Wait, people still read this thing?

It’s been a long cold winter (actually pretty mild here in KC), and I have awoken from my slumber! Actually, I was reminded that people actually read this blog when I got an email from a high school student asking to use me as a reference for a paper. I did the best I could.

Alas, I was jostled into posting, my first in a few months. I remembered I had some things to say, so here it goes.

I got some awesome metal themed books for Christmas. None was more satisfying than “True Norwegian Black Metal” by Peter Beste. What could be better than receiving a book with a giant photo of a painted, blood-soaked Norwegian holding an inverted cross on the cover – for Christmas. It’s a stunningly gorgeous book full of photos from black metal shows, guys walking through the woods in full corpsepaint, etc.

The other books I received were from the “33 1/3” series, which are all based on influential albums through music history. The two metal-themed books in the series are based on Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” and Black Sabbath’s “Master of Reality”. The book on Reign in Blood is pretty straightforward, if not disappointing. Interviews with band members, producers and a song by song breakdown by the author. It was good, but lacked imagination, I thought. The book on Master of Reality was brilliant. It was written from the point of view of a teenager locked in a psych ward writing in his journal. It was set in the early 80’s, and this kid was sent there by his parents. He talks about his favorite albums, Master of Reality being his very favorite. Since he’s not allowed to listen to his walkman, he has to relive the songs in his head. It’s incredibly powerful.

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~ by mikehill25 on March 19, 2009.

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