SLAYER, MERCYFUL FATE, VENOM Featured In ‘Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult’ Book

"Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult" by Dayal Patterson is a 600-page tome exploring the history and development of black metal from its beginnings in the early 1980s to the present day. Due in November, the book will feature dozens of interviews with the most significant protagonists and a wealth of previously unpublished images. This visually exciting musical genre, known for its extreme views and actions, has finally breached the mainstream in televised parodies and bestselling publications by Vice and Feral House. Despite a history of criminal actions,

SLAYER: JEFF HANNEMAN Photos From ‘Murder In The Front Row’ Book Posted Online is honoring the life of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman with a gallery of early photographs by Harald Oimoen, from the D.R.I. bassist's book "Murder In The Front Row: Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter". The photos capture several live and candid moments from the rise of U.S. thrash metal circa 1984, including Hanneman andSLAYER performing outdoors on a plywood stage; SLAYER's very first face-to-face encounter with the members of METALLICA; Oimoen's classic sleeve photo from SLAYER's "Hell Awaits" album; and a moving portrait of Hanneman and his eventual substitute in SLAYER — Gary Holtof EXODUS. The gallery of photos from the book can be viewed at this location. "Murder In The Front Row" is a stunning volume that collects over 400 amazing color and black-and-white photos from the time when localsEXODUS and Los Angeles transplants METALLICA reigned in small clubs like the Old Waldorf, The Stone, and the infamous East Bay bastion of heaviness, Ruthie's Inn. Thrash metal upstarts SLAYER and MEGADETHfound a second home in the Bay Area, while a homegrown breed of tempo-crazed teenagers like LEGACY, POSSESSED, DEATH ANGEL, HEATHENand VIO-LENCE brought Bay Area thrash metal to critical mass. Hanneman passed away on May 2 from liver failure at the age of 49.

Unauthorized PANTERA Biography ‘Reinventing Metal’ Coming In September

Backbeat Books has set a September 10 release date for "Reinventing Metal - The True Story Of Pantera And The Tragically Short Life Of Dimebag Darrell", the unauthorized PANTERA biography from U.K. authorNeil Daniels. Official book description: "PANTERA is widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered American metal bands of the past 20 years. Although its output was relatively short — from 1983 to 2000 it released only nine studio albums — its impact on the metal scene since the band split up in 2003 is still felt to this day. Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was tragically killed in 2004 but his legacy remains undiminished. "PANTERA had an enormous influence on nu-metal, groove metal, metalcore, and grindcore and continues to be publicized and written about. Its 1990 breakthrough album 'Cowboys From Hell' is still regarded as one of the greatest metal albums in history, as is PANTERA's sixth opus, 'Vulgar Display Of Power'.

OZZY, DIO, BON SCOTT, LEMMY, SLASH, DIMEBAG Featured In ‘Cemetary Gates’ Book

Set for release this month via Plexus Publishing is the book "Cemetary Gates: Saints & Survivors Of The Heavy-Metal Scene" by Mick O'Shea. A description of the illustrated paperback reads as follows: "Between genius and madness, this world and the next, there's nothing but the faintest flicker of a pulse and the cemetery gates. "Packed with as many egos as one book can hold, 'Cemetery Gates' is the read that takes you inside the minds of the most twisted icons of heavy metal." Featured artists: * Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW) * Bon Scott (AC/DC)