Eight Must-Read Heavy Metal Books

Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motorhead. Wanna come?

But seriously. Not only do metalheads carry a voracious appetite for new music and bands, no matter how obscure, they also devour as much history, knowledge and insight about their beloved music as they possibly can. It's a lifestyle and obsession, and unlike many types of popular music, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them for decades. It seems like lately there's a new metal-related book, documentary or television special every time I turn around. Not that I'm complaining--it just goes to prove how many incredible fans there are out there.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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