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Their roots lie in the heavy rock of 70s groups like Deep Purple. The music they played--heavy metal mixed with punk attitude--became its own genre: thrash. Their bassist died and they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. As grunge threatened to overtake them, they reinvented themselves. Then their singer went into rehab and they almost fell apart. The Their roots lie in the heavy rock of 70s groups like Deep Purple. The music they played--heavy metal mixed with punk attitude--became its own genre: thrash. Their bassist died and they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. As grunge threatened to overtake them, they reinvented themselves. Then their singer went into rehab and they almost fell apart. They are Metallica, the most influential heavy metal band of the last thirty years. As Led Zeppelin was for hard rock and the Sex Pistols were for punk, Metallica became the band that defined the look and sound of 1980s heavy metal. Inventors of thrash metal--Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth followed--it was always Metallica who led the way, who pushed to another level, who became the last of the superstar rockers. Metallica is the fifth-largest selling artist of all time, with 100 million records sold worldwide. Their music has extended its reach beyond rock and metal, and into the pop mainstream, as they went from speed metal to MTV with their hit single "Enter Sandman." Until now there hasn't been a critical, authoritative, in-depth portrait of the band. Mick Wall's thoroughly researched, insightful work is enriched by his interviews with band members, record company execs, roadies, and fellow musicians. He tells the story of how a tennis-playing, music-loving Danish immigrant named Lars Ulrich created a band with singer James Hetfield and made his dreams a reality. "Enter Night" follows the band through tragedy and triumph, from the bus crash that killed their bassist Cliff Burton in 1986 to the 2004 documentary "Some Kind of Monster," and on to their current status as the leaders of the Big Four festival that played to a million fans in Britain and Europe and continues in the U.S. in 2011. "Enter Night" delves into the various incarnations of the band, and the personalities of all key members, past and present--especially Ulrich and Hetfield--to produce the definitive word on the biggest metal band on the planet.


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Their roots lie in the heavy rock of 70s groups like Deep Purple. The music they played--heavy metal mixed with punk attitude--became its own genre: thrash. Their bassist died and they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. As grunge threatened to overtake them, they reinvented themselves. Then their singer went into rehab and they almost fell apart. The Their roots lie in the heavy rock of 70s groups like Deep Purple. The music they played--heavy metal mixed with punk attitude--became its own genre: thrash. Their bassist died and they survived to became the biggest-selling band in the world. As grunge threatened to overtake them, they reinvented themselves. Then their singer went into rehab and they almost fell apart. They are Metallica, the most influential heavy metal band of the last thirty years. As Led Zeppelin was for hard rock and the Sex Pistols were for punk, Metallica became the band that defined the look and sound of 1980s heavy metal. Inventors of thrash metal--Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth followed--it was always Metallica who led the way, who pushed to another level, who became the last of the superstar rockers. Metallica is the fifth-largest selling artist of all time, with 100 million records sold worldwide. Their music has extended its reach beyond rock and metal, and into the pop mainstream, as they went from speed metal to MTV with their hit single "Enter Sandman." Until now there hasn't been a critical, authoritative, in-depth portrait of the band. Mick Wall's thoroughly researched, insightful work is enriched by his interviews with band members, record company execs, roadies, and fellow musicians. He tells the story of how a tennis-playing, music-loving Danish immigrant named Lars Ulrich created a band with singer James Hetfield and made his dreams a reality. "Enter Night" follows the band through tragedy and triumph, from the bus crash that killed their bassist Cliff Burton in 1986 to the 2004 documentary "Some Kind of Monster," and on to their current status as the leaders of the Big Four festival that played to a million fans in Britain and Europe and continues in the U.S. in 2011. "Enter Night" delves into the various incarnations of the band, and the personalities of all key members, past and present--especially Ulrich and Hetfield--to produce the definitive word on the biggest metal band on the planet.

