Loud, unapologetic and full of love, Andrew O'Neill's essential and much-needed History of Heavy Metal is as funny and preposterous as this mighty music deserves.
Those lucky enough to have witnessed Andrew O'Neill's fluorescent (if one accepts that fluorescent black is a real thing) stand up comedy may be expecting a comedy book about Heavy Metal. In contrast, what they will actually get is a brilliantly lucid, comprehensive and well-observed critical overview of this enduring and startlingly diverse musical subculture from someone who genuinely loves the field, who knows it down to its last Satanic scruple, and who is by complete coincidence one of the funniest musical commentators that you will ever read. A History of Heavy Metal is a comprehensive landmark analysis of an enormous area of music that has been too long without such a thing, and has the massive advantage of the funny being turned up to twelve. A loud and thoroughly engrossing love-story.