If you are into the underground/extreme metal scene of the 80's through the early 2000's, this book is for you. This is a huge book. If you were to actually read every word in it, I'd have to conclude you were either insane or had a lot of time on your hands. Either way, hats off to you, because there is just so much content in this book. I wish I had the time, but I have no regrets from my purchase.
As you can read from the description and table of contents, the foundation of this book is a reprinting of the full contents of several years worth of a metal zine called Slayer Mag (no relation to the band). So for hundreds of pages, you get the full effect of old school cut and paste layout--band logos, photos, interviews, ads, reviews, everything you'd expect. Everything is very readable, owing to the large page size.
The list of bands the publisher mentions in the book's description barely scratches the surface of the bands covered in all the zine issues. I have to stop myself from trying to describe it all. Trust me, the bands are in here, from interviews to reviews to photos to drawings to ads (the ads are almost the best part). In addition to the zine reprints, there is a bunch of other written and photographic content that is well produced and attractive. Some great photos. A lot of written commentary. Hours and hours of browsing here. The Slayer Mag zine content is DIY all the way, in the best sense.
If nothing else, this book is an incredible value. The production quality is very high, from the cover, to the editing, to the layout, to the printing--everything. This publisher is doing essential work to document some important scenes, with some real investment and quality behind it. I was very impressed by this publisher's book on Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, which is also essential, and this new Metalion book tops it.
The Hellhammer book used high gloss pages, which was perfect for all the black photos and backgrounds in that book. This book uses a mixture of a nice non-glossy paper and a glossy paper for color photos. More or less, the zine reprints are non-glossy, and there are lots of sections that are glossy. This works just right for the zine reprints, and the non-glossy paper is very nice--thick, adding to the huge size of this book. The hardcover has a very nice matte finish, but the title on the cover and spine is an inset, embossed, red foil. Very nice.
For the record, I'm not affiliated with the publisher, authors, or bands in any way. Just a fan. I listen to publisher Ian Christie's show on the satellite. This book is the real deal, independently produced, not corporate, part of the scene, with no compromise on quality. Help this publisher sell out so they can keep doing more stuff like this.