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Maynard James Keenan, Sarah Jensen - "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: J. Kevin Lynch on Jan 18, 2017
Authored by Sarah Jensen (a longtime friend of Mr. Keenan’s) "with" Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, this book is a revelation in its existence, yet still exactly the kind of semi-autobiography you would expect from the enigmatic singer.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe - "Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 24, 2016
I think the book does an accurate and phenomenal job of capturing the feel and the essence of the times.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Brad Tolinski & Alan di Perna - "Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Nov 07, 2016
Play It Loud is a captivating book covering the history of the electric guitar with a foreword by guitar legend, Carlos Santana. If you are a guitar aficionado and like to learn about history, this book is a must-buy. It will keep you entranced, page…

Rating: 8 / 10

Alec Worley and Pye - "Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos" [Comic Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Oct 28, 2016
Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos is a fatal dose of horrifying yet, amusing black metal, horror-filled comic bookery.

Rating: 8 / 10

Joe Giron and Rex Brown - "A Vulgar Display of Pantera" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Oct 19, 2016
A Vulgar Display Of Pantera, the new photo book from photographer Joe Giron, is a Pantera fan's wet dream.

Rating: 8 / 10

Alan Robert - "The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Benny Henderson Jr. on Sep 19, 2016
The Beauty of Horror is ghoulish yet gorgeous, sinister but with a sensual sensation, creepy and cool, sadistic yet stunning; it is certainly morbid but it is no doubt a masterpiece of beautiful brutality.

Rating: 9 / 10

Mike Hranica - "Three Dots & The Guilt Machine" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Marina on Nov 13, 2015
When liner notes/lyrics and music are not enough, and you want to experience a whole new level of rawness, this is the perfect way to do it.

Rating: 8 / 10

Corey Taylor - "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 30, 2015
"You're Making Me Hate You," the hot new book from enigmatic Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor, is a hilarious, at times offensive, extremely politically incorrect diatribe that I could not put down.

Rating: 8 / 10

Lukasz Dunaj - "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Christa Titus on Jun 08, 2015
If you're looking for a somewhat definitive explanation (like this writer was) of Nergal's intellectual philosophy that acts as the driving force of Behemoth, you're not going to find it in Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors. What you will find, though,…

Rating: 5 / 10

"Mayhem: 2008-2013" Collectible Hardcover Photo Book [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 16, 2014
"Mayhem: 2008-2013" is a massive 300-plus page, over-sized book created by famed Los Angeles photographer Strati Hovartos, documenting the first six years, and capturing the essence of The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The festival has becom…

Rating: 7 / 10

Sean Madigan Hoen - "Songs Only You Know" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 29, 2014
On its surface, "Songs Only You Know" is a memoir that functions as a detailed look inside the Detroit hardcore punk scene during the '80s. It is the story of a young man with a dream and desire to play hardcore punk for the most honest of reasons; a…

Rating: 7 / 10

Lawrence Parlier - "Sierra Court Blues: A Novel" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Sep 19, 2013
"Sierra Court Blues" is the debut novel from Lawrence Parlier; a former front man for the heavy metal group The Malevolent. Parlier taps into his music background and constructs a detailed drama based around the troubles and exploits of an up-and-com…

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman - "Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Sep 12, 2013
As a lifelong metal head, and someone that has been involved in the scene in one way or another for more than twenty years, I was excited to dig into this book. Authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman have done a terrific, if not exhausting, job…

Rating: 9 / 10

Dennis Dread - "Entartete Kunts" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Curtis Dewar on Jun 20, 2013
"Entartete Kunts," the title of which is a play on the German phrase "entartete kunst" (degenerate art) is a new book that is being released by the Ajna Offensive on June 21st. The book, written and curated by Dennis Dread is a 340 page read filled w…

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Howie Abrams & Sacha Jenkins - "The Merciless Book of Metal Lists" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on May 03, 2013
The Merciless Book of Metal Lists is exactly what you might expect; except better, much better! I think any true metalhead will find this book to be entertaining, amusing, and at time even humorous. Of course there are the standard prerequisite top t…

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Rex Brown - "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Apr 25, 2013
As a rabid Pantera fan I jumped into this book almost immediately upon receiving it. I had been anticipating its arrival for quite a while and was super stoked to dig in. The book is written by bassist Rex Brown and as I expected, there is a fair amo…

