Wednesday, 11 January 2012

From The Minds Of Madness Book Review



Well I don’t normally do book reviews on the blog but I am going to make an exception for this one. Blair Gibson contacted me to check out his book –   From The Minds of Madness: The Origins of Heavy Metal Band Names

So I told Blair I would check out his book. Any book that has an introduction by Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride is fine by me.

This book is mainly about how 300 individual bands got their name and how they decided onto that name. It doesn’t feature the stadium bands of metal but the more influential underground/well known bands that we know and love.

So this is more like a mini-encyclopaedia of how bands from various genres such as Stoner, Doom, Sludge, Death, Progressive, Power, Symphonic came up with their names.

And 300 is quite a lot to pack into one book. But credit to Blair he is pulled off a great feat here. He has done a brilliant job and deserves credit for writing a well-written and brilliantly researched book.

If you want to know how bands like Sleestak, 35007, Kylesa, Across Tundras, Amen Ra, Cowboys & Aliens got their name and many other amazing bands then this is the book to check out.

This might not seem the most exciting book to read about Metal and I was hesitant at first but I shouldn’t of worried as this book was an absolute blast to read. I loved every word of it.

The book is full of great articles of how bands came up with their names. Some from personal experiences and others from films & comic books.

This is probably one of the best metal based books I have read in years. Action packed with brilliant bits of trivia of well known bands and not so well known bands advising the viewer how they got their name.

Blair even advises for each band the genre, country of origin and how long they have been going. This book is a great book to own for all us metal heads.

Even if you don’t like some of the genres that Blair highlights you will still be impressed about the majority and calibre of bands Blair has contacted.

All in all this is a brilliant book that you should all check out. You can buy this brilliant book from here.

Only $2.99 eBook and $12.99 in print (234 pages!)

available at: Amazon Kindle * Amazon Print * Lulu eBook * Lulu Print * Barnes & Noble * Amazon

So top marks to Blair for writing a brilliant book. I hope he writes more books likes this in the future. He definitely has a talent of keeping the viewer intrigued from start to finish.

Brilliant.

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