The Hellraisers - A Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem

Author(s): Axl Rosenberg

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Take a journey through the history of metal music from its earliest roots with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to its popular modern incarnations like experimental black metal, stoner doom, and djent. From AC/DC and Anthrax to Meshuggah and Mastodon, this is a superfan's-eye-view exploration of metal's most innovative and hardcore sounds that can be heard around the world. Co-authored by Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin of the hugely popular blog, this is a visually dynamic history, complete with exclusive band interviews, over 200 photos, genre-by-genre playlists, and plenty more to keep you throwing horns all night long.


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"HELLRAISERS cuts to the core of Heavy Metal's history with a healthy dose of humor, the sincerity of a committed Jedi, and the familiarity of your closest metal brothers and sisters. Think of this book as the literary version of stealing your older brother/sister's records when you were a kid, only there is so much to learn contained herein that even the most well studied metal scholars will find truth in these pages. For myself, reading about the genre of music I helped pioneer in context of this vast history is overwhelming. Most music is created upon the foundation of a love for music that came before it and this book does an amazing job of illuminating this relationship. In a time of fake news, fake music, fake pop stars, the fake reality that is the Internet, HELLRAISERS proves to be a much needed and much welcomed addition to the written history of heavy metal." - Mike Schleibaum / Darkest Hour -- Mike Schleibaum

Axl Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief and cofounder of, a popular metal blog which regularly receives more than 1.7 million hits a month. He is also a screenwriter and music journalist. Matt lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his dogs.

General Fields

  • : 9781631064302
  • : Race Point Publishing
  • : Race Point Publishing
  • : October 2017
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Axl Rosenberg
  • : Hardback
  • : 1710
  • : 288