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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

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