Martin Popoff - eBook - Caught in a Mosh: The Golden Era of Thrash


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The 2018 eBook by Martin Popoff.

Okay, thrashers, thanks to all who have made Hit the Lights, my birth of thrash book, a success. Now it’s time for the bloody meat of the story, the years containing thrash’s biggest classic albums. The book is...

Caught in a Mosh: The Golden Era of Thrash

As the back cover sez... in the intensities in ten cities follow-up to Popoff’s celebrated New Wave of British Heavy Metal trilogy (Smokin’ Valves, Wheels of Steel and This Means War) along with Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash, Martin now offers all the tales of the bands and records that built thrash metal into a juggernaut circa 1983 to 1986.

In the words of those who were there plus the music-makers themselves, this is the story of records like Ride the Lightning, Killing is My Business, Spreading the Disease and Reign in Blood, along with contributions from Anvil, Exciter, Voivod, Overkill, Pantera, Exodus, Celtic Frost and the German contingent of Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. Multiple members of all the above bands get their say, along with the industry giants that sent the records into the shops. The end result is the ultimate history of thrash’s most blessed and blasted years, a golden time for metal that forms the bedrock of the thriving thrash scene of today.

Utilizing his celebrated oral history method—rich with detailed chronological entries to frame the story—Popoff moshes he was through late 1983, 1984, 1985 and most of 1986, culminating in the release of Reign in Blood, Slayer’s blistering and brief opus of raining blood.

Come join Martin, along with dozens of his old school headbanging buddies (including multiple members from thrash’s big four and beyond), as they together tell the tale of thrash’s most productive and impressive period. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, Celtic Frost, Pantera, Sacrifice, Razor, Exciter (along with Zazula and Slagel of course!)… they’re all here talking about their own thrash classics and those of their buddies too.

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Bonus! - This eBook is presented here as a full high-resolution PDF to maintain the layout of the original book, and provide images at the highest quality. 

eBook File Size - PDF Format - 10.6 MB


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