The outrageousness of heavy metal music has always been writ brash in its raucous album cover art. Heavy Metal Thunder is a dungeonful of metal overload, complete with leather-panted, huge-haired rockers and all the drooling beasts, swords and skulls a headbanger could want.
Heavy Metal Thunder charts the course of the metal juggernaut through the prime canvas of its style and imagery: the album cover. From the glory days of the late '70s to the first modern metal movement (the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, or NWOBHM) through the MTV era, when glam and hair metal ruled, to the punk-inflected revolutions of thrash and Nu Metal (with a side trip into grunge) on to the gory contemporary subgenres of grindcore, black metal and doom, this chunky book is chock-full of covers that rule.
Page after page of mind-blowing imagery makes Heavy Metal Thunder a riot of epic art from music that continues to rock and roll (all night)!
Revile it if you will, laugh it offbut heavy metal's influence and audience just keep on growing. And nowhere is its brash outrageousness better expressed than on its album covers. This chunky compendium is a dungeonful of metal overload, complete with leather- and spandex-panted, huge-haired rockers, drooling beasts, and plenty of skulls. Charting a visual course of the genre, Heavy Metal Thunder shows the best album art from its youthful incarnation in the late '70s through the MTV era, when glam and hair metal ruled; to the punk-inflected revolutions of thrash and Nu Metal (with a grunge side trip); to the gory contemporary genres of grindcore, black metal, and doom. Page after page of aggressive and excessive album graphics makes this the perfect gift for both current metalheads and nostalgic (if embarrassed), thirty-and forty-somethings with headbanging memories.