|Review: Rockdetector A-Z of Thrash Metal|
|Rockdetector A-Z of Thrash Metal|
Publisher: Cherry Red Books
Author: Garry Sharpe-Young
Year published: 2002
Review online: December 28, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Rockdetector A-Z of Thrash Metal
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
My big "metal disappointment of 2003" isn't an album. It's this book. I was so enthusiastic about this series (they have an A-Z book for almost every metal genre) that I almost ordered all of them when I ordered this one. Thankfully, I settled on ordering just one and limited the damages to my wallet. I guess I had been spoiled by the excellent quality of The NWOBHM Encyclopedia (also reviewed on this site) and expected something similar. Well, this A-Z book is similar in concept, but that's where the similarities end. There are so many things wrong with this book that I just don't know where to begin. Here are a few:
OK, this is not to say that this book is worthless. There's a lot of information in there (when they actually get it right) and you can learn quite a few things when there's a band bio (many bands have a biography, many don't, unfortunately.) The discography can be useful when looking for something, although I found some of them to be incomplete (and I'm not talking about releases that didn't make it in time for the book's publication) or with typos (again...) So OK, there's some good stuff, but the bad quality of this book overshadows the usefulness of what they actually got right. You can't write a book just by copying information from a web site and putting some titles in bold and adding page numbers and a few pics and getting it published. Speaking of which, I'm surprised Cherry Red Books actually published this thing, I'm used to better quality from that publisher.
Sadly, I must advise AGAINST buying this book. Maybe they'll eventually revamp this into a new edition that will address the many shortcomings, but for now this doesn't even qualify as a draft. Unless you want to waste your money, go buy something else. I can't speak for the other A-Z books in the series, but I think they are from the same author and therefore I expect more of the same.
Oh yeah, there's a 17 track "Thrash" metal compilation with the book. But that doesn't save it either.
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