30 review for Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    “No party music, no girl magnet ballads. Just brutal, attack-oriented, audio death”. ..and with that quote, it becomes impossible to really sum up Metallica better. I’ve been a big fan of these guys since I was 15 years old and finally welcomed the chance to read an official biography on the band. Although, while it’s true I did have preconceived notions that I knew as much about the band as I was ever going to learn, that quickly went out the window in the first few chapters. As it turns out, I h “No party music, no girl magnet ballads. Just brutal, attack-oriented, audio death”. ..and with that quote, it becomes impossible to really sum up Metallica better. I’ve been a big fan of these guys since I was 15 years old and finally welcomed the chance to read an official biography on the band. Although, while it’s true I did have preconceived notions that I knew as much about the band as I was ever going to learn, that quickly went out the window in the first few chapters. As it turns out, I had known next to nothing. I especially didn’t realize that even as late as 1986 and following the release of their critically acclaimed album, Master of Puppets, the guys were still looking for a lead singer. It was revealed that Mr. Hetfield wasn’t all that comfortable being the front man and the face of the band. This totally blew my mind! James has since grown into a force of nature on stage and I can’t imagine anyone else bringing that kind of a presence to a live show. The stories of the band’s origin were interesting. Everything from the selection of the name, to the troubles with future Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine to the lasting effect their original bassist Cliff Burton had on the group. In-fighting, stories of alcohol and drug-fueled debauchery as well as the madness that the band’s second bassist, Jason Newsted, had been subjected to were surprising and endlessly ridiculous. While I did like this biography, it did take me quite a while to finish it. At times, it felt pretty anti-climatic especially since I had just watched “Some Kind of Monster” (the 2003 documentary chronicling the band) a few weeks prior. If this book assured me of anything, it’s that Dave Mustaine is a bitter jerk. Cross Posted @ Every Read Thing

  2. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Metallica was formed the year I was born (1981) so I couldn’t recall their New Wave British Metal influence or anything about the birth of Thrash in the US. I later became a fan by default since my older brother obsessively blared them from his bedroom. He and I saw them live recently and, in a burst of nostalgia, I picked up this biography. Central to their story is bassist Cliff Burton’s wholly devastating death in 1986; something they never really recovered from even with their massive succes Metallica was formed the year I was born (1981) so I couldn’t recall their New Wave British Metal influence or anything about the birth of Thrash in the US. I later became a fan by default since my older brother obsessively blared them from his bedroom. He and I saw them live recently and, in a burst of nostalgia, I picked up this biography. Central to their story is bassist Cliff Burton’s wholly devastating death in 1986; something they never really recovered from even with their massive success. Mick Wall gets bogged down in the minutiae, but it’s a fascinating history. And they put on one hell of a show now in their late 50s!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I learned a lot about the history of Metallica but the author could have cut this book by a third. It was very wordy, particularly in the first section, and didn't have as much information from the band as I would have liked. The author is a music writer by trade so he goes into extreme detail about the background "inspirations" for each band member as well as every friend he introduced in the book. He repeats band names hundreds of times. (I get it. They were inspired by Diamond Head.) That bein I learned a lot about the history of Metallica but the author could have cut this book by a third. It was very wordy, particularly in the first section, and didn't have as much information from the band as I would have liked. The author is a music writer by trade so he goes into extreme detail about the background "inspirations" for each band member as well as every friend he introduced in the book. He repeats band names hundreds of times. (I get it. They were inspired by Diamond Head.) That being said, I love Metallica. Their story is one of flawed people finding success with each other. I look forward to reading more on the subject.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Poppy

