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"A Heavy Metal Salute to Heavy Metal Band Name Origins" (Book)

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Reviewed by on December 6, 2009

"Ever ask the question, 'Hey, I wonder where my favorite band name came from?' Well, this is the place to look."

“A Heavy Metal Salute to Heavy Metal Band Name Origins” (available in both eBook and paperback) by Blair Gibson details over 500 bands and how they named their band. Ever ask the question, “Hey, I wonder where my favorite band name came from?” Well, this is the place to look.

From 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS through ZONDERHOOF, Gibson covers the quick decisions (e.g., WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a based on a horror film) as well as those with longer stories (e.g., WHITE TRASH, started as WIRED, but was changed to their hit song “White Trash,” which was based on a dance done by the singer). As you can surmise, there really are some good stories here, and that is what this book is all about: the stories behind heavy metal band names.

Personally, I would have liked to have read more on the process of obtaining this information. Many of these stories are very detailed that must have taken some persistence to retrieve. With most of the information solicited via the band MySpace pages I can imagine there was some give and take during the process.

This book delivers what it has set out to do. Interested in the stories of BEEHOVER, IMPIOUS, or how about PRO-PAIN? They are all here. For curious metal fans and hardcore trivia buffs, “A Heavy Metal Salute to Heavy Metal Band Name Origins” is an interesting read.

Highs: The number of bands covered and the detail behind each of their stories.

Lows: Left without the story behind the stories, the obtaining of this information.

Bottom line: This book is for heavy metal enthusiasts looking for the stories behind their favorite band names.

Rated 3.0 out of 5 skulls
3.0 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)