Rockdetector: A To Z Of Thrash Metal

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At first mocked by rock traditionalists, Thrash breathed new life into the rock scene, providing older acts with a much needed kick. It fueled genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover, Speed Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal—and it propelled one of its own, Metallica, to the very pinnacle of rock's elite. This encyclopedia-style book explores a panoply of bands. The "big four"—Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer—are documented in extensive detail, and scores of other bands are covered as well, including Metal Church, Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Hirax, Sabbat, Celtic Frost, Morded, Sepultura, Pantera, Machine Head, and more. Band listings include histories, global discographies, and photos. It includes a CD with 17 tracks.

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Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of it's own-Metallica, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite. In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal. Without doubt Thrash Metal continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The 'big four'- Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies. No stone is left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts.

Indeed, he was the last journalist to interview Metallica's late Cliff Burton. The early days of Megadeth are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine. Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as Metal Church, Testament, Exodus, Death Angel and Hirax. The European Thrash explosion of Kreator, Rage, Destruction, Sodom, Grave Digger and Helloween is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of Sabbat, the avant garde eccentricity of Celtic Frost and the Funk Thrash of Morded- it's all here. The second wave of Thrash with major artists such as Sepultura, Pantera and Machine Head takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly worldwide phenomomen. All examined in depth. Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!

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\Garry Sharpe-Young is an author, artist, and heavy metal journalist. The founder of Rockdetector, his titles include A to Z of 80s Rock, A to Z of Black Metal, A to Z of Death MetalBlack Sabbath: Never Say Die!, Metal: The Definitive Guide, and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

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