    For a band that has just celebrated their 30th anniversary, the book seems to skip over a lot that has happened since 1986. Almost half of the book covers these first five years, and the rest of the book seems rushed to cram in the subsequent albums. The worst point to me was the amount of personal opinion was included. I got the impression that Mick Wall is on of those "fans" that only likes the first three albums, hence why he focuses so much on writing about those and then criticising the res For a band that has just celebrated their 30th anniversary, the book seems to skip over a lot that has happened since 1986. Almost half of the book covers these first five years, and the rest of the book seems rushed to cram in the subsequent albums. The worst point to me was the amount of personal opinion was included. I got the impression that Mick Wall is on of those "fans" that only likes the first three albums, hence why he focuses so much on writing about those and then criticising the rest of their releases. Personally this is an attitude I find hypocritical since it is suggested he sees them as "sellouts" yet is quite happy to use their name and success to make himself money. Overall, I bought this book as a fan, not someone who only listens to pre-1986 Metallica, and therefore did not find his personal and sometimes quite harsh opinions to be great reading material. If I wanted to read people slate Metallica I'd go on blabbermouth, not spend £20 on a biography of them!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Had to try this bio of Metallica - I listened to them in high school and they're fascinating. It was, on the whole, interesting and informative, but I couldn't stand the writing. It was awful. Beyond the typo-every-page editing, he was just a whiny narrative voice with something to prove to the world at large. He wanted to prove that he knew the guys well (that didn't seem to be the case), he wanted to prove that he was a hard partier, he wanted to prove that his exact opinion of which songs and Had to try this bio of Metallica - I listened to them in high school and they're fascinating. It was, on the whole, interesting and informative, but I couldn't stand the writing. It was awful. Beyond the typo-every-page editing, he was just a whiny narrative voice with something to prove to the world at large. He wanted to prove that he knew the guys well (that didn't seem to be the case), he wanted to prove that he was a hard partier, he wanted to prove that his exact opinion of which songs and albums were best and worst were gospel. I agreed with that taste 70% of the time, but it's a biography, not "one fan/music writer's view of what's good about a huge international band." Anyhow, it was fun to read and find out how fucked up these guys are, and what they put themselves through, but the writing was a little hard to get through.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Wagner

    Enter Night is one of the best band biographies I've ever read. It touched upon many important points in Metallica history, answered numerous things I'd only known as rumors or unbelievable, and dug into dirt and a dark side I'd never know about one of my biggest musical influences--things never known to me before because Metallica hid darkness and pain so well...until now. All that said, the book isn't some tabloid dish, but rather, parts the curtains to reveal the naked evolution of an incredib Enter Night is one of the best band biographies I've ever read. It touched upon many important points in Metallica history, answered numerous things I'd only known as rumors or unbelievable, and dug into dirt and a dark side I'd never know about one of my biggest musical influences--things never known to me before because Metallica hid darkness and pain so well...until now. All that said, the book isn't some tabloid dish, but rather, parts the curtains to reveal the naked evolution of an incredible, juggernaut of band, what the band members have endured in all their years, and it has ultimately given me a much greater appreciation for Metallica. F-ing genius of a book!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tyrone

    I have read a couple of Mick Wall's biographies, and apart from "When Giants Walked The Earth" and his John Peel bio, they were all rather dull. This isn't exactly dull, but Enter Night is more about the wheeling and dealing of record label execs and promotors, than interesting band adventures. Pages and pages of boring, seemingly irrelevant details surrounding individuals who happened to be in Metallica's circle of colleagues or friends is not what I bought this book for. Wall also placed Cliff I have read a couple of Mick Wall's biographies, and apart from "When Giants Walked The Earth" and his John Peel bio, they were all rather dull. This isn't exactly dull, but Enter Night is more about the wheeling and dealing of record label execs and promotors, than interesting band adventures. Pages and pages of boring, seemingly irrelevant details surrounding individuals who happened to be in Metallica's circle of colleagues or friends is not what I bought this book for. Wall also placed Cliff Burton on far too high a pedestal. Sure he was a crucial part of that band's early sound, but his replacement was just as good a player, and Newstead is mostly just glossed over. Enter Sandman is written more like an album review, one with lots of quotes from Metallica's less successful contemporaries or influences. I picked this up because I thought it would be a great exposé on a band that was pivotal in my pre-adolescent music development, but I was disappointed. For die hard fans only.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Dimitre

