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25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Megadeth and Slayer.
Megadeth and Slayer.
Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

If you've got a lot of time on your hands and a heart full of darkness, you'd be wise to check out Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, out Tuesday on Harper Collins/It Books. The key word in that title is "Definitive." This is quite a weighty tome, over 600 pages across every twist, turn, peak and valley of the genre. Gary Cherone is even quoted in this fucking thing. So is Fred Durst. Because everyone who ever tuned their guitar to drop-D, snorted a line of ants or sacrificed a goat is quoted in it. The book covers every metal base, and then sets that base on fire. DEFINITIVE!

We ran an excerpt about NYC's unique Metal and Hardcore Crossover scene on our cover yesterday. It's very stabby. These guys were maniacs. And they weren't the only ones. Contained in the book are many a metal photo from back in the day. Let's look at some of them, shall we?

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Jonny Z of Megaforce Records with Metallica or "Alcoholica." Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Overkill's Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. Photo by Bill O'Leary.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Tommy Victor of Prong. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Slayer with its "sacrifice," played by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman's wife, in this promotional photo released by Metal Blade Records in 1983.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Anthrax's Scott Ian with late Metallica bass player Cliff Burton at London's Marquee Club in 1984. Photo courtesy of Scott Ian.

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25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Slayer. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Megaforce Records founder Jonny Z at Rock n Roll Heaven record signing with Raven. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Early Rob Zombie. Photo by Bill O'Leary.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

After leaving Anthrax, bass player Dan Lilker broke new ground with Nuclear Assault. Photo by Bill O'Leary.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Early Megadeth lineup: Chris Poland, Dave Mustaine, Gar Samuelson and Dave Ellefson. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

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25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

The late Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, pre-beard, pre-baldness. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Biohazard bass player and singer Evan Seinfeld. Photo by Bill O'Leary.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Agnostic Front. Photo by Todd Huber.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

A show flyer for a this gig at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles in 1985.

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25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Brazilian thrash her Max Cavalera of Sepultura Soulfly. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Jeff "Mantas" Dunn of Venom. Photo by Ray VanHorn.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Conrad "Cronos" Lant of Venom. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Lemmy of Motorhead. Photo by Jon Wiederhorn.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna. Photo by Nick Charles.

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25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Rob Zombie. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Gene Simmons of KISS. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

KISS. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.

25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell

Dokken. Photo courtesy of Rhino Records.

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