|"Popoff reviews each
entry in the wildly wordy style that has become his trademark, and
since his tastes don't always jibe with the vox populi, his comments
range from gushing praise to vicious condemnation... one hell of a
|"The massive tome
contains hundreds of quotes and opinions from today's most respected
metal musicians and more than 400 pages of critical
|"Martin Popoff has no
doubt supplied the raw material for all manner of intense,
bong-inflamed debates among the former denizens of basement bedrooms
Rainmain-like knowledge of the genre, it's unlikely a more credible
bible of heavy metal is likely to come along. Popoff's passion
shines through his strong writing voice, bringing to heavy metal
something that many rock journalists have never given it - its due
Popoff, like an elderly statesman amongst the metal faithful, once
again delivers onto us a handbook by which to follow. A fun
informative read, it's no wonder the metal community continues to
trust Popoff's words of guidance.
writes about metal like Martin Popoff. His words fly off the page
like the razor sharp, blasting guitar solos he describes so well.
Popoff is the evil spawnchild of Robert Christgau and Lester
|"I had a
great time reading this book; I devoured it. I started with merely
glancing at the Top 10 to confirm or refute my
suspicions/predictions. Then came an in-depth reading of the intro,
appendixes and so on. Then a quick scan of ten personal favorites
and then I read the book backwards. A pain in the ass to keep
flipping pages back and forth but the pay-off was worth
a fan of the genre, Martin Popoff's books are a must, and the latest
is no exception. Great reading for those hot summer nights! Next up
for Popoff will be the Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. I can
hardly wait. Four stars.
one of the brightest burning torches in the ever shrinking world of
hard rock journalism. He has made a name for himself and is quickly
making a legacy. This book is a true gift to hard rock music fans.
It is pure and simple genius!
than his profound knowledge of the genre and everything on the
periphery (southern rock anyone?), Martin also has a writing style
all his own, seemingly off-the-cuff, a bit abstract and ultimately,
in reality, in possession of a finely tuned capacity to nail the
vibe of a record. He is firmly on the pulse of what has made metal
what it was and is today, having analyzed, more successfully than
most, the nooks and crannies that make up loud music.
trick, of course, is to find interesting things to say about songs
everyone knows, and that Popoff does. It's odd to hear someone
describing, say, "Iron Man" or "Creeping Death"
to you - it's like someone writing 250 words on what that big yellow
thingy in the sky is. But to Popoff's credit, he paints a picture of
the song as if hearing it for the first time (and he never shies
from telling you what he thinks).
of plain facts, you get a great book that you can easily read from
start to finish as it is very diverse. Especially all the quotes of
the involved bandmembers is quite interesting to read. Anyway, the
book is an awesome read, more interesting for its comments and
quotes than the real list.
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time left me with tender
eyeballs and a zillion riff fragments competing for airtime in my
battered brain. It was that good. Luckily for the reader, Popoff
doesn't necessarily approve of the results, and he expresses his
dismay hilariously throughout. "Stairway to Heaven" (#35)
"would have made a good b-side," while "You've Got
Another Thing Comin'" (#29) is Judas Priest's "Gene
Simmons tribute, sweaty leathers, percussive retardation post-Peter
Criss." His connoisseur's disdain for the general consensus is
one of the many things that breathes life into the book. Basically
it's a riot to read, and once you're finished it you' ll have an
overwhelming urge to compile a 500-song CD-R box set of the tunes
|"Journalist Martin Popoff is one of the bigger, if
not the biggest, heavy metal connoisseur in print nowadays. The book
is highly, highly recommended. The only thing we have to complain
about is the lack of great stuff like this book in the shelves of
our bookstores. As Brazil is one of the biggest buyers of heavy
metal music in the world, one can only lament the non-existance of
books such as this in our stores, as this is a very fun and
informative read. Congratulations to Popoff's creativity and sense
of humour and to ECW, for putting out and supporting such
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time
celebrates the 500 pounding, screeching, squealing, screaming, power chord
classics destined to deck the walls of The Heavy Metal Hall Of Flame...
Sabbath, Slayer, Metallica, Maiden, Priest, Megadeth, Motorhead, Ozzy... who's
got the #1 greatest metal anthem EVER!?! Who rules the Top 40... the Top
100... the Top 500? What new bands have made a lasting heavy metal impression?
How did thrash do? Death metal? Hair metal? Doom, grunge, black or nu-metal?
What recent songs have YOU THE HEADBANGING MASSES already designated as
The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time is the end result of a massive,
worldwide poll asking the metal minions to list their favourite heavy metal
songs from the late '60s into the '00s. As 18,000 individual votes were
tallied and entered into a database, Martin Popoff began interviewing the
bands that made the final heavy grade, gathering their often explosive,
revealing recollections of creating these classic tracks.
Martin then set about, in his celebrated and controversial (some say
convoluted and impermeable!) manner, reviewing each track, digging into the
history of each song, the context, why we care, and in some cases, why we
Additionally, dozens of top rockers have been polled, and some of their lists
are displayed throughout the book, along with approximately 80 shots of rare
single covers for the songs in question. Finally, a set of appendices looks at
the data, revealing trends, surprises and endless grist for arguments amongst
the metal masses.
Containing hundreds of quotes from dozens of multi-platinum artists as well as
many respected underground artists that have made an indelible mark, The Top
500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time is sure to create a firestorm of discussion
throughout all facets of the metal world.
This book is completely sold out!