    I cried like four times reading this, mostly because I just couldn't handle them talking about Master of Puppets (for two of them), so I'm like, a little biased. But on a book-standpoint rather than just a holy-fuck-I-love-Metallica standpoint, I did like how this guy wrote this book. I like how he set it up, how he would weave together the stories, the little italic parts in the beginning. I also liked how he didn't even try to be objective. He wasn't like, outright "I hate this album", but he w I cried like four times reading this, mostly because I just couldn't handle them talking about Master of Puppets (for two of them), so I'm like, a little biased. But on a book-standpoint rather than just a holy-fuck-I-love-Metallica standpoint, I did like how this guy wrote this book. I like how he set it up, how he would weave together the stories, the little italic parts in the beginning. I also liked how he didn't even try to be objective. He wasn't like, outright "I hate this album", but he would explain it in a way that you could tell, yeah, this guy hates Reload, but also he really really likes Kirk Hammett, because almost every time he's talking about an album, he makes it a point for at least one song to say "...and the song was saved by KIRK HAMMETT " and it's like my dude I am a Kirk girl myself, but your mancrush is showing. But no, I really enjoyed this. Made me emotional. Lars's tenacity/entitlement/stubbornness?/whatever you call it never ceases to amaze me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jan Šimak

    It seems that this biography of Metallica is very similar to their discography. It starts really fast and interesting, let's say like the first three albums, then it changes a bit, not necessarily a bad change, let's say like 90s and then it finishes a bit like last three albums, let's say not as good as the first two parts of their career. The book is interesting and you find out a lot about the band, but the author dwells a lot on some topics and goes briefly through some other topics. I guess It seems that this biography of Metallica is very similar to their discography. It starts really fast and interesting, let's say like the first three albums, then it changes a bit, not necessarily a bad change, let's say like 90s and then it finishes a bit like last three albums, let's say not as good as the first two parts of their career. The book is interesting and you find out a lot about the band, but the author dwells a lot on some topics and goes briefly through some other topics. I guess he didn't find the right way to tell the story. He mentioned the problematic relationship of the band and Jason, but I don't think he tried to tell Jason's point of view, maybe 2-3 quotes generally and that's it. And let's face it, it lasted 14 years! Anyway, if you are a fan read it, but for a general reader I don't think it'd be a interesting reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hermann

    Very good read, if you are a Metallica fan of any sort, you really should read this book. It gave me insight into the band that I never knew. I joined the Metallica crowd with the "And Justice For All" CD back in the late 80's and have been a huge fan ever since, but this gave me perspective on the early stuff that I didn't get to experience like the Dave Mustaine and the Cliff Burton years in the band. It also gave me a perspective on what happened once the band had to replace Cliff Burton and Very good read, if you are a Metallica fan of any sort, you really should read this book. It gave me insight into the band that I never knew. I joined the Metallica crowd with the "And Justice For All" CD back in the late 80's and have been a huge fan ever since, but this gave me perspective on the early stuff that I didn't get to experience like the Dave Mustaine and the Cliff Burton years in the band. It also gave me a perspective on what happened once the band had to replace Cliff Burton and the struggles of overcoming his loss and the hard times Jason Newsted had trying to replace someone like Cliff. The book tried to pain the St. Anger and Death Magnetic CD's in a somewhat favorable light, but while the author shows you the numbers, he is also quite fair on explaining the fan response to the albums. In my opinion, the book is great because while Mick Wall tries to paint a positive picture of the band as a whole, he does not hide anything either and you get a really good sense of what the band was about in the beginning and the things they went through to get to where they are today. After reading this I will honestly say that I am looking forward to seeing what Metallica does in the next few years to add to their legacy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt R.

