"After five years of countless cold calls, innumerable bounced emails and literally hundreds of hours spent transcribing interview tapes, we bring you this definitive collection of untold stories from these genre-defining landmarks. Now go get your dork on.from the Introduction
Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
Edited by Albert Mudrian
July 28, 2009 (Da Capo Press) - Edited by Albert MudrianEditor-in-Chief of Decibel magazinePrecious Metal takes you inside the recording studios where the most intense heavy metal albums of all time were created, providing background on the savage guitar sounds and bloodcurdling screams that have defined a musical genre.
To compile this book, Mudrian pored through Decibelrenowned for its metal Hall of Fame interview seriesand expanded its interviews to bring you face-to-face with each and every band member who contributed to twenty-five immortal albums. Revealing the operatic scope of each bands vision and their uphill battles to lay down tracks that would endure, the pieces offer a fly-on-the-wall look at three decades of rocking out. Highlights include:
- Ozzy Osbournes devastating departure from Black Sabbathand their reinvention with Heaven and Hell, which captured a new generation of metal fans.
- The quick rise and fall of Diamond Head, whose proto-thrash classic Lightning to the Nations (a one-week recording demo) catapulted them into the pantheon.
- Sleeps 52-minute one-track release, Jerusalem, and the 1.316-second song You Suffer that earned Napalm Death a world record.
- A double arrest for Emperorthe guitarist for arson, the drummer for murderthat threatened the completion of In the Nightside Eclipse.
- The grotesque, taboo-shattering lyrics of Cannibal Corpseand the shocking Tomb of the Mutilated cover art that decimated the limits of zombie pornography.
Delving deep into the bands diverse influencesranging from the usual suspects like Led Zeppelin to Wagnerian opera (Kyuss) and reggae (Napalm Death)Precious Metal celebrates the legacy of their landmark albums and amplifies the risks taken along the way.
To celebrate the books release, on Friday, July 31st at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Decibel is holding a special book release show. Grindcore legends Repulsion will kick off our with a once-in-a-lifetime performance of their Hall of Fame-inducted classic Horrified in its entirety! Pig Destroyer and Brutal Truth will be there to tear the venue a new one, too. A few tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
Albert Mudrian is the Editor-in-Chief of Decibel magazine and the author of the cult classic Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
August 1, 2009 $18.95 Paperback Original 368 Pages Music ISBN: 978-0-306-81806-6
The Most Hardcore Metal Musicians, in Their Own Words&
I guess I was never a real Satanistit was just a pose.
Entombed, Left Hand Path
It felt so good to play liveit felt like you were killing somebody.
Kyuss, Welcome to Sky Valley
The blood, the guts and the gorethats what its all about.
Cannibal Corpse, Tomb of the Mutilated
Everythings an experiment, you know? Thats the beauty of art.
Morbid Angel, Altars of Madness
Eyehategod was started as a way to piss people off. All the heavy music around here was fast, thrashy stuff, so Eyehategod slowed it down as much as possible&And it worked, man. People fuckin hated em.
Eyehategod, Take as Needed for Pain
"[There were songs about] making dog food out of humans&I just thought it was turning things upside down.
We rehearsed in the dark, so we could play the songs without looking, which is fucking stupid.
Every stereo Ive seen has a volume knob, but for some reason, people seem to demand that their records be obscenely loud.
Converge, Jane Doe
You can be as pretentious as you want if youre growling lyrics&You could be the death metal Poet Laureate if you wanted to.
Paradise Lost, Gothic
When I eventually got sobered up, which was three years later, I listened to Heaven and Hell, and, to this day, I cannot remember doing some of the songs. I cant remember what studio it was. I cant remember playing it at all. I have no memory.
Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell