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?
Jonny Z of Megaforce Records with Metallica or “Alcoholica.” Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. Photo by Bill O’Leary.
Tommy Victor of Prong. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
Slayer with its “sacrifice,” played by late guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s wife, in this promotional photo released by Metal Blade Records in 1983.
Anthrax’s Scott Ian with late Metallica bass player Cliff Burton at London’s Marquee Club in 1984. Photo courtesy of Scott Ian.
Slayer. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
Megaforce Records founder Jonny Z at Rock n Roll Heaven record signing with Raven. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
Early Rob Zombie. Photo by Bill O’Leary.
After leaving Anthrax, bass player Dan Lilker broke new ground with Nuclear Assault. Photo by Bill O’Leary.
Early Megadeth lineup: Chris Poland, Dave Mustaine, Gar Samuelson and Dave Ellefson. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
The late Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, pre-beard, pre-baldness. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
Biohazard bass player and singer Evan Seinfeld. Photo by Bill O’Leary.
Agnostic Front. Photo by Todd Huber.
A show flyer for a this gig at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles in 1985.
Brazilian thrash her Max Cavalera of Sepultura Soulfly. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
Jeff “Mantas” Dunn of Venom. Photo by Ray VanHorn.
Conrad “Cronos” Lant of Venom. Photo by Kevin Hodapp.
Lemmy of Motorhead. Photo by Jon Wiederhorn.
Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna. Photo by Nick Charles.
Rob Zombie. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
Gene Simmons of KISS. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
KISS. Photo by Stephanie Cabral.
Dokken. Photo courtesy of Rhino Records.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 16, 2013