25 Classic Metal/Hardcore Photos from Louder Than Hell
Photo by Kevin Hodapp. Megadeth and Slayer.
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.
Photos continue on the next page.