Posts Tagged ‘Books’

So Let It Be Written: The Biography of Metallica’s James Hetfield by Mark Eglinton, published by Lesser Gods, is now available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indies.

Last week, Lesser Gods teamed up with Noisey to give fans an exclusive look at Chapter 6 and photos found inside the text. Photos include Hetfield with the Scorpions and Michael Schenker, Hetfield outside the Metallica Mansion on Carlson Boulevard, and Hetfield with some friends at Kirk Hammett’s bachelor party. Check it out HERE.

After months of speculation from fans and critics, preview pages of the introduction and chapter 1 were released earlier in March on CLRVYNT, HERE. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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On May 24, 2010, American metal band Lamb of God played a show at a small club called Abaton in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It was a chaotic scene, even by the standards of this act’s extreme genre. The stage was barely large enough to accommodate the band and its equipment; security either was nonexistent or not doing its job; the barricade flush with the stage, providing no separation between the band and the crowd; and with nothing and no one to stop them, fans were free to climb onto the stage—and there was no way of knowing what their intentions might be. One of those fans, a 19-year-old man named Daniel, either leapt or was pushed from the stage, hit his head and died a month later.

Lamb of God frontman D. Randall Blythe, better known as Randy, was accused of the push that caused the fatal injury. More than two years later, when the band returned to Prague for the first time since that night, Czech police officers were waiting to arrest Blythe at the airport. The charge: manslaughter: The penalty if found guilty: five to 10 years imprisonment. (more…)

Since its inception in the late 1960s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling—the 1990s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980s was rendered obsolete and in its place was a much more real, raw and unique approach—detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date … before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track. (more…)

Jeremy Spencer’s autobiography, Death Punch’d, Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem, was a New York Times best-selling title in hardcover, and now in the available in the paperback format.

The book details Spencer’s struggles with addiction, from his childhood through the formation and worldwide success of Five Finger Death Punch, along with his inspiring, life-altering recovery. Read Live Metal’s review of the book, as well as our interview with Spencer. (more…)

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors by Łukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive Behemoth biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by Behemoth, serves as an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the introduction, this isn’t, “Poland’s response to Motley Crue’s biography The Dirt.” Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors is the story of Behemoth, its music, its ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in its native homeland, Poland.

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on Feb. 24. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

One of the two subtitles of former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s autobiography, The Reason, is Revelations of a Rock Princess, which is a bit ironic considering the book deals little with the band with which she sold millions of albums and toured the world. This is Sturm’s story, not the band’s, and music is only one part of it—and a fairly small one at that. (more…)

Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Five Finger Death Punch, from left: Jeremy Spencer, Jason Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael and Zoltan Bathory.

Rock stardom wasn’t quite what Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer thought it would be. While the band was on a quick ascent to the top of the metal mountain, he was descending into a personal of drugs and alcohol. Partying became his life, taking over so much that he dreaded his time onstage doing the only job he had ever wanted. It took a trip close to the edge for Spencer to decide to turn his life around and get the help he needed. Part of his therapy included putting his story on paper, a story that recently was published in his book, Death Punch’d: Surviving Fiver Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem. Spencer pulls no punches and takes himself to task more than anyone else as he details what led him to where he is today. Now approaching three years of sobriety, he’s healthy and focused as Death Punch, supporting its two 2013 releases (The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell volumes one and two), gears up for a co-headlining tour with Volbeat and looks ahead to its next album. Live Metal’s Greg Maki caught up with Spencer to talk about the book, his sobriety, the tour and more. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki

I know what you’re thinking: How could the drummer of Five Finger Death Punch, a band that released its first album a mere seven years ago and has enjoyed a relatively quick rise to the top of the metal heap, have a story interesting enough for a book? A small-town kid falls in love with music, turns juvenile delinquent, eventually migrates to the big city and becomes a rock star, with plenty of sex and drugs along the way. Jeremy Spencer’s story follows that basic plot, but it’s not quite the familiar tale you would expect. (more…)

9780062308108LAS VEGAS — Five Finger Death Punch co-founder and drummer Jeremy Spencer and publisher HarperCollins have announced a Sept. 2 release date for Spencer’s autobiography Death Punch’d — Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem. Spencer’s personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today. Revolver has premiered a video teaser Spencer produced which can be screened here: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/death-punchd-a-book-by-five-finger-death-punch-drummer-jeremy-spencer-exclusive-video-trailer.html. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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The debauchery of Mötley Crüe is the stuff of legend, immortalized in an unforgettable episode of VH1’s Behind the Music and the band’s outrageous memoir, The Dirt. Everyone knows about Tommy Lee’s love life and legal issues, Vince Neil’s fatal car crash and Mick Mars’ near-crippling illness. They also know about Nikki Sixx’s heroin overdose. Most laugh it off as Sixx continues the story of how he hitchhiked home from the hospital, cooked up an even larger shot of heroin and woke up the next day with the needle still in his arm. But there’s nothing funny about that.

Sixx has chronicled the year leading up to that incident in his new book, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. He also has recruited two of his recent songwriting partners, James Michael and former Beautiful Creatures guitarist D.J. Ashba, to form a new band, Sixx:A.M., and record a soundtrack to the book. (more…)