Title: “The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time”
Author: Martin Popoff
Publisher: ECW Press
Release Date: 4/28/2004
For this tome Martin Popoff really had his work cut out for him, as finding the top 500 Heavy Metal albums of all time could not have been an easy task. However, after an extensive readers poll he gives us this 800 page opus for to enjoy. Popoff took the winners in this list of the “Top 500” and then redid his thoughts of review for each album. He also included the top ten picks of hundreds of other artists he has met while doing the book. I thought this a great part of the book since it gives you a better idea as to what your favorite performers are fond of as their favorites. The book will clearly also spark a little bit of debate among you and your Heavy Metal colleagues as to what is included and what is omitted, I was surprised to see the top 10 line out as it ended up. Yet some of it seems on target. The other interesting aspect is that you will also see some classic rock acts and punk acts among the heavy metal superstars.
Fans will find plenty of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and KISS in the book and you will also find this an easy read. The whole book flows and can be read in a few days time. A little of every Genre is represented as I mentioned above but across the Metal style it is more prevalent. There is some Death, Progressive, Black, Thrash and Glam all mixed into one place of referral. I was personally impressed with the level of detail Popoff gave us and think you will like this as a quick fan through a few pages or a sit back and study each page with other Metal Heads.
The book begins with the Top 10 list so I will list them here for you to absorb. It will not ruin the core of the piece since it is right in the front of the book. This list itself made me wonder who actually got to vote as while I am in agreement with some listed I think the number would have been different.
The Top Ten List:
1. Master Of Puppets – Metallica
2. Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
3. Reign In Blood – Slayer
4. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
5. Back In Black – AC/DC
6. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
7. Operation: Mindcrime – Queensryche
8. Piece Of Mind – Iron Maiden
9. Van Halen – Van Halen
10. Appetite For Destruction – Guns ‘N Roses
Official Website: www.MartinPopoff.com