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Enter Night: Metallica, The Biography By Mick Wall Enter Night is the story of the biggest metal band in the world, Metallica.
Written by Mick Wall, a music journalist who has followed the band for much of their career, Enter Night is the product of meticulous research.
Along with current and former band members, dozens of people connected with the band have been interviewed.
All the important moments in Metallica’s history are covered.
Among the most poignant pieces is the chapter on the death of bassist Cliff Burton.
The story of Dave Mustaine’s exit from the band and his resulting bitterness is also well covered, giving insight into a part of Metallica’s history largely unknown to newer fans.
The book, released late last year, carries right up until the start of 2010 and Metallica’s tour with the other member’s of thrash-metal’s Big Four – Anthrax, Slayer and Motorhead.
As for the author, Mick Wall has known the band on and off since they formed in the early 1980s.
He comes across as someone who was a fan of Metallica in its earlier days before becoming disillusioned with later efforts such as Reload and St Anger.
Like many Metallica fans Wall speaks highly of the band’s 1980s albums but by the mid to late 1990s Wall is routinely asking, ‘‘what would Cliff Burton think of this?’’
His reviews of each album are among the book’s strongest sections as he takes apart each record track by track.
A must-read for any fan of the band.
Review by Mathew Grocott