    What a great book! Let me say first that I am a huge fan of heavy metal. That being said, Metallica was one of my first favorites as a teenager and they have influenced so many other bands. I followed Metallica over the years as they got bigger and went through a series of changes. What surprised me is how many stories in this book were new to me. The book is written well and chronicles the early years to present. A lot of the focus (which I liked about this book) is on the earlier years. It cov What a great book! Let me say first that I am a huge fan of heavy metal. That being said, Metallica was one of my first favorites as a teenager and they have influenced so many other bands. I followed Metallica over the years as they got bigger and went through a series of changes. What surprised me is how many stories in this book were new to me. The book is written well and chronicles the early years to present. A lot of the focus (which I liked about this book) is on the earlier years. It covers the time when Dave Mustaine was on lead guitar (although I think the author does not like Mustaine very much). The book includes some great stories and captures the band with a "back-stage" mentality. This is a must-read for any fan of heavy metal. My only gripe with the book is how the author describes the Metallica release "And Justice for All". He downplays the album quite a bit with criticism - I happen to think that album is great. As fans, we can't all agree. Without a doubt, I give this book 5 stars!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eric Leach

    Interesting book. Realized two important facts: Master of Puppets might very well be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I still listen to those first three albums regularly; I haven't bought or listened to a single new Metallica album since Metallica in 1991, which was also the last time I saw them live. Mick Wall's take seems similar to my own impression: not very much good happening musically after Cliff. Interesting book. Realized two important facts: Master of Puppets might very well be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and I still listen to those first three albums regularly; I haven't bought or listened to a single new Metallica album since Metallica in 1991, which was also the last time I saw them live. Mick Wall's take seems similar to my own impression: not very much good happening musically after Cliff.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Twerking To Beethoven

    Lars' difficulties on the drums were more problematic. "I thought he was absolutely useless." Flamming says now. "I remember the very first thing I asked when he started playing was: 'does everything start on an upbeat?' and he went 'what's an upbeat?' Holy shit!" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mick Wall, me lovez ya bunch! Lars' difficulties on the drums were more problematic. "I thought he was absolutely useless." Flamming says now. "I remember the very first thing I asked when he started playing was: 'does everything start on an upbeat?' and he went 'what's an upbeat?' Holy shit!" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mick Wall, me lovez ya bunch!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Such a great biography.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Turgwaith Gondren

    “If you came here to see spandex, eye make-up, and the words ‘Oh baby’ in every fuckin’ song, this ain’t the fuckin’ band!” (p. 201) – favorite young JH quote ever Excellently written, in-depth, detailed, critical, well-structured. This book contains lots of interesting, and for me new, information about the greatest metal band of all time, despite being a fan for almost twenty years by now. Author gives a reader great insight about different characters and personalities involved in this story, a “If you came here to see spandex, eye make-up, and the words ‘Oh baby’ in every fuckin’ song, this ain’t the fuckin’ band!” (p. 201) – favorite young JH quote ever Excellently written, in-depth, detailed, critical, well-structured. This book contains lots of interesting, and for me new, information about the greatest metal band of all time, despite being a fan for almost twenty years by now. Author gives a reader great insight about different characters and personalities involved in this story, about musical scene, trends, background, circumstances and gives lots of good explanations for various decisions band made throughout their ongoing career. I liked a lot author’s analyses of the band’s discography. His review of …And Justice for All totally changed my previous perspective of the album and made me rethink and relisten to it one more time. Also, his take on the Death Magnetic is also to the point and I agree with it one hundred percent. Our point of departure being the Lulu record. I simply can’t say that Lulu is “a masterpiece” or “their best work done in decades”. I simply can’t. First part of the book, dealing with pre-Justice era, is fantastic and will surely be a fan favorite. I agree, the book is lengthy, but all of that had to be said and the author had done it exceptionally well. Probably definitive book about Metallica. “A huge blow to the family, it had a profound effect on the teenage Cliff, reinforcing the idea that life was not to be squandered on trying too hard to make other people happy. Time was short and the day was long. Whatever you had in mind, it was best done today, not tomorrow, which really might not ever come.” (p. 87)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rae Gee

