My only argument with this book, is that they cover some topics more extensively than others. Such like, Doom Metal gets almost 20 pages dedicated to the sub-genre, while Progressive Metal only gets 4 pages.
The wonderful color/b&w photos and artwork within the book are great, while many of these metal band are not very photogenic. But, being able to now put a face with the band name certain helps feel more involved with in the music. The only thing missing from this book is a box set of CDs that cover the "homework" page from each chapter. Every heavy metal fan should get their hands on a copy of this book to give them a broader idea into the heavy metal genre. To find out more about "Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History Of Heavy Metal Mayhem," please visit quartoknows.com.