Rating: 8 / 10

Brian Aberback - "Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal" (An Unauthorized Rockography) [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Oct 18, 2012
If you're like me and really dig all things Black Sabbath, then this book is a must for you! Author Brian Aberback has created what I would call a "condensed" version of one of the greatest heavy bands of all-time. I say condensed because the book to…

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Martin Popoff - "Run For Cover: The Art Of Derek Riggs" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Sep 07, 2012
British illustrator Derek Riggs is widely known as the creator and main developer of Iron Maiden's Eddie. To this day, that ghoulish character and its many incarnations still is the most beloved and iconic mascot in the history of Rock N' Roll music.…

Rating: 9 / 10

Michael Toney - "Tales From The Stage Volume 1" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 17, 2012
As the cover clearly indicates, in this book: "rock n’ rollers share their tales of life in and out of the hard rock/heavy metal movement." As one might gather from the title this is a book that takes you behind the scenes and into the personal lives…

Rating: 7.8 / 10

Tony Iommi - "Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jan 24, 2012
I'm not sure if any one person has had more of an impact on heavy metal than Tony Iommi. His crushing riffs came to define the genre long before there was even a term for it. For me there is not a more definitive moment in my musical life than the fi…

Rating: 9 / 10

Bruce Moore – "For Those About To Cook" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Chee Kam on Jan 06, 2012
The man, the cook, the author! Bruce Moore has written for PureGrainAudio for years now, conducting interviews and reviewing albums for all you music fans. Now he's taken it upon himself to create his own book about music… with a twist. By adding a d…

Rating: 9 / 10

Will Macmillan-Jones - "The Banned Underground - The Amulet of Kings" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 21, 2011
The Banned Underground is a fantasy novel unlike any other I have ever experienced. The terrific melding of fantasy with incredibly dry, wry humor and wit is just fantastic. I found myself chuckling through most of the book and on a few occasions tho…

Rating: 8 / 10

Brett Callwood - "The Stooges: Head On: A Journey Through the Michigan Underground" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Sep 29, 2011
The Stooges were pioneers and innovators of the early punk scene. To this day the band and its larger than life front man Iggy Pop embody the spirit of punk and the early "do it yourself" attitude. For this book author Brett Callwood goes back to the…

Rating: 7.3 / 10

Hail The Villain – "Volume 2: My Reward" [Comic Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Chee Kam on Aug 31, 2011
The newly spawned band Hail The Villain has been hitting the world hard with their album Population: Decline. To help spread their hatred unto the world, the band has released gnarly comics illustrating their devious story.

Rating: 9 / 10

Nikki Sixx - "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jun 23, 2011
This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx is a collection of memoirs and photographs from one of the most recognizable musicians in all of hard rock. In his previous book, The Heroin Diaries, Sixx docume…

Rating: 9 / 10

Jeremy Wagner - "The Armageddon Chord" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jun 13, 2011
The Armageddon Chord is the debut novel from music industry veteran, Jeremy Wagner. Combining the world of heavy metal with malevolent supernatural forces Wagner has created quite a fantastic read. The story line revolves around the discovery of an a…

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Rick Florino - "DOLOR: Books I-V" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jun 08, 2011
With Dolor author Rick Florino has created a world that is as gripping as it is repulsive; kind of like a car wreck, you don’t want to but you're compelled to look. F.B.I Agent Jeffries arrives at the small town of Dolor to investigate a fire that ha…

Rating: 8 / 10

Mick Wall - "Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jun 07, 2011
Author Mick Wall takes on the task of documenting the rise of what is arguably the biggest heavy metal band of all time, Metallica. As a fan of the band from the very beginning back in the early 1980’s, I was more than ecstatic to dig into this incre…

Rating: 8 / 10

Dave Brockie - "Whargoul" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on May 05, 2011
Dave Brockie is also known as Oderus Urungus, the outrageous, over-the-top front man of the equally outrageous heavy metal band Gwar. For years now Brockie has pushed the limits with the band's live show and has always taken entertainment value to th…

Rating: 6.8 / 10

Nick Cave - Sinner Saint: The True Confessions [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Apr 29, 2011
The iconic cult figure Nick Cave has been making music, writing novels, making movies and entertaining the masses for more than 30 years now. Through a series of in-depth interviews, "Nick Cave Sinner Saint: True Confessions" takes the reader on a jo…

Rating: 6.5 / 10