    If you're a Metallica newbie or only know part of their history, then this will probably be a great read. It covers everything from childhood right through to St. Anger and Some Kind of Monster (essential viewing if you've never seen it). What is annoying is the author. This isn't the first book he's written where he believes that his opinion is the ruling overlord of the subject (see also Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly. Which should have been enough to make me run when I saw his name on the cover If you're a Metallica newbie or only know part of their history, then this will probably be a great read. It covers everything from childhood right through to St. Anger and Some Kind of Monster (essential viewing if you've never seen it). What is annoying is the author. This isn't the first book he's written where he believes that his opinion is the ruling overlord of the subject (see also Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly. Which should have been enough to make me run when I saw his name on the cover of this book, too.). Self-insertion into a book and making yourself out to be a huge part of the band's history (when, in fact, you're just a journalist who's interviewed them a couple of times) is poor practice and very jarring. I'd be surprised if that didn't raise a few eyebrows among the editorial team. The same goes with his opinions of the band's albums, which become longer and more winding with every passing chapter. Go and listen to the music and form your own opinions. However, this does have a lot of amazing snippets from musicians and people who've worked closely with Metallica (including members of Megadeth). All of them speak extremely highly of the band. Definitely worth it for those and the history of Metallica. Not so much for the author's opinions. Side note: Again, if you're new to Metallica and want official books, check out "This Monster Lives" (the companion book to Some Kind of Monster and written by the director) and the band's hardback compilation of their So What! magazine.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Stewart

    I'm not very familiar with the genre of musical biographies, so take my comments with a grain of salt. The best part of this book was Mick's take on pre-Load (mid 90s) Metallica, in particular the origin story of Metallica in the Bay Area thrash scene. He offered lots of interesting anecdotes based on his personal experiences with the band members, and plenty of fresh research on a period of their career I knew little about. My complaint would be that I believe Mick's perspective represents a si I'm not very familiar with the genre of musical biographies, so take my comments with a grain of salt. The best part of this book was Mick's take on pre-Load (mid 90s) Metallica, in particular the origin story of Metallica in the Bay Area thrash scene. He offered lots of interesting anecdotes based on his personal experiences with the band members, and plenty of fresh research on a period of their career I knew little about. My complaint would be that I believe Mick's perspective represents a single brand of Metallica fan, for which there are many. His take on late-90s Metallica, for instance, appears to come more from a nostalgic 80s Metallica fan who was disgruntled by their affair with MTV than it does an objective storyteller. At this point in their story Wall diverges from a well-researched Biography into subjective highlight reel of their late-career catalogue, for which he is not a fan. So if you're like me, a late arrival to Metallica who never felt betrayed by the band in its artistic decisions, you probably won't agree with every word. Nevertheless a good read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Einberg

    I didn't want to finish this book! :D At first it took some time to get going but at some point i found myself being really excited. It was hard to put the book down. Even at work i kept thinking about it. There were days where i didn't read this book at all but once i read it went fast. Have always liked them. Now i love them. Such a great book. I felt so bad for Jason. They should have taken time to mourn Cliff. He was bigger influence on them than i thought. Sad and terrible accident. At first I didn't want to finish this book! :D At first it took some time to get going but at some point i found myself being really excited. It was hard to put the book down. Even at work i kept thinking about it. There were days where i didn't read this book at all but once i read it went fast. Have always liked them. Now i love them. Such a great book. I felt so bad for Jason. They should have taken time to mourn Cliff. He was bigger influence on them than i thought. Sad and terrible accident. At first i was kinda thrown off how much talk there was about other bands and i was so annoyed by Mustaine. But things got better. Lot of great information. LOT of names. And that's great. When it came to Napster case i was def team Lars/Metallica. It was so understandable that he was pissed. They are so great to their fans who can be such an assholes. It was such a nice surprise when after the concert they stayed on stage for quite some time. Being chill and plain awesome. Absolutely loved that every place they performed there were specific shirts. Totally love my Met in Tartu (Estonia) shirt. So cool. Respect.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave Relph

