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Review: The N.W.O.B.H.M. Encyclopedia
Book Review
The N.W.O.B.H.M. Encyclopedia
Publisher: Iron Pages
Author: Malc Macmillan
Year published: 2001
ISBN: 3-931624-16-1
Pages: 800

Rating: 5/5

Review online: May 2, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The N.W.O.B.H.M. Encyclopedia

Rated 4.63/5 (92.5%) (16 Votes)

This book contains information about 533 N.W.O.B.H.M. (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands. The space devoted to a band varies from a half page to several pages depending on their level of activity or simply on the amount of information the author was able to find on them. Each band's discography is included, whether they only have a song on a compilation or several releases of their own, usually title, label and year of release. Unfortunately the cover art is rarely included (that would have consumed too much space anyway.) There are not many pictures, mostly text, so do not expect a photo album - this is heavy reading (no pun intended.)

The author has a very good style of writing, often using humour to describe some situations or events. It is obvious from the first few pages that he has done his homework and knows his way around N.W.O.B.H.M. Whenever possible he details bands' touring, label dealing, recording stories, acceptance by the press and the fans, etc... There's so much detail in there that it should satisfy just about anybody.

Complaints? Not really, other than the fact that after reading about some bands, I've started hunting down their albums so my credit card isn't too happy. :) Anyone interested in N.W.O.B.H.M. should grab this encyclopedia, but beware: It's difficult to put it down once you've started reading it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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