Although fundamentally it’s the music itself that fans love so much about rock and metal, there’s also an entire world built around the imagery associated with it. It’s almost impossible to imagine Iron Maiden without Eddie or Motley Crue without Allister Fiend.
From album covers and posters to T-shirts and show fliers these images bring the rock music world to life. Even now I can vividly remember the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ tapestry that used to hang in the corner of my cousins bedroom while I stared hypnotically at the album cover of ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’.
On that note, Voyageur Press has amassed an impressive photographic collection, entitled it ‘The Art of Metal Five Decades of Heavy Metal Album Covers, Posters, T-Shirts and More’ and packaged it in a gorgeous hardcover coffee table styled book.
With a forward by Motorheads Lemmy Kilmister and large glossy pages, ‘The Art of Metal’ is a perfect addition to any rock book collection.
No stone was left unturned here and even the most obscure sub genres of metal were represented. ‘The Art of Metal’ begins with ‘Traditional Metal’ and weaves through ‘New Wave British Heavy Metal’, ‘Hair Metal’, ‘Doom and Stoner Metal’, ‘Nu Metal’ ‘Black Metal’ and ‘Thrash and Death Metal’ before finally closing out with ‘Prog Metal’.
Each chapter is introduced by it’s own author, specializing in the distinct genre being discussed. This in particular lends an authenticity that’s much appreciated. Stories on artist backgrounds and memories of how iconic album covers came to be were the highlights here though. Browsing through the pages is akin to going back in time.
If you’re a metal fan this book is absolutely for you. If rock is more your thing then maybe not so much, as it’s only a small portion of the book as a whole. That being said, the book is a work of art in its own right. ‘The Art of Metal’ is well put together and visually stimulating. My family room definitely looks better with it sitting on the table.