    As a biography this is fantastic, it's very informative and tells the Metallica story well, adding in lots of information about events and other artists and influences at relevant points in the timeline, admittedly often to the point of tedious repetition. This does fall down in other areas though, being pretty poorly written for a start, with disjointed/tangential sections squeezed in to no great effect being a little too common. There's also a great number of typo's and clunky sentence structu As a biography this is fantastic, it's very informative and tells the Metallica story well, adding in lots of information about events and other artists and influences at relevant points in the timeline, admittedly often to the point of tedious repetition. This does fall down in other areas though, being pretty poorly written for a start, with disjointed/tangential sections squeezed in to no great effect being a little too common. There's also a great number of typo's and clunky sentence structures that call into question the competency of the editor. The other main thing I dislike about this though is the questionable angle that the writer is coming from; having dedicated such a great amount of time to following and documenting the band and their career, you'd assume he was a big fan, which I'm sure he is, but his tendency to state praise very matter-of-factly, then leather out harsh criticism like its really from the heart at other points (often unjustly and unfairly) really leaves you wondering.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yoshi Takahashi

    Five stars for a thorough and interesting review of each band member and their respective backgrounds, as well as what was going on with the band and what they (and producers) were trying to achieve with each album and even many individual songs. It proved to be one of those books that I couldn't wait to start reading again to shed light on what would happen in the next few months/years/events for the band. Since reading and finishing the book I've found myself listening more to Metallica and th Five stars for a thorough and interesting review of each band member and their respective backgrounds, as well as what was going on with the band and what they (and producers) were trying to achieve with each album and even many individual songs. It proved to be one of those books that I couldn't wait to start reading again to shed light on what would happen in the next few months/years/events for the band. Since reading and finishing the book I've found myself listening more to Metallica and thinking about what it was going through at the time the song was wrote and what went into writing that particular song. Admittedly I did not like how freely the author would criticize or speak ill of many songs and some albums, some of which I think were some of Metallica's better songs and work overall. These are Mick Wall's personal opinions, and he is certainly entitled to them, but I didn't appreciate nor value his thoughts on them, I read the book to know about the band itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Metallica fan or even just a fan of hard rock music.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Poliana

    I’m so happy I got to finish this book. It was quite a ride since it’s so damn detailed that makes you want to just go and watch Some Kind of Monster instead. But I’m glad I didn’t. Although this is not a flawless book - I agree with much of what has been said by other readers - it is a beautiful dive into Metallica’s history. I’m already a natural weeper for not being alive in the 80’s, but understanding how much I missed of this part of human history was just sad. I only got to see Metallica l I’m so happy I got to finish this book. It was quite a ride since it’s so damn detailed that makes you want to just go and watch Some Kind of Monster instead. But I’m glad I didn’t. Although this is not a flawless book - I agree with much of what has been said by other readers - it is a beautiful dive into Metallica’s history. I’m already a natural weeper for not being alive in the 80’s, but understanding how much I missed of this part of human history was just sad. I only got to see Metallica live once, but already with a lot of love for it. It was 2016 and it was so plain to see why there were thousands of people that completely surrendered to their energy. This book was the opportunity to understand that experience in-depth, to understand the band and most of what it has been through. Truly amazing, I’m so glad to now hold all this information on one of my dearest bands.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    Good but not as good as the others I've read by this author. When it stuck to facts, interviews and telling the story of Metallica it was great but I don't want to read his opinion of the bands music. I had the same problem with the Guns N Roses, Lemmy and Iron Maiden books. There were also a few times where it goes off on a tangent. Theres a whole 3 or 4 page section on Iron Maiden and how they started. If you are vaguely interested in Metallica you probably know who Iron Maiden are and if you w Good but not as good as the others I've read by this author. When it stuck to facts, interviews and telling the story of Metallica it was great but I don't want to read his opinion of the bands music. I had the same problem with the Guns N Roses, Lemmy and Iron Maiden books. There were also a few times where it goes off on a tangent. Theres a whole 3 or 4 page section on Iron Maiden and how they started. If you are vaguely interested in Metallica you probably know who Iron Maiden are and if you want to know more about them there's a book for that. Go read it. It just kind of took the flow out of the story. It's not put me off though. There are still books by Mick Wall I want to read. Most of the time this is enjoyable and good for anyone interested in Metallica or music biographies.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mindbait

