After reading a few of the reviews and skimming through some of the philosophical essays, for which we had high hopes, it becomes obvious that the writer apprehends little more in metal than aesthetic alongside a somewhat incomplete understanding of songwriting. Much of the reviews are of bands which for various reasons are philosophically unfamiliar with the general direction of metal's progression. If anything what can be ascertained is a hypertrophy of the tendency towards limiting oneself to a Romantic perspective, steeped in an agnostic sentimentalism that eschews the necessity of logical application in favor of nostalgia. The writing is well done, but the author's underlying knowledge base seems limited to reactionary philosophical movements against modernity, which, as such, contain elements of modern thought which often pass unnoticed. Particularly striking is the awful misinterpretation of Taoism, which shows an unfamiliarity with metaphysic: "There is found no advancing towards a higher state of being within Taoism, only a humbling stance of mankind modeling itself after nature’s ways for a harmonious life in accordance with the reality of nature." We can only recommend that this writer would do well to seek out writing that is done from an insider's perspective of such traditions, rather than Western Orientalists who have distorted such traditions beyond recognition.