Version 2.0 of The Heavy Metal FAQ exists within grasp of your browser. This update and addition to the sprawling work that first began in the early 1990s when a group of die-hard metal fans began writing to each other on USENET, first published in full form in 1996, now contains information on the metal years after the turbulent 1990s.
Running over 100 pages of print in length, The Heavy Metal FAQ covers the origins, history, philosophy and artistic purpose of heavy metal and its many sub-genres including death metal, black metal, NWOBHM, thrash, grindcore, speed metal and proto-metal. Its new and more detailed chronicle of the rise and proliferation of heavy metal reveals the development of this genre and its many offshoots.
Written by a former death metal radio presenter and editor of this site, the document aims to address the common questions that readers and listeners have about heavy metal, and then to go one layer deeper so they can see the motivation behind these artists and the social and historical significance of heavy metal. Not for the faint of heart, much like metal itself, The Heavy Metal FAQ could be a gateway to a lifelong habit of heavy metal reading.
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12 thoughts on “Updated version of The Heavy Metal FAQ published”
This is fucking awesome. Thank you S.R. Prozak !
Just one question: any reason why the “authors pick” and “historically important” section was removed? The one with the list of best albums.
It should be added. :)
Agree with the conclusion “fucking awesome”.
Only thing that would make it fuckinger awesome would be to let us download the whole thing as a .pdf.
Far more pessimistic than the previous iteration.
Hail to Hanneman!
rare slayer gig with “fuckinger awesome”sound!
Will you be putting this in book format?
Now to disseminate this via helicopter.
This is great. I’ve used it in the past as a rite of passage to truly understanding and appreciating metal and I recommend it to people who are interested in metal. It’s the go-to introduction to metal since it’s thoroughly researched, well written and most importantly easily and freely accessible.
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