    A lot of the time I tend to prefer autobiographies to biographies (horse's mouth and all that), but this is really well researched (on top of that Wall knew/knows Metallica so has a bit of insider knowledge). This is good reading for any fan. Wall does slag off a couple of their albums that I like, but then "one person's trash is another's treasure" and I guess it is a sign of his fairly even-handed treatment of the band. He criticises them where he feels he should, rather than spending the whole A lot of the time I tend to prefer autobiographies to biographies (horse's mouth and all that), but this is really well researched (on top of that Wall knew/knows Metallica so has a bit of insider knowledge). This is good reading for any fan. Wall does slag off a couple of their albums that I like, but then "one person's trash is another's treasure" and I guess it is a sign of his fairly even-handed treatment of the band. He criticises them where he feels he should, rather than spending the whole book up their collective asses (there'd be no room what with all the metal and all).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacques S

    Exhaustive My only critique is that more than half of the book covers one quarter of the band's career with the second half covering three quarters. It is also a little subjective, one example being Mick's rather aggressive attack on Justice, which does not match the commercial and critical reality. The biographer and fan inevitably come into conflict. Bottom line, if you are a Metallica fan of any kind, this book is a hell of a ride. Recommended. Exhaustive My only critique is that more than half of the book covers one quarter of the band's career with the second half covering three quarters. It is also a little subjective, one example being Mick's rather aggressive attack on Justice, which does not match the commercial and critical reality. The biographer and fan inevitably come into conflict. Bottom line, if you are a Metallica fan of any kind, this book is a hell of a ride. Recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lemarie

    Great read for fans, especially those interested in the music industry, the business side of things, and the ups and downs of Metallica as a band. There's a lot of interesting information here and the writing keeps me engaged. As usual, Lars is the main talker. There's not much personal details here unlike the stuff James has shared in his recent interviews. Don't expect much insight into their personal lives that hasn't already been publicized, if you're into that kind of thing. Great read for fans, especially those interested in the music industry, the business side of things, and the ups and downs of Metallica as a band. There's a lot of interesting information here and the writing keeps me engaged. As usual, Lars is the main talker. There's not much personal details here unlike the stuff James has shared in his recent interviews. Don't expect much insight into their personal lives that hasn't already been publicized, if you're into that kind of thing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Slow Culture Magazine

    A clever, honest, amazingly documented piece of rock literature. Enter Night is a perfect starter for the young fan wanting to see clearer, and a perfect guide for the aficionado in need of information to understand the band's many (and complicated) dynamics. A great unbiased read that I would recommend to fans and non-fans. A clever, honest, amazingly documented piece of rock literature. Enter Night is a perfect starter for the young fan wanting to see clearer, and a perfect guide for the aficionado in need of information to understand the band's many (and complicated) dynamics. A great unbiased read that I would recommend to fans and non-fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    the author spends too much time stating his opinion as fact. Like any art, music is subjective. The italicized beginnings of each chapter did nothing other than try and convince us the author is cool. But other than that, an informative and enjoyable bio of the mighty Met.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ben Baker

    I'm not a Metallica fan, I'm barely interested in anything under the heading of metal. But I do love a good rock biog and this is pleasingly raw and open, unafraid to criticise the band where the author feels its necessary. Almost makes you want to listen to Metallica! Almost. I'm not a Metallica fan, I'm barely interested in anything under the heading of metal. But I do love a good rock biog and this is pleasingly raw and open, unafraid to criticise the band where the author feels its necessary. Almost makes you want to listen to Metallica! Almost.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emon

    It w as s quite a good read. I started listening to Metallica some 15 years ago and since been enamored with them. Also it was quite good to learn about the feud between Dave Mustaine and Lars and Hetfield from a third party PoV.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luc Forget

    Decent book. Worth the read. Good history about the band but I felt it hurried thru the second half of the book and kinda skipped some stuff I would've liked to know more about. I'd recommend still. Informative read Decent book. Worth the read. Good history about the band but I felt it hurried thru the second half of the book and kinda skipped some stuff I would've liked to know more about. I'd recommend still. Informative read

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